Posts from ‘Car Care’
If you’re like most Americans right now, you’re not using your car much. You’re likely hunkered down at home, working from the couch, and doing as little in-person shopping as possible. And that’s good–we’re supposed to be limiting our contact with other folks during the shutdown, as strange as that might feel.
We’re automotive journalists, not physicians or virologists, so we’re not in a position to offer especially useful advice when it comes to protecting you or your loved ones from the ravages of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” that’s currently wreaking havoc on a global scale.
For most new-vehicle shoppers, the purchase of a new car or crossover is a significant life event—one preceded by at least a little worry, uncertainty, and a search for confirmation that the decision to acquire a particular vehicle isn’t a bad one.
If you’re like most motorists, you pay someone else to change your oil. And, like most motorists, you’ve probably gotten the hard sell on the benefits of synthetic oil.
By Tim Healey
You’ve just picked out your new car. You’ve decided on the options and the color, and now you’re sitting in the finance office while the dealership’s porters prep it for delivery. The finance manager is trying to sell you things like rustproofing, VIN-number window etching, and Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) insurance, and now he or she has thrown another one at you: the extended warranty.
For years, American car owners have had the 3000-mile oil-change interval rule drilled into their psyches. Two powerful forces are at work keeping the 3000-mile edict so prominent in the public’s mind: inertia and marketing.