Friday, May 31, 2019

Mistakes You Could Be Making With Your Car's A/C

The season for sticky summer driving is almost upon us. Your first instinct upon getting in a hot car may be to crank the A/C to max and point the vents straight at your face— but you’d be mistaken. If you want to get the most mileage out of your vehicle's air conditioning, Matt Schmitz has mistakes to avoid to keep your cool in this week’s segment of Driving Smart.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Full-Size Pickup Truck Comparison

Okay, we know this is going to boil a lot of pots, but what kind of reviewers would we be if we didn't compare trucks! Specifically, we're looking at the 2019 Ram 1500, the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Quite the competitive set, these three are always up for a good arm wrestle. Hey Micah Muzio, what's the deal with these three frenemies?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Spring Car Care Tips!

We know you are ready for consistently warm weather, but is your car? Lauren Fix has great tips on how to get your car ready for spring.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Battle of the American Sports Coupes

Eenie, meenie, miney, whoa! Look at all that American muscle. How do you decide between a Dodge Challenger R/T, a Chevrolet Camaro and a Ford Mustang that are all around $40,000? Glad you asked, because Micah Muzio from Kelley Blue Book has answers.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

How to Choose a Collision Shop: TV Car Expert Lauren Fix

Sometimes our cars need repairs, not just rust or collision, but they also need to be repainted. The key is to find the right collision shop so you can save money and frustration. Car Coach Lauren Fix has some tips.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hydroplaning | Consumer Reports

Hyrdroplaning is one of the scariest experiences a driver will face. Consumer Reports experts reveal how to regain control of your wheels.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Top 6 Things to Look For In A Collision Repair Shop

Where would we be without collision repair shops? They can do wonders for an automobile. They can shape it, change it, paint it, and even relieve it of dents and scratches that take away from the beauty of your automobile.

It doesn't matter how the damage occurred, what does matter is you choosing the auto body shop to make your car right again. They are hard to come by. Not all body shops are the same. For example, choosing the one your insurance company told you to will only result in a minimum repair to your car. The insurance company has a "deal" with the repair shop. It doesn't mean they will do a good job on your automobile.

You need to look for a repair shop that does great work for a fair price. Yes, it's going to cost to right the wrongs with your car, but if you choose the right autobody repair shop, then you'll be very satisfied with the work they do. Here's a list of 6 things they should to look for in a great collision repair shop.
  1. Be sure they give you an estimate. Most of the time, your insurance company will do this, and then send you to their preferred shop. However, you can take your car to any repair shop you want, but sometimes on you might have to pay a little more than the insurance pays. In the long run, it will be more than worth it.

  2. Don't let "cheap" influence you! The cost is usually what everyone looks at first, however, if they use a can a spray paint, how's your car going to look when they are done? Check around and see what type of work they do - first - before you let them have your car.

  3. Parts may take a while to get there. Don't drop your automobile off until they have all the parts they need to finish the repairs. Otherwise, it may take several weeks before you get your car back.

  4. Technology check. With today's technology, they should be able to hook your auto up and know exactly what and how to fix any problem with the damage on your car. Don't let them use putty to fill in the blanks.

  5. Be sure they use the best paint. Some of the repair shops will try to slip some nasty paint onto your auto. Check their paint supply to be sure it's going to last on your car. Some of the paint these days will only last a year or so before it starts to wear off.

  6. Look for the warranty or guarantee. They should have a good one that will cover any type of work they do on your automobile. It should cover the paint, dents and starches, body work, and labor.
Looking for a collision repair shop is time consuming, but once you find the right one, you'll be glad you chose them. Your car will look like new again and no one will be able to see that any work has been done at all. Also, ask around and get others opinion of the auto body repair shop you choose for your auto. That's the best type of shop to have fix your car.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas | Consumer Reports

Think expensive gas means increased power and better fuel economy? Consumer Reports reveals what you need to know before you fill up at the pump.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

What to do in an Accident | Allstate Accident Safety Tips

Car accidents are stressful events that seem to raise dozens of questions at once: Should I call the police? Should I move my car? Is it safe to drive home? This video will guide you through the most important decisions you need to make before and after you've been in a collision.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Car Maintenance Myths | Consumer Reports

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly. Consumer Reports’ expert explains the truth behind some of the biggest maintenance myths.