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Living near Detroit and given his last name, writer Charles Krome was perhaps bound to work in the auto industry. Of course, those childhood rides standing behind the front seats in his dad’s Lotus Elan, with the top down and pops pushing past 100 mph on the highway, also might have had something to do with it.

How to Inspect Tires When Buying a Used Car

Ideally, when you’re kicking the tires on a possible used-vehicle purchase, you should get the candidate inspected by a mechanic. If you can’t, there are still some things anyone can watch out for, and that includes the tires themselves. Tires play a key role in keeping your vehicle safe on the road. They can also … Continue reading How to Inspect Tires When Buying a Used Car

Are Used Hybrid Cars Reliable?

Nearly 20 years after the original Honda Insight became the first mass-market hybrid vehicle for U.S. drivers, cars with hybrid powertrains have become firmly established on the automotive landscape. And with dealers selling so many new hybrid models, and so many used-vehicle shoppers also interested in saving fuel, these cars are increasingly popular in the … Continue reading Are Used Hybrid Cars Reliable?

What’s the Difference Between Unibody and Body-on-frame Construction?

Within the past 10 years, popular midsize SUVs like the Ford Explorer have switched from body-on-frame to unibody construction. With the exception of a handful of models – like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner – the only body-on-frame vehicles left are pickup trucks and the few big SUVs that share these truck platforms. Pretty much everything else relies on unibody … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Unibody and Body-on-frame Construction?

Hurricane Harvey and the Flood of Water-damaged Used Cars

National disasters like Hurricane Harvey can bring out the best in people, inspiring folks to pull together to help those in need. The auto industry is usually no different, with dealerships and companies from Ford to Toyota to Mercedes-Benz pitching in with millions in aid. But for a few shady characters those same conditions only inspire them to do their … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey and the Flood of Water-damaged Used Cars

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