That noted philosopher Neil Young once wrote that “rust never sleeps,” but it can certainly turn into a nightmare for drivers. Big brown rust stains and flaking paint aren’t exactly attractive design cues, and if rust gets into a vehicle’s frame or body structure, it can be downright unsafe. Although cars and trucks today are … Continue reading Used Cars: How Much Rust is Too Much?
We use several of our senses when considering any used car for purchase, including sight, touch and hearing. While we don’t recommend using taste when making your evaluation, your sense of smell may offer a clue that a specific vehicle is simply not right for you. Indeed, certain foul odors are so pervasive that you … Continue reading Look Out for These 3 Foul Used-Car Odors
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
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
In 1954, automakers began using a vehicle identification number (VIN) for each vehicle they produced. Between 1954 and 1981, there was no standard format and VINs varied considerably between manufacturers. Under standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every car and light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-digit … Continue reading VIN Decoding
Hurricane Matthew pulled away from the east coast recently, but not before leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Residents in parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are cleaning up, assessing the damage, and dealing with insurance claims, including for flood-damaged cars. Tens of thousands of flood-damaged cars may head … Continue reading Hurricane Matthew Aftermath: Flood Cars