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The Used Car Blog

We want consumers everywhere to feel confident about their ability to engage in the used car process on their own terms. We’re going to be posting articles about every aspect of buying used cars, from giving you tips on how to judge the condition of a used car to knowing your way around financing options to what you should look for when test driving a vehicle.

Fuel Economy Fact and Fiction

October 4th, 2019 by

The highest prices for gasoline are almost always being paid by drivers in the state of California. Right now the average price of gasoline in the state is around $3.80/gallon, though it’s well above $4/gallon in Los Angeles. Lots of people are looking for ways to get more miles out of every gallon of gas…

The Quick and Dirty “How to Maintain Your Car” Guide

September 14th, 2019 by

So, you bought a car. Congratulations, you’re well on your way to increased freedom and mobility! It’s a great feeling starting out in a new car or used car – everything is new, or at least new to you. Still, if you don’t maintain your car, those good feelings won’t last very long, as neglected…

What Exactly is the Check Engine Light?

August 16th, 2019 by

In the movies featuring airplanes, the “flashing red warning light” is a thematic indicator that “something has gone wrong” and “the hero must save the day.” Granted, a warning light in the real world doesn’t usually mean your life is at stake, but the check engine light (CEL) can be worrying, particularly if everything else…

Car Maintenance of the Future: Disrupting Car-Care

August 9th, 2019 by

Cars have changed in all kinds of profound ways in past couple decades thanks to the tireless forward march of technological change. There was a time when a lot more people performed many regular car maintenance tasks themselves, and even handled minor repairs as well. But nowadays cars have become so technologically advanced and complicated…

Does it Matter Where You Get Your Oil Change?

July 6th, 2019 by

It used to be that you’d have auto service and repair done by the shop you bought the car from or your local mechanic. However, the more urban you get, you have many more auto repair shops to choose from. Increased competition does a couple of things that might surprise you. To stand out in…

Basic DIY Auto Repair Every Guy and Girl Should Know and Practice

June 8th, 2019 by

Cars have indeed gotten more complicated over the years, and for the better. All this advancement has led to better fuel economy, more power, and higher reliability. At the same time, it’s made it harder for the average DIY to maintain, diagnose, and repair their own cars. Still, an engine is an engine, and a…

Shop Auto Repair Quality, Not Price!

June 8th, 2019 by

If we made the statement, “Auto repair is expensive,” this would come as a shock to exactly no one. With our budgets stretched every which way, setting aside funds for auto repair and regular maintenance can be difficult. In fact, a recent study revealed that at least a third of American drivers do not have…

Are Fuel Additives Necessary?

April 20th, 2019 by

Take a walk through any auto parts store or read any automotive magazine, and you’re likely to see any number of fuel additives or oil additives touting to “improve fuel economy,” “increase oil change intervals,” and “save you money.” Automakers, fuel distributors, and oil manufacturers are in the business of producing vehicles, fuels, and oils…

What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil?

April 13th, 2019 by

Engine oil changes are perhaps one of the first things that come to a person’s mind when they think of regular maintenance, and indeed it is the most-common maintenance item every single car needs, every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Aside from oil viscosity, usually specified by the automaker, another common question is often raised: “Conventional…

Why is Auto Repair So Expensive?

March 23rd, 2019 by

May auto repair shops now charge north of $100 per hour. However, when it comes to counting the costs of driving, whether it’s to work, school, or whatever you’re doing this weekend, auto repair and regular maintenance are often the most forgotten. Even drivers who plan for maintenance may not plan for unexpected repairs, such…

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