Why and How to Inspect a Used Vehicle Prior to Purchase

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Because new cars typically lose around 20% to 30% of their value within the first year, purchasing a used car can be a wise choice to save money and reduce the amount you lose to vehicle depreciation. However, without a thorough pre-purchase inspection, you run the risk of purchasing a lemon that may cost you more in repairs and frustration in the long run.

Here, you’ll find a checklist of key areas to assess during an inspection on a used vehicle, but first, let’s establish why you shouldn’t skimp on inspecting a used car before you buy it.

How to Prepare for a Summer Road Trip

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It's time to hit the road for summer, so you can jump in your car and go, right? Not quite. Get in the habit of reviewing simple maintenance needs before you get on the road.

Car Battery Dying? Here's How To Tell

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No matter how comfortable you are with vehicles and the moving parts that make them, well, move, it's always helpful to have an expert opinion when something isn't going right. That's especially true when it comes to battery problems. Here's how to tell if your car battery is dying (and why you should find a solution fast).

Getting Your Car Serviced: What You Should Know

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Whether you're a first-time car owner or just want to brush up on the basics of vehicle maintenance, car service is one thing you can't afford to overlook. Service is an important part of your responsibilities as a driver. Here's what to know about this necessary step: what it is, how it works, and how often to have it done.

Fluid Leaking From Your Vehicle? Here's How To Identify It

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Fluid leaking from the bottom of your vehicle can be alarming--but it doesn't have to be the end of the world. Before you do anything, it's important to identify the type of fluid and determine your next steps (if any steps are required at all). Let's take a look!

Maintenance for High-Mileage Vehicles

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Does your vehicle have high mileage? No need to panic--that hard-working machine could potentially stay on the road for many years to come. However, it all depends on your car maintenance habits and your dedication to vehicle care. Here's what you need to know!

Why Mileage Matters

No matter what make or model you own, proactive car maintenance. It's part of what keeps modern vehicles on the road for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Here's what to know about why those miles matter:

Why Your Car Heater Blows Cold Air

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Is your car heater blowing cold air? There's no better way to make a winter drive unpleasant--which means you're likely looking for a quick answer. Here's what you need to know about vehicle heaters, common problems, and the auto repair solutions that might just save the day.

Tips for Buying a New-To-You Car

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Are you looking to buy a used--or "new-to-you"--car? If so, you probably already know that there are quite a few things you'll need to think about, including potential auto repair. Here's what to know!

What To Know About Prius Maintenance

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Whether you already own a Toyota Prius or are looking to add one to your garage, it's important to understand this vehicle's maintenance needs. Let's take a closer look at the Prius and how to keep it in tip-top shape!

What To Expect When Visiting an Auto Repair Shop

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If you've never been to an auto repair shop or are trying to choose a new one, you might not be sure what to expect. Here are a few things that are likely to be part of your experience--and a few things that shouldn't be.