Car Ownership Tips

  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

    Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

    Variable Valve Timing, often abbreviated to VVT, is a type of piston engine technology that deliberately delivers inconsistent timing of the intake and/or exhaust valves. The benefit of this is......

  • Smart Used Cars: Top 10 Used Family Sedans

    Smart Used Cars: Top 10 Used Family Sedans

    When buying a used car for the family, more than any other factor, you want peace of mind. There is nothing worse than the fear of......

  • How to Remove Mildew/Musty Smell from your Car

    How to Remove Mildew/Musty Smell from your Car

    Musty odors in vehicles begin with mold and mildew growth resulting from excess moisture and inadequate ventilation. These factors can cause toxins, pollutants and gases to......

  • iPhone Road Test: 2008 Smart Passion Cabriolet

    iPhone Road Test: 2008 Smart Passion Cabriolet

    It's not easy to design a car that will turn heads in Southern California. Seeing a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley or other......

  • Reasons Your Car Won

    Reasons Your Car Won't Heat | Heater Stopped Working

    Heat in automobiles is supplied by hot coolant circulating through the engine. A small amount of hot coolant is diverted into a hose fitted into the firewall and then into......

  • What is a Crumple Zone?

    What is a Crumple Zone?

    Crumple zones are structural safety features designed to absorb the energy of an impact during a crash. The most common crumple zone areas are located at the front and rear of the car. These crumple......

  • The Misguided Fear of Premium Gas

    The Misguided Fear of Premium Gas

    It's no news that gasoline prices have doubled in the last two years. Who remembers saying gas was expensive at $2.18 a gallon in January of......

  • Expert Picks: Family Sedans Rated from 4.0 to 5.0 Stars

    Expert Picks: Family Sedans Rated from 4.0 to 5.0 Stars

    Introduction As automotive journalists, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is, "What car......

  • Automotive Accessories, Car Care Products

    Automotive Accessories, Car Care Products

    Introduction For most of us, buying a new car every year is not an option, so our......

  • pouring antifreeze

    How to Test Antifreeze

    Automotive Coolant Coolant is a water and antifreeze mixture that is added to your engine periodically. The purpose of coolant is in keeping the engine from overheating by taking heat away from the......