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Car Pro Guide to Handling Vehicle Hail Damage, Plus Severe Weather Driving Tips
   Published March 25, 2020
Spring brings storms and, with them, many places get hail. We had this happen this past Sunday evening in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. In parts of the Metroplex, baseball-sized hail ruined thousands of cars, some so bad the windshields and rear windows were knocked out.

When driving in the rain, you need to exercise greater caution than usual because your reaction time and sight will be decreased.
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Keeping Your Car Germ-Free During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Flu Season
   Published March 24, 2020
Steps you can take to keep your vehicle clean and prevent illness from germs that can hide out on various surfaces inside and outside of your vehicle.

While the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is serious and deadly, any flu should be taken seriously. Both the new coronavirus and various seasonal flu strains can be especially dangerous for seniors with underlying conditions as well as children.  Read More
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Hit a Pothole? Here’s How to Tell If You Have Damage
   Published March 4, 2020
Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. According to the American Automobile Association, the average repair cost of pothole-related repairs is $306 although sometimes repair costs can soar to over $1,000. More importantly, hitting a pothole or trying to avoid one can result in a crash and potential injuries.
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The Importance Of Checking Your Car’s Belts
   Published February 27, 2020
The Car Care Council is reminding us about the importance of giving cars the proper TLC to avoid engine trouble and keep them running properly.

One way to keep your vehicle maintained is by checking its engine belts to make sure they are in tip top shape. Engine belts are a vital part of keeping your vehicle moving. Losing one can mean immediate trouble for the engine and an unpleasant breakdown for you.
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Beware: All Car Sales Are Final, So Don’t Skimp on the Test Drive
   Published February 19, 2020
I preach it on the radio regularly, but it happens way too often. People go out and buy themselves a new vehicle, and within 72 hours they realize they don’t like it or it doesn’t fit their family, or some other issue. It is called buyer’s remorse, and in spite of what people think, there is no “cooling off” period in any state in America. When you drive away, you own it. Usually when someone regrets his or her purchase, it is because he or she didn’t take a proper test drive.

Some people refuse to take a test drive. I believe the test drive of a new or used vehicle is a very important step in the car buying process. I cannot imagine spending money on shoes without trying them on, and I sure cannot imagine making your second-largest purchase without driving what you are buying. Here are some tips for doing it properly.  Read More
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AAA: Texas Gas Prices To Fall Under $2 Per Gallon
   Published February 12, 2020
If you’ve filled up at the pump lately in Texas, you’ll likely have noticed the price drop at the pump. It’s not your imagination, either. Gas prices in Texas continue to fall according to the American Automobile Association. Its recent Weekend Gas Watch Report reports an average gas price in Texas of $2.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel. That’s five cents less than this day last week and is 13 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. That is also less than the  Read More
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Car Pro Guide To Oil Changes, Synthetic Oil and Oil Consumption
   Published February 10, 2020
I hear from people all the time who are confused about the correct time to change their oil and filter. I wrote an article some years ago titled “nix the 3000-mile oil change”. The truth is, oil is just so much better these days, there is never any reason to change it at fewer than 5000 miles, and that is for those people who really want to get a lot of mileage out of an engine.

When to Change Your OilBusinesses that change oil for consumers often want to tell you that the sooner you  Read More
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Understanding Vehicle Start/Stop Systems
   Published February 5, 2020
I am spending time this week with a General Motors SUV that has the Auto Start/Stop system. That in itself is not problematic, but this SUV does not have a button to turn it off, which drives me crazy. While it is fresh in my mind, I thought it might be a good time to revisit these systems.

How Stop-Start Systems Work
If you are not familiar with this system, simply put, when you come to a stop, like a red light, the engine shuts down, but essential other components continue to run, like the air conditioning system, power steering, brakes, sound system, etc. When you take your foot off the brake to press the gas pedal the engine restarts and you go on your merry way. In a vehicle with a manual transmission, the system operates from the clutch pedal instead of the brake.
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How To Find A Good Auto Service Repair Shop
   Published January 29, 2020
Many people who have cars out of the warranty period, often ask me if I know a good garage to recommend. In some areas, I do but in others, I don’t know a sole.

Some people use auto dealerships for all their repairs and maintenance to their car, and there are certainly some advantages to  Read More
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Dealing With An Insurance Adjuster
   Published January 9, 2020
As expected, we have heard from a ton of Hurricane Harvey victims who have lost cars in the flood. They are rightfully concerned about getting transportation so they can rebuild their lives and get back to making money. One trend I am seeing is people rushing to settle with their insurance company on their old vehicle. That’s exactly what the insurance company wants you to do.

If your vehicle is totaled by wreck or flood damage, or stolen and not recovered, you are going to be forced to  Read More
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NICB: “Puffing” Your Vehicle Could Cost You
   Published January 8, 2020
Ever run out and start your car to get it warmed up during the winter, then go back inside for a few minutes? Well, you should rethink that plan according to the National Insurnace Crime Bureau. The NICB calls it “puffing” and warns that if you leave your car unlocked and unattended while warming it up, it could become a target for theft.

The NICB says more and more states and municipalities are passing laws banning “puffing,” making it illegal to leave a  Read More
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5 Ways to Be A Safer Driver in 2020
   Published January 2, 2020
Let’s face it. The roads can be downright dangerous out there, filled with distracted, drunk, drowsy or aggressive drivers, not to mention those who feel a need for speed and try to beat red lights. If you’re guilty of any of these behaviors yourself, it’s time to make some resolutions to change that. Here are five New Year’s driving resolutions to make for the year ahead that will make the road safer for yourself and other drivers including law enforcement and first responders who risk their lives every day working traffic incidents.  Read More
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Are You Sure You Have A Spare Tire?
   Published December 11, 2019
If you have purchased a new car or crossover SUV in the past few years and assumed it had a spare tire and wheel, you could be in for a surprise. Unfortunately, you may not know for sure until you are on the side of the road somewhere. Those who find out they have no spare tire in an emergency situation are, shall we say, less than pleased.  Read More
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How To Safely Transport Your Holiday Food
   Published November 21, 2019
At some point, we’ve all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps while speeding down the highway over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.

How about getting all those leftovers home after Thanksgiving dinner? While Auntie May’s pumpkin pie may seem perfectly pleasant perched atop a lace doily on the dining-room table, it can become a dangerous projectile if not secured properly in  Read More
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Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published November 20, 2019
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.

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5 Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Value
   Published November 13, 2019
The greatest single cost in car ownership is depreciation. Basically, the second you drive your car off a dealer lot, it loses value and will continue to do so until you either decide to sell it or it stops working.

By taking proper care of your car, keeping it looking good and running smoothly, you can ensure that it fetches as much money as possible when it comes time to sell or trade in. Following these five simple steps will work wonders in maintaining  Read More
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Store Your Vehicle’s Roadside Assistance Number
   Published November 6, 2019
Many of you will be traveling over the holidays, and nobody wants to find himself or herself stuck on the side of the road for any reason, but if you drive in major metro areas, odds are good you see it on a daily basis. I am a sucker for people who look like they need help and have stopped many times to see if I could assist. The last time I did this, the driver had been in a hurry and ran out of gas in a fairly new car. He asked if I could give him a lift to a gas station and I asked him if he’d called roadside assistance? His reply was “I don’t think I have that”. He was driving a two-year-old Camry, and a quick Google search revealed the phone number. He called and the ETA of the service provider was less than 10 minutes.
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Where To Find Your Car’s Digital Owner’s Manual Online
   Published November 5, 2019
Have questions about your car? Well, forget finding them the old fashioned way, in an owner’s manual tucked away in your glovebox. These days you’ll need to go online. In the digital age, automakers are posting them on their websites and some, like Hyundai’s, even include augmented reality features. Many brands are also now allowing you to reference them through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

The move to digital manuals is due in part to cutting weight, since paper adds up. In fact, if  Read More
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Halloween Risk: What To Do If Your Car Gets Egged
   Published October 24, 2019
If your car is going to get egged, it will probably be next Wednesday night. Lots of things can happen on Halloween, but getting your car egged is one of the WORST. It happened to me a few years ago, and I am sure it was random, but the results could have been bad had I not known what to do. Thank goodness I saw it before I left for the day.

The DamageAs harmless as eggs seem, they can actually wreak havoc on vehicle paint surfaces and cause long-lasting, permanent damage. The yolk that’s  Read More
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published August 26, 2019
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.

As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.

3 Basic Types Of Child Seats
1.) Rear-facing seats

These seats  Read More