Facebook Pixel

Owning Articles

Image
Tires Are The Most Important Safety Feature On Your Car
   Published January 21, 2021
When you think of all the safety equipment on cars these days, people quickly think of airbags, emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, etc. The truth is, in my opinion, your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. It is often the most ignored as well. Today, I bring you some tips on how to keep your tires in good condition. After all, tires are all that separates you from the road.

Keep An Eye On Tire Pressures
This is one of the most critical  Read More
Image
How To Find A Good Auto Service Repair Shop
   Published January 20, 2021
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
Image
Are You “Puffing” Your Car?
   Published January 6, 2021
Winter is here - and has been for some for awhile already. It’s cold out - and no one wants to get into a freezing cold car on a bitter morning. We get it. You may be tempted to unlock your car, turn on the engine to warm up a bit with the keys inside, then head back inside. It’s a practice calling “puffing” - a term that comes from seeing a visual “puff” of exhaust coming out of the tailpipe during cold temps. But it’s not a good idea, because a car thief could end up riding off in your warm and cozy vehicle.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau warns against the practice and says more and more states and municipalities are passing laws banning “puffing,” making it illegal to leave a vehicle running and unlocked, even in your driveway. These days, the NICB says remote starters are usually considered a safe alternative. They allow you to start the engine while keeping the vehicle safely locked up without the presence of a key or fob.  Read More
Image
CarMD 2020 Vehicle Health Index Make and Model Results
   Published January 6, 2021
A New Year is upon us and we hope the road ahead in 2021 does not include a check engine light for you. It’s happened to most of us of course, due to what could be a number of potential issues, some more costly than others. (You can find a list of the most common ones here.)

A new 2020 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Make and Model Reliability Rankings gives us some more data. It looks at the frequency of engine light repairs among makes of 1996 to 2020 model-year vehicles.   Read More
Image
5 Ways to Be A Safer Driver in 2021
   Published December 29, 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
Image
Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published December 17, 2020
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.

Parking  Read More
Image
Car Pro Advice: Taking The Proper Test Drive
   Published December 16, 2020
It’s the end of the year, and when you get to the dealership, things are hectic, especially with the incredible offers that are out there. No matter how busy a dealership is, one thing you don’t want to do is skip out on a test drive before your new vehicle. Car Pro dealerships are disinfecting vehicles prior to test drives. Plus, many will also bring a vehicle to you to test drive so you don’t have to visit a dealership in person - just one way they are addressing health concerns during Covid.

The lesson to be learned from not taking a test drive can be gained from a recent Car Pro Show caller who sought advice for a case of buyer’s remorse. She bought an SUV only to find out, it was not comfortable and it was too hard to get in and out of. Odds are, she took a short test drive and did not spend enough time in the car before buying it. It happens way too often.
  Read More
Image
Are You Sure You Have A Spare Tire?
   Published December 11, 2020
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
Image
Holiday Auto Theft Report
   Published December 2, 2020
Keep your car locked and secure on New Year’s Day -- that’s the holiday with the most reported vehicle thefts according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.

The report shows dramatic variations in theft activity throughout the winter months. According to the data, thieves aren’t too busy on Christmas Day, as it shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day. Thanksgiving ranks low on the holiday theft list as well. However, New Year’s Eve  Read More
Image
Tips on Cleaning Your Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic
   Published November 23, 2020
As we head into the final weeks of the year, COVID-19 cases are again spiking across the nation as the “third wave” hits the U.S. It’s just as important now as it was in March and over the summer to take precautions to prevent its spread. A big difference between now and last spring, is that when the pandemic started, many people were staying home and off the roads and had postponed travel plans. But now, many people are venturing out more in their communities. Plus, as we head into the holiday season, some families may be planning to travel -- especially by car. According to AAA’s latest estimate -- 47.8 million Americans are planning road trips for Thanksgiving. That’s a drop of 4.5% over last year - but still, folks, 47.8 million is a lot of people hitting the road. Road trips are not a risk-free activity. It’s pretty hard to social distance 6-feet in the confines of a vehicle.

Whether you’re staying around town or one of those who is planning to travel by car this year, let’s again go through some tips on how to clean and sanitize your vehicle. Although no amount of cleaning is a guarantee of preventing the spread of COVID among passengers in your vehicle, there are things you can do to help minimize the risk.
  Read More
Image
How To Safely Transport Your Holiday Food
   Published November 16, 2020
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
Image
J.D. Power Resale Value Awards Winners
   Published November 11, 2020
Out of 2017 model year vehicles, the GMC Sierra 3500 is the model with the best overall resale value in J.D. Power’s latest Resale Value Awards, and both Honda and Toyota each walk away with five awards. The 2020 awards, in their third year, recognize the best resale value across 25 model-level vehicle segments following three years of ownership. The awards are based on transaction data using customer insights.

“Our transaction database shows which  Read More
Image
How Do I Collect My Diminished Value?
   Published November 5, 2020
A DFW listener called last weekend dismayed because he was hit by another driver, causing a wreck that was not his fault. The other party’s insurance said he was not eligible to collect his loss of value because his car was too old. This was not true.
Diminished Value
There is not much worse than having a wreck in your car. It is even more upsetting when the collision is not your fault. You have to deal with your insurance company, or worse, the other party’s insurance.
In many cases, you  Read More
Image
Decorate Your Car For Halloween & What to Do If Your Car Gets Egged
   Published October 28, 2020
It’s going to be a different kind of Halloween this year for many, with the ongoing pandemic putting a damper on traditional trick-or-treating. Instead of trick or treaters out and about (and drivers, please remain cautious for those who are still partaking in the activity this year) you may see more cars decked out for Halloween this year, instead. At least that’s Nissan’s answer to making Halloween more palatable this year. It partnered with a local high school near its North American headquarters to come up with a Halloween themed 2020 Sentra and we’ll provide some of Nissan’s decorating tips below.   Read More
Image
Store Your Vehicle’s Roadside Assistance Number
   Published October 27, 2020
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.
  Read More
Image
A Teen’s First Car Is a Lesson in Life
   Published October 19, 2020
We spent a good amount of time on the Car Pro Show last weekend talking about Teen Driver Safety Week. It can be a life changer for the parents as well as the child. For most parents, your child’s independence is exciting and scary at the same time.

We had a caller to the nationally syndicated show who had a son who wanted a pickup truck. While I like pickups as a first vehicle, this family was on a limited budget. I spoke to the teen on the air to try to explain why he would be better  Read More
Image
The Basics Of The Check Engine Light
   Published October 7, 2020
We’ve all had our check engine light come on and likely wondered what it means and just how quickly it should be attended to. Check engine lights can mean different things and should never be ignored.

When your check engine light comes on, it is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe  Read More
Image
Car Pro Advice: Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
   Published October 7, 2020
Covid-19 has changed much about our lives. For instance, people are shying away from Uber and Lyft. Airline flights are way down. People are driving more on road trips because they know the environment inside their own car is safe. In fact, a recent Chevrolet and Harris Poll study found that there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to the pandemic and of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41 percent plan to road trip over Thanksgiving or winter  Read More
Image
2020 Tax Code 179 For Business Owners & The Self-Employed
   Published September 30, 2020
It’s that time of year: Below is our annual guide to Tax Code Section 179 for self-employed and business owners who buy a vehicle.

Tax Code 179Tax Code 179, the special deduction to write off equipment in the year purchased, was extended permanently in 2015 legislation. This has been further liberalized by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that Congress enacted in December 2017.

Beginning in 2018, this special deduction allows businesses to write off up to $1 million worth of  Read More
Image
Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published September 25, 2020
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