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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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I Don't Like My New Car, What Can I do?
   Published December 17, 2019
We had a nice lady caller this past Saturday with 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.

Avoid Buyer’s Remorse with a Proper Test Drive
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  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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Breaking Up (with Your Vehicle) is Hard to Do and DAV Makes it Easy for You
   Published November 25, 2019
Parting with the old, makes room for the new. DAV vehicle donor Jim Byrnes and grandson enjoying their new set of wheels.We know you’ve developed a relationship with your car, motorcycle or truck. But there comes a time when it’s best to say goodbye—and you can feel good about it by donating your vehicle to DAV (Disabled American Veterans). That’s what Jim Byrnes did.

“The vehicle I donated was my favorite,” says Jim, who donated his beloved Range Rover to DAV’s vehicle donation program.  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.

Parking  Read More
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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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Ways to Protect Your Car From Germs This Flu Season
   Published October 30, 2019
Cold and flu season is once again upon us and that means germs will soon be coming at us from all directions, including from inside our own vehicles.

Flu cases are low right now, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but things really get hopping in December and flu season runs through March. So there is still time to get your flu prevention plan of attack ready and help keep your family SUV as germ-free as possible. It’s serious business, too. The CDC says during  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
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Car Care Council: Change Your Spark Plugs
   Published July 17, 2019
The non-profit Car Care Council is once again reminding us all about the importance of vehicle maintenance, and in this case specifically the spark plug. It may be a small engine part, but the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle's power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency. It should be replaced periodically, according to the automotive experts at Car Care Council. Doing so can even improve fuel efficiency.

"Spark plugs are one of the  Read More
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How To Keep Your Car From Being Stolen On July 4th
   Published July 2, 2019
July 4th isn’t just a popular holiday for watching fireworks. It’s also a popular holiday for car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that more than 8,000 vehicles were stolen on the July 4th holiday from 2014-2017. The holiday also makes #7 on the NICB’s most recent Holiday Theft Report released last October. The report is based on 2017 data, when more than two thousand cars were stolen on Independence Day.

2017 Holiday Vehicle Thefts
New Year’s Day  Read More
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Car Pro Guide to Handling Vehicle Hail Damage, Plus Severe Weather Driving Tips
   Published June 25, 2019
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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8 Ways To Get Your Car Ready For Summer
   Published May 1, 2019
It seems to sneak up on us every year. Suddenly we look up and for many, the thermometer is hitting triple digits. For some people, depending on locale, that first 100-degree day is the start of a string of hot days that lasts for months. This is a tough time of year for your car, but there are things you can do to help your car get through the summer season.

1. Check A/C Have your air conditioning system checked, many repair shops do this at no charge or a very nominal fee. It is not  Read More
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CarMD Lists Top Reasons For Check Engine Light To Be On
   Published April 24, 2019
CarMD, a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data and business solutions, released its 2019 CarMD Vehicle Health Index report. This annual VHI report provides an overview of information related to check engine-related car repairs, costs and trends.
Top 5 Reasons for Check Engine LightBelow you’ll find the rankings according to CarMD’s findings along with average cost of repairs. The one you don’t want is the pricey problem of  Read More
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Road Trip Prep Music & Car Care Month
   Published April 3, 2019
When it comes to music, who puts you in the mood for a road trip? If it’s either Bruce Springsteen or Keith Urban you are not alone.

According to a nationwide survey of more than 25,000 vehicle owners conducted on behalf of the non-profit Car Care Council, Springsteen and Urban were the preferred choice to listen to when getting ready to hit the road.

The survey results coincide with National Car Care Month.

"With April being National Car Care Month, we thought it would be a fun  Read More