Don’t worry: We speak CarSpeak, and so can you.
Cars are cool, but we also recognize that cars can seem like they have a whole other language.
If you’ve ever gotten lost in technical terminology during a conversation with your auto-enthusiast pal, mechanic or car salesperson, you’re not alone. There’s just too much to know, and with the exponential advancements of modern technology, the dictionary of vehicular vernacular certainly isn’t getting any smaller. Heck, even we have to constantly update our vocabulary, and we eat, sleep and breathe this stuff.
So, squash your self-doubt and let’s all learn together. To that end, we’ve launched a series of Greased Lightning-quick videos and articles that define the car terms and answer the automotive questions you’ve been wondering about most. Consider it your personal Rosetta Stone for learning to speak cars — CarSpeak, we call it.
Bone up on everything from the simple to the obscure. Sure, you may know what a drivetrain or a destination fee or extended warranty are — but do you know what CVT, VIN or ABS stand for?
Chances are, you aren’t familiar with at least a couple of these, and all of ’em are things you’ll want to understand when you’re researching your next purchase of a new or used car, or sitting in the finance-and-insurance room negotiating the bottom line before signing on the dotted line.
Study our handy glossary to ensure you’re equipped with the knowledge to make the best possible decision on an important purchase that’ll be with you for years to come. You’ll be speaking fluent CarSpeak in no time.
What Does ABS Stand For?
What is APR?
What are Captain’s Chairs?
What does CPO stand for?
What does CVT stand for?
What is a Destination Fee?
What is Domestic Parts Content?
What is a Drivetrain?
What is an Extended Warranty?
What is a Hybrid?
What is a Lease?
What does MSRP stand for?
What is a Piston?
What is a Running Board?
What is a Suspension?
What is Torque?
What does VIN stand for?
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