Advice

How to Get the Best Offer for Your Trade-In

By Kelsey Mays on June 1, 2021

Drive by an auto dealership these days and you’ll likely see bare pavement galore, a snapshot of bone-dry inventory wrought by microchip-starved production amid strong consumer demand. Automotive N... Read More
How to Save Gas While Driving

By Cars.com Editors on May 12, 2021

These six tips from AAA and Universal Technical Institute experts will help you save gas while driving until you can safely find an open station to refuel. Read More
Here Are the 10 Cheapest New SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

By Mike Hanley and Jane Ulitskaya on April 29, 2021

All 10 of the models in our cheap SUV list are subcompacts, and they’re ordered by base price, from least to most expensive. Read More
What Is an Alternator?

By Rick Popely on April 25, 2021

An alternator is a generator that produces the electricity stored in a vehicle’s 12-volt battery and powers the starter motor for the engine and the various computers, lights, power windows and loc... Read More
What Does VSA Stand For?

By Rick Popely on April 18, 2021

VSA stands for vehicle stability assist, the proprietary term for the electronic stability control system used on Honda and Acura vehicles. Electronic stability control relies on sensors to detect ... Read More
What Does TCS Stand For?

By Rick Popely on April 11, 2021

The abbreviation TCS stands for traction control system, a feature that is on all current vehicles and prevents the drive wheels from losing traction on slippery surfaces. Here’s how it works.  Rel... Read More
Can You Get a Car Loan With Bad Credit?

By Fred Meier on April 4, 2021

So your credit rating took a hit, but you need a car to get back on your feet. Can you still get a car loan with poor credit? Yes, most people still can borrow money for a car. But expect to pay ad... Read More
Why Do I Keep Getting Phone Calls About My Car’s Warranty Expiring and How Do I Stop Them?

By Rick Popely on April 3, 2021

Those annoying calls that remind you that your vehicle’s warranty has expired, or is about to, may not just be aggressive telemarketing. They might be scams, the Federal Trade Commission warns. Sca... Read More
Are Extended Car Warranties Worth It?

By Rick Popely on March 27, 2021

The average new-vehicle loan is for six years, according to data from Experian, longer than the typical manufacturer’s warranty, and many people hang on to their vehicles far longer than that. Once... Read More
What Happens When You Overfill Your Car With Oil?

By Rick Popely on March 20, 2021

When an engine has too little oil, bad things can happen: Friction between moving parts increases, the engine may run hotter and, worst case, moving parts seize when they become starved for lubrica... Read More
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