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AAA Reports Record Roadside Rescues Despite New Tech

By Matt Schmitz on July 19, 2016


CARS.COM — Vehicle technologies intended to make drivers' lives more convenient are inadvertently resulting in greater numbers of motorists stranded on the roadside, according to a just-released report by AAA. The travel-services giant said it came to the aid of… Read More

AAA Reports Record Roadside Rescues Despite New Tech

By Matt Schmitz on July 19, 2016

CARS.COM — Vehicle technologies intended to make drivers' lives more convenient are inadvertently resulting in greater numbers of motorists stranded on the roadside, according to a just-released report by AAA. The travel-services giant said it came to the aid of… Read More

Our Volvo XC90's First Service Includes Oil Change, Software Update

By Joe Bruzek on June 27, 2016

CARS.COM — The 2016 Volvo XC90 in Cars.com's long-term test fleet went 10,930 miles before its first trip to the dealership. At the same time, we had technicians check for software updates that might help the large multimedia screen's performance,… Read More

What Is the Honda Fit's B1 Service?

By Joe Bruzek on June 9, 2016

CARS.COM — The B1 service indicator popped up on our 2015 Honda Fit at around 14,000 miles, signifying it was time for the Fit's second oil change following the A1 oil change at 6,800 miles. The Fit's maintenance minder system… Read More

Have Gas, Will Travel: Low Pump Prices Fuel Memorial Day Road-Trip Record

By Matt Schmitz on May 20, 2016

CARS.COM — Driving to your Memorial Day weekend destination this year is probably gonna suck at least a little bit. Unless you enjoy sitting in traffic or jockeying for a gas-pump position at a chaotic travel plaza, the nearly 34… Read More

Study: Cars Are No. 2 Casualty When Hail Rains Down

By Matt Schmitz on May 18, 2016

CARS.COM — Just weeks after Midwestern and Great Plains states were pummeled with hail, a new study is showing that as the hail falls, the costs mount. According to a just-released report by the Des Plaines, Ill.-based National Insurance Crime… Read More

Six Things to Do When You're Running Out of Gas

By Matt Schmitz on April 25, 2016

CARS.COM — Admit it: You've been there. We all have. You were making great time. You were trying to beat rush hour. You wanted to wait until the next food stop or bathroom break. But you cut it too close.… Read More

CarMD: When Check Engine Light Goes on, Check Engine, Stat!

By Matt Schmitz on April 19, 2016

CARS.COM — Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Well, CarMD says that when it comes to your car, prevention also is worth a whole lot of money. The Irvine, Calif.-based automotive diagnostic info… Read More

You Can Learn a Lot From a Dummy — the Pothole Dummy

By Matt Schmitz on April 12, 2016

CARS.COM — You'd have to be some kind of dummy to hit a pothole on purpose. Unless you're the Pothole Dummy — in which case you hit a thousand. Related: AAA: Potholes Are a Money Pit for Motorists From April… Read More

Five Ways to Safeguard Your Car Against a Cyberattack

By Matt Schmitz on March 18, 2016

CARS.COM — Ready or not, the age of connected cars has come. With the myriad of safety, convenience and efficiency functions of today's cloud-connected cars comes increased vulnerability to hackers. These computer criminals can infiltrate vehicles through onboard computers or… Read More

Video: Is El Nino Your Car's Amigo?

By Matt Schmitz on March 11, 2016

CARS.COM — You've heard of the weather phenomenon know as El Nino, right? Well, it brought a mild winter to much of the U.S. this year. But beyond easing your seasonal affective disorder, you may find that El Nino is… Read More