When it comes to people you can trust, car dealers are right up there with politicians. How that ever came to be I cannot say. Car dealers are notorious for being aggressive, ruthless and untrustworthy and they usually wear way too much cologne. It is an unfortunate reputation and of course there are some genuine…

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I am Your Car Angel, and normally I like to write about cars. By now you most likely know that I love cars but I would be remiss if I were not to highlight the most obvious of all facts; that there are way too many of them in the world already. Enter Mr Izhar…

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Is Bigger Better? If you ask most people what car would be safer in an accident given a choice between a big old heavy Volvo 940 wagon pictured to the right or the tiny Renault Modus, most would choose the larger car. We decide these things based mostly on the “Bigness Factor”. Bigger is better,…

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When it comes to financing, car dealers generally do not play fair. There are many dealer financing tricks to contend with. They have an incentive to charge you as much as possible in the annual percentage rate (APR) for the amount you will need to finance. The problem is dealers make a margin on all…

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My Worst Cars To Buy list is compiled from overall reliability data covering models with much-below-average reliability.  It includes only the models for which I have 3 years of sufficient data. Problems with the engine major, engine cooling, transmission major, and drive system were weighted more heavily than other problems. Please CLICK HERE for my full…

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In the car world it can be quite confusing to decide which are the best used cars to buy. Will it be be reliable, safe, and offer many years of predictable service?  These questions are answered in the Halo List. I have put together a collection of cars that I call my “Halo List”. These cars rate…

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Over the years people have come to me with many car questions. Renting or loaning cars has come up often. The question goes like this: “Does my insurance cover a friend if I lend or rent my car to them?” and “Am I covered if I drive someone else’s car?” and “Does My Insurance Cover…

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Following is the complete Toyota Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Toyota engines have timing belts, some have timing chains. It pays to know what your engine has. Belts need to be replaced at normal intervals (usually every 90-100k on late model cars) or you will have hell to pay. Timing chains however are a…

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Everyone knows about craigslist.org, but only a few of us have used the much more effective search tool named http://crazedlist.com/ on a daily basis. It was a sad day when I recently logged on and found the following message: “SORRY! crazedlist is down until further notice. It’s been real, it’s been fun, it’s been real…

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A video turned up recently by Reuters. Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa presented their eco-friendly car that runs entirely on water. The company is in talks for mass production of the “engine” which currently costs $18,522, but as soon as next year with right quantities it could be lowered to below $4,600 or less if they succeed…

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