Author Archives: Max Minkov

2015 Ford F-150

Courtesy of autoweek.com Dodge is trying to sell you on the fact that there RAM truck has won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year two years in a row.  Well that’s not hard to do if you ask me.  While … Continue reading

Cuban cards

Courtesy of autoblog.org Cuba.  A beautiful, mystical and almost mythical place.  Sitting just a mere 90 miles away from Florida’s Key West, the average American doesn’t know all that much about Cuba.  From the picture above (recently taken), it looks … Continue reading

Tie

Courtesy of ties.com I’m talking to you son, put the tie down and walk away!  Let’s be honest.  Ties are a terrible gift.  Here’s why.  Your father falls into one of two scenarios.  First scenario, he wears a suit every … Continue reading

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School Closed for Summer

Courtesy of headoverheelsindebt.blogspot.com Yup, it’s true.  The school year is coming to a close.  That is if it hasn’t already closed for the year.  So it means that we need to get some business in order, and do it quickly.  … Continue reading

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Spring-Road

   Spring will be here before we know it. I know that pesky groundhog saw his shadow so we’re in for a little more winter, but thankfully for us even if he’s right, the changing of the seasons is a … Continue reading

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Bluetooth-Logo

Courtesy of qtooth.com This year marks the 20 year anniversary of the invention of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard. Back in 1994 it was pretty inconceivable how this invention was going to change our lives. Even in 2004 Bluetooth was … Continue reading

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If there’s one segment where the American auto makers never lost a step, it is definitely the luxury SUV segment. Between the offerings from Buick, Cadillac and Lincoln, we have a lot of options and a lot of value. There … Continue reading

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Raising a family is one of the most rewarding things we can do in life. The reality is that it can also be quite the financial challenge. The mortgage, taxes and groceries add up fast! Who has the money left … Continue reading

2012 Ford Mustang

Convertibles are Always in Season I already know what you’re thinking…who would write such a silly title for an article?! But I mean it when I say that convertibles are always in season. They’re just cars at the end of … Continue reading

Winter-Driving

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org It feels like it was only yesterday that we were covering convertibles. Now we are putting covers on our convertibles because…snow is here! As we write this, inches are falling in the Philly/DC area. It is single … Continue reading

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Ten to twenty years ago, buying a used car was tricky. There were only a couple of mainstays at the top of the used car reliability charts. Fortunately for us it’s not the 1990s. A lot has changed, thanks to … Continue reading

Honda

Courtesy of Honda Think about this…the first hybrid was introduced to the US market back in the 2000 model year.  That was 14 years ago!  Personally I can’t believe that this much time has passed since the first Honda Insight … Continue reading

2012-Cadillac-Escalade

“It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…”  Nope, I’m not talking about the December holiday season.  I’m talking about the wide release of the 2014 models.  Now there are some great new cars being introduced this year like the … Continue reading

New-Jersey-Turnpike-Traffic

Terrible New Jersey Turnpike Traffic, Courtesy of nj.com Let’s face it.  No one likes traffic.  It’s time consuming and inconvenient.  My recent trip from Washington DC to the New York City metro area took 6 hours.  It’s supposed to take … Continue reading

overheat

Courtesy of dealer.com Overheating is just the worst.  It’s inconvenient, inconsiderate to fellow drivers and incredibly easy to prevent.  It’s inconvenient because it always happens at the wrong time, not that overheating is something that anyone will schedule into their … Continue reading

Manual-transmission-ford

A current generation Ford Mustang, courtesy of mustangsdaily.com Call it what you want.  Manual, stick shift, stick, shift, and the list goes on and on.  There was once a time where you only had one transmission choice: manual.  Then the … Continue reading

tirepressure

Automobiles, being the precision machines that they are, require diligent monitoring to ensure they are running at peak performance.  The aspects of the vehicle that an owner should look at depend on many factors, for example the age of the … Continue reading

Let’s be honest.  Buying a new car is easy.  You walk into a dealer like it’s a big box retailer.  You pick the exact model with the exact colors and features you want “off the shelf”.  If you want, you … Continue reading

Toyota Car

It’s 2013. We are on the tail end of the Great Recession (hopefully). All of the automakers have survived the recession in some form or another. We lost some iconic brands along the way, the likes of Mercury and Pontiac. … Continue reading

BMW 4 Series

Yup, you read correctly.  BMW is really introducing a 4-Series coupe as a 2014 model.  This is news, but it is far from awesome news in my humble opinion.  I always love the introduction of a new BMW model.  The reintroduction … Continue reading

2005 Ford Mustang

Automotive companies have made waves in recent years with retro inspired styling.  All of the major American brands introduced one or multiple models that paid homage to styling from the 60s and 70s.  These cars give buyers from older generations … Continue reading

Toyota_Highlander_Hybrid

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, courtesy of Conceptcarz. Two thousand and twelve proved a banner year for the automotive industry. Sales hadn’t soared so high since 2007, a year before the economic downturn that threatened to nearly completely upend the … Continue reading

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Tires…they are very complex engineered components, but if I had to take a guess, at least 9 out of 10 drivers takes them for granted. Really when you think about it, you can’t blame these people. Tires do what they … Continue reading

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Courtesy of Tesla Motors. All hail that mighty make, Tesla. Last month the California-based manufacturer of exclusively upscale electric vehicles captured the attention of the mainstream auto world after its Model S garnered Motor Trend’s Car of Year award in … Continue reading

Maybach

Via Maybach. Few status symbols have attracted the type of everlasting and loyal fame as the luxury car. The reason for this is simple: a truly classy vehicle speaks volumes of opulence. Every detail about these cars conveys a longtime … Continue reading

A self-driving Lexus, courtesy of Legit News. When California Governor Jerry Brown officially signed legislation that integrates driverless cars into the state’s car community this past week, a furor ignited. Dissenters lamented that the technology would give undocumented illegals a … Continue reading

Thanks to BJ Thoughts. Panicked. Scammed. Dissatisfied. Lovely words most of us motorists associate with the inevitable experience of dealing with a mechanic. Years of experience and education are needed to perform solid auto work, credentials only those mechanics can … Continue reading

You know the drill. Extreme heat poses a life-threatening risk to children, pets, and any being trapped inside of a boiling car during the torrid weather. But few motorists are alert to the full extent of the detrimental effect that … Continue reading

  Audio systems have never been more complex, entertaining, or important in our vehicles than right now. Fighting traffic or navigating long trips can demand hours of our time — it’s only right that the music we listen to inside … Continue reading

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The enthusiasm of real-deal car professionals for their tires never tires. Read that sentence again. And again. Once its message has sunk in, continue further with this article. We cannot reiterate enough the importance of tires for successful driving. Those … Continue reading

car-wash

The car wash — we sing about it. We fantasize of beautiful people soaping up our vehicles in it (always in the name of charity, of course). It’s become as big a facet of our culture as the hamburger or … Continue reading

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The electric car movement has vroomed in. And many signs indicate that not only are they here to stay, but their presence is likely to mushroom as technology improves. A recent Consumer Reports survey notes that one out of four … Continue reading

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The Chop Shop

  An unfortunate DIY job, courtesy of The Chop Shop  The magnitude of do-it-yourself automotive repair is on the rise. Increasingly more American drivers own cars whose warranties have expired, and the perils of the current economic state have forced … Continue reading

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You can tell we’re suffering tough times when even the Capitol cannot escape a crisis. This isn’t high crime rates or poor education fretting us this time; skyrocketing gas prices have inflamed our tempers and ransacked our finances. A Washington, … Continue reading

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  Courtesy of caranddriver.com. Unless you live in Australia — or another beautiful country on the Southern Hemisphere — you’ve likely realized that winter weather has set in with a bang. Snow is falling, ice is forming, and driving has … Continue reading

Teen texting while driving-- a big no-no. Courtesy MaximumPC.

  New Years Eve of 2011 set the scene for more than just one of the year’s largest parties. The National Travel Safety Board used the holiday as a platform to announce their plea to completely ban drivers from interacting … Continue reading

What can happen when poor driving meets black ice

  Welcome to the winter season, which officially began on December 22, 2011. Some of the year’s most classic and essential holidays will unite families, friends, and loved ones throughout the next few months, and such reunions can often require … Continue reading

The 3000 Mile Question 1: Courtesy by oilchangeadvice.com

“Righty tighty, lefty loosey” & “A stitch in time saves nine” and other handy phrases like these reassure us with their reliability. Reciting them gives us comfort when encountering complex situations that we feel we can’t tackle otherwise. They’re the … Continue reading

Teach things That Don’t Happen Behind the Wheel

Learning to drive safely is an important lesson for teens. Only those who fully understand the gravity of the privilege of driving will take the lessons seriously. There are several things that a parent can do to help their teen … Continue reading

Vehicle Maintenance

One of the easiest ways to make sure a vehicle runs well for as long as possible is to keep up with a routine maintenance schedule. When vehicles are neglected, problems begin to arise. Unfortunately, even small problems can turn … Continue reading

With smartphone sales increasing each year, developers are spending a lot of time and creativity making apps that will catch the attention of iPhone and Android users. Apps that can improve a user’s driving experience are especially popular considering the … Continue reading

People who know cars know the Hemi engine. Even those who are not familiar with vehicles have been enticed with advertisements for cars and trucks with an engine bearing the Hemi name. Those ads alone have been enough to make … Continue reading

All car insurance companies use a number of different factors when deciding on the premium for each driver and family that they insure. The age, driving record, geographical area and distance driven to work every day are just a few … Continue reading

It can happen to anyone. Chances are, at some point in your life it will happen to you too. You are driving down the road and the car will begin to sputter. You get a sinking feeling as you realize … Continue reading

According to the Allstate Foundation, 4,000 teens die in automobile accidents every year in the United States. Accidents are the leading cause of death of US teens, and over 60% of those deaths happen while another teen is behind the … Continue reading

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When trying to save money during a car-buying decision, it often happens that buyers will move towards a vehicle with fewer features. Keeping those extra dollars in the pocket can seem like an imperative task when searching for the right … Continue reading

With consumers focusing on making their dollar stretch as far as possible, many people are choosing to buy used cars instead of new. After all the years of being told that their new car’s value drops the second it is … Continue reading

Everyone knows someone who has trouble keeping their vehicle clean. The problem may be a collection of clutter, too much trash or even smells emanating from parts of the vehicle that cannot quite be pinpointed. While many people believe cars … Continue reading

As the new models begin rolling out for 2012, car designers are proving that they have heard what the families have been saying. Just because they want a comfortable family sedan, does not mean they want the same old boring … Continue reading

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Toyota Prius

Without a doubt, Toyota has emerged as one of the leaders in the automobile manufacturing industry and is one of the few companies that dominate the market for automobile manufacturers. In 2010, Toyota held the top spot for most vehicles … Continue reading

When choosing a used car, one of the considerations that should be taken into account is fuel economy. Whether you choose to purchase a hybrid, a two seater coupe or an SUV, there are measures that you can take to … Continue reading

Top 5 used car suggestions for women drivers

When buying a used car opinions differ for men and women. Trends show that men are ahead in car buying but more recently women seem to be catching up. Polling by NBC/Universal offered interesting results as to how women now … Continue reading

Chevrolet Cobalt

If you are looking for an affordable used car with great used car values then the used rental cars market is the best place to find one at an affordable price. One such vehicle is the sedan, a popular choice … Continue reading

Toyota Camry

The used rental car market is one of the best place to find a high quality used car at an affordable price. Cars are available to suit individual requirements. You may need a compact car that is fuel efficient, or … Continue reading

Nissan Altima Hybrid

There are loads of used car options when it comes to buying green and saving money at the same time. We all know how important both our wallets and our planet is, and there are many options for used car … Continue reading

Things to check after buying a used car

Before buying your used car you will have gone through your checklist of things to look for – price, age, condition and reliability. However, once you have purchased your used car and driven away, there are still some important things … Continue reading

The pros and cons of buying a used rental car

When it comes to used rental cars, they are just like any other used car, undergoing the same wear and tear daily use inflicts upon a car. However, they have an advantage and that is their engines will be well … Continue reading

Toyota Camry is a good example of a used rental car deal at Hertz Rent2Buy

Shifting markets in the used car sales business have driven used car prices higher as supplies have dwindled because of lower new car sales. What savvy consumers realize is rental car deals abound at Hertz Rent2Buy where it’s still possible … Continue reading