Taking a test drive: Do it right
News ARA 9/23/2012 at 4:31AM

When shopping for a new or used car, the test drive is an essential part of the process. While the test drive may be exciting, experts advise car shoppers keep emotions in check and evaluate the car in its entirety to make a good purchase decision. “A test drive shouldn’t be just a joyride,” said [...]

Five ways to get real and consistent savings at the pump
News ARA 9/23/2012 at 4:29AM

Whether it’s shopping for groceries or clothes at the mall, we’re always on the lookout for the best deal. Though it may be through more subtle means, you can apply the same money-saving principals toward other everyday expenses. The money you spend on gas is a perfect example. By making a few adjustments like changing [...]

How older drivers can cut vehicle costs
News ARA 9/23/2012 at 3:27AM

For most of us, driving is a necessity, and so is doing it as cost-effectively as possible – even in retirement when most of us stay in our suburban homes. Saving money on automobile-related expenses like gas and insurance can help free up cash for other important things. Fortunately, many tactics can help you minimize [...]

Car maintenance made easy with simple tips from a gear head
News ARA 9/23/2012 at 12:18AM

Everyone knows car maintenance is important, but if you’re not a gear head – someone who loves working on vehicles – the idea of doing routine car maintenance can be very intimidating. “Whether on the set of “Top Gear,” at NASCAR races or just in my garage at home, I’m fortunate enough to be around [...]

How your smartphone can help you care for your car
News ARA 9/22/2012 at 5:30AM

If you can resist the temptation to reach for it while you’re behind the wheel, your smartphone can be a great asset as you care for your vehicle. A smartphone can give you instructions for maintenance procedures while you are under the hood, help you find a part that needs fixing and get you to [...]

Taking a road trip? Tips for making the best of night-time driving
News ARA 9/22/2012 at 4:28AM

Fall is a great time for a road trip. With clear, cool days and less traffic now that the summer vacation crowds have dwindled, many people are feeling the lure of the open road. But with shorter daylight hours night-time driving will be an unavoidable necessity. It’s important to keep night-time travel as safe, comfortable [...]

Don’t let return charges on your leased car put a dent in your wallet
News ARA 9/22/2012 at 3:25AM

The allure of a new car and low monthly payment options draw many people to lease a car, even though they could face serious fines and extra charges when they return the vehicle at the end of the lease term. If you’re leasing a car, however, you can take steps to avoid getting dinged by [...]

Driving green for dummies: It’s easier and cheaper than you think
News ARA 9/22/2012 at 2:21AM

Green driving is easier and more important than many people think. It’s important because, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, highway vehicles account for 28 percent (1.5 billion tons) of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions each year. The good news is that you don’t have to buy a new car or dramatically change your lifestyle to [...]

Pluses and pointers: How to buy car parts
News ARA 9/22/2012 at 1:19AM

With the average age of vehicles on the road nudging 11 years, more car owners will be looking for the most cost-effective ways to maintain and repair their used vehicles. In January, automotive market research firm R.L. Polk & Co. placed the average age of cars and light trucks on America’s highways at 10.8 years, [...]