Should You Go to the Junkyard for That Part?

You can save yourself some coin, but it takes effort

The junkyard is not aptly named. There's tons of useful stuff there, especially when it comes to cars. Junkyards are some of the best places to find inexpensive parts for your car. Second-hand parts aren't the best thing in the world to put on your car and certain things like tires you should always buy new, but if you're strapped for cash and you have the know-how, stopping off at the local junkyard can save you some serious money.

3 Car Care Products That Will Keep Your Car Looking Nice This Summer

It's nice to have both the skills and the supplies

With the summer sun comes the need to keep your car looking good increases. Gone is the nasty road salt you've been fighting all winter long. Now you need to shine up your car and protect it from the harshness of the sun and the heat that comes with it. Be proud of your ride and make it shine. Here are three products that can help you get the job done.

Everything You Need to Know About Windshield Cracks and Chips

They always seem to happen at the worst possible time.

While you're not in danger of your windshield caving in on you while driving, chips and cracks can cause visibility issues, and if the damage is deep enough it can delaminate the glass and cause it to fog from the center lamination membrane. This means it's better to handle chips and cracks in automotive glass quickly. Before we get into that, let's take a look at why cracks happen.

How Old Is Too Old When Buying a Used Car?

There's a fine line between smartly used and long-in-the-tooth

It can be tempting when you're shopping for a used car to just keep going back further and further in time to older models. Usually, as you do this, you can watch the price drop, and that can be pretty attractive. However, a newer car is going to have more modern amenities, be more reliable, and safer than an old car.

How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

Knowing when to wash depends on a variety of factors

We could easily recommend you have your car washed every few weeks, but the fact of the matter is it's more circumstantial than that. Washing your car every few week only makes sense if your car actually needs to be cleaned. Before you run out and pay for a bunch of expensive car washes, it's worth it to stop and think about a few things.

Autos 101: The Point of Your Car's Suspension System

A complex system makes driving more enjoyable

The overall point of a car's suspension is to smooth out the ride of your vehicle and keep the tires in contact with the road surface. Without a good suspension system, riding around in a car would be extremely uncomfortable and dangerous. The vehicle would likely sustain serious damage from potholes, cracks and other imperfections in the roadway. Even on a well-paved road, bumps, waves and other rough patches of pavement do occur, making suspension systems necessary.

Something as Dumb as Poorly Painted Lines Pose a Huge Obstacle to Autonomous Driving

Small towns and big cities are both wildly inconsistent

Though it doesn't seem to matter to most drivers unless these poorly painted lines appear in crucial locations, it will always be crucial to self-driving cars because the cameras that are central to the self-driving functionality depend on well-painted lines. The problem is that this seemingly basic area of traffic and road operation often gets neglected or poorly done.

Autos 101: Which Car Parts Wear Out First?

You're probably going to replace these parts at some point

Car maintenance can be costly and if you're thinking of purchasing a car, you need to consider maintenance costs of that vehicle into your overall budget. Despite the fact that automotive technology greatly improved in recent years, the parts, components and systems of your vehicle will wear out eventually. When they do, you're going to have to find a way to get your car repaired.

Autos 101: How Launch Control Works

The guide to having a lot of fun in a fast car

If you want to be fast in any situation, whether it be in professional racing or just having some fun, you need to be able to launch your vehicle properly off the line. Generally, this means maximizing traction and not putting down so much power that your wheels lose grip.

How to Avoid a Craigslist Car Scam

Don't let yourself get taken for a ride, a really bad ride.

Most of us have been there, looking for a car anywhere they may be. You search used car lots, chain dealerships, car shopping websites, and of course, the hit or miss site called Craigslist. The classifieds website that allows you to post and respond to ads about anything. Because of the nature of the site, open to just anyone who wants to post something, there's a pretty high chance you'll run into people trying to run a scam on those who aren't privy to such activities.

The Importance of the 2-Second Follow Rule and Human Reaction Time

Are you following too close behind the car in front of you?

One of the first things you learn about driving is the 2-Second follow rule. No one likes a tailgater, and I'd venture to say that no one really likes to be one either. Many rules, techniques, and behaviors are used while driving, a lot of which, if not all, are there to keep everyone involved safe and alive. Not only does the 2-second rule provide a generally safer way of driving, it also helps you in other ways that may not seem as obvious as safety.

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Chances of an Accident

None of these measures requires major work but could save your bacon

We'd all like to think we're good drivers and that we can avoid most accidents thanks to our skills behind the wheel. Well, you might be a pretty good driver, but you're not so skilled that you can stay out of trouble 100% of the time. Here are five key things you can do right now (that you've probably avoided doing) that will keep you and yours safer on the roads. Put them into practice on a regular basis, and you'll reduce your chances dramatically.

Autos 101: What Does Automotive Reliability Actually Mean?

If it keeps breaking down, you can't drive it

You hear car commercials about car reliability all the time. Sure, the term sounds great, and the public has a general idea about what "reliability" means. If a car is constantly having issues and breaking down, that means it's pretty much unreliable--you just can't depend on it. But there's much more detail to this, and we get down to the nitty-gritty.

Autos 101: How to Maximize Gas Mileage

There are steps you can take to improve fuel efficiency

The cost of fuel may still be relatively low compared to what it was a few years ago, but achieving a high number when it comes miles per gallon of gas is still a priority for most people. There's steps you can take with the vehicle you currently own to improve your car's fuel economy. Here's what you can easily do to up your mpg.

Autos 101: How Long Do Hybrid Car Batteries Last?

You may have to replace your battery pack at some point

Unfortunately, batteries don't last forever. While this might seem like an obvious statement, some people who own hybrid cars expect their battery to keep working like it should indefinitely. The battery in your hybrid car is like any other engine component. It will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. When will that happen? Probably not for a very long time.