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How to Decode Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Say you’re buying or selling a used car. At a certain point in the transaction, asking for the car’s VIN is inevitable. Why is this series of seemingly random numbers so important in the car selling process? Simply put, the VIN reveals to you, the owner (or the prospective buyer) of the vehicle, a whole …

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Cash for Clunkers is Dead: Who Pays for Junk Cars in 2019?

After the “Great Recession”, the American federal government was looking for a way to stimulate auto sales in the United States while benefiting the environment in the process. The resulting law was called Cash for Clunkers, a vehicle buy-back program that was designed to take old, inefficient vehicles off the road and replace them with …

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Help! I Put Diesel in a Gas Engine… How Doomed Is My Car?!

Even though diesel engine technology dates back to the early `20s, most vehicles which used this fuel were heavy machinery, boats, and military vehicles. But with the advancements in turbo technology and engine construction, diesel fuel proved to be suitable for everyday use in passenger cars and light trucks. In Europe, diesel-powered passenger vehicles are quite common. In the …

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Car Engine Failure: Should You Replace or Rebuild the Engine?

There are numerous mechanical reasons why a car’s engine can fail, break, or stop working. Ever since the first car hit the streets more than a hundred years ago, metallurgy, technology, and materials have advanced to the point that automobiles can run for hundreds of thousands of miles without engine trouble by just keeping up …

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Understanding the Rear Differential: How to Prevent It From Going Bad

The differential is a relatively simple mechanical device that most car owners take for granted and in which they don’t invest in proper maintenance and auto care. On this post, we demystify the rear differential and teach you how to spot and troubleshoot differential problems, as well as how to go about fixing them. First, we ask: What Does the …

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