Craig Cole
Born and raised in Southeastern, Michigan Craig was steeped in cars and mechanics from childhood, growing up around tractors, motorcycles and engines. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a keyboard. When he’s not providing AutoGuide with USDA prime content he’s out in the garage restoring his 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Some say he’s a changeling.

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Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working...
Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Like veteran 911 operators AutoGuide’s expertly trained staff is here to help at anytime, day or night… as long as they can respond via e-mail and at their convenience. Ask AutoGuide is our newest weekly feature and it’s off like a prom dress. Literally tens of people have written in asking for assistance in purchasing...
2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

With a flurry of new Lincoln product on the way, the 2013 MKZ is the first of this new breed. Can it get the brand back on the road to prosperity or is Lincoln a lost cause?

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Top 10 Geriatric Vehicles

Top 10 Geriatric Vehicles
Cars like the Mercury Grand Marquis and Buick Roadmaster are quintessential examples of “old-person transportation,” if we may make a blatantly ageist statement. Potentially offensive remarks aside, these large, rear-wheel-drive sedans were a favorite of the grandparent set; it’s hard to believe they didn’t come from the factory with wrap-around sunglasses, AAA stickers and boxes...

What NOT to do When Being Pulled Over

What NOT to do When Being Pulled Over
The other day we shared some insights that could help you when pulled over by the police. Now it’s time to cover a few of the things you absolutely should not do during a traffic stop. Hopefully you take notes; this could save you a lot of trouble during your next brush with the law....

Record Number of Reveals Expected at L.A. Auto Show

Record Number of Reveals Expected at L.A. Auto Show
Like it or now summer is rapidly winding down. Before long students will be heading back to school and auto-show season will begin once again. Getting ready for the fall, a record number of global vehicles are expected to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Press days for the event run from November...

NHTSA Fines Hyundai $17.35 M for Delayed Recall

NHTSA Fines Hyundai $17.35 M for Delayed Recall
GM may be driving away with all of the recall headlines these days but they’re not the only automaker with issues. Hyundai has to pay a penalty for not reporting and carrying out a call-back of its Genesis. The South Korean firm will have to shell out $17.35 million to NHTSA for delaying a recall...

Nearly 140,000 Recalled GM Vehicles are Missing

Nearly 140,000 Recalled GM Vehicles are Missing
GM is mired in a recall debacle the likes of which this industry has never faced before. But things just keep getting worse for the Detroit-based automaker. Now they can’t find nearly 140,000 cars and trucks that are subject to their ignition-switch call-back. Crunching the numbers, about 6.4 percent of notification letters mailed to owners...

Global Fuel Consumption Expected to Drop

Global Fuel Consumption Expected to Drop
Despite a growing population, global fuel use is projected to decline after the year 2021. By 2035 overall consumption is expected to dip by 4 percent. These estimates come from Navigant Research and a report entitled “Transportation Forecast: Global Fuel Consumption.” The forecasting firm estimates that in 2021 some 367.3 billion gallons of fuel will...

Mazda Poised to Introduce Compact CX-3 Crossover

Mazda Poised to Introduce Compact CX-3 Crossover
Compact crossovers are BIG business these days and Mazda is apparently hard at work on a small utility vehicle that will slot in under their compact CX-5 model. Following the brand’s established nomenclature this new vehicle could be called the CX-3, though nothing is official at this time. But whatever this new small schlepper is...

Visiting the Studebaker National Museum: Mega Gallery

Visiting the Studebaker National Museum: Mega Gallery
The automotive business is a lot like nature; only the strong survive. Accordingly this industry’s slow lane is littered with the bloody corpses of deceased marques. Once-proud companies like Pontiac, Hupmobile, Willys-Knight and Hudson are long gone but not all of them are forgotten. Studebaker is one of those casualties, an orphaned brand that stalled...

MINI Take the States: Wrap Up

MINI Take the States: Wrap Up
I tagged along for a two legs of MINI Takes the States, an epic cross-country road rally that’s put on by the company. I participated in just two sections of this continent-spanning trip, but that was still enough for me to experience four Midwestern states and some 700 miles of America. But there’s much more...

MINI Takes the States: Chicago to Cleveland

MINI Takes the States: Chicago to Cleveland
Today we leave the Windy City and point our MINIs east, hoping to land in Cleveland, Ohio sometime before dinner. Cue the “Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video” on YouTube… With its convenient turnpike access, lakefront beauty and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Midwestern City has allure all its own. Here’s what it takes...

MINI Takes the States: St. Louis to Chicago

MINI Takes the States: St. Louis to Chicago
MINI Takes the States, a bi-annual cross-country road rally is in full swing, with hundreds of rabid Cooper enthusiasts participating in events at diverse locations across this great land. We’re tagging along for a couple legs of this epic trip and tweeting all the way. We had breakfast in St. Louis and tonight we dined...

Join us for MINI Takes the States

Join us for MINI Takes the States
Once again MINI and its legions of enthusiasts are going all the way, traversing the US of A by driving from sea to shining sea. The iconic British brand is celebrating summer with a cross-country road trip and you’re invited to participate. MINI Takes the States is a consumer-loyalty event that kicked off late last...
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