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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Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Audi A8 L TDI quattro Tiptronic

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Audi A8 L TDI quattro Tiptronic
The A8 is Audi’s flagship model, sitting at the top of its core lineup. Serving a diversity of luxury customers, the car is offered in two different wheelbases with a variety of engine options. There’s a supercharged V6, two flavors of twin-turbocharged V8 and even an exotic W12. Beyond these choices there’s also a diesel,...

Can I Insure a Modified Vehicle?

Can I Insure a Modified Vehicle?
Insurance is something everyone needs but no one wants to pay for. Shelling out a big chunk of change every month for an essentially invisible service seems like a gross financial burden until you actually need it. This is especially true of car insurance. Maybe you’ve never had an accident or perhaps you haven’t even...

Next Cruze to Lose Weight, Gain Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Next Cruze to Lose Weight, Gain Dual-Clutch Gearbox
The folks at General Motors are hard at work on the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. To keep up with its ever-evolving competition the new 2016 model is expected to lose a significant amount of weight while gaining a fuel-saving seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Cruze’s mass reduction is likely to be significant, though there are no...

Why do Car Seats Expire?

Why do Car Seats Expire?
This may come as a shock to some drivers, though hopefully NOT ones with kids. Believe it or not children’s car seats actually have expiration dates, though not because they’re made of dairy products or tuna salad. Just like that tub of sour cream buried in the back of your fridge, the one that’s lived...

Top 10 States with the Rudest Drivers

Top 10 States with the Rudest Drivers
Aggressive maneuvering, horns blaring, center-most fingers locked in their upright positions, these are but a few hallmarks of ill-mannered motoring. Surly, rushed or otherwise incompetent drivers cause mayhem on America’s country roads and urban thoroughfares. Practically every driver has experienced road rage; most of us have probably even perpetrated it in one way, shape or...

2015 Jetta Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS

2015 Jetta Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS
Volkswagen’s popular Jetta sedan just earned Top Safety Pick+ honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety. Thanks to a recent structural upgrade that included strengthened A-pillars and reinforced door sills, plus the addition of new crash-prevention technology, the car earned a good rating in the demanding small-overlap test, up from marginal before. This is...

Used LaFerrari on sale in Dubai for $3.4M

Used LaFerrari on sale in Dubai for $3.4M
Ferraris are expensive. New ones, old ones, broken ones and rolled ones, they all cost a dumpster-load of cash to acquire. And the brand’s latest flagship supercar underscores this rule with a big, fat permanent marker. A shiny black “used” LaFerrari is gone on sale in Dubai. This beauty has an asking price of 12.5...

GM Recalls Natural Gas-Powered Vans

GM Recalls Natural Gas-Powered Vans
Another day, another GM recall. This time the Detroit-based automotive giant is working to fix issues with some natural gas-powered vehicles. Models affected by this action include 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. Obviously this call-back affects versions powered by compressed natural gas, CNG for short. SEE ALSO: GM Recalls Another 8.4-Million Vehicles...

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Dealer Arrival Begins

Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Dealer Arrival Begins
Good news midsize pickup fans! GM just announced its latest entries in the segment, the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, are shipping to dealers starting today. Both of these “right-sized” trucks slot in underneath their respective brands’ full-size models, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that...

Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?

Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?
Diesel. To many American drivers the “D” word is something of a mystery. It’s associated with construction equipment, tractor trailers and hillbillies “rollin’ coal” in their modified pickups, spewing more black smoke than a burning pile of used tires. But these stereotypes have about as much in common with today’s clean diesels as lobotomies do...

10 German Vehicles NOT Built in Germany

10 German Vehicles NOT Built in Germany
Cultural stereotypes aside, Germany is known for its advanced technology, engineering prowess and top-quality manufacturing. The land of beer, bratwurst and BMW is especially famed for its automobiles, which are renowned the world over for their driving dynamics and Autobahn-proven performance. But many of the cars and crossover manufactured by Teutonic firms aren’t actually built...

How to Drive Through a Roundabout

How to Drive Through a Roundabout
Roundabout, traffic circle, rotary, gyratory, whatever you call these curving intersections they can be quite confusing to drivers that have never experienced one before. With yield signs, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings there’s a lot going on in a small area and plenty of opportunity to screw things up. But here are a few helpful...
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