Tips and Advice

Helping you make informed automotive decisions


When it comes to finding cars with the best insurance rates, fuel efficiency, or even whether hybrid or diesel is best for you, you’ll be able to find that information right here at the Tips and Advice page. We also aim to explain the latest car-tech and trends, so that you can be well informed for your next car purchase.


Should You Buy Summer Tires?

Should You Buy Summer Tires?

If you think you’re going to get the most out of your car by driving it year-round with all-season tires, you’re in for a rude awakening. Summer tires (also called performance tires) provide excellent grip in warm weather and are the ultimate no-compromise choice for warmer weather driving.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Modern vehicles are expensive, and it’s not just the gigantic figure on the window sticker that hurts. You have to consider the price of everything else involved with automobile ownership.

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Top 11 Cars With the Best Residual Value

Top 11 Cars With the Best Residual Value

Residual value is one of the most important factors to consider when obtaining a new vehicle, especially if you plan on leasing. How much it’s worth at the end of the contract has a huge impact on how much you’ll be paying each month. Which cars on the market today hold their value best? The…

How to Finance a Used Car

How to Finance a Used Car

Used cars, just like new ones can be financed, but the process can be more complicated. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying a used car with borrowed money. 

Which Bed Liner is the Best?

Which Bed Liner is the Best?

A pickup truck without a bedliner feels like a foot without a sock or a cell phone without a case. For quite some time, a simple sheet of plywood was the unofficial bed protector of America, but modern day pickup trucks are almost all outfitted with the latest and greatest bedliners made from a variety…

Should I Buy a Car with Cash?

Should I Buy a Car with Cash?

The car-buying process is a frustrating chore; it’s stressful, takes hours of precious time and once you finally seal the deal you’re never certain if you got screwed like a box of Phillips-head fasteners. But before you sign your life away, is it better to finance a vehicular purchase or pay cash? Not surprisingly the…

What to Know Before you Tow

What to Know Before you Tow

Making sure that your trailer is properly prepared can mean the difference between life and death for the family in the minivan behind you.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

After one of the harshest winters in memory, America’s northern extremities are finally starting to thaw out. Along with chirping birds and sunshine, spring has brought warmer temperatures. But just because nice weather has arrived doesn’t mean you should ignore vehicle maintenance.

Should I Buy Tires Made in China?

Should I Buy Tires Made in China?

Good press for Chinese manufacturing is hard to come by these days. American consumers have faced numerous issues with products imported from the country. Lead-laced toys, melamine-tainted toothpaste and pet-food recalls are a few incidents that come to mind. But what about tires? Should you trust your life to bargain rubber?

Should You Buy Summer Tires?

Should You Buy Summer Tires?

If you think you’re going to get the most out of your car by driving it year-round with all-season tires, you’re in for a rude awakening. Summer tires (also called performance tires) provide excellent grip in warm weather and are the ultimate no-compromise choice for warmer weather driving.

Walmart Will Start Selling Car Insurance

Walmart Will Start Selling Car Insurance

Walmart is known for its low prices, questionable labor practices and general ruthlessness. But the retail giant that sells everything from fresh bread to fishing bait is about to enter a new market: car insurance.

Top 10 Insurance Myths Explored

Top 10 Insurance Myths Explored

Does the color of the car you drive raise your insurance rates? Are old cars cheaper to insure? And will your premiums go up after a claim? Each of these questions has an answer and it might not be what you think it is. We’ve compiled a list of the ten most common car insurance…

Top 10 Things To Check On A New Car Sticker

Top 10 Things To Check On A New Car Sticker

Want to get all the information on a new car without talking to a pushy salesperson? For that exact purpose, there’s the new-car sticker called the Monroney, which is put on every single new car on sale. The little information sheet is so important that omitting it can result in a fine and jail time…

Top 10 Best Cities For Sports Car Owners

Top 10 Best Cities For Sports Car Owners

  According to some basic statistics, it isn’t too hard to determine which cities are the best place to own a sports car. For example, the dream spot would have low fuel costs, because owning something like the Mustang GT will drain your gas-budget in just a few miles. Keeping money in mind, insurance would…

Should You Buy a Car With Rust?

Should You Buy a Car With Rust?

Rotting metal doesn’t invoke thoughts of long-term reliability and dependability. But if you’ve found your dream car online, albeit with a few rust spots, should you really turn your back on it?

When is the Best Time To Buy A Car?

When is the Best Time To Buy A Car?

“The waiting game” is the least exciting way to pass the time, but if you’re looking to get a good deal on a new car, then you’re going to have to be patient.

Top 10 Things To Know Before Buying a Car

Top 10 Things To Know Before Buying a Car

    Getting a new car doesn’t have to be a lengthy or frustrating process just because there are a few overlooked steps that can get in the way. If you’re prepared, you can quickly get through the buying process without a headache and without feeling swindled. Here’s a quick check-list of some of the…

How to Avoid Traffic Jams, or at Least Getting Stuck in Them

How to Avoid Traffic Jams, or at Least Getting Stuck in Them

Every time we get behind the wheel we’re at the mercy of a multitude of variables that are simply out of our control. Weather, crashes and highway design flaws can all conspire to turn a short trip a drawn-out nightmare. But what is being done to minimize congestion? Municipalities can do a few things to…

How do Traffic Jams Start?

How do Traffic Jams Start?

It doesn’t get much better than zipping along in the fast lane on a beautiful day with your favorite tunes pumping and no vehicles ahead of you. But as is often the case this little slice of automotive paradise can quickly turn into the ninth circle of Hell.

Should You Put Nitrogen In Your Car’s Tires?

Should You Put Nitrogen In Your Car’s Tires?

Air typically features about 78 percent nitrogen, so why should you pay more to fill your car’s tires with pure nitrogen? Is there a tangible reason to spend more on this or are dealerships and auto shops just blowing hot air?

When Should You Put Your Winter Tires On?

When Should You Put Your Winter Tires On?

  Chaos ensues at local tire shops when the snow belt states get their first flurries of the season. Like an animal instinct, the first sign of fluffy white flakes has people running to the garage, stuffing the family hauler with dusty winter rubber and racing off to the installation shop. Problem is, by then it’s…