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.


Latest Tips and Advice

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…

Two Laps with a Legend: Riding with Sebastian Vettel

Two Laps with a Legend: Riding with Sebastian Vettel

Many automotive journalists think they can drive. Sure, some of them are able to deliver respectable lap times but quite a few believe they’re far more capable behind the wheel of a motor vehicle than they actually are.

Booster-Seat Safety Continues to Improve

Booster-Seat Safety Continues to Improve

The folks at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have just released the results of their latest evaluation. They put 31 child booster seats to the test to find out which ones do the best job of protecting youngsters in crashes.

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.

Does my Car Need a Wheel Alignment?

Does my Car Need a Wheel Alignment?

If your car feels shaky and the steering wheel is vibrating, it may need a wheel alignment. An alignment is an important part of vehicle maintenance that will save you money in the long run.

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

When it comes to technology, having the latest gadgets makes you look both smart and cool, but does that strategy work with cars? Automakers say that electric vehicles are the future of the industry, but even with many EVs on the market, they may not be the perfect choice for you. 

How to Avoid Purchasing a Flood-Damaged Vehicle

How to Avoid Purchasing a Flood-Damaged Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle is always risky. Even if it’s certified, inspected and under warranty there’s no telling how the previous owner (or owners) treated it. In addition to lackadaisical maintenance water damage is a major issue to be concerned with as well.

How Far Can You Drive on Empty?

How Far Can You Drive on Empty?

Bing! The gas warning light illuminates and your thirsty car is demanding refreshment. “Time to fill up,” it says, forcing you to find the nearest gas station and lay down some cash for a refill.

Should You Buy or Lease a Car?

Should You Buy or Lease a Car?

Choosing which new car to buy is one of the hardest decisions to make when it comes to getting a new ride, but so is how you’re going to pay for it.

What is Usage-Based Car Insurance?

What is Usage-Based Car Insurance?

  Insurance is one of the costliest parts of owning a vehicle and most drivers would do anything in their power to lower their rates. But would you go so far as to hand over your personal driving data?

CPO Programs Explained

CPO Programs Explained

Buying a used car can raise some reliability concerns. How do you know how the last owner(s) treated the car? Sure you might have a car-fax or pre-purchase inspection, but that doesn’t cover everything.

Certified Pre Owned Programs Compared – Listed by Manufacturer

Certified Pre Owned Programs Compared – Listed by Manufacturer

Here’s a list of all the certified pre-owned programs that exist, listed alphabetically by car brand. You’ll see that automakers have different ideas on how many items should be covered in an inspection as well as how old and how many miles a car must have in order to be considered certified. Age and distance…

Compare Popular Cars Side-by-Side

Compare Popular Cars Side-by-Side

Shopping for a new car isn’t easy and we know you can use all the help you can get, that’s why we’ve launched a car comparison tool to line up vehicle specs side-by-side so you can make an educated purchase.