Tips and Advice

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.

Top 6 Cars For Dog Owners

Owning a dog is a lot of fun, especially if you live somewhere that allows you to get out and do things with your pet. Whether it’s heading out to the backcountry for some camping or down the street for a drink, you probably need a car to get there. Thing is, some cars are better for dog owners than others. That’s exactly what this list is for, so take a look at the best new cars for dog owners.

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Is A Level II Home EV Charger Worth It?

The decision to invest in a Level 2 home electric vehicle (EV) charger depends on various factors and personal preferences. This type of charger isn’t for everybody, but it can be a very beneficial way to improve the convenience of owning an EV. Here are some considerations to help you make an informed decision:

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Top 5 Convertibles For Summer Loving

The 2024 Jaguar F-Type Convertible offers a luxurious and high-performance driving experience. Available with powerful engine options, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, it ensures exhilarating acceleration and responsive handling. Its lightweight aluminum structure and advanced suspension provide agility and smoothness. Inside, the F-Type features premium materials, an updated infotainment system, and a digital instrument cluster. The soft top operates efficiently, enhancing the open-air driving experience. The exterior boasts sleek lines, a distinctive grille, and modern LED headlights. Safety is prioritized with advanced driver-assistance features, making the 2024 Jaguar F-Type Convertible a compelling choice for enthusiasts.

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How Do I Start Overlanding?

Starting overlanding is an exciting and rewarding endeavor that requires a thoughtful approach to preparation, gear acquisition, and skill development. The journey begins with understanding the essence of overlanding, which is an adventurous blend of off-road driving and camping, often undertaken in remote and challenging environments. This form of travel allows you to explore the great outdoors and experience the freedom of self-sufficient travel.

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OEM vs OE vs Genuine vs Aftermarket: What's The Difference?

If you’ve set out to do a bit of at-home auto maintenance, you’ve probably noticed some of the parts commonly found online can vary greatly in price.

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Matte Paint Care: Debunking Myths With The Pros

Recently, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. While I had an internal debate on which paint color to get, I ultimately decided on Performance Blue Matte. I was hesitant at first because owning and caring for matte paint seemed a bit daunting to me. But as a friend said, choosing another color for the Ioniq 5 N is like buying a Type R and not getting Championship White. Yeah, Phoenix Yellow is cool and all, but we all know Championship White is where it's at.

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Review: Toyo Open Country A/T III Tires

All-terrain tires are the best of both worlds when it comes to a tire for a truck or SUV. They offer increased traction off-road over standard highway counterparts while minimizing on-road detriment that usually comes in the form of ride quality, performance, noise, and fuel efficiency. We’ve tested a substantial array of A/Ts over the years, and a stretch of testing the Toyo Open Country A/T III on our do-it-all Lexus GX460 build project tells us it very well might be a contender for the absolute best all-terrain tire available today.

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Metal vs Synthetic Winch Line

A winch stands is an indispensable tool for off-roading. It serves a multitude of purposes in various work scenarios, too, but gains our appreciation for the ability to extract a stuck vehicle. While the process of selecting an appropriate winch is already a challenging endeavor, the decision about the type of line to use adds another layer of complexity. The traditional steel cable, a tried-and-true option, is contrasted with the modern synthetic line, each presenting distinct advantages and drawbacks. In this exploration, we delve into the pros and cons of both, shedding light on the considerations that users should weigh when making this crucial decision.

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Chemical Guys ProFlow PM2000 Pressure Washer Review

Being the so-called "car expert" to all my friends and family means I'm often the one fielding questions about car care.

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Trucks vs SUVs For Overlanding

When considering whether a pickup truck or an SUV is better for overlanding, several factors need to be taken into account, including cargo capacity, passenger comfort, off-road capability, durability, modifications, and fuel efficiency.

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Handy Infographics to Protect You and Your Family

When you need car-related information quickly, a picture can be worth way more than a thousand words. That’s why we’ve put together six easily digestible infographics you can refer back to time and again, wherever you’re at in your automotive journey. PRO TIP: Save yourself time and stress down the road by downloading these infographics to your computer or phone.

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Protection on Land & Sea – Insuring Your Boat, Watercraft, and Motorcycle

There’s nothing like feeling the wind on your face, whether you’re cruising down the highway on your motorcycle or riding the waves on your boat or jet ski. The last thing anyone wants is to have a perfect day on the road or water ruined by an accident, but the situation will be made even worse if you find yourself without the proper insurance coverage to help you in the aftermath. Due to their unique natures, boats and motorcycles require special insurance coverage in addition to your existing homeowner and auto policies. Read on to learn what to look for in a policy, tips for shopping around, and more.

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Protecting What's Precious: An Overview of Home Insurance

Buying a home is a lengthy, complex process that tests the patience of even the most organized individuals. When it comes to protecting the place you call home, it is imperative that finding appropriate insurance coverage is part of the home buying process. If you are financing your home most banks and mortgage lenders require home insurance to approve your loan, but regardless of how you go about purchasing, home insurance is a practical step you can take that can help you mitigate financial hardship down the road. Like car insurance, not all policies are created equally, making it important to shop around to find the right combination of coverage and price. To help, we have put together a practical overview of all the information you will need to decide on a policy that fits your lifestyle and budget—read on and shop with confidence!

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Child Safety In (and Out of) The Car

Driving has become such a normal part of our everyday lives that it’s easy to forget the risks we take when getting into a vehicle.  While some take safety to heart at an early age, it can be an eye opener for others when they become parents and begin a journey with their precious cargo. Luckily, the rules for keeping your children safe while driving are the same for safe driving in general, but car safety also extends beyond on-the-road practices. Knowing how to keep your family safe in, out, and around your vehicle will help instill good safety habits in children, ease stress and worry in parents, and reduce the number of accidents your family is involved in overall.

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License Plate Lookup 101

In the internet age, it’s quicker and easier than ever to gather loads of information on any pre-owned vehicle. The license plate lookup tool at Bumper.com is one information source worth looking into.

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What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

So you’re in the market for a used car. Congratulations. Whether trading up or acquiring your first car, car-shopping is one of life’s biggest milestones. After all, a car is likely the second-most-expensive thing you’ll buy in your life next to real estate. Whether you’re a veteran or shopping the market for the first time, here are some tips on what to look for when buying a used car, presented as a handy used car checklist.

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Pets & Insurance: Stay Out of The Dog House!

We all love the idea of travelling with our best friends—whether they have two legs or four! But before you hit the road you need to make sure you understand how to keep your pets safe in the car, as well as how they fit into your insurance coverage.

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How to Buy a Used Car

Maybe your current car is worn out beyond justifiable repair. Maybe it just doesn’t suit your needs anymore. Maybe you’re looking to buy a car for the first time in your life. Maybe your kids have graduated college and you’re looking for a special ride to celebrate. Whatever the occasion, buying a car can often be both stress-filled and exciting. Here are some tips on how to buy a used car from a dealer or a private seller without getting taken for a ride.

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The AutoGuide Guide to How To Buy a Car

Just 25 years ago car buying was relatively simple, if still a headache. Unless you were after a high end luxury, sports, or collector car, all your new car choices were on the lot at your local dealership; and there were 100 pages of used car classifieds at every checkout. Or you could always bring your wallet down to Yetarian’s Premium Deluxe Motorsport and take your chances with their low, low, prices. Only a few diehards would think about having a car shipped in from somewhere or taking European delivery of their Volvo or BMW.

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VIN Lookup 101

Every vehicle has a story, and before you pull the trigger on any pre-owned car, truck, or SUV, a VIN lookup can help you learn what that story is.

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A Practical Guide to Online Insurance Shopping

Shopping for insurance has changed dramatically in recent years. Smaller companies have entered the marketplace (there are now over 6,000 insurance companies and 36,000 independent agencies serving consumers across the US!), new technologies have made pricing more accurate, and comparison shopping has become a regular part of the insurance buying process. Some consumers prefer to work with an insurance agent and others are content to complete the entire process on their own online.

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Should You Bundle Your Insurance Policies?

You’ve heard the promise in every insurance commercial: bundle your policies and save!

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How To Shop for Truck Insurance

Looking at bringing home a new truck? It might be time to review your insurance policy to make sure you have the right coverage. Truck insurance for your pickup is largely the same as car insurance for your car. So, switching to a pickup doesn’t necessarily mean you have to switch to a different policy, but there are differences. Here are some tips to help you shop for truck insurance that fits your needs.

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Windshield Damage? Here Is What to Do.

You know the scene… You’re driving along, taking in the sights, when suddenly – WHAP. A pebble, or stone, or other piece of road debris flies into your windshield, putting a chip or crack in the glass. Go to  Safelite.com and schedule an appointment. It could start spreading immediately, or maybe you say to yourself  “I’ve got time – I’ll take it to Safelite® next week”. And before you know it, the damage has spread. Now it’s obstructing your view and distracting you while you drive.

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Advanced Safety System Recalibration and How It Keeps You Safe

The biggest leaps in automotive technology over the past few years haven’t been in propulsion; they’ve been in driver safety. The average new vehicle is safer than it’s ever been, with highly advanced, sophisticated systems that can literally “see” the road and warn of – or react to – potential threats.

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Why Factor 55's Closed System Winching is Safer

If you are an experienced off-roader, you have likely used a winch more than a few times. If you have vast experience pulling yourself or others out of sticky situations, you have likely had a traditional winch hook slip and cause an even bigger problem. The little safety latch that holds a rope or cable in place will help in some situations, but that piece is not load bearing, so if the line shifts, that little latch quickly breaks. When that happens, you can suddenly lose your load, but this can be prevented with a closed system winching set up from Factor 55.

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Factor 55 is Your Go To for Closed System Winching

If you spend much of your free time off-roading with your truck or SUV, the odds are good that you are familiar with closed system winching products like the lineup offered by Factor 55. If you are not, you should be, as closed system winching is safer, preventing the cable or D-ring from shifting against the passive latch in a traditional winch hook. The closed system winching components also look a whole lot nicer than the hook that came with your winch, tucking neatly against your fairlead.

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The Jackery Solar Generator 500 – Literally the Perfect Road Trip Companion

Great road trips are the perfect time to leave behind the worries of urban life for something a little simpler – just you, your car, and the open road. But that doesn’t mean you  can’t leave all your tech accessories behind. That’s precisely where the Jackery Solar Generator 500 comes in – the ideal road-trip companion, keeping your gadgets fully loaded, so you can make the most out of all your exciting car adventures, travels and journeys.

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Are You Properly Insured for Ride Share Driving?

If you’ve entered the rideshare side hustle game, or are considering it, you’re not alone.  More than one million Americans are already driving for at least one of the two big rideshare companies, Uber, and Lyft. You’ll need to think about your ride as well as gas prices and more vehicle maintenance, but are you properly insured for rideshare driving? You should be, and products like  Toyota Auto Insurance can help you make sure you are.

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Chasing Adrenaline: How NHRA Pro Racer Alex Laughlin Seeks Adventure Off the Drag Strip

Not everyone can say that they discovered their lifelong passion at the age of nine, but this racecar driver has always been a gearhead with a need for speed. As a pro drag racer in the Top Fuel category of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Alex Laughlin was bitten by the adrenaline bug at a young age, starting things off with go-karts and continuing to ramp up the speed from there.

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How to Change a Car Battery

Your car’s battery is what makes everything in your car go. From your ignition to your radio, if you have a bad battery, none of them will work properly. A car battery, even the best one, won’t last forever. Five to seven years is the typical lifespan of a high-quality battery, less in areas of extreme heat and cold. When it’s time for a new one, you can change your car battery yourself. Here’s how to do it.

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Part Ways: ModFind Helps Gearheads Find Car Parts

Psst! Hey, you. Yeah, the gearhead with the modified car. Bet you’re tired of pawing though various and sundry online classified sites trying to find decently priced speed parts, right? After sifting out the help wanted ads, fake dating profiles, and that guy who’s still trying to sell those beat up frying pans, there’s a chance that maybe – just maybe – you’ll find the Holley carb you heard the guy across town has for sale.

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How to Change Your Oil

Changing your own oil is the cheapest way to perform the most important piece of maintenance on your car, truck, or SUV. It’s also a great way to keep a close eye on the state of the rest of your vehicle, giving you the chance to check your brakes and other fluids as well as look for rust and other damage, every time you get under for an oil change. What if you’re not handy with a wrench and aren’t sure what to do? No problem, here’s how to change your own oil.

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10 Car Noises to Be Concerned About

With a twist of the key or poke of its start button your vehicle’s engine should fire up with the urgency of a physician responding to a code blue.

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5 Legit Car Hacks You May Not Know That Actually Work

Everyone has little tricks they have learned that make their lives easier.

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6 Surprisingly Capable Cars for Winter Driving

I’d like to introduce you to a long-time friend and enemy of mine. It’s called the Snow Belt.

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New Tech Gadgets Make Jump Starting Car Engines Easier Than Ever

A dead car battery can ruin your day in a hurry…but it doesn’t have to.

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The Best Jeep Grand Cherokee Accessories

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one formidable SUV, offering its owners plenty of utility straight from the factory. But no vehicle is perfect when you pick it up from the dealership, which is why a few accessories can make a world of difference for your daily driver. Below, we’ve selected some of the most helpful accessories you can get for your Grand Cherokee, adding more versatility and functionality to your SUV, whether you’re a fan of going off-road or simply packing up your kids and going on a road trip.

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The Best Oil Drain Pans

Unless you own an electric vehicle, routine oil changes are part of keeping your car’s engine in good running condition. You don’t necessarily have to head to your dealership or local mechanic to get an oil change however, as most vehicles can have their oil changed within the comforts of your garage or driveway. Some of the tools you’ll need when doing your own oil change include a jack, jack stands, oil filter wrench, and an oil drain pan to catch all your old oil. This is, of course, in addition to a replacement oil filter and new oil for your engine.

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The Best Welding Helmets

If you have a strong passion for working on cars, you may want to consider learning how to weld. Metal fabrication comes in handy, whether it’s to do some body repair or fixing an exhaust. Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or an expert when it comes to welding, you’ll want to invest into a quality welding helmet. Designed to protect your eyes, face, and neck from flash burn, ultraviolet lights, sparks, and other similar elements, a welding helmet is extremely important for safety reasons. And that’s why it’s particularly important to make sure you’re getting a quality welding helmet, as it’s the thing that stands in between you and potential disaster.

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5 Easy DIY Car Repairs That Can Save You Money

Dropping your car off at a professional mechanic can be costly, in terms of both time and money.

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Interested in DIY Auto Repair? Here's Everything You'll Need to Get Started

Looking for a project to tackle with your newfound free time? Tired of forking over heaps of hard-earned cash for automotive repair jobs you could have just as easily done yourself? Then DIY auto repair might be for you.

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The Best Conventional Motor Oils

Shopping for engine oil can be daunting, with numerous brands and options available in today’s marketplace. How do you choose from all the different companies offering motor oil when they all sound the same? Well, truth be told, most reputable brands will offer similar products, and in the case of this list, you really can’t go wrong with any of the options. Some oils are better quality than others, offering more performance and working harder to keep your engine clean. But many would argue that the general consumer won’t even notice the difference between Quaker State or Pennzoil. In fact, there have been studies conducted that show most oil brands have similar products.

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The Best Component Speakers to Get Your Car's Audio Sounding Better

If you’re looking to seriously upgrade your car’s stereo system, you’ll want to invest in a set of component speakers. Unlike coaxial speakers, which combine the tweeter and woofer into one speaker, a component system separates the woofer and tweeter. Even though it’s a bit more difficult to install the woofer and tweeter separately, the addition of an in-line crossover with a component system allows each speaker to perform better on its own. The result is cleaner and better sound, since the woofer and tweeter can each focus on delivering their frequencies.

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How Much Do Brake Pads Cost? Here's Why Cheap Pads Cost More in the Long Run

Whether you’re a seasoned shade tree mechanic, or a newbie just looking to get your feet wet, brake pad replacement is one of the best maintenance procedures you can do yourself. All it takes is a jack, some jack stands, a few basic hand tools, and of course, your replacement pads and pad hardware. In just the span of an afternoon, you can take your car from squealing, ineffective braking to like-new stopping performance, and you can save a substantial chunk of money doing it.

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Brake Pad Replacement Cost: How Much Can You Expect to Pay?

Your car’s brakes have a tough job, especially the brake pads. If you can’t remember the last time you changed them, chances are, you’re due. But how much cash do you need to set aside for some shiny new pads, and how much should that brake pad replacement cost?

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Top 5 Best Shop Vacuums

Don’t be fooled into thinking shop vacuums should only be used at a car mechanic shop. These versatile vacuums are great to keep around the garage, making the task of cleaning your car a lot easier when compared to a traditional hand vacuum. Shop vacuums are designed to be more heavy duty than your run-of-the-mill vacuum, but more importantly, they can be used for both wet and dry pickup.

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Top 5 Best Convertible Car Seats

If you have a new addition to your family on the way, it’s probably time to research car seats. Convertible car seats are a great investment, as they’re designed to last for years since they can change from a rear-facing seat for infants to a forward-facing seat as your child grows. Not all parents will start with a convertible car seat however, although many can accommodate toddlers as little as 4 lbs, so they are capable. Other parents may want to start with an infant car seat before switching over to a convertible car seat, once their child reaches the seat’s minimum weight and height recommendations. Unlike infant car seats, convertible car seats are designed to be installed into your vehicle and aren’t ideal for portability and transport outside the car.

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Top 5 Best Socket Sets

We believe every car owner should have access to a set of sockets, even if you don’t often work on your own car. Our vehicles are full of nuts and bolts and even if you’re trying to do something trivial, chances are you’ll need a ratchet and socket. Like all tools, there are plenty of options for socket sets and you should pick one based on your needs. The main factor to consider is whether you need standard or metric sockets, although most of our recommendations cover both bases. We also include tool sets that come with ratchets and other wrenches to make your life easier when it comes to loosening those nuts and bolts.

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Top 5 Best Car Cup Holders

These days, nearly every car leaves the assembly line with cup holders. Some car owners however, may need more cup holders inside their car or wish the cup holders accommodated larger bottles. Thankfully, there are numerous car cup holders available that expands on your current storage, whether by adding more cup holders to your interior, or adapting your current cup holder so that it can hold a larger bottle. If you’re one of those car owners that needs better options for cup holders inside your car, you’ve come to the right place.

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Top 5 Best Key Finders

“Where are my keys?!” It happens more often than we’d like to admit, but most of us have been guilty of misplacing our car keys. It seems to always happen at the worst time, causing frustration and stress as you’re trying to rush out the door. Thankfully, now there is an entire category of products designed to make finding your misplaced keys within seconds. Key finders are pretty basic and easy to use. You simply add one to your keyring or keychain and when you can’t find your keys, you either use an app or push a button on a transmitter to locate them.

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Top 5 Best Infant Car Seats

If you’re getting ready to welcome a newborn baby to the world, you’re likely staring at an overwhelming list of items you need to buy. An infant car seat should be towards the top of the list, especially since most hospitals won’t even discharge you and your baby without a proper infant car seat. It’s completely understandable if you’re overwhelmed by all the options out there on the market, it is a product designed to protect your baby after all. So needless to say, you’ll want to purchase the best one possible to keep your infant safe.

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Top 5 Best Car Seat Cushions

Many of us endure long hours sitting at a desk before getting into our cars and dealing with traffic on the way home. All that sitting can take a heavy toll on your back, which is why it’s a great idea to invest into a seat cushion for your car. Car seat cushions aren’t complex products, and many of them will boast similar construction and features. There is a small variety of styles out there, depending on what’s most comfortable for you.

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Top 5 Best 4×6 Speakers

Do you find your factory car stereo a bit lacking when it comes to audio quality? If your vehicle is equipped with 4×6″ speakers, you’ve come to the right place. The aftermarket offers plenty of speaker options, many of which can replace your factory speakers with no additional power for a better listening experience. But shopping for the right speakers can be cumbersome, with a myriad of options and features. Here, we’ll explore great 4×6″ speaker options that are ideal factory replacements.

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Top 5 Best Garage Shelvings

Many automotive enthusiasts treat their garage as a home for their car. While most garages have some empty space for storage, not very many of them come equipped with versatile shelving options. Expand and organize your garage with a quality garage shelving unit, whether you’re looking for a better way to store all your car detailing supplies and tools, or the junk you have lying around the house.

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Top 5 Best Engine Flushes

The engine is the most important component in your car. If it fails, not only does your car not function, but it’ll be costly to repair. While routine maintenance and oil changes will keep your engine running in good shape, you’ll also want to consider using an engine flush from time to time. This way, your engine stays as clean as can be, helping to run for hundreds of thousands of miles.

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Top 5 Best Wheel Cleaning Brushes

The wheels on a car can be extremely frustrating to clean, since they come in a variety of finishes and many have intricate designs filled with tiny crevices and hard to reach areas. Multi-spoke or mesh design wheels are notoriously difficult, especially if you’re just using a standard hand mitt for cleaning. Do yourself a favor and get a quality wheel cleaning brush, this way every inch of your wheels are spotless after a wash, without requiring a significant amount of effort.

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Top 5 Best Cordless Drills

We here at AutoGuide.com believe every garage should have a cordless drill lying around. Not only do they come in handy when you’re working on your car, they’re great for use around the house. But shopping for a cordless drill is no easy task, especially when there are dozens of options to choose from and a list of features that might read like a foreign language to you. So how do you choose the right cordless drill?

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Top 5 Best Sunglasses for Driving

Driving during the daytime without proper sunglasses could be dangerous, especially if your commute keeps the sun in front of you. Enhance your safety and the safety of others with a quality set of sunglasses for driving, which will also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

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Top 5 Best Welding Gloves

We understand that most car owners will never touch a welder in their life, but there are some situations when welding is necessary while working on a vehicle. A proper pair of welding gloves can make a huge difference when it comes to welding, contributing to how quickly you can weld, agility, and most importantly, safety. When shopping for welding gloves, you’ll want a pair of gloves that offer flexibility, protection, and comfort.

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