Automotive

Lemon Law
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Overview of Remedies Available from the North Carolina Lemon Law

NC Lemon Law permits the owner of a new vehicle that was purchased or leased in North Carolina and weighs less than 10,000 pounds to petition the manufacturer for a replacement vehicle.

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Just How Accurate Are CARFAX Vehicle History Reports And The Data They Contain?

If you've ever purchased or looked into purchasing a used car, you've probably either seen or at least heard of CARFAX, a service that provides historical information on used vehicles. But how accurate is it?

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Let's Bury the 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth. You're Changing Your Oil Too Often!

Are you changing your car's oil too often? The days of changing your oil every 3,000 miles are gone, yet many consumers are still wasting money on far-too-frequent oil changes.

driving a rental car
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Avoiding Charges for Damage to Rental Cars That You Didn't Cause

It sometimes happens to the best of us. You pick up a rental car, sign the paperwork and drive off only to notice that there was some damage that you didn't see. Will you be charged for it? Sometimes you might.

auto emissions
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Federal Emissions Warranties Are Often Forgotten or Overlooked

Many consumers pay for or put off needed auto repairs because they don't realize the problem is covered by this warranty. So what is the federal emissions warranty and what exactly does it cover?

buying a new car
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How to Buy a New Car: Surviving the Sales Process with Your Wallet Intact

Buying a new car? No one really enjoys talking to salespeople or the negotiation process, and many feel compelled to buy more when pressured by a salesperson looking for a higher commission.

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New Vehicle Registration Late Fees in North Carolina Causing Confusion

Since July 1, 2016, North Carolina vehicle owners have been charged late fees for not renewing their vehicle registration on time—though many consumers remain confused about the late fees.

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Increasing Fuel Economy: Tips, Tricks and Myths

Looking for ways to save money on fuel costs? These days, it seems that everyone is trying to stretch a gallon of gasoline. There are a number of ways you can get better fuel economy!

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The New Car Smell We Love Can Be Toxic, Studies Say

That new car smell can be causing serious health problems for drivers, such as headaches, lung irritations, an inability to focus and a feeling of fatigue.

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Can a Car Dealer Deny Warranty If Someone Else Works on Your Car?

Can a dealer void your car's warranty if you have someone else do routine maintenance on the vehicle? What if you use aftermarket parts? What if you have had upgrades done to the car? Yes and no.

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North Carolina Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist

The annual vehicle and emission inspection process in North Carolina can be a simple 30 minute inconvenience for most consumers, or a nightmare for others. This checklist can help!

Toothpaste
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Does Your Car's Paint Have Small Scratches? Use Toothpaste to Remove Them!

Have you ever considered using toothpaste to polish out a few of those small scratches in your car's clearcoat? We're guessing that you haven't. So, the next time your car gets a small 'scratch,' consider reaching for a damp cloth and your favorite tube of toothpaste.

Extended Auto Warranty
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The Pros and Cons of Extended Auto Warranties

Do you really need an extended warranty on your new car? A decade ago, the answer was simple. You probably didn't need an extended warranty unless you were getting a vehicle known for problems.

car refueling
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Getting a Higher Octane Fuel Doesn't Mean Better Performance

Your vehicle's owner manual and gas cap says to use regular unleaded. Will you get better mileage and results by using a higher octane fuel?

totaled car
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What Does It Mean for Your Car to Be "Totaled?" And What Happens After That?

When it comes to car crashes, you hear the term "totaled" thrown around quite a lot. But what does it really mean for you and your vehicle?

working on car brakes
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Don't Let Your Insurance Company Steer You From Genuine Parts and Glass to Aftermarket Parts

The last time you needed body work done to your car or needed a new windshield, did you get Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) parts or did you get parts from a mystery parts manufacturer?

fuel injector cleaner
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Fuel Injector Cleaner: Should You Believe All The Hype and Clever Advertisements?

We've all seen the advertisements on TV, in magazines, and in the automotive section of the local store for fuel injector cleaner. But does it really do anything to improve your fuel efficiency? Not really.

Tail Light
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North Carolina No Longer Requires An Annual Emissions Inspection for Newer Vehicles

People are still confused as to whether they qualify for an emissions exemption. Owners of vehicles produced within three years of the current year with less than 70,000 miles are exempt from the annual auto emissions inspection.

Car Engine Compartment
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Certified 'Like New' Pre-Owned Cars Can Have Major and Costly Problems

You hear ads about certified like new pre-owned vehicles going through detailed inspections. But is the hype about peace of mind and reliability worth the higher price tag? You may be surprised to hear that vehicles with extensive repairs sometimes receive this distinction.

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How to Find Hidden Damage on a Vehicle Before You Buy It

With the increasing reliability of vehicles today, the used car market is becoming a viable alternative for consumers who want good, quality cars for a less-than-new price. But what should you look for to avoid buying someone else's problem car?

Ten and Two Driving
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The 10 and 2 Driving Position Isn't a Safe Practice Anymore Due to Life-Saving Airbag Technology

There are a number of different credit scoring models and they vary from one place to another. So it's important to realize that the credit score you see, whether it be from one of the major credit reporting agencies or from your credit card company, isn't necessarily the score that's used for your credit decisions.

Car Crash
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Do You Need Supplemental Coverage and Waivers Pushed by Car Rental Companies?

When you rent a car, you have a lot of decisions about supplemental insurance, damage waivers, loss waivers and more. But should you get them? For most people, it isn't worth the money. Insurance policies cover most damage done to the rental. But as more rental car companies are charging fees for minor blemishes, loss of use, and depreciation, you might be reconsidering supplemental coverage.

You Should Not Ignore These Lights If They Illuminate on Your Car's Instrument Cluster
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You Should Not Ignore These Lights If They Illuminate on Your Car's Instrument Cluster

Ignoring these critical warning lights on your car's instrument cluster could leave you stranded on the side of the road or cause extensive and expensive damage to your vehicle. Know what to watch for!

Buying a car with bad credit
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There Are a Bunch of Things You Shouldn't Do if You Are Buying a Car With Bad Credit

We know that not everyone has great credit. Some of us even have really bad credit. If you are one of the unlucky people with bad credit and you're looking for a car, there are some things you should never do.

flood damage
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Beware of Flooded Cars Resurfacing for Sale on a Car Lot Near You

We've all seen images of cars submerged under several feet of water following severe storms and natural disasters. Have you ever wondered what happens to those cars once the floodwater recedes?

Car Door Handle
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Title Loans Are Never a Good Option if You Need Quick Cash

Some lenders advertise short-term loans, called title loans, that use the collateral of your car. It's similar to a home equity loan, only a title loan can be much riskier and cost you a significant amount of interest charges. It can even cost you the car itself!

inflating a tire
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Are Your Tires Inflated Properly? A Simple Device Can Save Money and Lives!

How often do you check the air pressure in your vehicle's tires? Regularly checking to make sure that your tires are properly inflated could save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

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Consumers Beware: Don't Let Car Dealers Take You In with a Yo-Yo Auto Sale Scam

You've finally filled out all the paperwork for a new or used car and drive it off the lot in triumph. Then, only a few hours (or days or weeks) later, the dealer calls and says that you have to return the car.

Automotive 101: Everything You Need to Know About Your Car's Battery
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Automotive 101: Everything You Need to Know About Your Car's Battery

The battery is the life force of your car. Without it, you would not be able to have power to do anything from starting the engine in subzero temperatures to cruising down the highway on a sunny day.

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Beware of Graduated Payment Plans When You Buy Your Next Car

Through a variety of ads and paid programming, some dealers will advertise vehicles that can be purchased with no money down and exceptionally low monthly payments that quickly skyrocket.