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Joe Santos

A photo of the 2022 Subaru BRZ outdoors.
Sedans & Coupes

The 2022 Subaru BR-Z Doesn’t Really Need a Turbocharger

The 2022 Subaru BR-Z broke cover a couple of months ago, and although it was completely redesigned with a new engine under its hood, it still isn’t be offered with a turbocharger. Of course, we don’t blame anyone for wanting a turbocharged BR-Z since the last iteration was lacking in the power and torque department, …

The outside of a CarMax dealership
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Carmax Is Now Allowing For 24-Hour Test Drives

We’ve all done it before. We’ve all bought a product, brought it home, decided it wasn’t for us, and then returned it the next day. After all, that’s what 30-day return policies are for, right? Well, not so much for cars, until now. Carmax is now doing 24-hour test drives to make sure that you …

An SUV gets towed away on a tow truck
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Happens if I Stop Making My Lease Payments?

You may have heard the quote by comedian Steven Wright, which states, “If you think that no one cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.” And while we don’t condone missing your car payments just to see if anyone cares about you (trust us, they do), there’s a lot of truth to that …

Apple CarPlay | Toyota
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How to Add Wireless Apple Carplay to an Older Car

Do you currently own an Apple iPhone and want to be able to connect it to your car’s audio system wirelessly? Or does your current car have Apple Carplay and you want to be able to connect it without having to plug your phone in? If you fall into either category, you’re in luck, because …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can You Wash Your Car in Cold Weather?

Maintaining your car all year round is very important, but it can get a lot harder to do during the wintertime, especially if you live in an area where it snows. And as you probably know, when the snow hits the ground, so does the road salt, which is what can really mess up your …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Most Complained About DMV Experiences

No one likes going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in fact, most people would probably choose getting a root canal over waiting in one of those long lines. At the end of the day, a root canal procedure is shorter, and in some cases, less painful. Case in point, going to the DMV …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Are Studded Tires Better Than Regular Winter Tires?

Driving in the winter can be scary depending on how icy the roads are, so you might be wondering if you should buy studded tires or stick with the normal winter rubber. After all, the winter weather can throw all kinds of different obstacles at you and you never know what conditions you’ll be driving …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Do So Many Automakers Use the 8-Speed ZF Transmission?

What does the Aston Martin Vantage, Jeep Track Hawk, Toyota Supra, and pretty much every BMW have in common? They all use an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission. But wait, there’s more. In fact, there’s plenty of cars that are all different sizes and from different segments that use this same transmission, or at least …

A bright blue Lexus ES 350 in drive mode.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 of the Best Lease Deals For January 2021

New year, new car. However, you might be wondering if you can still get a good deal in the month of January. The good news is that you can! But you’ll just need to know where to find them. Luckily, Ari Janessian – a Youtuber and auto broker – put together a list of the …

Honda vehicles for sale at a dealership
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is January a Good Month to Buy a New Car?

The holidays are over. And while that means that we all breathe a huge sigh of relief that we don’t need to buy any more gifts for anyone else or cook any fancy dinners, it also means that we can’t get any good deals on new cars anymore, or can we? Could January be a …

close up of shift and handbrake of 2021 Ford Bronco
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Changing Your Car’s Clutch Fluid Necessary?

Do you own a car with a manual transmission? If so, then you’re probably well aware that you need to change its transmission fluid every 10,000 miles or so (your car’s mileage may vary) and you know that changing its engine oil is a necessity. But do you really need to change the fluid in …

A blue 1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata parked on the snow
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Does Cold Weather Affect Your Car’s Fuel Economy?

Winter is here and as the temperature outside drops, it’s easy to want to stay inside your house and bundle up. But unfortunately, you can’t do that all the time since, like most people, you need to work and run your errands, which means driving around for extended periods of time. But can the winter …

A car driving in the snow during winter season.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 Winter Car Myths That Could Cost You More Money

It’s a no-brainer that we all need to be extra cautious during the wintertime, especially if you live in a snow state. And while it’s easy to take all of the necessary precautions when driving your car, it’s even easier to get wrapped up in the unnecessary information that’s been spread around about our caring …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 Car Problems It Never Pays to Avoid

Have you ever heard a mysterious noise coming from the engine bay of your car and then turned up the volume on the radio to drown it out? If you can’t hear it, it doesn’t exist, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as ignoring and noises, glaring issues, or even warning lights on your dashboard …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Most Complained About Aspects of Leasing

If you’re looking to buy a new car, but want a low monthly payment with little-to-no money down, then leasing is probably the best way to go. However, there are some drawbacks to leasing a car and consumers typically have a few common complaints about the process. So here are the more common complaints about …

2020 Subaru Ascent Limited in a snowy forest
Trucks & SUVs

How Well Does Subaru’s X-Mode Work in the Snow?

Subaru vehicles are among the most popular cars in America mainly due to their capability and affordable pricing. Since most of the vehicles in Subaru’s lineup come standard with all-wheel-drive, many occasional off-road enthusiasts and snow-state dwellers gravitate toward the brand. But to make the all-wheel-drive system even better, the automaker incorporated a feature called …