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10 Best TV Cars of All Time

10 Best TV Cars of All Time

According to Men's Fitness magazine, the 10 Best TV Cars of All Time include some amazing rides. Who wouldn't love to take a ride with Mr. T or Daisy Duke? Our favorite is the Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch. Starsky’s red-with-a-white stripe Ford Gran Torino became one of the most recognized cars in America during the show’s run and in October 2014 sold for $40,000. Here's the list: The Green Hornet: Black Beauty Batman: Batmobile Night Rider: Kitt Speed Racer: Mach 5 A-Team: Van Auto Man: Auto Mobile Dukes of Hazzard: General Lee Starsky & Hutch: Gran Torino Arrested Development: Stair Case Mr. Bean: Mini Cooper

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Car Culture

7 Cars Owners Regret Buying

7 Cars Owners Regret Buying

7 Cars Owners Regret Buying 7 Cars Owners Regret Buying, according to Consumer Reports magazine, are listed below. Some cars look great but just aren't ready for prime time. And even the best car manufacturers produce a dud once in a while. Be careful if you are considering the purchase of one of these vehicles: SUV: Jeep Compass Mini Van: Nissan Quest Luxury: Mercedes-Benz CLA Sedan: Nissan Altima Sporty: Hyundai Veloster Pickup: Nisan Frontier Overall: Kia Rio How can you prevent Buyers Remorse? Before purchasing one of these USED vehicles (or any used car), you should have DRIVE AutoCare perform a 30-point, pre-purchase inspection. Our ASE Certified team of mechanics will inspect you car and provide you with a detailed report highlighting any mechanical issues

The Petersen Automotive Museum LA

The Petersen Automotive Museum LA

The Petersen Automotive Museum LA -- A Must See (Inside and Out) The Petersen Automotive Museum LA recently reopened after a 14-month, $90 million redesign. The improvements include an amazing exterior and 95,000 square feet of exhibition space. There's no question you will find the new collection of cars and motorcycles to be nothing short of breathtaking. The museum is open every day from 10am-6pm and is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., in downtown Los Angeles. The museum's collection contains more than 300 vehicles. However the museum only displays about 150 at any one time which means the exhibits are constantly rotating. A large part of the museum’s focus is to collect and preserve historic vehicles. A great deal of importance is placed on acquiring significant vehicles of all shapes, sizes, makes, models, and purposes. Their original donation was a r ... read more

$10 Off Your Next Smog Test

$10 Off Your Next Smog Test

JUST SHOW THIS COUPON WHEN YOU CHECK IN FOR $10 OFF YOUR NEXT SMOG TEST AT DRIVE AutoCare

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Smog Inspection

Wheel Alignment Answers

Wheel Alignment Answers

Wheel Alignment Answers to FAQs Here are some wheel alignment answers to frequently asked questions: HOW IMPORTANT IS WHEEL ALIGNMENT? Think if it this way: Driving a vehicle for 12,000 miles with a toe misalignment of only 0.34 degrees (.17 inches) would be the equivalent to dragging your tires sideways for 68 miles. WHAT ARE SOME EASY-TO-NOTICE SYMPTOMS OF A MISALIGNED VEHICLE? Excessive or uneven tire wear Vehicle drift or pull A feeling of looseness or wandering An out-of-level steering wheel HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY VEHICLE ALIGNED? Always follow the manufacturer's recommendation but as a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOTAL ALIGNMENT? Reduced tire wear Better gas mileage Improved handling ... read more

200000 Miles

200000 Miles

200000 Miles is a huge milestone for a vehicle. According to Consumer Reports magazine, the cars on this list are considered safe, reliable and most likely to make it to 200,000 miles. All of these models were also Consumer Report recommended when new. Toyota Prius Toyota Camry Honda Odyssey Honda Pilot Toyota Corolla Honda Accord Sedan Honda CR-V Toyota Sienna Toyota Highlander Honda Civic DRIVE AutoCare recommends following the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual, taking care of the minor problems as they arise, and keep your care clean and you too can hit 200,000! By driving a car longer, you will save a significant amount of money from reduced ownership costs that include insurance and interest

Do You Have A Spare Tire?

Do You Have A Spare Tire?

Do You Have A Spare Tire? Do you have a spare tire? No, not the got a spare tire around your waist, the one that should be in your trunk. Got A Spare Tire? Many new cars don't come with a spare tire anymore (half of the cars manufactured in 2015 did not have a spare) and it's one of the few things about your car that you really need to care about. If you ever have a tire problem, you can bet it will be at the worst possible time and place. Even if you belong to an auto club or have break-down coverage, things get complicated if you don't have a spare tire for them to install. We'll be glad to check your air pressure and adjust as necessary. And if your car didn't come with a spare tire, we advise you to carry a can of Fix-A-Flat in your trunk. Fix-A-Flat will inf ... read more

VW Diesel Recall and What You Can Do

VW Diesel Recall and What You Can Do

The recent acknowledgement by VW that it installed software to cheat U.S. emission tests is disheartening. While VW is suffering a backlash from the scandal, losing $25 billion in market value since the news was announced, the implications for VW owners is less certain. The automaker is the largest car company in the world and recently said that 23% of new cars sold in August in the U.S. were diesels, which translates to around 7,400 vehicles. Recently Fortune Magazine published some suggestions that answer the question: What can I do about the VW diesel recall? Check your car model The EPA ordered the recall of nearly 500,000 VW and Audi cars that are equipped with 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines. The recall covers cars made from 2009 to 2015, and includes the following models, all of which are the diesel versions: 2009-15 VW Jetta; 2009–15 Beetle ... read more

14 Best Car Movies of All Time

14 Best Car Movies of All Time

We've compiled a list of the 14 Best Car Movies of All Time according to MotorAuthority. Are you a car buff? Do you love car movies? Do you like lists of the Best Car Movies? Well you're in luck! And the winners are: The Fast and the Furious (2001) Bullitt (1698) The Cannonball Run (1981) Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Vanishing Point (1971) American Graffiti (1973) The Italian Job (1969) Christine (1983) LeMans (1971) Days of Thunder (1990) Senna (2010) Rush (2013) Cars (2006) If you agree or disagree, we'd love to hear your comments and suggestions. What is your favorite Car Movie of All Time

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Car Culture

Auto Repair Customers are 65% Women

Auto Repair Customers are 65% Women

Auto Repair Customers are 65% Women The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence estimates that Auto Repair Customers are 65% Women.  And 9 out of 10 women responding to a recent Car Care Council survey said they believe auto repair shop operators treat them differently because they are women. Kelly Johnson, Service Manager DRIVE AutoCare 128 N. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA At DRIVE AutoCare we understand women may not always feel as comfortable in an Auto Repair Shop as men but that is certainly not an excuse to treat them any different. We love our women customers and we are taking the following steps to improve the experience of our female customers: We have the ONLY female Service Manager in North County San Diego When customers walk in our door, we always do our best to welcome them and make them feel comfortable When explaining repair and maintenance issues, we use laymen&rsquo ... read more

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