Don’t Buy a Used Car Until You Read These 7 Wallet-Saving Tips

Used cars can be great. No, really, they can—as long as you practice your due diligence. When you make a smart and well-informed used car purchase, you’ll be able to enjoy many benefits compared to buying an off-the-lot vehicle. The most noteworthy benefits are of course financial, but when purchasing a pre-owned car or truck you’ll also have access to … Read More

Can You Guess Who Spends More Time Driving Than Ever Before?

There’s a certain special group of people that spend a whole lot of time driving. They can spend an hour or more driving every day—spread out among five or more distinct trips. They run errands, give rides, and go to work. They fill up their gas tanks at least once a week, costing them over $2,000 per year. Their vehicles … Read More

Your Car Needs to Breathe: Air Flow Explained

Your Car Needs to Breathe

Did you know that for every one gallon of gasoline your vehicle uses, also required for continued operation are 10,000 gallons of air flow? Air is, of course, in great abundance—it’s just not always clean enough to flow through your engine and the rest of the vehicle without being filtered first. In the same way that you would filter water … Read More

The Complete Guide to Tire Maintenance (Plus 3 Life-Extending Tips!)

The Complete Guide to Tire Maintenance BG Blog

When the lifespan of your tires seems to dwindle a little too fast, it can be easy to blame poor road conditions. (Missouri, we’re looking at you.) While the roads certainly do have an effect on the performance and overall lifespan of your tires, there’s plenty you can do on your own to mitigate these effects, protect your tires’ durability, … Read More

Vehicle Maintenance Decision Making: When to Repair or Replace

Repair or Replace your vehicle

An important skill vehicle owners must develop is the ability to make smart decisions with regard to when it’s a good idea to get repairs done—or rather, in some cases, when not to have repairs done. With a little forward-thinking, general know-how, and regular car maintenance appointments, you won’t have to be a vehicle expert to stretch your driving dollar … Read More

Weird But Useful Car Maintenance Hacks You Won’t Believe

Top 10 Weird But Crazy Useful Car Maintenance Life Hacks You Won't Believe

Most car owners encounter little—or sometimes large—seemingly-unavoidable inconveniences. We’ve asked around and compiled a list of our favorite car maintenance “life hacks” to make your life easier. These simple, DIY solutions can help you keep your headlights clean, remove bumper stickers, and even extend the range of your wireless keys in a strange and unexpected way. Let’s dive in: #10 … Read More

The #1 Reason Drivers Don’t Notice Problems Until It’s Too Late

The #1 Reason drivers don't notice problems.

After tens of thousands of hours of practice, concert pianists tend to develop such an affinity for their instrument that they’re often able to detect when the piano goes out of tune by only a handful of cents (the unit of measurement for octaves). A highly competent mechanic can detect slight variances in a vehicle’s performance to know that something … Read More

5 Common Warning Signs Your Vehicle Has Electrical Problems

5 Signs of Electrical Problems

Beyond the battery, we tend to think of our cars as very mechanical things. Gas in, engine fires up, and we’re off to work, run errands, or travel to visit family. But have you ever really considered just how reliant upon a working electrical system your vehicle is? Our vehicles have intricate electrical systems, and this is especially true for … Read More

7 Expert Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Repair Costs Down

How would you like to be a step ahead of the majority of vehicle owners insofar as your repair costs are concerned? It’s surprisingly simple to do, yet so few people do it: Read your owners manual. Specifically, read the section that discussed your vehicles recommended maintenance schedule. It usually looks like a chart, and it should tell you exactly … Read More