Keep your car locked and secure on New Year’s Day -- that’s the holiday with the most reported vehicle thefts according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.
The report shows dramatic variations in theft activity throughout the winter months. According to the data, thieves aren’t too busy on Christmas Day, as it shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day. Thanksgiving ranks low on the holiday theft list as well. However, New Year’s Eve Read More
As we head into the final weeks of the year, COVID-19 cases are again spiking across the nation as the “third wave” hits the U.S. It’s just as important now as it was in March and over the summer to take precautions to prevent its spread. A big difference between now and last spring, is that when the pandemic started, many people were staying home and off the roads and had postponed travel plans. But now, many people are venturing out more in their communities. Plus, as we head into the holiday season, some families may be planning to travel -- especially by car. According to AAA’s latest estimate -- 47.8 million Americans are planning road trips for Thanksgiving. That’s a drop of 4.5% over last year - but still, folks, 47.8 million is a lot of people hitting the road. Road trips are not a risk-free activity. It’s pretty hard to social distance 6-feet in the confines of a vehicle.
Whether you’re staying around town or one of those who is planning to travel by car this year, let’s again go through some tips on how to clean and sanitize your vehicle. Although no amount of cleaning is a guarantee of preventing the spread of COVID among passengers in your vehicle, there are things you can do to help minimize the risk. Read More
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.
At some point, we’ve all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps while speeding down the highway over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
How about getting all those leftovers home after Thanksgiving dinner? While Auntie May’s pumpkin pie may seem perfectly pleasant perched atop a lace doily on the dining-room table, it can become a dangerous projectile if not secured properly in Read More
Out of 2017 model year vehicles, the GMC Sierra 3500 is the model with the best overall resale value in J.D. Power’s latest Resale Value Awards, and both Honda and Toyota each walk away with five awards. The 2020 awards, in their third year, recognize the best resale value across 25 model-level vehicle segments following three years of ownership. The awards are based on transaction data using customer insights.
A DFW listener called last weekend dismayed because he was hit by another driver, causing a wreck that was not his fault. The other party’s insurance said he was not eligible to collect his loss of value because his car was too old. This was not true. Diminished Value There is not much worse than having a wreck in your car. It is even more upsetting when the collision is not your fault. You have to deal with your insurance company, or worse, the other party’s insurance. In many cases, you Read More
It’s going to be a different kind of Halloween this year for many, with the ongoing pandemic putting a damper on traditional trick-or-treating. Instead of trick or treaters out and about (and drivers, please remain cautious for those who are still partaking in the activity this year) you may see more cars decked out for Halloween this year, instead. At least that’s Nissan’s answer to making Halloween more palatable this year. It partnered with a local high school near its North American headquarters to come up with a Halloween themed 2020 Sentra and we’ll provide some of Nissan’s decorating tips below. Read More
Many of you will be traveling over the holidays, and nobody wants to find himself or herself stuck on the side of the road for any reason, but if you drive in major metro areas, odds are good you see it on a daily basis. I am a sucker for people who look like they need help and have stopped many times to see if I could assist. The last time I did this, the driver had been in a hurry and ran out of gas in a fairly new car. He asked if I could give him a lift to a gas station and I asked him if he’d called roadside assistance? His reply was “I don’t think I have that”. He was driving a two-year-old Camry, and a quick Google search revealed the phone number. He called and the ETA of the service provider was less than 10 minutes. Read More
We spent a good amount of time on the Car Pro Show last weekend talking about Teen Driver Safety Week. It can be a life changer for the parents as well as the child. For most parents, your child’s independence is exciting and scary at the same time.
We had a caller to the nationally syndicated show who had a son who wanted a pickup truck. While I like pickups as a first vehicle, this family was on a limited budget. I spoke to the teen on the air to try to explain why he would be better Read More
We’ve all had our check engine light come on and likely wondered what it means and just how quickly it should be attended to. Check engine lights can mean different things and should never be ignored.
When your check engine light comes on, it is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe Read More
Covid-19 has changed much about our lives. For instance, people are shying away from Uber and Lyft. Airline flights are way down. People are driving more on road trips because they know the environment inside their own car is safe. In fact, a recent Chevrolet and Harris Poll study found that there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to the pandemic and of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41 percent plan to road trip over Thanksgiving or winter Read More
It’s that time of year: Below is our annual guide to Tax Code Section 179 for self-employed and business owners who buy a vehicle.
Tax Code 179Tax Code 179, the special deduction to write off equipment in the year purchased, was extended permanently in 2015 legislation. This has been further liberalized by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that Congress enacted in December 2017.
Beginning in 2018, this special deduction allows businesses to write off up to $1 million worth of Read More
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.
As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.
3 Basic Types Of Child Seats 1.) Rear-facing seats
If you took a road trip for Labor Day weekend - or anytime this past summer - you are not alone. And if you have a road trip planned for the holidays, you’re not alone either.
According to a new Chevrolet and Harris Poll study, there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to COVID-19. Researchers say Americans want to get out and see the world after the challenges of quarantine and social distancing.
My father was a truck driver for as long as I can remember. It was in the days when there were virtually no creature comforts in the cabs of the trucks. I don’t think he ever drove a truck with air-conditioning, and there were certainly no CD players, video monitors, or CB radios. One night during the summer, around 10 PM, he was driving between Dallas and San Antonio and fell asleep while driving. He woke up too late to navigate a turn in the highway and turned the big rig on its side, Read More
The American Automobile Association predicts that Americans will take 700 million road trips this summer. While that number is down nearly 15% from last July through September, that’s still a lot of road trips. Whether you are taking one of those road trips or staying close to home, the summer heat can be challenging for your vehicle. We’ve already provided some tips on what to do as you prep your vehicle for the hot summer weather. But the folks at Read More
If you’re like us, you’ll never again take for granted the freedom to get in your car and head to your local grocery store to pick up a few things. The ability to do so is just one way transportation is being impacted by COVID-19, which has left many usually busy streets much quieter as people stay home to practice social distancing. The Coronavirus is having a big impact on transportation as it forces us all to, in a word, adapt. Adapt to how often we use our vehicles, how we care for them, and even how we buy them. Here we’ve compiled some of the most prevalent questions many people have when it comes to driving, buying and getting cars serviced during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More
[Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original posting date.]
More and more, as I review new vehicles, and they need fuel, I open the gas tank flap all set to unscrew the gas cap, but there is not one there. There is a small trap door, that you can’t push in with your finger, yet when you stick the gas nozzle from the pump in, it easily inserts. Welcome to capless gas tanks. Ford really pioneered capless fuel fillers on the 2009 Explorer. Other brands currently offering Read More
A Texas Car Pro Show listener got in touch with me, totally frustrated with her dealership. She loves the dealership overall, loves her salesperson, and loves her vehicle. However, she gets irritated when she calls the dealership to make an appointment, and the first available time is two weeks away.
Welcome to summer temperatures and the problems it causes for dealerships and customers.
Summer Car Service Challenges All the years I owned car dealerships, I dreaded the summer heat. Read More
If you’re like many Americans you’re likely using your vehicle a lot less frequently during COVID-19 with all the stay at home orders around the country. We’ve provided some car care tips here for when your car is parked for longer than normal. Ford is also offering up some tips on how to specifically care for electric vehicles that may not be in regular use right now.
The automaker says owners of battery-powered vehicles might wonder how much charge they should keep in their Read More