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CAR THEFT WARNING: THE CRIMINAL USE OF APPLE AIRTAGSBy Lauren Fix Inexpensive wireless trackers are reportedly being used by thieves to locate and steal cars. Car thieves have been getting crafty and using new technology to steal your car. Some criminals use brute-force tactics, tow trucks, or other crafty ways to steal vehicles, While others …

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Watch Out for Potholes!

The very cold weather we’ve experienced this season, mixed with a few warm days, has really taken a toll on our roadways. Some of the potholes on the road are already like craters on the moon, while other are getting larger every day that traffic drives right through them. As the potholes grow, the damage to your vehicle becomes a safety risk and can take a chunk out of your wallet.

How to Not Get Ripped off by a Mechanic

How to Not Get Ripped off by a Mechanic

Keeping your car in excellent operating condition is as crucial as keeping those repair costs down. But sometimes a simple brake repair job can turn into an expensive leak job. Here are some tips not to be duped by a mechanic.

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Buying a New Car Vs. Maintaining Your Old Vehicle

April is National Car Care Month – a reminder that your trusty ride needs some TLC after months of wear and tear. You can save about $1,200 a year by doing basic maintenance yourself! A great investment considering the cost of a new vehicle is averaging $34,000, according to Kelley Blue Book.

These 4 tips will help you be prepared for the warmer temperatures and get the most out of your investment.

What Does It Mean to Be Car Care Aware?

What Does It Mean to Be Car Care Aware?

Car care can be intimidating when you aren’t familiar with your car’s parts and systems, but when you know the right questions to ask, it puts you in the driver’s seat. Be Car Care Aware has developed the resources needed to empower you when it comes to maintenance decisions, along with top care tips. So, how can you Be Car Care Aware?

Lauren Fix Discusses Volkswagen Owners

Lauren Fix Discusses Volkswagen Owners

The Car Coach will discuss Volkswagen owners waiting and wondering how much depreciation their cars will suffer as a result of the emissions scandal and awaiting word on recalls, Consumer Reports no downgraded Tesla’s rating due to reliability issues, and the end of the Dodge Viper.

Which Gasoline Is Best For Your Vehicle?

Most of us believe that the higher the octane number (that yellow sticker on the gas pumps), the better performance and fuel economy we will receive in exchange for the higher price. So what’s the truth? Here’s the low-down on high octane gas.

Shelby Fix, Car Coach 2.0 on the Teen Driving BMW Tour

BMW Teen Driving – Highlighting the dangers of distracted driving

It’s no surprise that teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. According to AAA, about 963,000 drivers aged 16 to19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, resulting in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths. The Car Coach 2.0, Shelby Fix, and BMW professional driving instructor and motorsport competitor, Kevin York, are available to provide safety tips for parents and their teen drivers.

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Summer Travel Tips Infographic

As Memorial Day creep up on your calendar and you schedule summer road trips, it’s important to check your vehicle before you leave and be aware of what’s happening around you on the road. Check out this infographic to help keep you safe!

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Breaking Down Road Rage

Which gender is more prone to road rage? What are the top actions that are most likely to incite road rage? What are the road rage capitals of America? Have you ever wondered about the stats behind road rage? Check out the handy and informative infographic from the British lorry company Walker Movements.

Damn, Your Car is Hot!

With the summer here, your car will become an oven from the blistering heat. Just think about sitting or touching those scalding hot leather seats and steering wheel after your car has been sitting in the sun all day long. Many people might not realize that your car can be pretty dangerous during the summer months.

What is that bad car smell? Learn to identify car odors.

How to Diagnose a Bad Car Smell

Car maintenance expert Lauren Fix, The Car Coach is your top automotive woman. What does the bad smell in your car mean? Learn which bad car odors are could mean trouble to your car’s engine, brakes, oil, exhaust, coolant or fuel line.

Top 10 Car Scams

Top 10 Car Scams by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® With all the great deals out there be careful not to fall into any of these traps.  Some of these scams have been around for a while so be aware and buy smart! Scam 1. Negative Equity/Trade-In Overestimation This arises in a transaction that includes …

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Lauren Fix on 2 Wheels: A Glimpse into getting a Motorcycle License

 by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® I just got my motorcycle license! It was one of those things that I went back and forth about because the only way it would ever happen was to take a motorcycle safety and training course.
 So Paul, my husband, and I took the Ride with a P.R.I.D.E. class …

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Ask Lauren Fix: Gasoline Myths!

Female automotive expert Lauren Fix helps dispel common myths about gasoline. Is it better to fill your tank in morning, night or day? The Car Coach has the answers about gas fact or fiction.

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