Say Anything: Breaking Up with Your Car Dealer

09.21.2016

Car dealers communicate like high school boyfriends desperately trying to save a relationship.

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In Praise of the Humble Parts Guy

08.11.2016

The last two weeks working on my project 1979 Chevy Blazer have been a constant flurry of activity, punctuated by approximately 27,391 runs to one of the six parts stores within a five mile radius of my house. It's given me a new appreciation for the qualities of a good parts counterman.

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The Driverless Car is Coming: But Are Human Drivers Happy About It?

04.27.2016

You might trust Google to deliver your Nigerian scam email, but do you trust them to deliver you safely through traffic? Those are the kinds of questions that the MIT AgeLab is asking you to answer in a survey on autonomous technology, as part of the NEMPA/MIT Technology Conference on May 26.

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Convertibles of the '60s Looked Like a Lot More Fun

04.21.2016

Compared to the pictures of the new Buick Cascada, convertibles appeared to be a LOT more fun in the 1950s and 1960s.

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10 Bad Ideas From the JC Whitney Catalog

03.30.2016

JC Whitney was like the Victoria's Secret catalog for greasy idiots. Yes, there were regular car parts in there, but it was the fantasy of equipping your 1951 Oldsmobile with a hood ornament in the shape of Jayne Mansfield that kept the catalog growing.

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Every Subaru Sold In New England Comes From This Guy

02.08.2016

Ernie Boch, Jr. is the CEO of Subaru of New England. He was on CNN talking about his support for Donald Trump and compared his choice for president: "it’s 2 a.m. and there’s a few girls at the bar, you have to go home with one of them,” Boch said. “So, you have to pick who you are with.”

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Five Things We Wish VW Got Right with the BUDD-e "Microbus" Concept

01.18.2016

Volkswagen announced the BUDD-e concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It's supposed to be the modern Microbus, but that's really not what it is.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: The Return of the Front-Wheel-Drive Pickup

01.13.2016

It's been 32 years since a front-wheel-drive pickup was available in the United States. Where'd they all go?

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2.5 Hours in the "Improved" Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

01.04.2016

What's the word for when you're reading an article about the new, improved Registry of Motor Vehicles during your second hour in line at one?  

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FACT CHECK: Do Some Modern Cars Get the Same Fuel Mileage as the Model T?

12.23.2015

Yesterday, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ social media team posted a meme suggesting that some cars get the same fuel mileage as the Ford Model T. Is the comparison brilliant or B-O-O-O-G-U-S?

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Sears Craftsman Tools: What Happened?

12.18.2015

Sears used to be the place to buy tools. What happened? Car Talk's intrepid blogger takes a look. 

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VIDEO: Ray and the Motorin' Tabernacle Choir Present The 12 Days of Recalls

12.15.2015

Folks, it has been a banner year for fails on the part of the world's auto manufacturers. To celebrate the occasion, Ray and the Motorin' Tabernacle Choir present their rendition of that old holiday classic, The 12 Recalls of Christmas. More info on these recalls here.

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This One New Car Feature Might Leave You Stuck at the Car Wash

12.11.2015

Relying on a computer to protect you from your own stupidity leads to all kinds of unintended consequences, especially when pulling into an automatic car wash.

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Found at a Thrift Shop: The Origins of Car Talk

10.15.2015

This past weekend, my wife Lisa hit a couple of thrift shops in suburban Boston and came home with a bunch of stuff, including this book called "Think Small, What's So Funny About a Volkswagen," and in its pages, I think I found the origins of Car Talk.

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ICE CREAM MAN!! The Ice Cream Isn't the Only Thing Cool in These Trucks

08.06.2015

These days, the Ice Cream Man drives everything from an old mail Jeep to a beat up GMC step van. But in the 1950s and 1960s, these purpose-built trucks were as cool as their contents.

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