Is Beaten-Up Car with a Rap Sheet worth Saving?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 28, 2017

B.J.'s prodigal Silverado is home after theives used it for their getaway car, but the insurance company totalled it. Is it worth fixing?

insurance Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2007

is siping tires a good idea
Aug 04, 2016

Sipe Your Tires or Leave Them Alone?

Dear Car Talk

If tire stores offer siping, does that mean it's a good thing? Or did tire manufacturers get it right the first time?


does scrubbing the headlamps at a gas station scratch them
Aug 01, 2016

Scrub Those Headlights -- Or Gently Bathe Them?

Dear Car Talk

Ronald and his wife are arguing about cleaning--but it's about their car's headlights, not the dishes. Who's going to win?

cleaning headlights

Aug 01, 2016

Delivering Those Fritos: Clean-Burning Natural Gas Trucks

Jim Motavalli

Frito-Lay is doubling down on natural gas trucks. It has more than 500--with a 23-percent greenhouse gas reduction--and they've covered 100 million miles. The challenges: volatile gas prices, and a need for more CNG/LNG stations.

alternative energy trucks

Blue Fiat
Jul 29, 2016

Fiat Is a Four-Letter Word

Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett wrestles with repressed memories of his Worst Car Ever, a '74 Fiat-- and remembers how his conscience got the better of him when it was time to say good-bye.

Fiat 1974

Jul 29, 2016

The World's Fastest Electric Car Is a Corvette

Jim Motavalli

Genovation took its plug-in 'Vette to the Space Shuttle launch runway in Florida--and set six world records (beating its own bar). How does 205.6 mph sound? 

electric vehicles Chevrolet Corvette

why didn't replacing the oxygen sensor solve the check engine light problem
Jul 28, 2016

A Check Engine Light That Won't Give Up

Dear Car Talk

Craig's F-150 refuses to believe that its 02 sensor has been replaced. What gives?

check engine light emissions Ford F150

Jul 27, 2016

Five Firsts: From the Pioneer SUV to the Baby Seat

Jim Motavalli

To settle that argument with your brother-in-law, here are origin stories on the drive-in movie, the tow truck, the kiddie seat, the wraparound windshield and even the very first SUV.


The case against self-driving cars.
Jul 27, 2016

Jesus Don't Take the Wheel

Tim Cotton

I'll drive, thanks. But if you don't mind, would you take a quick look at my insurance policy?


is driving in reverse without warming up the engine a bad idea
Jul 26, 2016

What's the Worst You Can Do to Your Transmission?

Dear Car Talk

Rolf wants to know if putting his automatic into reverse immediately after starting will shorten its life.