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Consumers Having Trouble Affording New Cars


The average new car costs more than $30,000-- out of reach for median-income people in nearly every major city, in a recent survey. The good news? Under-$15,000 sub-compacts are offering great value and fuel economy. Electrics are looking better, too.


A New Diagnosis from Dr. Tom and Dr. Ray


Today, Tom and Ray counsel Ashley who has an irrational fear that a tire will explode while she's filling it and blow her face off. They diagnose her with a new condition, "tireophobia". Find out what they recommend to help sufferers of this new disorder, right here.


Today: Tom and Ray as Wedding Planners?


A groom-to-be writes to Tom and Ray for advice about his upcoming wedding reception. He wants to stop the maid of honor from covering his beloved car in "Just Married" decorations after the ceremony. We usually leave this sort of thing to "Dear Abby"; can Tom and Ray help out this time?


Why Is Jim's Car Running Cold?


Jim's Ford Focus runs cold downhill and normally when driving uphill. And when the engine runs cold, so does the passenger compartment. Can Tom and Ray help keep Jim from freezing his tuchus off? Find out what's going on, right here.



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