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Today: Emma Needs Second Opinion Before Buying

09.24.2013

Emma is looking for her first car and she's fallen for a 1975 Mercedes 240D that will likely need its differential replaced very soon. Should she try to negotiate the price with the seller or just walk away? Tom thinks Emma is a young woman of extremely refined tastes, but Ray cautions that the car may spend a lot of time parked in her driveway. Read the case for and against, right here. 

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Road Koans

09.23.2013

What’s a koan, anyway? We're glad you asked. Step right this way and allow Tom Bodett to enlighten you.

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Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

09.19.2013

A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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California Jump-Starts the Hydrogen Economy

09.18.2013

California, here they come. A new bill, soon to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, puts funding in place for 100 public filling stations for fuel-cell cars. 

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