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Car Talk Test Drive Notes

Find out what Tom and Ray have been Test Driving, and read their reviews.

All About Electric Vehicles

Everything you ever wanted to know about electric vehicles, including explainers, FAQs, a buying guide and much more.

First Cars

Remember yours? Share stories, see Tom and Ray's first car stories, and get advice about buying your first car.

Hybrid Vehicles

What's a hybrid?  How do they work?  Should you buy one?  Answers here.

Secret Tricks of Car Salesmen

Car Talk goes undercover and gets the inside scoop, from operative "Deep Plaid."

Diesel Zone

Vastly cleaner, new diesel engines and fuel are here.  Here's the lowdown.

Car Talk's Guide to Alternative Fuels

Tired of the petro-industrial complex?  Get the lowdown on ethanol, biodiesel, and straight vegetable oil.

Car Talk Auto Advisor

Need help picking your next car?  Our human-vehicle matching quiz helps you narrow down the options.


Car Talk Car Survey

Review your car.  And see what other owners are saying.

Service Your Car

Tips from Tom and Ray for simple maintenance you can do yourself.

Our Top Ten Lists

Cars we hate the most, signs you should pull over, and lots more. Here's Car Talk's Top 10 lists.

Keep Your Car Running

Tips from Tom and Ray to help your car last forever.

Car Talk Safety Page

Sign up for email alerts, check recalls, and file complaints in our new safety area.

Car Complaints

Ever wonder what problems others are having with your car? Find out now!

Guide to Better Fuel Economy

Forking over too many dineros at the pumps?  Check out these tips and cut back on your addiction today.

Premium vs. Regular

Can you use regular, when your owner's manual calls for premium?  Here's Tom and Ray's take.

Do-It-Yourself Guide

Want to change your own oil, but have visions of your own backyard Deepwater Horizon?  Check out Tom and Ray's DIY tips.  You might actually fix your car -- and save money in the process.

Car Talk's Roadside Survival Guide

What's in your trunk?  Here are Tom and Ray's suggestions.

Car Noise Emporium

Got a noise coming from under the hood?  Play nearly 30 car noises and get the official diagnosis.

Change a Flat with Car Talk

Check out Click and Clack's official guide and get tips for a safe flat-tire pit stop.

Car Cleaning Tips from a Pro

Get the lowdown on tidying up your car, both inside and out.

Official Car Talk Guide to Jump-Starting Your Car

Ever wonder how to jump start your car — without exploding yourself into the next zip code?  Our Official Car Talk Guide to Jump Starting Your Car can help.

Scam Detector

MPG-boosting additives, devices and more: are they all scams?  Find out.

How to Be a Great Customer

What can you do other than bring fresh brownies?  The lackeys of Car Talk sat down to discuss this very topic with Tom and Ray.

Is Your Car Toxic?

Get the lowdown on the chemicals in your car.

Where to Repair? Dealer or Independent

Who's right for you — and who's less expensive?  Check out results of a Car Talk study.

Go Right to the Top

Not getting satisfaction?  Here's how to contact your car manufacturer's Big Enchilada.

Special Needs Zone

Do you use a wheelchair, are you sized a bit differently, or do you require adapative equipment for your jalopy?  Our Special Needs Zone can help.


Safe Driving Zone

Planning on having an accident?  Neither are we.  Check out tips from Tom and Ray to keep it that way.

Summer Driving Tips

Cramming the family in the wagon for a summer road trip?  Spare yourself the misery of a breakdown. Check our summer driving tips first.

Car Talk's Guide to Favorite Car Apps

We wanted to know the best car apps out there. To find out, we turned to you, our loyal Car Talk fans. Here's what you said.

Teen Drivers

Driving hints and tips for teen drivers — and their parents.

Avoiding The Blind Spot

Reset those mirrors!  Here's a great new way to avoid that dreaded blind spot.

Learn to Drive Stick

Tom and Ray's tips for learning to drive a manual transmission vehicle.

The Official Car Talk Guide to Civil Driving

Are you sure you're not the jerk?  Here are a few humble suggestions for making life on the road a little more tolerable.


Does your favorite passenger have four legs and a tail?  Sit, stay, and be sure to read our best dog-car advice!

Snow Traction Devices

From chains to mats and lots more, read reviews and share your experience with accessory traction devices.

Global Warming And Your Car

Here's one way to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from your car.

Trip Planner

Firing up the RV for a road trip to the World's Largest Ball of Lint in East Moosejaw?  Our Car Talk Trip Planner should be your first stop.

Winter Driving Tips

Is there anything worse than breaking down in January?  Here's how to keep motoring safely through snow, sleet, and bitter cold.

Eco Area

Tom and Ray's useful tips for becoming an enlightened, granola-empowered driver.


Sell It Yourself

Thinking about selling your car, but not sure how to do it?  Step-by-step instructions, hints, and tips on selling your car, from Tom and Ray.

Donate Your Car to NPR

Want to do something meaningful with your old car?  How about turning it into some episodes of All Things Considered or Morning Edition?  Here's how.

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