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Should Byr Buy a Former Rental?

07.24.2014

Today: Tom and Ray advise Byr who wants to know if it's a good idea to buy a used car from a rental agency. Tom and Ray say: sometimes. Find out which cars a buyer should avoid, right here.

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Hands-Free Driving?

07.22.2014

Maria needs Tom and Ray's help to convince her husband that it's important to actually grip the steering wheel while driving. Her husband prefers a more hands-off approach, but he says he'll keep both hands on the wheel if Maria can find some statistics proving this is safer. Can Tom and Ray say anything to convince this guy of the error of his ways? 

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Did the White House Own This Car?

07.21.2014

A Car Talk reader thinks he might own Mamie Eisenhower's '58 Lincoln Continental. Jim Motavalli considers the case, pro and con.

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By 2035 Most Cars Will Drive Themselves, and by 2040 Forget About a Driver's License

07.18.2014

Automakers talk about 2020, but that's just an interim date--the car might take over sometimes, but you'll still be sitting in the driver's seat, paying attention. Fifteen years later, now we're talking about sitting in the back with your iPad.

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Tom and Ray Saved the Day!

07.18.2014

Tom and Ray saved the day. At least once. . . and it was twenty years ago. But hey, with our track record, that's reason enough to celebrate! 

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The Incredible Shrinking Sidewalls

07.17.2014

Arlon has driven Lincoln Navigators for years and he has noticed a trend: The wheels are getting bigger and the sidewalls are getting smaller. Since this makes the ride worse, he wants to know what gives. Tom and Ray explain why you can get away with this on a Navigator, but shouldn't risk it with a smaller car.

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Does Joseph's Prius Need a Mechanic? Or a Therapist?

07.15.2014

Joseph's 2013 Prius had an unusual problem. Then it had another. And another. Weeks and many problems later, his mechanci said the car's computer was "talking to itself." Just how complicated are these cars, anyway? Tom and Ray have good news and bad news for Jospeh. Read it here. 

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Bill Ford: You May Be Buying Your Last Car

07.14.2014

Ford's executive chairman sees tomorrow's carmakers as "personal mobility companies." You might buy auto access, not the car itself, and who knows, maybe the vehicle will drive itself. 

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Nissan Leaf Charging: It's Free!

07.11.2014

More stations at work and shopping centers means that half of all Leaf charging is public now, confounding the predictions. Jim Motavalli has the latest on free, public EV charging networks. 

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What Car Should Steve Lease?

07.10.2014

Steve is hoping to lease a car that will forgive him for not starting it very often. He's looking at the Mercedes-Benz S65, Bentley Flying Spur or Audi S8. Can Tom and Ray recommend something that will start up after weeks of inactivity, after three weeks of say, glamping in Botswana? 

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