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Your "Dream Car"? Depends on Where You Live

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Jan 22, 2018

Americans really do make regional auto buying choices, but EVs are a wild card--almost all of us want to own a Tesla.

Sep 01, 1997

Is Toyota's "rust warranty" void in Wisconsin due to salty winter roads?

Dear Car Talk

I'm going to buy a new car -- a black Toyota Camry for use in Wisconsin The dealer says the Toyota rust warranty is essentially void in Wisconsin because we use salt on the roads in the winter Is he...

rust warranties

Sep 01, 1997

My husband likes to drive with the windows open instead...

Dear Car Talk

My husband likes to drive with the windows open instead of using the air conditioner He claims the outside fresh air keeps him from getting sleepy We are about to go on a trip and I would like your opinion...

Sep 01, 1997

Is the recommended break-in period for a new car really important?

Dear Car Talk

Is the recommended break-in period for a new car really important My new Corolla's manual says that for miles I can't drive faster than mph can't drive at steady speeds etc It's a bit frustrating to get a new car...

buying

Sep 01, 1997

Did the quickie-lube guys try to pull a fast one on me?

Dear Car Talk

I finally had to try out one of those quickie-lube-type places you see on every corner I've changed my own oil and filter for about years but a recent pinched nerve in the back brought this activity to a halt...

oil changes

Sep 01, 1997

Will it hurt anything in my car to allow a mouse to build her nest on my battery?

Dear Car Talk

I'm having a bit of trouble with my ' Toyota pickup It has miles and the driveline makes strange noises the radiator leaks and it needs new shocks But that's not what I'm writing about My biggest potential problem is...

wildlife

Sep 01, 1997

Is paying $100 to fill your tires with nitrogen for longer lasting air pressure a great idea...or a scam?

Dear Car Talk

I heard a story on my local NPR station about a place in Houston where car owners can have the air in their tires replaced with nitrogen at a cost of This service is advertised as a fuel economy enhancement...

scams air pressure

Sep 01, 1997

Could the deep aqua channel on my hydro tires cause my tires to go out of balance?

Dear Car Talk

My Toyota Camry with miles is the best car I've ever owned But it cannot be balanced Numerous attempts have been for naught The guy at the tire place who tried to balance it suggested that the General Hydro tires...

tires

Sep 01, 1997

Is it more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting?

Dear Car Talk

My future brother-in-law claims that it's more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting He says this is true for both hills and normal driving He argues that it only costs him a couple of hundred dollars to replace...

driving tips brakes manual transmissions

Sep 01, 1997

Is there a chance the manufacturer would help cover the cost of my failing paint job?

Dear Car Talk

I have a dark green Lexus ES with miles on it It rides great and I love the car but about a year ago the clear-coat finish started to fade I had it detailed and that helped for a short...

paint