At Car Talk, we know buying a car and finding solid, reliable car parts, accessories and services for it can be overwhelming, daunting tasks. Luckily for our readers, we are an organization of car nerds. We love the entire process and are strangely obsessed with the automotive industry as a whole. So Car Talk is jumping in feet first, so you don’t have to.
Our ratings are here to steer folks towards quality products and alert them to problems or issues we have seen in our extensive research. Our ultimate goal is to take a little of the stress out of the decision making process for our readers, while also highlighting excellence with the industry for those who deserve it.
You can read about our rating levels and methodology below.
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After we review products or services, they are assigned one of three rating levels.
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The Golden Wrench is our highest rating level and is given to products and services that received top ratings. We are very comfortable recommending these products or services. We feel that Golden Wrench products stand above the competition in their respective areas.
Silver Wrench products are good, solid alternatives. While they didn't rise to the top when compared to others, they also didn't have any red flags either. You should feel comfortable if you go with one of these options.
Flat Tires are given to products which we are not recommending. These products scored the lowest during our evaluations and in our opinion, there are better options available.
For each of the products and services we rate, our staff applies a scoring methodology that is consistent within a product or service category. These scores are then weighed and combined to get a final overall rating.
For a given product or service category, we include some or all of the following components in our scoring methodology: