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I stumbled onto your website while doing some research for my next car care article. How do you select items for your site? Please put me in contact with the right person from your editorial staff. Thanks, Susan
I have a 2002 Kia Optima with 39,500 miles on it. My lights, power windows, radio and windshield wipers are not working and I am told I need a new alternator that will cost $490. (I put in a new battery at 36,900 miles) I also had problems with a "grounding" wire a few months ago when my radio was going on and off. They said they fixed it, but it is also ...
I think I need new tires for my recently purchased, previously owned Ford Explorer. A co-worker recommends a Delta tire for $135 each. I drive about 40 miles (round trip) each business day (highway miles) to work; plus run kids around town. Occasional 200 mile (highway/freeway) trips to see relatives. Not much traffic, but weather is a variable: rain, ice, ...
cruise control doesn't work.
I am thinking of starting a female owned and operated maintenance. shop in Louisville KY. I'm in the process of writing up a business plan. I want it to be a beauty shop atmosphere so women feel comfortable and give alternate career opportunities to young women to learn a new trade. do you have any contacts or information for me that would be proof this is ...
After bankruptcy, I received a letter from Medina Mitsubishi/Suzuki in Medina, Ohio about buying a car from them. They state on the letter they are a "Certified Female Friendly Dealer" and reference your web-site. Once on the web-site I can*t find them. Can you help? I will be in need a car soon and don*t want find a woman friendly dealer. Thank you.
Good morning, I have a 91 Chevy Silverado that has no heater. It just does not get hot. What could be the problem other than perhaps needing a new thermostat? Thank you for your help. Jan Wichita KS

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