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I have owned and operated an auto repair facility since 1984, and have been asked to put together some information for a class for women. An information session for female customers to become more savvy about regular maintenance, repairs, pricing, checking their own oil and fluid levels. basic stuff. This would be a program for my customers as well as any ...
Hi, My 2000 Honda accord has done 72,000 miles. I just got the inspection done all ok. However, I was told to change my rear disk brakes soon. I have never had the brakes changed. Should I change front and rear brakes, or only the rear ? Also , should I get the timing belt changed, or can I wait till 100k miles. Thanks,
My question is not about a specific make or model, but one of health concerns whether I buy a new or used car. I am very sensitive to chemicals and allergens, so when I go car shopping I am concerned about the chemicals in new cars degassing which give me terrible headaches and also have a problem with pre-owned vehicles that may have had animals in it or ...
My roommate backed into my car and it broke my front bumper and dented the hood. We went and got 2 estimates ($1700 for the damage) However here is the tricky part. I had ran into someone before and the front was already a little messed up (the left grill broke out and the bumper had a small crack) so now she says we should split the cost 50/50. I don't ...
Dealer is trying to get me to buy a paint protection product called (PPS). Is it worth it for a new car or am I wasting my money? What else do you recommend would be better. I live in VT and need to protect my new car paint. Thank you!!
Just wondering what you thought of the new GMC Acaida? I am looking for a car with more room... this kind of looks like a giant RX 300 or Acura MDX. Also, what about the MDX? Seems it is very similar to the size of the RX 300 that I drive now. Thanks! Julie
I had a question about car seat/booster seat safety. My son is 2 1/2 and big for his age. He weighs 32 lbs and he is over 3 feet tall. His car seat says up to 40 lbs is fine, but his shoulders are coming above the highest shoulder strap now and that is not safe. I know there are booster seats for kids as small as 30 lbs, but he seems so young for a booster. ...

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