Top 5 Retro Cars to Drive

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Do you ever get excited when you spot a classic car on the road? It’s a great feeling for some people, seeing a piece of “living” history still in use after several decades have passed, especially spotting a car that predates lifetime. There are so many great vehicles to choose from in the retro category that it’s hard to cover them all.

Here’s a list of some fun classic rides you can find today without breaking the bank.

Triumph TR6

These classic British sports cars are beautifully designed and powerful. Produced in 1968 until 1976, they featured 2.5-liter, inline six-cylinder engines that produced 250 horsepower paired with a four-speed manual transmission. The TR6 stands out from other Triumph models in that it was restyled from earlier TR series designs by German firm Karmann. You can find a low-mileage early year model for as little as (more…)

5 of the Best Car Audio Businesses in Dallas

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A good sound system is essential for many Dallas drivers, and that often means upgrading your vehicle’s current audio equipment to get exactly what you want. Knowing where to go to get the speakers and subwoofers you want, and who will do the installation justice, is important. Figuring out where to find great custom installation is even more important. If you want some good audio work done, these five Dallas businesses are worth a look. (more…)

Finding Your Favorite Mechanic

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Unfortunately for all the honest mechanics out there, repair shops have a bit of a bad reputation for ripping people off. However, anyone who’s had a great reputation with a mechanic knows that great mechanics are out there everywhere. You just have to know how to find them. By doing the right kind of research and vetting the shops before you commit to one, you’ll be well on your way to finding your new favorite mechanic. (more…)

How to Safely Handle Driving in Sleet

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The same sparkling winter vistas that look so charming through your living room window can be life-threatening when you’re on the road. Many of the greatest hazards when it comes to winter driving are difficult to detect and even harder to correct for. The key to winter safety is always vigilance. Familiarize yourself with the unique challenges of sleet on the roads and drive with caution any time you suspect ice.

Understand What Sleet Is

Sleet is similar to freezing rain, with one key difference. (more…)

5 Tips for Painting Your Own Vehicle

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Whether you just need to touch up a section, or if you want to completely change the color of your vehicle, painting your own vehicle is a cost-effective way to carry out these goals. While it may be a challenge, painting your own car can also be very rewarding using these five tips.

Materials

Depending on the size of your car, you will need about one gallon of your primer, three gallons of the paint, and two or (more…)

How to Finally Eliminate Those Blind Spots

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Many accidents could be easily avoided if people remembered to check their blind spot while driving. Then again, eliminating your blind spots altogether is an even better way to fend off accidents. Simple adjustments to your mirrors can impact your safety in a big way.

Adjust Your Rearview Mirror

Your rearview mirror should be completely straight and give you a direct view out of your rear windshield. Some people are tempted to tilt the rearview mirror to (more…)

6 Smells That Could Mean Disaster for your Car

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Understanding these simple and effortless ways to diagnosing your vehicle is the first step to learning how to work on your own car. Not needing to disassemble an engine bay to discover a problem well save plenty of time so you can get back to watching Wheel of Fortune. Speaking of, this technique will also let you know when a repair technician is too high on his estimate which could save you hundreds of dollars. I understand due to time constraints, space, and dexterity, not everyone is cut out to be a grease monkey, but not understanding simple symptoms of vehicle degradation can put you in a lot of trouble. So keep these 6 smells in mind next time you smell something funky coming from your car before you head out on a 5 hour road trip.

4 Helpful Driving Tips for Your Next Road Trip Through Texas

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Planning a Texas road trip? If so, it’s helping to consider the Texas driving experience before setting out. Driving through Texas can be a bit different than driving through other states for a variety of reasons: it’s a huge place, of course, and it can be rather hot and fairly desolate, depending on your route. So before you hit road, it’s worth your while to hit the books, so to speak, and absorb some of these tips for Texas driving.

A High-Performance Machine

Before a long Texas drive, baby your vehicle like a newborn. Check the for the most common problems that might leave you stranded beside the highway, or with your (more…)

4 High-Tech Car Accessories Perfect for the Tech Junkie in Your Life

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The tech junkie in your life probably thinks he or she has everything worth owning. If you need to buy a gift, surprise that person with one of these high-tech car accessories.

GoPro

If the tech junkie in your life is also a bit of a “gear-head” who installs performance parts in his or her vehicle, then a GoPro offers the perfect way for that person to capture top speeds and long drives. A dashboard cam can also deter thieves and protect pricey accessories in the car.

The latest version of the GoPro costs about $400, but you can buy older versions that cost less than $150. You will also need a suction cup mount that holds the camera in (more…)