Weekly auto rail, with used-car-buying tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
Tip of the Week
With more than 30 million used vehicles sold throughout the United States every year, how can you make sure you get the right used vehicle to fit your needs, meet your price range and avoid getting a lemon? Here are some tips:
- The world has shifted to the Internet, and car shopping is no exception. Every day, more than 100,000 people find a vehicle they are looking for by shopping on an automotive website. Online destinations such as eBay Motors, NADA Used Car Guide and CarsDirect.com have hundreds of thousands of vehicles searchable by make, model, year, mileage, price and many other attributes to help narrow down a search.
- Once you've identified a few vehicles that could meet your driving needs, personal style and price range, it's important to learn a vehicle's history. An vehicle history report can show if a car or truck has had possible undisclosed or unknown problems that can affect an automobile's safety and resale value, such as major flood or frame damage or odometer rollback issues.
- Finally, once you have found a vehicle that fits your needs and you verify its history, it's important to have a qualified authority take a look at the vehicle.
Mitsubishi recently set five Guinness World Records in 24 hours. As reported on the company’s website, they were:
1. Greatest distance driven by a vehicle in reverse on snow in 30 seconds.
2. Shortest braking distance by a vehicle on ice.
3. Most vehicle figure eights on ice in two minutes.
4. Fastest vehicle slalom relay on ice.
5. Fastest driven square lap.
Did You Know
The Chicago auto show, which opened to the public on Feb. 11, is the oldest and largest auto show in the U.S.
Q: I own a 1999 Dodge R1500 pickup. My problem is I cannot open the door with the key in the cold winter months. I have tried all kinds of oils and none seem to work. Do you have any ideas?
A: The best product I have used to lubricate door lock cylinders over the years is Lock-Ease graphite lock lubricate. This lubrication can be used on all door lock cylinders including home door lock cylinders. Never use any regular motor oil in any door lock cylinders - the regular oil will thicken up and jam the tumblers.
- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist
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