Car maintenance 101: Tire rotation

Tires suck. They’re expensive, they’re always wearing out, and depending on where you live, you may need another set when winter rolls around. But as frustrating as they are, tires are one of the most important parts of your car…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 9: Financing your new car and understanding the cost of ownership

Financing your new car and understanding the cost of ownership In the U.S., the average cost of a brand-new car is over $36,000. That’s a mountain of moolah–far more than many consumers can pay outright, even with help from a…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 8: Must-have features: Fuel economy, safety systems, and infotainment

Must-have features: Fuel economy, safety systems, and infotainment Today, we’ll look at a few more features to consider for your next ride. How you prioritize them can have a dramatic impact on your safety, your bank account, and your enjoyment…

Car maintenance 101: The basic checks

Regularly checking your car’s fluids and tire pressure might seem like pretty basic maintenance, but you may not do it often enough. Sometimes you get too busy with other things, or maybe you weren’t shown how to do it properly….

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 7: Please don’t call them ‘trannies’

Please don’t call them “trannies” When you visit your local dealership, don’t be surprised if you overhear someone in the showroom–or more likely, the service department–discussing a “worn out tranny”. It’s not what you think. “Tranny” is, of course, a…

Car maintenance 101: The oil change

One day you’ll be driving along and see the maintenance reminder light up on your dashboard, or maybe you’ll glimpse the little sticker in the corner of your windshield. Either way, you know that it’s time to get your oil…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 6: Choosing the right engine

Choosing the right engine If you’ve read the first few entries from our Gaywheels car-buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea which make and model is right for your next ride. Congratulations–that’s no small feat. Today, we’re going to…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 5: Do your homework

Do your homework Last week, we talked about the importance of being honest when you’re shopping for a new car. That involves taking a long, hard, look at how you use your current vehicle (which can differ from how you might…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 4: How are you really going to use your new car?

How are you really going to use your new car?  Last week, we talked about setting aside preconceptions when shopping for a car and being open to a range of possibilities. Today, we’re going to start narrowing down those possibilities to…

Car maintenance 101: Keep your car ready for winter weather

We’ve all seen the signs and heard the radio ads: “Shift into winter!” “Get your car ready for winter!” But what does that really mean? How do you get a car ready for winter? It’s not as if you’re going…