Don't waste money by succumbing to these five upsells
Many of us rely on our cars for some of the most important day-to-day tasks. If something goes wrong, it can be a very scary and stressful experience. Some -- not all, of course -- unscrupulous mechanics prey on that fear in order to make unnecessary repairs that drivers don't need. Watch out for these five unnecessary repairs and upsells the next time you take your car in for service.
Even minor accidents can cause serious damage to your car
Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. With millions of drivers on the road every day, many of them distracted by phone calls, a messy burrito, bad weather or lack of sleep, crashes are inevitable. Luckily, most of these accidents are relatively minor and nobody gets injured. However, even a minor accident can cause some serious damage to the outside your car.
A little research can go a long way towards saving you money
You go to a mechanic to investigate a weird rattling sound, and suddenly the repair costs are stacking up for problems and replacement parts you never knew existed. Do you trust the knowledge and experience of the mechanic or do you investigate for yourself?
Proving once again that you never know what you're going to come across on the road in Eastern Europe is the video we've pasted after the break. In it, you'll see an old beat-up SUV of unknown origin plodding its way through a residential area in Kazakhstan, a former member of the USSR. Sounds pretty normal, no?
Over the last three decades, the microprocessor has dramatically changed life in the developed world. This very site wouldn't be possible with out them. When I was in high school in the early 1980s and taking auto mechanics class, I learned to balance the Zenith carburetors on a Triumph TR7 with a screwdriver and hunk of garden hose. At that time car enthusiasts whined about the good old days of the sixties when cars made real power. Of course, they neglected to mention those other wonderful tra