Americans have had love affairs with their cars right from the start. When Henry Ford built that first Model T, we got out on the open road, enjoying every moment.
No matter what type of car you drive, it’s important to take good care of it. It’s actually easier than you might think to take good care of your car, and here are a few of our favorite car care tips websites. Before your next getaway, fun road trip or cruise around the block, check out these helpful car care tip websites!
Be Car Care Aware
Be Aware! Keep Your Vehicle Safe, Dependable and on the road longer.
Focused on products for your car, this site still manages to give good advice without hard sell. Products are listed across the top and bottom of the site and highlighted in the text between headings, but columns still focus on the work to be done, with or without sponsoring products. The friendly straightforward tone keeps amateurs from feeling like total pedestrians.
The site is clearly selling car-care products but so is your mechanic. Low pressure sales talk.
The Car Care Council
Serving Consumers and the Automotive Industry Retailers
The Car Care Council serves both consumers and automobile industry retailers. The customer section of the site contains good tip sheets including gas-saving tips, going green, and other issues of concern to car owners. Council events in various communities are listed on both a calendar and an interactive map. The “Find a Shop” feature includes photos of some facilities and, for the more ambitious, the site contains a link to Haynes automotive and motorcycle maintenance manuals. Promotional materials encourage dealers and repair facilities to conduct Car Care events, especially during April, which is National Car Care Month, but there is never a sense that inexperienced owners are slighted in favor of experienced industry members. Service schedules, shop contacts and clear information help car owners feel like partners with industry members.
Car care tips http://www.carcareindustry.com/bcca_printable.html
Car Care Tips
This helpful website pulls together a wide span of resources that apply to all car-owners.
Insider Car Secrets
Get the Insider Car Care Secrets You Want to Know
Insider Car Secrets claims to be “spilling the beans on the car dealers,” and you’ll like the approach if you and your dealer usually fence a little before settling. An interesting collection of tips hardly seems a stash of closely-guarded secrets, but the site will help you understand mileage-per-gallon calculations and has good information on taking care of tires and how tires are graded. The site also presents a unique piece on how to communicate effectively with your car mechanic or service person, with tips on how to observe problems, how to organize your information and how to present it to a professional.
Car care tips http://www.insidercarsecrets.com/carcaretips.html
Helpful and Easy Auto Education for the New or Experienced
Auto Education takes a detailed approach without losing track of the big picture. Car Care articles in sidebars on the home page focus strictly on keeping your car clean and ding-free. You’ll find more cleaning tires than you ever imagined, for example. Major headings offer a whole on-line textbook; scope out “How Cars Work” to get a feel for the book. General and specific at the same time; you’ll definitely emerge knowing something new. CDs keyed to each section for sale, along with auto manuals and other info. Easy to explore and an informative ride, whether paid or for free.
Car care tips http://www.autoeducation.com
Tuffy Auto Service Centers
Take Care of Your Car, Keep it a Tuffy
Tuffy Auto Service Centers have no problem blowing their own horn, but a good sense of humor and clear information do make getting there half the fun. Organized around the phrase “Now, that’s a Tuffy,” the site offers nearly a hundred (97, actually) articles on all aspects of car care. Topics can be thumbed through digitally or picked at random off the list—“ceramic brake care,” okay, why not? The link between car care and Mother’s Day might seem a little forced, but Tuffy’s is the only car care site giving it a try, and it’s well done. For the quirky and standard-tips-phobic. Good info.
Car care tips http://www.tuffy.com/maintenance-e-alerts/index.php
Extra kudos to Readers Digest for its 74 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car site.
Extend the Life of Your Car Even Further with a Few Helpful Tips
It’s just that. No frills, no other subjects, not even any of the jokes we always hit RD for. But a good sensible list of tips large and small, set out in clear practical language.
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