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Prepare Your Car to Avoid an Auto Disaster This Winter

But there are more driving dangers this time of the year than others. Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are settling across most of the country, and elsewhere wet leaves and early sunsets can make driving less-traveled roads a little more dangerous. To ensure the safety of you and your entourage as you embark on your holiday travel plans, it's smart to take steps to winterize your car now.

8 Simple Auto Repairs That Save Big Bucks in the Long Haul

The red warning light on your dash can ruin your day, but putting off dealing with it can not only be dangerous, but costly. These eight minor repairs warrant your immediate attention and will save you from losing money in the long haul.

Thursday Jolt: 60 BIC Pens for $4

With the end of the week in sight, we're feeling spend-thrifty and self-indulgent. We've spotted a free $25 credit offer for new AmEx customers, a 10-app Mac software bundle for whatever you want to pay, and more in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

7 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Car

The car-buying process can be daunting, but if you walk in as an informed, empowered consumer, you can avoid common — and expensive — mistakes. Before signing those papers, heady from a test drive and that new car smell, learn what you need to know to save money when buying a new car.

Your Smartphone Can Make Your Car a Lot Better

From diagnostics to insurance to safety, here are some of the best smartphone features for car owners looking to make their travels as smooth and safe as possible.

Has Uber Become Unter? How Surge Pricing Affects Uber Ridership

Uber has revolutionized the modern car service industry. But such on-demand taxi-hailing convenience comes at a cost to Uber users. Uber's surge pricing has been met with much criticism and the consumer backlash has resulted in the rising popularity of new real-time car service apps. But will Uber ever become unter?

The Difference Between a Camry & a Civic? The Cost of Brake Repair

It's important to know which car models have the better shot of avoiding a bevy of mechanical issues. Inside, we've got the lowdown on the most common repair issues from a variety of sedans — and what those fixes will cost you in the long run.

The Top 2014 Car Models That Offer the Best Value for Your Money

As it turns out, 2014 car models are priced to sell; high-end car makers are luring potential buyers with lower-priced models, and mainstream brands are loading their vehicles with features that used to be found only on luxury models. But before you hit the showroom, here's some advice about which 2014 models offer the best value and how you can get the best deal.

Tools for Your Car in Case of Emergency

It's almost a law of nature that your car will break down only during the worst conditions, when it's cold, windy, or slushy out. Are you prepared for auto problems that come your way, or will you be stuck out in the rain, waiting for help to arrive? We've compiled this list of the necessary tools and supplies you should make sure you never leave home without.

How to Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles

Whether it;s a source of aggravation or pride (or likely a bit of both), owning a car requires significant investment to keep it in tip-top shape, especially if you're planning on driving it for 200,000 miles. However, there is a payoff: from zero car payments to far fewer cosmetic repairs to worry about once the car is past the 100,000 mile mark, maintaining an automobile is a rewarding endeavor. Just make sure to follow this sound advice.

How to Choose the Best Motor Oil for Your Car

Walk into the oil section of your local auto shop and chances are you'll face a mind-numbing selection of motor oils in a variety of grades from a plethora of manufacturers. It can be difficult to tell each apart, but we've set out to help you determine the best motor oil for your beloved auto.

How to Buy the Best Radar Detector for Your Budget

So long as American highways have speed limits, there's no doubt that State Troopers will hide behind billboards with radar guns poised. For this reason, radar detectors remain popular with even modest drivers — but it can be hard to determine the differences between the variously-priced options.

Which 2013 Cars Have the Highest Resale Value?

Looking for a new car? Kelley Blue Book recently released its Best Resale Value Awards for 2013, naming the cars that retain the most value after five years.

Hit the Road with the Right Tires: How to Understand and Buy Car Tires

Have you ever spent a few moments trying to decipher the gibberish stamped into the sidewalls of tires? While most of us have a vague idea about what some of those numbers and letters represent, there is a world of additional information that you can glean from a careful examination. We've broken down the foreign language of tire-buying to help those with flats and worn out treads find the best tires for the money.

The Best Time to Spend Your Christmas Gift Card, Depending on What You Want

As you bask in the glory that is your stash of gifts from Christmas, you may be pawing over a gift card or two. And today's After Christmas Sales might seem like an extremely tempting place to start redeeming them. But depending on what you're looking for, you might get the most value out of your gift card if you wait to shop.

5 Types of Retailers that Could Be Threatened by Amazon Same-Day Delivery

Amazon's same-day delivery sounds like an online shopper's dream — but it could pose a significant threat to certain types of brick and mortar retailers. Here's our list of the five product categories that are most seriously at risk.

Dude, You Must Chill!: The Cost of Cooling Your Car When the A/C Goes AWOL

This summer's record-breaking heat has been making headlines for weeks. But what'll you do if the A/C in your car goes caput? Here are a few ways to stay cool in your car sans air conditioning.

Make the Most of Motorcycling in the Summer Heat
 with the Right Gear

Many motorcycle riders react to the summer heat by parking their bike, or shedding clothing. Luckily, there are products on the market today that are designed to help keep riders riding throughout the year, while remaining protected and offering the ventilation they require to remain comfortable.

10 Cool Tools for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and don't you want to bring a smile to your old man's face when he opens up the gift from you? Luckily, most guys are relatively easy to buy for; a new tool usually does the trick. We've compiled a list of 10 cool tools (at a variety of price points) that should delight the shade tree mechanic, the woodworker, or the ardent do-it-yourself on your list this year.

Big Audio Dynamite: Big-Sound, Low-Cost Car Stereo Components

Still looking to pump up the volume as you cruise along the highway of life? We've updated our car stereo guide to include new deals, so you can make sure your ride is capable of all that rockin'! Auto audio enthusiast Dan Leadbetter serves up advice and six car audio upgrades that'll boost your stereo system's sound without busting your wallet.

8 Cheap Ways to Save Money on Gas

Gas prices have been steadily climbing, and some experts are predicting that there's a chance we could see $5 a gallon gas prices come June. As consumers, we may not be able to control the escalating prices — but we're not powerless. Here are some sensible ways to save on gas and use less of it, so you end up with more cash in your pocket this summer.

Don't Touch the Volume: How to Boost Car Stereo Sound Without New Speakers

The best way to improve your car's stereo system? It isn't exactly what you think. While new speakers and amplifiers are surefire ways to make your stereo louder, boosting its sound quality is as easy as peel-and-stick sound dampening material.

Low, Low Rider at a High Price: The Cost of Owning a Tron Legacy Light Cycle

Remember that utterly awesome Tron Legacy Light Cycle we listed awhile back? It was our eighth most popular deal of 2011, and we still can't get that flashy ride out of our heads. So we started to wonder: just how much would it cost to legitimately own the Tron Light Cycle and keep it in tiptop shape, rideable, and street legal? (You know, in case we save so much money from bargain hunting that we have $55,000 lying around to buy it.)

12 Things That Will Be Less Expensive in 2012

Does the sagging economy, national debt, and our list of the 11 things that will be more expensive in 2012 have ya feeling down? Well, to help counteract some of that 2012 gloom, we've gathered 12 items we predict will cost less in the coming year. From HDTVs to wine, cash-strapped shoppers should keep an eye on prices for these items. So cheer up and read on for the good consumer news.

Prepare Your Car for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is just around the corner, and while all of us at dealnews will say you're better off shopping online rather than in-store, there may be some deals that you think are worth trekking outside for, leaving the comfort of your home in the wee hours of the morning. So let's look at some ways to to optimize your Black Friday experience by prepping your car for the shopping madness.

Work on Wheels: Deals to Create a Mobile Office in Your Car

Why not make better use of all that time some people spend stuck in traffic, commuting back and forth to work? We've got the gadgets and deals you need to turn your car into a mobile office. Take work on the road with adapters to charge laptops and the like, create an office ambiance with a portable mini water cooler, and more!

Back to the Future: 5 Convenient Auto Upgrades

Got a new set of wheels and want to add on some bells and whistles to make it a tech nerd's dream? We've got deals on convenience gadgets — like GPS tracking setups and remote start systems — that will help turn your ride into a car of the future, today!

Autumn Auto Time: Deals to Prepare Your Car for Winter

The weather may be pleasant today, but looming all too soon are snow, sleet, ice, and the general deep freeze of winter. A little bit of advance planning will help you avoid massive inconveniences down the line. So, check out these car winterizing deals, and don't get left out in the cold.

Give Your Car Some Personality with These Accessory Deals

Your staid beige sedan doesn't reflect your sparkly personality, you say? dealnews has you covered. Our own Tom Barlow offers some stellar deals to spice up your ride, from a pistol shift knob to a Star Trek musical horn.

GPS Buying Guide: Premium Features Worth Paying For

While a smartphone can easily be used for navigational purposes, many people still desire one of today's stand-alone GPS devices, which are jam-packed with features. But which ones do you really need? Inside, we list what premiums you should consider springing for when making a purchase.

Save Money On Car Maintenance With These 5 Do-It-Yourself Tips

Ever feel like you're being taken for a ride whenever you hand over a large sum of cash for a car maintenance procedure that takes a matter of minutes? Tom Barlow details five simple car repairs that even a novice can do at home with just a little time and a few specialized tools.

How to Get 5% More When Selling a Used Car: It’s All in the Details

The trade-in value for used cars is at an all-time high, so it’s the ideal time to consider selling. But before you hit the market, dealnews shows you how to squeeze even more money out of your used car with some simple detailing. Tom Barlow has all the, uh, details.