Discount Tires

Why Doesn't My Car Have a Spare Tire?

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Many new cars are not equipped with spare tires, forcing their owners to find alternatives. (Photo courtesy of Marc Yount's Tire Pros in Evans, Ga.)
Many new cars are not equipped with spare tires, forcing their owners to find alternatives. (Photo courtesy of Marc Yount's Tire Pros in Evans, Ga.)

In an effort to increase fuel efficiency, many manufacturers are eliminating the car spare tire from new vehicles. How much does it cost to add a spare tire?

Snow tires make winter driving easier

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Winter tires can benefit many people in cold climates and mountainous regions that receive frequent snow and ice. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kate R. of Spokane, Wash.)

Winter tires can make it easier to drive in heavy snow and ice, but they're not for everyone. Consider these tips before purchasing snow tires.

Should You Invest in Snow Tires?

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If you live in an area with frequent snowfall, it's wise to make sure that your tires have enough traction depth for slippery conditions. (Photo by Fred Patton).
If you live in an area with frequent snowfall, it's wise to make sure that your tires have enough traction depth for slippery conditions. (Photo by Fred Patton).

The special tread design of snow tires, also known as winter tires, allows drivers to move easily through snow and ice, say tire experts on Angie’s List.

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Towing Services

Car Towed in Chicago? Here's How to Get it Back

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Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)
Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)

You parked your car on a city street in Chicago, and now it’s been towed. What do you do next?

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation said Monday, Dec. 1, it towed about 240 cars on the first night of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban. Dozens of drivers now are navigating a daunting bureaucratic maze to get them back.

Car Safety Tips for Winter Storms

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Extricating your car in snowy or icy conditions can sometimes prove tricky. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Deborah S. of Laconia, N.H.)
Extricating your car in snowy or icy conditions can sometimes prove tricky. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Deborah S. of Laconia, N.H.)

A crucial part of dealing with ice and snow involves making sure that your car can handle the punishment storms can dish out, and how to stay safe.

Hiring the right tow truck after a car accident or breakdown

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When this member's vehicle stopped working, she had a flatbed tow truck to assist her in 15 minutes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Andrea S. of Woodbridge, Va.)
When this member's vehicle stopped working, she had a flatbed tow truck to assist her in 15 minutes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Andrea S. of Woodbridge, Va.)

Whether you've had a wreck or a breakdown, before you call a towing company, check out these guidelines to get the most from your tow truck buck.

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Transmission Shop

How to protect your car from transmission damage

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The lubrication that happens inside the differential housing unit when both wheels are turning may not function properly when the vehicle is stuck, says Shilling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Stanford C. of Portland, Ore.)
The lubrication that happens inside the differential housing unit when both wheels are turning may not function properly when the vehicle is stuck, says Shilling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Stanford C. of Portland, Ore.)

Snow accumulation can create dangerous driving conditions during the winter months. One highly rated provider explains how to protect your vehicle from damage.

When to change a car's transmission fluid

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Our highly rated experts recommend car owners examine the condition of their transmission fluid with a service technician. (Photo courtesy of Stanford C.)
Our highly rated experts recommend car owners examine the condition of their transmission fluid with a service technician. (Photo courtesy of Stanford C.)

Suspicious when a mechanic suggests a transmission flush? Auto repair experts explain when transmission fluid should be changed and how you can tell for sure

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Car Radiator Service

Repair shop disputes snowblower complaint

New Berlin repair shop says snowblower service is not covered by warranty. Concrete company ignores complaint about driveway.

Disposal company does not take out the trash

Homeowner says company claims the garbage cans are over weight limit.

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Auto Repair Shops

Cold-weather risks for your car

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Loss of traction and too much snow are among the threats to your ride in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S. of Laconia, New Hampshire)

Your car is at risk for big winter problems and damage: everything from falling snowdrifts to cracked hoses. Here's what to watch for when it gets cold.

Volkswagen Drives Off Leaving D.C. With No Car Dealerships

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D.C.'s last traditional auto dealership is Ourisman Volkswagen, which is moving to Maryland. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
D.C.'s last traditional auto dealership is Ourisman Volkswagen, which is moving to Maryland. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Ourisman Volkswagen is packing up and moving to Bethesda, Maryland which leaves Washington, D.C., with no traditional car dealerships within its borders.

A Charlotte Guide to the Airbag Recall

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Millions of vehicles are affected by a recent recall on airbags. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Millions of vehicles are affected by a recent recall on airbags. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Many dealers are awaiting parts to help drivers whose cars need replacement airbags

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Car Muffler Repair Shop

Repair shop disputes snowblower complaint

New Berlin repair shop says snowblower service is not covered by warranty. Concrete company ignores complaint about driveway.

Disposal company does not take out the trash

Homeowner says company claims the garbage cans are over weight limit.

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Car Stereo Repair

Washington, D.C., animal removal company takes skunk leaves stink

A Washington, D.C.-area homeowner wants the animal removal company to deodorize her porch.

Car Buying Tips, Trade in Values, Getting a Good Deal

Buying a new car is a big investment. Researching your available options will make you a better consumer.

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