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5 Common Spills You Can Clean Yourself

Get out the common household products to make headway with these unpleasant car-upholstery messes.

Car Repair? How to Talk to the Shop

Five ways to tell the service department what's wrong with your car in terms they'll understand.

5 Rental-Car Insurance Tips

What your credit card and your own car insurance can and can't do to help you at the rental counter.

You Auto Know: Semiannual Car Check

Checklist time! Twice a year, follow these simple steps to keep your car running smoothly.

You Auto Know: Tire Tips

Get the right tires for your car, keep the pressure right, and replace as needed.

You Auto Know: NHTSA SaferCar Website

One quick visit to the feds' SaferCar website, and you'll be on your way to finding a...safer car.

6 Ways to Take Care of Tires in Summer

Be ready for summer road trips by checking, maintaining, and being ready for whatever happens to your tires.

6 Ways to Take Charge of Recalls

Don't be in the 30 percent who ignore car recalls. A guide to staying on top of an essential issue.