Car & Automotive

How to Properly Maintain Your Car’s Electrical System

How to Charge a Car Battery

Almost all modern vehicles consist of an electrical system. A service like Car Smart can help you maintain and repair your car’s electrical system and its components. 

The electrical system of a modern car is not only used to power the car’s ignition, but it is also used for other functions such as steering, GPS, air conditioning door locks, and window function, among others.

The more features your car has, the more the electrical system enables you to use those features. The main components of a car’s electrical system are the battery, starter, and alternator.

Every system in your car requires regular maintenance. The following are tips you can use to maintain your car’s electrical system properly:

Replace Your Car Battery

Your car battery is what provides the electrical current to power the vehicle’s electrical system. If your car does not start, it is often a problem with the … Read More

Don’t Let Car Repairs Break the Bank — Here’s How To Cut Costs

No one ever looks forward to getting their car repaired, but given enough time, it’s an inevitable certainty. You can’t avoid repairs, but you can take some steps to reduce the amount they set you back. When you feel a knock, hear a squeal or notice a rattle, do the following before you drop your car off at the shop — and prevent the most expensive repairs in the first place with a few proactive tips.

Last updated: March 11, 2020

Know Your Car

One of the best ways to save money on repairs is to do something you should do anyway no matter what you drive: Learn a little about your vehicle. Check out the manufacturer specs online and get to know your manual to prevent costly repairs and unnecessary wear and tear in the first place. That includes things like ground clearance, which tells you how much

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Fear of job loss, uncertainty stalls car buyers — so Ford came up with an idea

Karl Brauer went to work in mid-June doing a job he loved, and he ended the day with news it had come to an end.

“I was let go the day after my seventh anniversary,” said Brauer, 50, a longtime industry authority as executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.  “I’ve got a wife and we’re a single-income family with two kids, 21 and 19, with one on the autism spectrum and both in college.”

He had no warning he was going to lose his job. A few weeks before, he had been out new car shopping, but held off.

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“There are plenty of people out there who just have no idea what is going to happen,” Brauer said. “They may feel completely confident in their job, but they’ve got friends or relatives

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Epic Tale Of A Rare 1969 Dodge Super Bee Finally Back Home After 24 Years

In 1977, when Edgar Anderson was just eight years old, his father – also named Edgar – purchased a 1969 Dodge Super Bee that was located in Jamestown, New York, for just $750. Edgar lived in Chicago with his mother, and his father did not live close so he would visit him whenever he could. Eager to pay a visit to his dad, Edgar and his aunt Dana were scooped up in a B5 Blue 1970 Plymouth Satellite driven by Levi, his father’s best friend. One thing Edgar recalls from that ride to his father’s house is that the speedometer needle mainly sat at nearly 100 miles per hour for almost the trip’s entirety.

Once they arrived at his father’s home, the Super Bee was up in the air in the garage as his dad wrenched away under the car. Edgar fondly remembers his dad asking him to hand … Read More