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After an exciting weekend at Radwood Norcal, Car Bibles is back to blogs as usual with updates on project cars, important legal information for tuners, some history, used car commentary, and did we mention project cars?



a car parked on the side of a building: After an exciting weekend at Radwood Norcal, Car Bibles is back to blogs as usual with updates on project cars, important legal information for tuners, some history, used car commentary, and did we mention project cars? We had quite a few good ones this week! Our report on California's smog requirements changing got a lot […]


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After an exciting weekend at Radwood Norcal, Car Bibles is back to blogs as usual with updates on project cars, important legal information for tuners, some history, used car commentary, and did we mention project cars? We had quite a few good ones this week! Our report on California’s smog requirements changing got a lot […]

We had quite a few good ones this week! Our report on California’s smog requirements changing got a lot of traction thanks to a wide share on Reddit, but we had some good updates on our own cars that I hope you’ll dig too.



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For a used car, how old is too old? Here’s the ideal age, according to auto experts

Scotty Reiss, founder of A Girls Guide to Cars, is in the market for a used car. “I need to buy something for my daughter, who is sophomore in college,” she says. “She is living off campus and she needs a car.”

There are lots to choose from, she says, but her budget is not going as far as she thought it would. “We’re looking for something under $20,000,” she says. “What we want to get for our budget is probably putting us back a model year older than we’d like.”

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The average price of a used car has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, according to data from automotive

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Here’s how to check if your car has a recall

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Car recalls happen far more often than you may realize, and the truth is, your car may be part of one at any moment. Whether you purchased a car new or used, owned it for months or years, open recalls happen all the time — and you’re entitled to a repair for your car, truck or SUV. Automakers are required by law to send out recall alerts to owners, including via mail, email and sometimes over the phone, but these notices can be pretty easy to miss. Thankfully, keeping tabs on open recalls is actually a very simple process.

If you’re wondering if your vehicle is part of a recall, read on to follow the simple steps to check.

1. Locate your VIN

Your unique 17-character vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be found in a number of places on your vehicle. Think of it like your

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Here’s what to know about trading in your used car

If you have a used car, now may be a good time to pull the trigger on trading up.

The average trade-in value for all used vehicles reached an all-time high of $17,080 in March 2021, according to a report by automotive website Edmunds.com.

The pandemic wreaked havoc on automobile supply chains, leading to several key shortages that tightened the supply of new vehicles. As a result, consumers are turning to the used market in search of more alternatives and better value.

“If you plan to purchase a new car and trade in your existing vehicle, you’ll be in an excellent position to get top dollar for it,” said Laura Adams, a personal finance expert. “The most desirable cars will be under two years old and in excellent condition.”

But trading in a used car for a newer vehicle isn’t the right move for everyone. Here’s how to

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