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Lauren Fix offers news and reviews on the latest trends in autos.

Car Coach, Ethanol, Gas, Fuel

EPA to expand E15 Ethanol Fuel – Is Ethanol bad for your car’s engine?

The Biden administration announced it will suspend a federal rule that bars higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during the summertime. The move is intended to lower fuel prices. However, that decision to authorize year-round use of E15 or 15% ethanol will impact gas supplies, prices, your car’s engine, and the environment. And maybe not ...

The Car Coach, New York Auto Show

Best New Vehicles at the New York International Auto Show (April 15-24)

The 2022 edition of the New York auto show returns, and while it may not have returned to its previous scale, there were still plenty of new cars to check out.  Running from April 15-24 at Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, the 2022 New York Auto Show runs feature displays from dozens of car companies. ...

fuel prices, inflation, biden, oil reserves

The Car Coach: Will dumping oil reserves lower fuel prices?

President Joe Biden is ordering the release of one million barrels of oil per day from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve for six months or 180 days in a bid to control fuel prices. The most significant such release from the stockpile in history. The Reserve is now at the lowest level since 1984. Despite ...

gas prices, oil, biden, inflation

The Car Coach: When will gas prices go down?

Gas prices are rising daily and hitting record numbers at the pump, this is causing financial pain at the pump for millions of drivers. People are asking why fuel is so expensive and who’s to blame, though it’s been proven to be Biden’s anti-fossil fuel policies.  Regardless of why they are so high, consumers want ...

The Car Coach, Buying Online, Car

The Car Coach – Tips for buying a car online

Buying a car online can be easy and many dealerships are offering online shopping options to make it easier to buy a car from your couch. Some dealerships are adding new online digital platforms that allow consumers to select a model, trim level, color, options, get approved for financing, and even negotiate the prices of ...

Gas Prices, Ethanol, The Car Coach

The Car Coach: Is ethanol a solution for raising gas prices?

We are all feeling the pain at the pump. As gasoline prices rose in the 15 years (or so) ago, some suggested that converting our corn supply to ethanol was the answer—and both the automotive industry and “environmentalists” quickly embraced the theory. Now, with hindsight always better than foresight, a new study finds that corn-based ...

New Cars, Sticker Price, Used Cars, The Car coach

82% of new car buyers, 40% of used buyers, paying above sticker price

Due to new-car supply constraints, the average slightly used model now costs more than its new model counterpart. Used car prices are at record highs in the wake of the microchip shortage. According to the latest study by car search engine iSeeCars.com, the average one-year-old used car costs 1.3 percent more than its new version. ...

Super Bowl Car Commercials, Cars

Super Bowl LVI – Best Super Bowl Car Commercials (Video)

There are millions of people who watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials.  In particular the Super Bowl Car Commercials. And while there was a time, before the Internet and World Wide Web, that we had to wait for their airing on Sunday, advertisers now release their ads in order to get as many ...

Car Coach, Infrastructure Bill, Speed Cameras, Big Brother

Infrastructure Bill: More speed cameras, lower limits and Big Brother backseat driving

Does the infrastructure bill have another hidden surveillance initiative? Pete Buttigieg, Secretary for the Department of Transportation (DOT), uses the infrastructure spending plan to promote speed cameras nationwide. The DOT has received $6 billion to issue grants to “help cities and towns” with road safety as part of Congress’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. This may ...

The Car Coach, Extended Warranty

Ask The Car Coach: Should I buy an extended warranty on a use car?

An extended car warranty may help cover the cost of certain repairs to your vehicle when the manufacturer’s warranty expires, but they’re not for everyone. While it may sound like a good idea, in theory, extended warranties often come with a high price tag and don’t necessarily cover everything that could go wrong. Instead of ...

Winter Driving, Car Coach, Tips, Emergency Driving

The Car Coach with tips and tricks for driving in the snow

Seventy percent of all cars on the road aren’t prepared for winter. Is yours? There are many tips and tricks for driving in winter snow. The recent backups on the DC beltway stranding motorists for up to thirty hours remind us to be proactive.   It takes more than having a 4-wheel drive and heated seats, ...

The Car Coach, Apple airtags, Car Thefts

The Car Coach: Car theft warning – The criminal use of Apple Airtags

Inexpensive wireless trackers are reportedly being used by thieves to locate and steal cars. Car thieves have been getting crafty in using new technology to steal your car. Some criminals use brute-force tactics, tow trucks, or other ways to steal vehicles, While others simply search for victims who are foolish enough to leave their keys ...

The Car Coach, Four Cs of winter driving

The Car Coach: Four C’s you need to know before winter snow and ice

It’s the perfect time to get under the hood before winter takes effect. Here are four Cs to get your vehicle ready for the colder weather: check, change, carry, and clean. Follow these tips, and you’ll stay on the road and off the side of it. The Four Cs: Check: Lights – Headlights, taillights, turn ...

The Car Coach, Gas Prices, Government

The Car Coach discusses the governments influence on rising gas prices

WASHINGTON: The Biden White House released a 3-day supply of crude oil for America from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Which hardly makes up for the termination of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline can provide our country with up to 900,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil per day. Those barrels of Canadian ...

Car Coach, Car Fixed, Repairs, Cost of Repairs

The Car Coach: Why are car repairs becoming so expensive?

WASHINGTON: You may have noticed, everything is getting more expensive. We’ve discussed the semiconductor chip shortages, shipping issues, and rising gas prices. People are complaining about everything from higher fuel prices, groceries, and even the kitchen sink, literally! One of the biggest constants in American life is your car. A daily necessity the cost of ...

The Car Coach, five tips, safer holiday travel

The Car Coach: Top five tips for SAFER holiday travel

WASHINGTON: The holidays are a popular time for travelers, 76 percent of Americans are planning to travel by car. However, the wintery weather and extensive travel time can present certain safety hazards that you should be aware of before taking your trip. Here are 5 tips for safe holiday travels to consider while planning your ...