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The Car Coach

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

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 ...

CHIP CRISIS, SHIPPING, THE CAR COACH

The global supply chain crisis worsens: Chip shortages, port congestion, truckers

WASHINGTON: The chip shortage, auto parts shortage, and California shipping port congestion are all part of the same supply chain issue. This is all a nightmare that will not end soon. As this nightmare at the California ports continues to persist, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Oct. 20 to alleviate the crisis ...

gas, mileage, tax, infrastructure bill

The Tax Man Cometh! Infrastructure bill includes new mileage and gas taxes

WASHINGTON: The government loves to spend your money. This is accomplished by more taxation and other user fees. The newest 3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure bill includes a “By The Mile Tax”. Those that are driving electric cars, which the government is pushing, will no longer be skirting road taxes you will now have to pay ...

The Car Coach, Dodge Charger, Hellcat

The Car Coach: 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody is a “bad-ass” family sedan and the world’s only four-door muscle car. This could be a future collectible as manufacturers move to electric and hybrid platforms this could be the last of a dying breed of internal combustion muscle cars. Powered by a 6.2L high output supercharged ...