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What To Do When You Have A Car Accident

What To Do When You Have A Car Accident
10 years ago this week I was in a serious car accident, the car was totaled but I was okay but here’s somethings to be aware of. So I was slowing down on a two lane south suburban road, two cars behind a car making a left hand turn. Out of nowhere I’m hit from... Read more »

Why I Love The Buick Grand National

Why I Love The Buick Grand National
The Buick Grand National (and T-Type), was only manufactured from 1982-1987 and the recognizable black out version was only from 1984-1987. But the car has a cult following, excellent value and is a true collector car. When I was 10 years old, 30 years ago I found out about the Grand National, from my late... Read more »

My Obsession With Indy 500 Pace Cars

My Obsession With Indy 500 Pace Cars
I have an unhealthy obsession with pace cars from the Indianapolis 500 race. No seriously, as long as I can remember I have loved some of those pace cars and the production cars made to replicate them. Now for the last 20 years every pace car has been a General Motors product (the 1996 Dodge... Read more »
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The End Of The Road for The Dodge Dart

The End Of The Road for The Dodge Dart
Earlier this year Chrysler announced that the compact Dodge Dart & Chrysler 200 would be discontinued. I’m saddened because I know these are two good little cars and though the Dart didn’t make sales expectations the 200 did. But I do know the sales & profit margin are smaller on smaller cars. And right now... Read more »

My Favorite Cars: The Buick Grand National & T-Type Cars

My Favorite Cars: The Buick Grand National & T-Type Cars
For those of us of a certain age the 1980’s Buick Grand National is THE 1980’s hot rod car. In a time when horsepower was down, gas mileage was more a priority and the muscle car seemed dead and buried, the Grand National was that cloaked supercar. Buick first experimented with Grand National (named after... Read more »

Definition of a "Sleeper Car"

Definition of a "Sleeper Car"
So you may have heard the term “sleeper car” and this is not referring to a train car that you rest in. This is the term for a car that looks simple or “factory” but is actually fast. Basically an incognito “hot rod”. It might be a restored classic car intended to look plain but... Read more »
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The Evolution Of the Mid Sized Mazda Sedan

The Evolution Of the Mid Sized Mazda Sedan
I’ve owned three Mazda in my life, two 1996 626’s and a 2005 Mazda6. Outside of automatic transmission issues with the first ’96 (the second ’96 was a five speed manual), and the ’05 Mazda6. These were sporty, solid cars that were fun to drive, reliable and comfortable. They were not luxury vehicles but not... Read more »

General Motors' Lack of a True Midsized SUV

General Motors' Lack of a True Midsized SUV
At this year’s Chicago Auto Show I was able to speak with not one but two different GMC reps. My daily driver is a 2005 GMC Envoy Denali that I like very much but it is an 11 year old vehicle with 108,000 miles. Not to mention I have an infant son with a lot... Read more »

An Automotive Endangered Species: The Spare Tire

An Automotive Endangered Species: The Spare Tire
We should have known it was coming, in the past decades we went from full sized spares to “space saving spares” aka “Donuts”, to now you get an air pump in the trunk. In 2011 I bought a brand new Chevrolet Malibu LT1, first new car I ever bought (had seven miles on the odometer),... Read more »
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My Favorite Vehicles: 2016 Buick Cascada

My Favorite Vehicles: 2016 Buick Cascada
From the first moment I saw the Buick Cascada as a concept car at the Chicago Auto Show last year I was in infatuated with it. This what a lot of us (who are at least 40 years old), think of when you say Buick, just a classy car with luxury. When I attended the... Read more »
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