5 Critical (And Easily Forgotten) Things To Check Before You Buy A Used Car

April is Car Care Month, and we’re teaming up with our friends at YourMechanic to make sure you can go the extra mile this Spring.

Buying a used car is like going on a blind date: you never know what you’re going to get. You could meet the love of your life or you could get stuck with a lemon. There are a lot of fish in the sea (and a lot of cars on the lot), and the only way to know if it’s a match is to take a thorough look before making the leap.

I’ve gone on a lot of dates in my 32 years and bought nearly as many used cars. My name is Mia, and I’m an ASE-Certified Master Technician and Advanced Level Specialist. Over time, I’ve picked up a few tricks to weed out the toads, so when you you leave the car lot, you’ll be behind the wheel of your Prince (or Princess) Charming.

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Six Essential Questions To Ask Your Mechanic


April is Car Care Month, and we’re kicking things off with a guest post from our friends at YourMechanic.

There is only one thing people hate more than a trip to the dentist: a visit to the mechanic. Confidence and trust are always the biggest issues. And take it from me, I’ve seen it all. I’m Mia, an ASE-Certified Master Technician and Advanced Level Specialist.

Who knows what your mechanic is doing when he (or she) is poking around under your hood? A little bit of knowledge goes a long way, and without it, your mechanic could swindle you with “blinker fluid” or a coolant flush for your air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. That’s why it’s so important to ask your mechanic the right questions. Knowledge gives you peace of mind and builds a bond between you and your friendly neighborhood wrench. Which questions should be in your arsenal? I’m glad you asked!

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Shifting to Manual

Three years ago we launched Automatic to make driving better and safer for every car on the road.

Everyone told us we were crazy. Why would a small company want to develop both software and hardware? We’ve been working our tailpipes off to prove them wrong. Three years later, we want to look those people right in the eyes and say:

You were right. What were we thinking?

So, despite big data reigning supreme, we saw an opportunity to deliver something personal. Something simple. Something elegant: car-to-table, artisanally crafted data.

With that in mind, we’re putting our wonderful adapter, app gallery, developer platform, fleet management tool and our millions of logged miles to the side. We’re embracing simpler times and making a U-Turn.

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Defense Does More Than Win Championships

The confetti has been swept up, the trophy has been lifted and spirited away to its new Mile High home, and traffic has returned to pre-Big Game levels of insufferability. Now that the Super Bowl is over, we’ll do what every football fan does: look at the highlights.

Do people’s Super Bowl driving habits reflect the pace of the game? We compared last year’s action packed game to this year’s to see how drivers reacted.

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Getting Started With Automatic: Putting Your Data To Work

So… You’ve installed Automatic, played with the app, and hit the road. You’re off to a great start. But what’s all that driving data really good for?

In a word: plenty.

Want to figure out the best time to leave for work to avoid traffic? What kind of driving profile you fit? Get a detailed receipt of a business trip you took? Automatic can do all that and much more; you just have to put it to work.

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What Happens When Santa Uses Automatic?

In 1955, Sears Roebuck & Co. famously misprinted a phone number in an ad for children to call Santa Claus. Instead of reaching the Santa stand-ins at the Sears call center, the children reached CONAD, the Continental Aerospace Defense Command. CONAD staff took the calls and checked their radar to see where Santa was on his dash around the globe. The kids that called in were given updates on Santa’s location.

In 1958, North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD was created, and they kept the tradition alive.

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