We see a lot of awesome rebuilt classics. People take old European sports cars, American muscle, and supercars and breathe new life into them. But this Washington State gearhead showed what can be accomplished with a $100 beater and a few good ideas.
Out of the four cars I own, there's only really one that can be considered "modern," and next year it'll be old enough to get Bar Mitzvah'd. Still, I have a kid now, and that means I really should have at least one car with some airbags and actual room to haul him and his stuff around. That car is a 2000 VW Passat…
Every day, someone, somewhere gets thrown in jail for hauling bales of uncut cocaine around in their trunk. Why? More often than not it's because they had a tail light out or something dumb like that and the cops pulled them over. Don't let it happen to you!
Fender benders are an unpleasant reality of motor vehicle operation. Sometimes, when the damage goes deep enough, it can render your car unusable. But even though some crash damage can't be fixed without major repairs — or at all — some can be fixed using a bit of good old fashioned ingenuity.
Removing an engine from a vehicle is hard work, particularly on bigger cars and trucks. But that doesn't mean that it has to be unpleasant. It can actually be pretty fun if you include enthusiastic people who like solving problems and don't mind getting dirty.
As with Costco, bulging SUVs, and childhood obesity, toy haulers bother me. They're just too much. I get why someone might want one: comfort + capacity = fun. But I'll wager that many of us could have a pretty enjoyable experience without schlepping so much stuff around.
In a perfect world, your car would never break, and if it did, magic fairies would fly into your car with a stack of fresh parts and fix it for you. But the world isn't perfect. Your car will break, and if you want to a) save money and b) be awesome, you'll fix it yourself.
Your car has four tires, and they all wear at different rates. To get the most out of them, it's a good idea to rotate them every few thousand miles so that they wear more evenly. I try to do mine every 6,000 miles or so.
Take a look at the front of your car. If it's a few years old, there's a good chance that those cheap plastic headlamp lenses the manufacturer slapped on there are starting to look as yellow as a heroin addict's teeth.
When you own a car, at some point or another, you're going to want to put things on your roof. It's the best way to carry oddly shaped, unwieldy, and extra items that might not fit in the car but that you want or need to carry.
Aside from changing a flat tire and checking the oil, there's no more basic automotive skill than changing your oil. Sure, it's easier — and sometimes almost as cheap — to swing by Jiffy Lube to have your car's black gold freshened up, but that's not the point.