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Recent Contributions by CarsDirect

  • Burning Smell from a Car: Understand What's Happening

    May 18, 2015

    5 Common areas that can cause a burning smell from your car: 1) the clutch - may result from riding the clutch or needing a replacement, 2) the brakes - can occur from heavy break usage or riding the brakes, 3) an electrical short, 4) the heater - may result from debris in the system or from a bad motor, or 5) burning oil.

  • Can You Transfer an Auto Loan?

    May 18, 2015

    In short, it's not technically possible to transfer a single auto loan from one person to another. There are ways to achieve a similar outcome but by in large, it is recommended that the buyer initiates their own car loan.

  • 5 Signs That Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush

    May 18, 2015

    The 5 signs include: 1) strange noises or even grinding coming from the transmission, 2) you experience problems shifting gears, 3) you experience some slippage when shifting gears, 4) unexplained surging of you vehicle, and 5) delay in movement after placing the vehicle in gear. The general recommendation is to flush your transmission every 2 years or 30,000 miles.

  • Is Car Loan Interest Tax Deductible?

    May 18, 2015

    For the average consumer, the general answer is that car loan interest is not tax deductible. Two ways to potentially qualify for the deduction include: 1) if you own a small business and frequently use your vehicle in the operation of that business, and 2) you use a home equity line of credit to buy your vehicle (there are considerations in doing this).

  • 2014 Volkswagen Passat Review

    Sep 30, 2013

    The Volkswagen Passat made a name for itself as a distinctly German interpretation of the midsize family sedan. In recent years, however, it is not only assembled in the United

  • 2014 Scion tC Review

    Sep 17, 2013

    Scion has been a part of the American autoscape for a decade, and the tC coupe has carved a youth-friendly niche with sporty styling and dealer-installed options for easy customization.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Review

    Oct 16, 2013

    It might be the junior roadster in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but the SLK doesn't feel that way -- especially in mid-level SLK350 trim. What's New After a major redesign a

  • 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

    Oct 15, 2013

    Volkswagen wasn't going to let the Japanese and Americans dominate the compact crossover market. And so it introduced the Tiguan, based on the Golf's platform. It's a niche player, but

  • 2014 Lincoln MKT Review

    Aug 30, 2013

    As American tastes shift from truck-based SUVs to car-based crossovers, Lincoln has responded with the MKT, a dramatically styled CUV that shares a platform with the Ford Flex. What's New

  • 2014 Toyota Yaris Review

    Oct 14, 2013

    Toyota introduced the Yaris as a replacement for the Echo, which never won the hearts of entry-level buyers. It's a more appealing model that nevertheless competes in a crowded marketplace