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Many people think that your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you.

There are some people who like to push things to the limit—I am not one of those people. I pay my bills as soon as I get them. I do my taxes the first week of February. I do my Christmas shopping in November. Even as a kid, I usually finished my homework before I even left school. I hate to feel anxious, and putting things off to the last second is just too uncomfortable for me.

That said, sometimes mistakes happen. Life gets too busy. Something gets lost in the mail. Maybe you lose your job and barely have enough money to cover rent. You never know when the universe is going to throw you a curveball. So, even if you are a hyper-prepared worrywart like me, you might find yourself facing a situation you never thought you would—a lapse in your auto insurance.

Toyota has announced the recall of nearly 800,000 vehicles. 760,000 2006 to early 2011 RAV4 and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h models.

The state of Massachusetts has just thrown the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the manufacturers and the aftermarket automotive repair industry over what is become known as “Right to Repair.” They have passed the first comprehensive Right to Repair legislation in the nation.

These days, it seems like Do It Yourself (DIY) is everywhere, mostly because people are trying to save money any way they can. But while doing some things on your own makes sense (like painting your hallway), attempting to repair a car problem yourself can often end up costing more instead of less.

On the heels of last week's recall of 2013 Escape models, Ford has announced the recall of over 400,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes equipped with a V6 engine. The throttle may stick open when the accelerator is depressed to the floor, or nearly all the way to the floor.


Ford has announced the recall of nearly 10,000 2013 Escape models because of a potential engine compartment fuel leak. Only certain vehicles equipped with a 1.6L engine are involved. One of the fuel lines, which may split, is the culprit.

A couple of months ago, I was riding in a friend’s car as we drove across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. She had a navigation system that was pretty neat and had already helped us navigate around some road construction and one-way streets. Though I didn’t like the tone of the lady bossing us around, I had to admit the navigation system was pretty cool.

We at RepairPal take cars and car repair very seriously, but even we like to have fun. So, we gathered up some hilarious road signs from the Internet to tickle your funny bone. Enjoy!

Are you one of those people who doesn't put gas into your tank until it beeps a warning? I’ve known a few people who do this on a regular basis and I’ve seen the damage first hand.