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 Tips & Tricks

Helpful car maintenance advice and useful tips on all things car-related

Every region has its own unique set of driving expectations and California is no exception. Though visitors may be uninformed, local drivers and law enforcement will still expect them to know how to follow the less than clear rules of the road.

Did you know that Earth Day is on Saturday this year? April 22nd is a day to celebrate the amazing planet we live on and make strides to help protect it. No matter how you plan on spending the day, it’s always a good time to practice driving green when it comes to your car.

When learning to drive at 15, I quickly noticed that if I wanted to park the car in front of the house, one of the first things I was going to have to learn is how to parallel park my grandmother’s sedan. This is the exact moment my sister gave me some of the best advice of my life on how to parallel park, which I will now share with you.

Car theft is a total nightmare for a car owner. One moment your car was there, safe and sound – the next, it’s gone. Car theft is inconvenient, and many stolen cars are never recovered. And unless you have comprehensive car insurance, you may not be covered for the value of your car.

A shaking car can be caused by a variety of things, ranging in urgency. We’ve put together a list of the most commons reasons you may be asking yourself, "Why is my car shaking?"

Is there no crank? A clicking or grinding sound? The RepairPal team is ready to help you figure out why your car won't start. We break it down so you can figure out if it's a simple fix, or something more advanced that a trusted technician should take care of.

Knowing when to change your car's oil can be tricky, and it's possible you could be changing it too often! Learn more about how often you should be getting oil changes with RepairPal. Your pocketbook and the planet will thank you later.

Our brake systems are critically important and, unless you have Fred Flintstone feet, you’re going to need them. When your brakes start making noise, you should first determine under what conditions and from what area of the vehicle you hear it.

Summer is over—the kids are back at school, the summer clothes are up in the attic, and your vacation days are used up. Now, you’re ready to relax and chill out until the winter holidays get started. Surely there is nothing left for you to do until then … right? Not quite. This is the perfect time of year to start getting your vehicle ready for winter and the unique problems that cold weather brings. Breakdowns and starting issues can be much worse in lower temperatures, so make sure you are ready well before the first snow fall.

Going to the auto repair shop can raise stressful questions, regardless of whether it is your first visit or your 20th. What's wrong with my car? Does this repair or service really need to be done today? How much should the work cost? Is my repair or service going to be done correctly the first time? Out of all of the questions you may have about repairing and servicing your car, answering the questions below will do the most to help give you confidence in your shop and ensure that you have a hassle-free experience.