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Natalie Josef

Natalie Josef

Natalie Josef is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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Should I Buy an Extended Warranty?

You just bought a new car; it's perfect and runs like a dream. And it always will, right? Maybe .

You just bought a new car; it's perfect and runs like a dream. And it always will, right? Maybe .

Toyota Recalls 2005–2008 Corolla and Matrix Models

The Toyota Corporation issued a recall today on more than 1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles due to stalling issues caused by defective electronic control modules. Only North American vehicles from model years 2005 to 2008 were affected.

The Toyota Corporation issued a recall today on more than 1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles due to stalling issues caused by defective electronic control modules. Only North American vehicles from model years 2005 to 2008 were affected.

Ford Recalls over 500,000 Windstar Minivans

Today, Ford announced a recall on over 500,000 Windstar Minivans due to rust accumulation that could cause the rear axles to fracture. The recall is for 1998–2003 models from twenty-one cold-weather states in the U.

Today, Ford announced a recall on over 500,000 Windstar Minivans due to rust accumulation that could cause the rear axles to fracture. The recall is for 1998–2003 models from twenty-one cold-weather states in the U.

Locked Out of Your Car? Here’s What to Do

For car owners, one of the biggest fears is that we will lock our keys inside our vehicle—in the middle of a desert, with no cell phone, no water, and a child or cute little puppy in the back seat. While a lockout can happen (though probably not in the middle of the desert with a cute puppy), there are things you can do to quickly and safely resolve the situation.

For car owners, one of the biggest fears is that we will lock our keys inside our vehicle—in the middle of a desert, with no cell phone, no water, and a child or cute little puppy in the back seat. While a lockout can happen (though probably not in the middle of the desert with a cute puppy), there are things you can do to quickly and safely resolve the situation.

Texting While Driving: Way Worse Than a Six-Pack

When most of us heard about the recent death of celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan due to texting while driving, we were saddened, but not surprised.

When most of us heard about the recent death of celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan due to texting while driving, we were saddened, but not surprised.

Highway Fatalities Fall to Lowest Level Since 1950

The number of traffic-related deaths has dropped to a record-breaking low, according to U.S.

The number of traffic-related deaths has dropped to a record-breaking low, according to U.S.

Ten Funny Road Signs

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.

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.

5 Driving Mistakes You're Making Right Now

According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is accountable for 10% of all fatal crashes. Distracted driving – a completely preventable occurrence.

According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is accountable for 10% of all fatal crashes. Distracted driving – a completely preventable occurrence.

Is It Safe to Buy Cars on eBay?

Last night, my partner and I were looking on Overstock.com for home furnishings.

Last night, my partner and I were looking on Overstock.com for home furnishings.

Baby on Board – Car Seat Tips for Newborns

Yesterday, my partner’s sister came over with her daughter, who was born a few weeks ago. While they talked, I was watching Isabel, who was sleeping in her car seat.

Yesterday, my partner’s sister came over with her daughter, who was born a few weeks ago. While they talked, I was watching Isabel, who was sleeping in her car seat.

What Should I Do if My Tire Blows Out?

But the one thing that hasn’t gone away is my fear of blowing a tire. In my mind, it won’t be me driving along at 25 MPH when I hear a little pop and have to pull over.

But the one thing that hasn’t gone away is my fear of blowing a tire. In my mind, it won’t be me driving along at 25 MPH when I hear a little pop and have to pull over.

Hybrid Cars Save You Money: True or False

When it comes to just about anything, people want to save money, and if we can save the environment along with money, all the better. While people buy hybrids for many reasons (they pollute less, buying one helps support new technology, you can sleep better at night), one reason many people purchase hybrids is because they save money.

When it comes to just about anything, people want to save money, and if we can save the environment along with money, all the better. While people buy hybrids for many reasons (they pollute less, buying one helps support new technology, you can sleep better at night), one reason many people purchase hybrids is because they save money.

The Skinny on Radar Detectors

I first started my driving career in Virginia in the 1990s. Back then, there were tons of highways that had 55 MPH speed limits, which, to me, seemed unnecessarily—and nearly painfully—slow.

I first started my driving career in Virginia in the 1990s. Back then, there were tons of highways that had 55 MPH speed limits, which, to me, seemed unnecessarily—and nearly painfully—slow.

I’ll Take the Tom Selleck: Hair for Your Car

Before I worked for RepairPal, I used to be the managing editor for an online women’s magazine. One of the writers I worked with was simply hilarious, all of the time, in person and in her writing.

Before I worked for RepairPal, I used to be the managing editor for an online women’s magazine. One of the writers I worked with was simply hilarious, all of the time, in person and in her writing.

Poor Road Conditions Leading to Higher Repair Costs

Last night, I traveled from San Francisco to Oakland to pick up my partner from the airport. On the stretch of 880 from downtown Oakland to the airport, the road conditions were so bad, I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco.

Last night, I traveled from San Francisco to Oakland to pick up my partner from the airport. On the stretch of 880 from downtown Oakland to the airport, the road conditions were so bad, I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco.