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Best Plug-In Hybrids of 2022

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, not to be confused with hybrid electric vehicles, have become increasingly popular in recent years as buyers look for more-efficient alternatives to conventional gasoline powered cars without having to make the jump to full electric vehicles. The problem is that with all the PHEVs on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to consider, so we’ve put together the list of the best plug-in hybrids for 2022 according to data from the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov. What Exactly Is a Plug-In Hybrid? Similar to a hybrid electric vehicle (or HEV), a plug-in hybrid (or PHEV) features a conventional

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Five Non-Hybrid Cars With the Best Gas Mileage for 2022

No matter what the price of gas is, having a vehicle that’s more fuel-efficient will always save you money. Knowing the EPA-estimated gas mileage can be a deciding factor whether you’re in the market for a small commuter car or a family-friendly SUV. Today’s automotive market is filled with electrified vehicles such as hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and even fully electric vehicles, but if you’re looking for something more affordable and less complex, consider one these non-hybrid cars with the best gas mileage for 2022 according to FuelEconomy.gov. And don’t worry, if you’re looking for even better fuel economy, here are

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The Ultimate Guide to Car Maintenance for Beginners

Don’t know much about basic car maintenance? FIXD has you covered! Whether you’re looking to keep your car on the road for years to come or just keep it in great condition to maximize resale value, proper car maintenance is key. On average, Americans now keep their cars for a little over 12 years. Meanwhile, the value of cars (both new and pre-owned) is higher than ever. Bottom line, performing regular car maintenance will have you spending less money on repairs and making more money when it comes time to sell. Talk about a win-win! But with all the different

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How to Tell Tire Size

From normal-sized passenger car tires to oversized tires found trail-ready off-road SUVs, all tires have specific information printed on the sidewall of the tire. Knowing where to find this information (and deciphering what it all means) will be helpful when it comes time to replace your old tires or upgrade to better tires. Keep reading to learn all about the information printed on your tires and how to tell tire size. How to Tell Tire Size There is a lot of information displayed on the sidewall of your tires, but if you’re needing to know the size of your tires,

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Testing the Cosmo Mud Kicker in Moab, Utah.

Cosmo Mud Kicker Tire Review

Cosmo Tires invited me out to Moab to torture-test their new Mud Kicker tire. Here’s my honest review: Moab, Utah offers some of the best rock crawling trails in the United States, so it’s no surprise that companies use the harsh terrain to battle test their products. Not only do automakers such as Jeep and Ford use Moab as a proving ground for their respective off-roading SUVs, but numerous automotive-related companies also use Moab to test various parts. Cosmo Tires is one such company, and I got to check Moab off my bucket list when the Miami-based tire company invited

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Best Windshield Wipers 2022: An Easy Guide

Time to replace your wipers? There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to your car’s wiper blades. With so many different types, technologies, and price points to consider, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Fortunately, we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing the right wipers at a reasonable price so you can see clearly.  Ready to start shopping? Take a peek at our top picks so you can mark “get new wipers” off your to-do list! 1. Best All-Around Wipers: Rain-X Latitude Why buy? Water repelling coating Streak-free wipe in all conditions Extremely durable synthetic rubber blend With nearly 100,000

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How to Change Oil: A Complete Guide

Time Required: An hour or less DIY Difficulty: Beginner Savings: $20-$60 every 3-6 months compared to getting an oil change at the shop If you want to save money on car care, learning how to change your car’s oil is a great place to start. Not only does this relatively simple job require few parts and tools, but it’ll save you the time and hassle of waiting on a repair shop. Plus, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of doing car maintenance yourself. However, if you’re new to DIY car care or a little rusty on the basics, changing your oil may

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How Much Does an Oil Change Cost? – 2023 Price Estimates | FIXD

The Average Oil Change Cost Is $40-$120 at the Mechanic versus $25-$60 to DIY. This price range is based on national averages for all vehicles and does not factor in taxes, fees, or your particular make and model. Related repairs or maintenance may also be needed. For a more accurate estimate of oil change cost based on your make, model, and location, use the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator. Cost at the Mechanic: $40 to $120 Labor: $25 – $60 On most vehicles, changing the engine oil is a very easy job, but many drivers put this off, which can eventually lead

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Spark Plugs Replacement Cost Guide 2023 (Parts & Labor Pricing)

The Average Cost to Replace Spark Plugs Is $66-$250, Depending on if You Go to the Mechanic or DIY. This price range is based on national averages for all vehicles and does not factor in taxes, fees, or your particular make and model. Related repairs or maintenance, such as O2 sensor replacement, fuel filter replacement, and new spark plug wires may also be needed. For a more accurate estimate based on your make, model, and location, use the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator. Cost at the Mechanic: $191-$250 Parts: $66-$91 Labor: $126-$158 Replacing the spark plugs on a vehicle is a

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Water Pump Replacement Cost Guide (DIY vs. Mechanic Pricing)

The Average Cost to Change A Water Pump Is $678-$811. This price range is based on national averages for all vehicles and does not factor in taxes, fees, or your particular make and model. Related repairs or maintenance, such as the timing belt or serpentine belt, may also be needed. For a more accurate estimate based on your make, model, and location, use the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator. Get a more accurate estimate for your water pump replacement using RepairPal’s Fair Price Estimator: Jeffrey N. Ross Lifelong automotive enthusiast with a soft spot for offroading. Wrencher turned writer, but I

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