If you’re like me, you probably dread going to buy an auto as much as you dread going to the dentist. That’s not to say dentists aren’t great people, but going to one, though as necessary as buying a vehicle to get from here to there (including driving to a dental appointment) isn’t my favor…

Q: I recently purchased a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, which I love. Heading eastbound (downwind), I have been known to get 50 mpg on the highway. But there's one thing about it I don't understand. While sitting in the driveway listening to the last 10 minutes of your radio show, Car Talk, I get a …

Q: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses?

Q: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses?

Q: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses?

Q: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses?

Q: I have a question about my 2003 Buick Regal. I've been a diesel mechanic for 40 years, and I'm now retired. I need to change the rack and pinion on my Buick, but I need some instructions. Every time I try to ask this question online, all I get are listings of places that sell the unit. I …

Q: I’ve always been told not to run my gas tank to empty. Not because I might get stuck, but because the fuel pump will pick up trash at the bottom of the tank and cause the filter to clog up. Is this still true? Or is it no longer true for newer models? Remember, not all of us drive newer c…

Gas prices are lower than they’ve been in years, meaning more Americans likely will take family road trips this year. And many of them will be making the journey with one or more pets in tow.

Insurance is among the costliest and most variable factors among a vehicle’s long-range ownership costs. They’re largely based upon factors like where you live, your age, marital status, credit rating and driving record. While those criteria are more or less fixed, anyone can keep their prem…

Whether you’re in the market for a new car or a used one, be sure to budget the necessary time – and cost – to register it with the state. You’ll want to accomplish this as soon as possible, as it’s illegal to drive an unregistered vehicle on public roads.

Q: There are times when I discover that my cruise control is "on" but not engaged. Is driving like that doing any damage, such as lowering my gas mileage? -- Michael

Q: I have a question about my 2003 Buick Regal. I've been a diesel mechanic for 40 years, and I'm now retired. I need to change the rack and pinion on my Buick, but I need some instructions. Every time I try to ask this question online, all I get are listings of places that sell the unit. I …

Winter can be an exhausting time of the year depending on where one lives, with even the shortest automotive excursions being fraught with peril from ice and snow. Warmer months and southern climates don’t fare much better with rain-soaked roads and the occasional mudslide inflicting their o…

Q: I was born in 1947 and lived through the whole “Woodie” era. I knew people who had them, and they were considered special, like a Lexus or Land Rover might be today. But I have always wondered if that was real wood. Was it? — Ronald

In spring 2013, dentist Joseph Carastro dropped a letter to Purely Porsche magazine noting that he had spent a year -- including mail to the carmaker's chief executive -- "lobbying for the development" of a specialized 991 Carrera geared to motoring purists.

Q My wife and I are at odds over what vehicle to get our 16-year-old daughter. I am currently driving a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz E350 with 81,000 miles and am interested in moving up to possibly Tesla’s model S. I love the E350 and have maintained it faithfully, and think it would be a good…

Q: Five years ago, I bought a 2012 Volvo S60 demo with only 4,000 miles on it. It has been a great car and now has just 58,000 miles on it. But over the past few months, the car has developed a loud clunking sound and slight jerking of the car when I go from park to drive, or park to reverse…

Despite consensus that today’s new cars are engineered and built better than at any point in motoring history, the AAA in Orlando reports that a record-breaking 32 million U.S. drivers required roadside assistance in 2016 (the most recent numbers available).

Q. This is not a car question as much as it is a husband question. My husband insists that it's safe to drive, even on highways at highway speed, with just one index finger curled around the steering wheel. Driving with him can be positively scary. Can you please set him straight? Thank you!