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The author's Tesla Model Y

A Tesla Owner’s Take on Whether Owning an Electric Vehicle Makes Sense

If you are expecting a dialogue bashing the internal combustion vehicle or touting the electric vehicles as the savior of our planet, I’m afraid you are in for a disappointment. My decision to purchase an EV was purely a matter of convenience and … read more

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Need to Keep Your Vehicle Longer? Follow These Maintenance Tips

Supply shortages and production delays have made it tough to find a new car in 2021, which means many people might consider holding on to their vehicles for longer. In order to extend the life of their vehicles, many drivers may choose to … read more

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The 1914 Dodge Model 30 touring car, displayed at the Louman museum.
Automotive History

The Short-Lived Success of the Dodge Brothers

This story begins as John and Horace Dodge establish a small machine shop, in Detroit. The year was 1900. The brothers, born four years apart, were noted for their engineering prowess. In the beginning, the Dodges were known for creating a bicycle that … read more

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What You Need to Know about Electric Vehicle Charging

Have you been wondering if an electric vehicle is right for you, especially as more models are rolling out from automakers? Living the EV lifestyle is fun and exciting, good for the environment and even good for your wallet — but there are … read more

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Jim Barnes' grandfather, Charles Goranflo, sits proudly on one of his agency'e Oldsmobiles. (Photo courtesy Barnes family)

Olds — the True Inventor of the Stationary Assembly Line

The beef I have with modern history is that as time marches on, it tends to be either watered down or rearranged to suit some purpose. Take, for example, the legend of Henry Ford. Madison Avenue would have you believing that he invented … read more

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vacation drive with family

Five Trends Driving New Vehicle Purchases

Buying or leasing a new vehicle involves plenty of planning and consideration. You think about what features you’d like to add, like self-parking technology or heated seats. And you ask how your needs might be changing, which could mean moving from a compact … read more

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Traveling? Plan Ahead for Your Fueling Needs

Memorial Day is approaching, bringing with it the unofficial launch of the spring and summer travel season. While air travel is steadily increasing, a larger-than-average number of travelers are expected to travel by car due to the pandemic. State leaders are encouraging travelers … read more

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Four Tire Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Even the most experienced drivers can encounter challenges when driving on slick roads caused by rain, ice and snow or dealing with the impact of colder temperatures during the winter months. Inclement weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half … read more

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Filler Up: The Fascinating History of Gas Pumps

Unless you are one of those folks gliding around it an electric vehicle, you will be making a stop at a gas station of your choice any number of times in a month. It has become a part of everyone’s routine and those machines … read more

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