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By | Last updated: May 18, 2020
best dog car harnesses We'll preface this post with the note that your humble author has never, and likely will never, have any canine livestock in his home. But plenty of people do, while continuing to maintain their gearhead status, explaining the presence of today's list. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 15, 2020
best steering wheel locks Let's get something clear right from the start: these locks are best thought of as a deterrent to the scourge that is vehicle theft and not an outright prevention tool. If two identical cars are parked side by each, one with a steering wheel lock and one without, there's a good chance the robber is going to target the one sans lock. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 15, 2020
best mechanic's tool sets Gearheads are lucky. We're interested in vehicles, so the natural extension of our interest is to pick up a set of tools to poke and prod at the very machines we enjoy. Someone who is interested in horses would be well-advised not to do the same, for example. Or those who have more than a passing interest in household electricity. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 8, 2020
best bed liners for pickups Most dealerships will, as a rule, install a bed liner of some sort in the back of every single new pickup they park on the lot. Whether one agrees with this propping up of the parts department usually depends on which side of the financial ledger one resides. Nevertheless, some buyers get a bed liner of their own after the fact or install one… Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
There are few irritants more exasperating in a car than listening to the rattle and swoosh of items rolling around in the cargo area of that vehicle. Whether it's a bag of groceries or a box of tools, objects sliding to and fro with each turn of the steering wheel is an annoyance beyond compare. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
Engine oil. Shutterstock user Africa Studio Dispensing sage advice is a task most fathers are eager to carry out. Whether their teenage offspring actually listens to these words is something else altogether. Dad offered many invocations to my predictably deaf ears, not the least of which was to stop wasting all my money on "wine, women, and song". He was right, of course. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best jack stands Cinder blocks, welded-together steel wheels, janky-looking lengths of board - most of us know we're not supposed to rest the weight of a car or truck on anything other than a pair of stout jack stands. Whether or not we actually do this is better left unsaid. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best bug and tar removers There's a marked difference between having to wash a car and wanting to wash a car. The former is a chore that is assigned to sullen teens in the wash bays of countless car dealers across the nation. The latter is a task enjoyed by gearheads on a Sunday afternoon. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
car first aid kit. Shutterstock user New Africa After assembling a helpful list of car emergency kits, we noticed there are an abundance of kits dedicated to simple first aid. Given that your author has a terrible history of managing to injure himself during even the simplest of jobs, today's list is very fitting. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
Car emergency kit. Shutterstock user Attapon Thana Like car insurance, emergency kits are something no one wants to think about until it's really needed. These compact sets are filled with the gear one might need should the unthinkable happen, leaving a person stranded or wrecked on the side of the road. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best car batteries It happens to the best of us: We'll head into the shop or house after exiting a car, head filled with thoughts and arms filled with groceries. Those headlights are long forgotten, as is the dome light you turned on while fumbling for the house keys. The next morning, in a rush to beat traffic, you twist the key and come up with a… Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best electric car jacks Most of us reading (and writing for) this website either own or have had several terrible hoopties in their fleet at one point or another. In what seems like another lifetime on this site, Jack Baruth once opined that you gotta be rich to own a cheap car and, like it or not, the man had a point. Owning a beater or project car… Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best car lifts for home garage If the garage floor coverings we profiled the other day are aspirational, then these in-house car lifts represent the culmination of most gearheads’ dreams. Whether you’re in the market for one of these things in order to increase the amount of storage in your garage or you’re actually going to use it for repair duties, a lift is the gold standard to which most… Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best garage floor coatings If you’re reading this and lucky enough to have an enclosed garage, we salute you. Owning a place in which to wrench on vehicles is an important life goal for a lot of gearheads; lying on one’s back and fixing transmissions in a mud puddle begins to lose its allure after about two hours. (more…) Read more
By | Last updated: May 5, 2020
best automotive battery testers Whether it’s a prized collector car or simply your daily beater, twisting the key (or pushing the button) only to come up with a fistful of no-go thanks to a dead battery is a deeply disappointing moment. Who left those devices plugged into the always-on 12V socket again? (more…) Read more