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By on December 2, 2019

You’re back at work but it’s slow and the boss is still on vacation. Time to do some shopping. We’ve rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals for automotive here.

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By on December 1, 2019

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When it comes to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just the beginning. So with that in mind, here are some gift ideas for the man and/or gearhead (gearheads of all genders, of course) in your life. Happy shopping!

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By on November 29, 2019

best black friday deals

Scroll down for our curated list of over XX of the Best Black Friday Deals from phone chargers to home speakers to vacuum cleaners. Amazon’s complete list of deals is here.

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By on November 29, 2019
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By on November 29, 2019

Tires

The turkey has settled. Now it’s time for your Black Friday shopping, and those tires on that car of yours are looking a little worn.

If you need rubber for the road, here are several Black Friday tire deals that will help your wallet.

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By on November 25, 2019

Black Friday is just around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon from launching thousands of deals ahead of time. You can get a jump start on your Holiday shopping this year without having to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to come around.

Many automotive deals are already happening and if you’ve been patiently waiting for deep discounts on certain products, you’ve come to the right place. Below, you’ll find a list of the best early Black Friday automotive deals; check back often, as we’ll continue to update this list as more deals pop up.

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By on November 12, 2019

best performance tires

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Yes, yes — we’re aware of the date on the calendar. While most of the East Coast is getting buried in snow, the middle part of the country is enduring untold misery falling from the sky, and the less said about road conditions in high elevations, the better.

Like time and gas from last night’s tacos, though, this too shall pass. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of forward planning, which is why we’ve assembled a gallery of performance tires to mount to your rig when conditions finally permit.

Not all of the tires presented here are direct competitors. Rather, we’ve taken a cross section of the segment, some of which are meant for supercar lap times and some of which are meant for eating up Autobahn miles. We’ve hit up the folks at TireBuyer to bring you a few of the best performance tire options this year, presented in alphabetical order.

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By on November 7, 2019

best winter tires

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In most parts of the country, winter is fast approaching. Like it or not, and some don’t, it will not be long before the toques are out permanently and your snow brush is getting a daily workout.

Quebec decrees that all drivers have a set of winter socks on their cars during the cold months and it is strongly recommended that drivers do so in other provinces as well. Even if your town isn’t pummeled with an annual level of snow to rival that of the movie Frozen, winter tires offer a lot of benefits when the mercury drops below 7 degrees Celsius or 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why that strangely specific number? It’s owing to the unique blend of compounds in their rubber that keeps them more pliable at cold temperatures than summer-appropriate tires. This affords them more grip even when the weather is more frigid than a school marm’s heart. Toss in a yaffle of tire engineering that permits a good winter tire to literally claw away at ice or snow and you’ve a set of shoes able to get you through winter’s worst.

We’ve hit up the folks at TireBuyer to bring you a few of the best winter tire options this year, presented in alphabetical order.

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By on November 4, 2019

best head up displays

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Not much of the driving advice doled out by my long-suffering father has been retained by your author’s increasingly foggy brain. Gripping the wheel at ten-and-two has been replaced by nine-and-three, although dad’s exhortation that my preferred wheel grip of twelve-and-nothing was absolute bollocks brings a smile to my face even now.

However, being told to keep one’s eyes on the road is a lesson that rarely leaves any of us. Look far ahead, he would say, because those who simply look just beyond the hood will find their drives full of terrifying surprises. Come to think of it, that advice holds true for lots of things in life, not just driving.

Some snazzier cars (and even some not-so-snazzy ones) have a head-up display that projects the car’s speed and other info onto the windshield. The thinking behind this feature is that, heeding dad’s advice, one doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road to learn their car’s velocity and other minutiae.

What’s that? Your car doesn’t have a head-up display? Worry not, for we’ve assembled a few options for fitting it to vehicles lacking the feature.

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By on November 1, 2019

It’s Cyber Monday! Quick, while the boss isn’t looking, do some shopping! We’ve rounded up some of the best deals here.

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By on October 28, 2019

best glass cleaners

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Washing the exterior and cleaning the interior of one’s car is a great way to spend an afternoon – at least in your author’s increasingly muddled mind. Making sure the windows are clear enough to mistake for open sky is also a delight. If they’re as clean as they should be, then there stands the chance you’ll try to retrieve your extra tasty crispy entree at the drive thru without first lowering the window. At which point you’ll have to clean it again.

We’ve scoured Amazon (pun intended) for some of the best ways to clean that glass in your car. After all, a spotless car with dirty windows is like wearing a fresh suit with muddy shoes.

Now go find your favorite cleaning cloth (you do have a favorite cleaning cloth, right?) and take a gander at these options for scrubbing your car’s windows.

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By on October 14, 2019

best tow and recovery straps

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Heading out into the sand — or any off-road environment — is bound to bring a fun-filled day with the chance of scattered calamity. The old saw advises that if you didn’t get stuck during your sojourn to the desert or mud pit, you weren’t’ trying hard enough.

That’s why there are a phalanx of companies eager to sell an array of recovery tools and why the SEMA show in Vegas consumes more and more floor space every year. Today, we’ll focus simply on tow straps because they’re an item that should be flung into every cargo area of each and every off-road vehicle that hits the trail. Even if it’s not used for your own benefit, one may find themselves needing to extricate a buddy who’s eyes were bigger than his ground clearance.

And, for the love of Mickey Thompson, educate yourself before using these things. Deployed improperly, they have the capability to whisk a person off their feet faster than the sun sets at the equator. Watch what you’re doing and use your noggin.

See the best tow and recovery straps below.

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By on October 11, 2019

best jumper cables

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Twisting the key (or, more accurately these days, pushing the button) only to come up with a fistful of no-go can be huge pain in the neck. While the root cause can be any number of maladies, identifying the fix as a simple jump start gets you going — at least for now. Stashing a set of jumper cables in the trunk of your car or under the front seat of your pickup truck is cheap insurance against being left stranded in the cold with a flat battery and long walk to nowhere.

Yeah, thanks to Stranger Danger and America’s love of litigation one may have to ask a few more good Samaritans before finding a person who’s willing to help boost the battery of your car than one would have had to ask twenty years ago. Thanks, internet. Nevertheless, there are more than a few good souls left on this earth, so all is not lost if you need to use one of these bad boys the next time you leave yer headlights on during a trip to Walmart.

Note well: the gauge rating of jumper cable wire operates in reverse fashion to just about every other measurement in the world. Here, a smaller number means a thicker cable — sets made with 1-gauge wire are hardier than sets made with 8-gauge wire. #TheMoreYouKnow

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By on October 4, 2019

best car cleaning products

From time to time, TTAC will highlight automotive products we think may be of interest to our community. Plus, posts like this help to keep the lights on around here. Learn more about how this works.


There are several unassailable truths ingrained in the minds of most gearheads: the check engine light will illuminate as you’re driving to the smog station, fuel prices will rise before a long weekend, and a clean car runs better.

Ok, maybe the last one is anecdotal, but the Placebo Effect can certainly work wonders in the life of a car nut. If you don’t accept the preceding, please at least permit us the following: a clean car is a happy car.

With that in mind, we have selected eight different car cleaning products fit for various scrubbing duties on your chariot. Soap, water, and a better-running car await.

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By on October 1, 2019

best clay bars

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Many gearheads are firm believers that a clean car runs better than a dirty one. While there is only anecdotal evidence from which to draw a conclusion about this, it cannot be denied that a clean car is worth more at trade-in time or when pulling up to the curb for your Tinder date.

If washing and waxing are the fundamentals, then a clay bar can be considered extra credit. These rectangular sticks of joy are designed to be slid along your car’s paintwork, collecting all the little particles that have accumulated on its surface over time. Particles in the air, pollution, tree sap — all these things conspire to ruin paint lacquer and make your car look like something from Mad Max.

Check out our octet of picks, but also make sure to schedule an entire afternoon if you’re planning to clay your car. Mister Miyagi might have advised us to wax on and wax off, but the professional detailers of the world will recommend you clay bar that thing as well for best results.

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