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By on January 24, 2020

best battery tenders

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.


Sauntering out to one’s vehicle and twisting the key (or jabbing the start button) only to come up with a whole handful of nothing is one of the automotive world’s most frustrating experiences. Dead batteries are the bane of a gearhead’s existence. Thankfully, most cars turn off their headlights or dome lights automatically these days. They emphatically did not when your author was a kid.

Storing a car (or recreation vehicle) over the winter months can also wreck a battery. That’s why battery tenders – not chicken tenders – were invented. They are designed to facilitate a gentle flow of juice to a battery so it is not flatter than a Midwest cornfield come summer. Maintaining that level of charge is also important.

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By on January 15, 2020

best baby mirrors for cars

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Snicker if you must at this topic, but it’s a tried-and-true fact that the vast majority of parents will spend heartily on safety equipment for their newborn child. Since we’re no longer allowed to let them roll around in the cargo area of a station wagon while taking a road trip, infants are strapped into rear facing car seats that essentially become part of the car’s structure when properly installed.

This, of course, makes it difficult to see the kid. Mirrors like these are designed to strap onto a backseat headrest, allowing the ‘rents to peer at a reflection of their offspring while glancing astern in the rearview mirror. This means, technically, one is looking at a reflection of a reflection. It all gets a bit Inception after awhile.

Here is an array of mirrors we think fit the bill.

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By on January 8, 2020

best driving shoes

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Sure, the last time you wore a pair of racing shoes to a party you were endlessly made fun of by your gearhead buddies. Hey, man, what can we say? They’re just jealous of your lap times, that’s all.

There is no shortage of companies trying to shill shoes targeted at the consumer looking to shave a few tenths off their best effort at Laguna Seca or Riverside. Whether one chooses to go with a pair that emphasises style or selects a boot that simply gets the job done, there is plenty of selection in this arena.

Here are a few we selected from Amazon, including two on which your author has spent his own money.

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By on January 6, 2020

best ice scrapers

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.


It’s January, meaning wide swaths of the country are enjoying apocalyptic quantities of ice and snow falling from the sky. This, of course, covers our vehicles with the same enthusiasm with which your author covers his french fries in gravy.

This doesn’t apply to those of you who are in possession of a suburban attached garage or underground condo parking spot. Lucky sods. As for the rest of us, we will continue to mutter expletives as we remove layers of winter’s worst from the windows of our car.

Here are a few suggestions to help with that task, courtesy of Amazon.

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By on January 2, 2020

best remote car starters

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Clambering into a cold car before the sun comes up ranks down there with a root canal and talking to an accountant. Alternatively, for those of you residing in a part of the country where conditions do not currently resemble the surface of Hoth, sitting on scalding hot seats or touching a flesh-searing belt buckle in the summer months can also be unpleasant.

These are but two of the reasons why remote car starters were invented. We’ve taken a look through Amazon and selected a few aftermarket units for your perusal. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t run your car in an enclosed space and, if you’re not sure how to install these things, please seek out someone who can.

Now, go enjoy that warm car!

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By on December 23, 2019

best car books

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We’ve one more Christmas gift idea for the gearhead in your life before we break for the next few days. Not all presents given to car lovers have to be in the shape of a new socket set or some parts to a Mustang GT, though those are surely appreciated.

This time, we’re suggesting a few good reads. Some will argue that a full bookshelf is nearly as important as a full toolbox, though such a thing may be less than helpful when you’re elbows deep into a clutch job on your failing Miata. Well, except for one book on this list. Best to keep that particular one within close reach.

And, in a turn from most other lists of this ilk, your author owns every single item here. These recommendations and their attendant approvals come straight from my gas tank of a brain. Enjoy.

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By on December 20, 2019

best r/c cars

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It’s said that most gearheads never really grow up, it’s just our toys that get bigger. The proliferation of hi-po side-by-side vehicles and the constant barrage of retro-inspired trims (waves at GT350 Heritage Edition) proves this in spades.

Radio-controlled cars fall in this group, with car-crazy guys and gals aged 8 to 80 tending to enjoy these things in a deserted paved lot or during a day at the park. While there are still more than a few R/Cs that we’d all recognize in terms of size and complexity, there is also a growing number of these units that are over a foot long and easily able to break the posted speed limit.

We’ve chosen a few that caught our eye.

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By on December 19, 2019

best lego car kits

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Look, just because it says 7+ on the box doesn’t mean your author (and probably a good many of you lot) will turn away a box of LEGOs — especially when those little bricks take the form of a car when pressed together.

Just in time for Santa, we’ve assembled (pun intended — always intend your puns!) this list of LEGO car kits, a type of present which differs greatly from Caterham kit cars. This type takes up a lot less garage space and is infinitely less likely to spark marital discordia.

You’ll also notice the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette are absent from this list. That’s because despite the best efforts of LEGO engineers in Denmark, they end up look as if they were pre-crashed. The eight brick rigs shown here do a decent job of approximating the real thing.

Now, get building!

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By on December 17, 2019

best hot wheels track sets

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Be forewarned. The following items are gateways to a lifelong cycle of fiduciary entanglement. It’s not drugs, crime, or even rooting for the Lions. No, it’s something far worse.

You see, placing a Hot Wheels set in the hands of an impressionable young kid is the first step to finding oneself wrenching on a derby car at 2:00 in the morning when work beckons the next day or attempting to drive a clapped out stickshift ZJ across much of middle America (we wish you the best, David).

But it’s all worth it, right? Of course it is! We wouldn’t be at this for anything but the love of cars. We’ve selected eight different Hot Wheels tracks with which you can set your young mechanic on his or her way to a lifetime of fun and financial ruin. Or, y’know, you can buy these for yourself — you’ve already made your choices … and so have I, if we’re being honest.

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By on December 13, 2019

best suv/truck tires

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.


Tire manufacturers have long since figured out there is a market for task-specific truck and SUV rubber. Sometimes those tasks take drivers over obstacles at Moab and other times it merely involves that gravel patch in the driveway that was supposed to be fixed last week. Better call the contractor, ASAP.

We’ve chosen a selection of tires available from the lads at TireBuyer.com that are good fit for most trucks and SUVs. Their mission may differ, however – some of the rubber on this list is aggressive off-road kit while others are best served tooling around the side streets of Beverly Hills. Whatever you select for your ride is up to yourself.

With that legal mumbo jumbo out of the way, here are a few options presented in alphabetical order.

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By on December 11, 2019

best all-season tires

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.


Not all of us need to install a different set of rubber the instant Old Man Winter pokes his head around the corner. While parts of the continent grumble into their coffee about that day’s forecasted high (*raises hand*), wide swaths of the population can run the same tires year-round, particularly if it’s the family daily.

Especially if it’s the family daily, in fact. Your author argues at length, much to the annoyance of his family, that a car owner should emphatically not cheap out on tires. They’re the only things touching the road, after all. Ponying up a few stray bills for an off-brand whose rubber compound has the flex of an oak tree is a terrible idea. And don’t get me started on the propensity of certain people to buy second-hand tires full of frozen water and weeds.

Here are some good all-season tire suggestions, presented in alphabetical order, sourced from the crew at TireBuyer.com.

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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.

(Ed. note — This sponsored content, separate from our editorial content).

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By on December 1, 2019

gifts. shutterstock user kurhan

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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