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Top 25 Automotive Bloggers

We have a large automotive category on Savant Magazine that includes detailed reviews on auto products, such as infant car seat coverstire snow chainscar air freshenerstire shine and more.

We wanted to take a moment and recognize bloggers who are passionate about autos and who are producing great content on their blogs. Take a look at our Top 25 Automotive Bloggers below. Congratulations to our winners!

Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

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This question comes to me from a mens fitness magazine.

Q: My car battery was stolen twice in just a few days—is there some way I can stop this from happening? (yes—it’s a scam, they steal your old battery, then come back and steal the new one you bought to replace it! So don’t put in a new battery.)

A. My first suggestion would be to fiddle with the wiring and shock the heck out the next person who touches​ it.

battery shock
N​ow I could say ‘just kidding’ because it’s not nice to hurt people but I’ll actually say ‘just kidding’ ​because it would be too much work​ to fix that every time you started the vehicle.​

There are really 2 ways to deal with this issue.

#​1– The unsightly way would be to buy a cable with a​ lock and make it so that no one can open the hood. We actually did this to many vehicles in the East Village, NYC​ back in the late 80’s when the crackheads were stealing spark plugs. Even newer model car owners were doing it because the issue was so prevalent.

​#​2– Buy a system to lock the battery into place. These generally come as a ​cross bar with a lock​ set up or as a lock box. They aren’t available for every car though, ​b​attery shapes and sizes are vehicle specific so you’d have to look up yours and see if they make them. If they don’t make them for your battery ​and this ​theft issue ​is a common problem in your area then your local mechanic will know someone who can make/weld one for your car.

I’ve been asked if there is a third way: i.e. put in an old battery until the thieves move on and this could seem like a good idea but I have caveats.

I suppose if you were really DESPERATE you could ask your mechanic if he had an old battery that you could replace it with temporarily (so if the thieves come back they can take that instead of a new one). I don’t love this idea because there are so many variables.

A- Old batteries can be dangerous (some of them can leak acid).

B- They can cause your car to have other issues if they won’t take a proper charge.

C- Only do this if you either know what you’re doing or can ask a mechanic to help you.

As with everything I recommend, finding a good local repair shop is the key to keeping your car in tip top shape and they ​are a fountain of information for all of these problems (even your personal problems)​ because they’ve seen it all!

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10 Insane Facts About Tesla Motors

Interesting infographic from Stanley-R-Harris .

Elon Musk is a South African born investor, inventor & engineer. Many people know Musk from his involvement with Tesla Motors; the American automaker trying to change the world and create some of the first affordable electric-only cars. While being co-founder, CEO & product architect at Tesla, Musk also holds a few other roles in various other multi-million dollar companies. He’s also the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of (Which has now merged and become PayPal). Saying Musk probably has his hands full is an understatement, but even with all the responsibilities that fall on him, he always finds time to take up an active role within Tesla, recently announcing the “Model 3”, the third generation of electric car produced by the company, which has received around 350,000 pre-orders. But, what do you actually know about Tesla & Musk? Well, here’s “10 Insane Facts about Tesla Motors and Elon Musk”. How much did you know? 10-insane-facts-about-tesla-motors-and-elon-musk-0

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Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

Elayne was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years where her customers included everyone from celebrities to NYPD to FDNY to countless New York City dwellers.  She is one gutsy New Yorker that hopes to instill more confidence in women when it comes to automobiles.  She has prided herself on the special care she offers women whom she feels are often mistreated in the auto repair world.  Today Elayne fills her blog with tips and trick for her readers that she hopes will educate them and save them hassle and money.  She’s even posted an article on how it’s possible to do your own minor car dent repair!


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Another “Best Of” award!

Thank you to the 10 Greatest website for naming us in the ‘Top 30’ best automotive blogs!

Top 30 Automotive Blogs 2016

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Do Yourself a Favor

Today I found out that a friend of mine picked up her car from a repair shop because they told her she needed $2,000 in repairs and drove directly to a used car dealer and traded it in for $500. This was a Subaru that we could have sold for about $3,500 without putting much money in to fix it.

I get that she was irritated and didn’t want to lay out all that money. I get that she really wanted a newer car and she wanted it in that minute. But what I don’t get is that she didn’t even call me on the way and get my advice. Well I guess I get that too, she knew I’d talk her out of it and and she stomped her foot and wanted to get her way.  She of course spent 10 minutes justifying her thinking to me today but lets face it, it was just an impulsive move that cost her a lot of money.

I’d just like to remind everyone that when you trade an old vehicle in like that the dealer is basically throwing you a pittance that they will then add on to the price of the car they sell you. They really have no use for a vehicle that needs that much work and won’t get much money for it. On the other hand she could have invested about $500 and gotten the safety issues addressed (brakes).   Then she could’ve sold the car, making a nice chunk of change, informing the new buyer they had to put a little more in as well.


Don’t be impulsive, take your time and do the work involved, owning a car isn’t a free ride. I know sometimes you just want the shiny new object and if you can afford to do that then go for it, but if you’re like most of us throwing away a couple of thousand dollars is just plain foolish.


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Skip the Body Shop for Minor Car Dent Repair

I love this type of info because it saves you money and you can actually do it yourself. Of course there’s a learning curve but isn’t there with everything?

Automotive Repair Systems in Dubai reminds us that we don’t have to spend a ton of money on small dents.

In the past, small dents and scrapes on vehicles required a full examination and repair at a traditional auto body shop.In recent years, the advent of paintless dent repair (PDR) techniques has allowed car owners to have options beyond the traditional auto body shop. However, in order to properly remove a minor dent, some finesse and experience with the maintenance of cars is certainly required. The perfect answer to your minor dent problem is PDR, which can be performed either on your own with the right equipment and training or by a certified paintless dent removal technician.

What is PDR?

Paintless dent repair is an approach to removing dents that works on the damaged areas from the inside of the car. Where you see the dent on the outside does not necessarily correspond to where the repair of the dent will be focused on the inside, so paintless dent repair is an art of its own. By using the proper tools and ensuring that the dent isn’t pushed too far in the opposite direction, a paintless dent repair professional will work to restore the dented area to its original appearance.



The Benefits of Paintless Dent Repair

#1: It’s Cheaper

Going to a body shop can result in an extremely high bill, as their time is quite expensive. PDR is a much more affordable alternative. Depending on the size, severity, location, and number of dents, costs of paintless dent repair start at around $75 and go up from there. It is almost a guarantee that a dent repair at a body shop, no matter how small, would cost a great deal more than $75. If you decide to do the repair outside of a body shop, the only purchase you need to make would be the tools involved in the dent removal process and the rate for a PDR technician if needed.

#2: It’s Faster

Taking a car to a body shop for repairs can mean being without a car for days, and dealing with the hassle of coordinating a drop off and pick-up. However, by removing the dent on your own or by using a paintless dent removal technician you will save a lot of time. A highly-trained paintless dent removal technician can remove dents in a matter of minutes by using their box of special tools to “massage” out the dent.

#3. You Can Do It Yourself

Paintless dent removal is something that you can do on your own, given you have the proper tools and have some knowledge about cars. By doing it yourself, you save both time and money and can do it immediately, rather than having to wait until someone else can do it for you.

#4. It Actually Works

Massaging the dents out of the car using the correct tools leads to the successful restoration of your car to its pre-dent condition. The “before and after” success stories of PDR are all over the internet, and a certified paintless dent removal technician can help most vehicles walk away with their minor dents properly repaired. However, it is important to remember that the metal that was dented is still damaged after paintless dent removal is performed. PDR is more of an aesthetic fix, but is not a full restoration of your car’s body to its original state. As you can see, there are some great benefits to paintless dent removal. With PDR, you save money, you save time, you have the ability to do it on your own, and you can rest easy knowing that the dent removal was truly successful. Keep in mind, though, that PDR is not for everyone; this method is for minor dent repairs. Major dent removals should be left to professional body shops, as it is likely that the damage to the body is more severe than you know and could lead to some serious car troubles down the line.

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