Why you don't need to buy a bigger car to get more storage space

If you find yourself wanting more storage capacity in your vehicle, but you prefer owning smaller, reasonably-sized vehicles, you may be delighted to find out you can have both. Whether you don't want to pay more for a larger vehicle, or simply enjoy driving a vehicle that doesn't take up as much space on the road or in your garage, you still have plenty of options if you find cargo capacity important.

Insurance fraud: A $40 billion battle

The last thing anyone wants is for his or her insurance rates to increase. Most policyholders would be surprised to know it's the last thing their insurance company wants to happen, too. That's why most major carriers have a department of investigators dedicated to stopping one of the primary causes of rate hikes: insurance fraud. In fact, fraudulent insurance claims are the second most costly white-collar crime in America - to the tune of $40 billion annually.

Get your car road trip ready for spring

You may be dreaming about escaping on a vacation, but the sky-high costs of flights and cruises can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you're looking to take a break without breaking the bank, a good, old-fashioned road trip could be the way to escape. Aside from packing snacks and preparing the perfect playlist, there are a few things you should consider before venturing out on the open road. A few updates and precautions can help you avoid the wear and potential safety hazards a long trip can have on your vehicle.

Consumers, be aware: Know the facts when it comes to oil changes

With more than 300 million vehicles on the road today, motor oil is the lifeblood of any engine and can help protect and prolong its life, whether you're driving a compact car, pickup truck or SUV. However, not just any motor oil will ensure the healthy life of an engine and, unfortunately, discounted deals for an oil change may not be such a deal after all.

Spring car shopping? Take care of financing first

Auto shows dotting the country paired with rising temperatures leave many people longing for a new car or truck. But purchasing a new vehicle is a complex process - one that doesn't start with finding the right car, but with making sure your finances are in order. It's important to plan ahead so there are no surprises during the loan application process that leave you stranded without options.

Four reasons you shouldn't think twice about buying a hybrid

There was a time when buying a hybrid constituted a small leap of faith. Despite all of the potential benefits, you were still buying into a new technology with an unproven track record. Now that hybrids have demonstrated their staying power, many of the original hesitations about buying one no longer exist.

Finding the best deal on your family car

American families spend a lot of time in their cars, whether it's shuttling the kids from school to soccer practice or embarking on the family road trip. Since you rely on your family car for a lot, few purchasing decisions carry the importance as buying a new one.

Three dangerous driving distractions that may surprise you

By now, almost everyone knows the dangers of texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. But phones aren't the only distractions drivers should be aware of. Experts say that anything that draws your attention away from the road can be a potential cause of an accident. That includes actions and situations as innocuous as snacking behind the wheel or postponing a bathroom break.

Holiday gift ideas for the DIYer

The holidays are here and for the do-it-yourselfer who always has a list of "to-do" projects to tackle, a new tool makes a great gift. From the weekend warrior to automotive enthusiast, an addition to the tool box is certain to bring a smile to their face.

Four costly car mistakes to avoid

Car care is no longer defined by the season. Modern cars don't need special attention during the winter months with the exception of changing to winter tires depending on where you live. Instead, the reliability and life of your car depends on you following good maintenance practices. Avoiding these common car care mistakes will help keep your car on the road longer.

Car care tips that can extend the life of your vehicle

There is no truer saying than, "Take care of your car and it will take care of you." Taking care of your vehicle should be at the top of your priority list when you rely on it to transport you, your family and friends. You don't have to be a mechanical expert to take care of your car, you just need to be aware of what needs to occur and keep a regular schedule to ensure the safety and life of your car.

Fall riding: Three fall motorcycle trips you won't forget

Cool weather. The changing of the leaves. Less-populated tourist attractions and more affordable hotel prices. While the aforementioned are characteristic of the fall season, there's one other important aspect to the season, especially for motorcycle riders - it may be the last time of the year for you to saddle up on your bike before putting it away for the winter.

Top technical accessories for your car

Whether it's traveling during the holidays or commuting to and from work, Americans spend a lot of time in their vehicles - almost 540 hours a year according to a Roland Berger study. With so much time spent behind the wheel, it's worth it to invest in the top gadgets to make your ride safer and more comfortable.

Older drivers and new cars: What you should know

You've spent a lifetime carefully saving your dollars and cents for important life moments - college tuition, a new house and retirement. But as you age, it's more important than ever to make smart spending and lifestyle decisions. This doesn't mean that you have to resign yourself to driving a vehicle that was new when you opened your first 401(k) account, though.

Five must-haves for your new truck

With a brand new truck decorating your driveway, you've probably got plenty of ideas of how you're going to use it for towing a boat, transporting large and heavy loads and conquering rugged terrain. Or maybe you just want to feel powerful while driving it down the road. But before you get too comfortable, think about what could make your truck even better. What can you add that will help your truck last longer, handle more tasks and look even stronger?

Dreaming of summer fun? Why winter is one of the best times to buy a boat

Post-holiday sales aren't the only deals to be found during the winter months. Starting in January, and running all winter-long, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year - a major draw for the 83 million Americans who take to the water each year. For those ready to plan their summer fun, boat shows are often the place to start.