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Car Talk Time Kill Weekly

Happy 4th of July from Car Talk Plaza.

We don't know about you, but we can think of better ways to celebrate than a surprise fireworks display in your engine. 

Wouldn't the driver of this car liked to have known that his ride was prone to spontaneous combustion, say, at least 15 minutes before this photo was taken?

Well, we’ve got some good news: Now you can know! 

Your car's going to have problems… eventually. Finding out what other owners have experienced can help you figure out when problems will occur. So, you can make repairs in advance. Or buy that fashionable, asbestos flame-retardant suit you’ve always coveted.

Luckily for us, our friends at Carcomplaints.com have the most thorough database anywhere of what's likely to go wrong, when-- and how much it'll cost when it does.

We think it’s pretty cool. And we wanted to make sure you knew about it. 

Whether you're buying a used car or wondering if it's time to sell or donate your old one, check it out

Check your vehicle, right here. Then, earn some good car-ma by submitting your own survey when you’re done! 


Our vehicle donation program got a street-legal ice resurfacer and we asked what we should do with it. Our favorite suggestion? Find out right here, plus how you can support your favorite station, right here. 
Ray got his hands on the Elio, a 3-wheeled, 84 mpg, vehicle that is expected head into production next year and retail for $6,800. Watch Ray’s test drive around Harvard Square, at Car Talk Plaza, right here.


A mechanic was working late one night when a man walked into his shop. "Can you help me?" the man asked. "I think I am a moth."

The mechanic replied, "I am a mechanic. You need a psychiatrist."

"Yes, I know," replied the man.

"Then why did you come here?"

"Your light was on."
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