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Auto Body Repairs: Do It Yourself?

Not every repair is catastrophic enough to warrant an unsightly bill. Learn about auto body repairs you can do yourself and ones to leave to the pros.

Diagnosing the Oil Pressure Warning Light

When drivers see the oil pressure warning light appear on the dashboard they need to take immediate action. Unfortunately, the possible causes for the light to come on run the gambit of extremely seri

Does My Health Insurance Pay for Hearing Aids?

Are you concerned about how you’ll be able to pay for hearing aids? If so, you’re not alone. The average American pays $2,710 out of pocket for a hearing aid, and one in six spends $5,000

Cottman’s Blog Does It Again: Number 14 of the Top 33 Helpful Blogs for Repair and Maintenance

Horsham, PA — And the hits just keep on coming for the Cottman Man blog! Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care just reached number 14 on the Top 33 Informative and Helpful Blogs for Car Care,

Cottman’s Blog Reaches Top 100 Auto Repair and Maintenance Blogs for Mechanics and Car Owners

This award is the latest the Cottman brand has been recognized for its online efforts to educate consumers Horsham, PA — The Cottman Man has done it again: The consumer technical blog for Cottma

dotCOMM Awards Recognizes Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Honored with Platinum Award

Cottman’s Transmission Physician Continues to Bring Home Industry Honors  HORSHAM, PA. – Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care continues its winning streak for its highly regarded

Complete Guide to Engine Valve Problems

This complete guide to engine valve problems will help you understand what can go wrong with this mechanical engine part. In addition, we’ll talk about why these parts fail and cost-effective wa

As Auto Sales Dip, Aftermarket Specialists have the Chance to Shine

By Randy Wright, President of Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care It comes as no surprise that auto sales numbers and the auto aftermarket are closely intertwined. However, the aftermarket can be

The Tech Trends Innovating the Prevention of Road Accidents

Improving the prevention of road accidents is an utmost concern for automotive engineers. Here are latest car safety tech innovations and trends to watch.

Building a Lasting Relationship with Marketing Partners

By Derik Beck, VP of digital marketing at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care In the automotive aftermarket, an internal digital marketing team is faced with the challenge of differentiating its

Stay Alert: 5 Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

Many motorcycle accidents end in life-threatening injury or even death. Keep yourself and other riders safe with these 5 tips to avoid a motorcycle accident.

Three Trends for Auto Service Pros to Watch

The auto industry needs to be ready to react to great leaps in vehicle technology. The auto industry is constantly evolving, with astonishing leaps in technology turning something like a self-driving

5 Reasons Your Engine Burns Oil

The most common sign when your engine burns oil is an excessive amount of smoke. When this smoke takes on a bluish color it’s time to start looking into a possibly serious engine issue. I stress

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Honored with Summit Silver Award for Animation

Cottman’s Transmission Physician Video Series Racks Up Another Award HORSHAM, PA. – Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care continues to bring home award after award for its digital marke

5 Signs It’s Time to Junk Your Car

If the repair shop has become your second home, you're probably wondering if the car is worth it. If you notice these five signs, it's time to junk your car.

How to Dodge Auto Repair Scams

Have you ever gone to your mechanic only to find out you've been way overcharged? Click here to learn how to recognize and avoid auto repair scams.

Guide to Diagnosing Fuel Systems in Cars

In this guide to diagnosing fuel systems we’ll discover why this is such an important skill to master. If you own an automobile long enough chances are you’ll experience an engine that cra

Cottman of Wilmington Receives 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects the center’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service and technical excellence. Horsham, PA — Cottman Transmissions and Total Auto Care is pleased to announce th

Cottman of Columbia Receives 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects the center’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service and technical excellence. Horsham, PA  — Cottman Transmissions and Total Auto Care is pleased to annou

Cottman of Des Moines Receives 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects the center’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service and technical excellence. Horsham, PA — Cottman Transmissions and Total Auto Care is pleased to announce th

And Another Award!

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 covers, tire snow chains, car


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

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 aut


Top 25 Automotive Bloggers on Thoroughly Reviewed! See it here: Don’t Get Wrenched Author: Elayne Kling https://dontg

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

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.

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 

Top 100 Car Blogs 2016

Thank you for naming us one of the 100 top car blogs of 2016. We really appreciate it!!! The 100 Best Car Blogs of 2016  

5 Car Costs You Can Avoid (That Your Garage Might Not Tell You)

Tips from a mechanic friend, Giles Kirkland of Oponeo. Running a car isn’t cheap but there are often costs that can be avoided if you have a little knowledge about your vehicle. Howeve

5 Tips To Increase The Life Of Your Car

Some tips from insurance pros! Before discussing tips to keep your car running strong, it’s important to talk about the car itself. While patience and money can facilitate just about any vehicle

Quick Fix: How to Use a Walnut to Remove Scratches on Your Hardwood Floor [GIF] found on

Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors may be unavoidable. Everyday life — especially in a house full of kids — can be bound to lead to a scratch or two (or even three!) on

Manufacturers’ Glut Is Good for Buyers found on

This is a great time to be both a new-car buyer and a used-car shopper. Market conditions are perfect for great deals.

100 Years of Motorcycle Advancements found on

For many motorcycle riders, the classic bikes will always be the best — there’s even a Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, celebrating some of history’

Where’s the Dipstick?

For newer vehicles, particularly German makes, manufacturers are increasingly ditching the transmission dipstick in favor of electronic oil level monitoring. Others may employ a fluid level plug hole

Logo Evolution: A Brief History of a Few Ever-Changing Car Logos

Trapped in a moment of time, such as we are, it would appear that everything around us is as it has always been. The Hollywood Sign, for example, is a seemingly timeless icon that stands for not only

Preventing Automotive Problems Caused by Old Man Winter

Most of us have experienced driving in cold weather and our share of breakdowns. Usually a breakdown is due to the neglect of our vehicle; I’m just as guilty as the next guy. We’re busy pe

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 5: The Future of Travel

Undoubtedly, the transcontinental record posted last year will not stand for long, as there are probably teams of people right now plotting their strategy to traverse the country in less time. They wi

Turbochargers – Pump It Up

By Jim Marotta   A naturally aspirated automobile engine uses the downward stroke of a piston to create an area of low pressure in order to draw air into the cylinder through the intake valves. B

How to Refill the Coolant without a Bleed Tool

Draining and refilling the coolant is one of the easier maintenance tasks you can do on most vehicles. In addition to saving money, doing your own maintenance is a way to monitor the health of your ve

How To Tell If Your Fuel Filter Is Clogged

Fuel: your automobile runs on it, obviously, but it’s not the only thing that gets into your car. Contaminants, dirt, and the odd thing make their way into your fuel, which goes all throughout t

Battery Failure

Years ago, vehicles were equipped with carburetors and required a longer cranking time to start. In many instances this longer cranking time would reveal a weak battery. You could actually hear the cr

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 4: The New Record Setters

Throughout the history of American transportation, cross-country migration had been based on three things, imperialism — to conquer new lands and expand the country’s boundaries; on necess

Coast to Coast: The History of Transcontinental Travel, Part 3: Better Roads, Please

By Ryan Lee Price Soon after the turn of the century, some automobile companies were using their products to help promote sales in the shipping industry. In 1908, Packard sent one of its trucks from N


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