19 Money Lies Your Mechanic Might Be Telling You

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Car repairs can be stressful — and expensive. And if you end up going to a less-than-trustworthy mechanic, you might end up paying more than you have to.

If you have a tried-and-true mechanic, you should be able to take them at their word. But if you’re trying a new place, read on to see which costly car repairs to watch out for.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

‘Your Brake Fluid Needs To Be Changed’

A less trustworthy mechanic might tell you that you need to flush your brake fluid based on its color or smell, said Laura Gonzalez, marketing manager of AutoNation Volkswagen Spokane.

“Sometimes they might be right, but a lot of the time they are just trying to milk you for extra money for unnecessary work,” Gonzalez said.

Brake fluid typically needs to be changed only every two to three years, added Lauren Fix, The Car Coach.

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Death of a car salesman looms as dealers go online

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The epochal shift to online could sound the death knell for the car salesman - Hugo Wilbur for The Telegraph
The epochal shift to online could sound the death knell for the car salesman – Hugo Wilbur for The Telegraph

The Covid-19 crisis has driven the UK’s 4,500-strong franchised car dealer network to a Darwinian junction: adapt to survive or risk extinction.

Car dealerships have been open to process sales since early June but demand to splash out on big-ticket purchases has plummeted as the UK enters a huge recession. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has predicted a 27pc fall in new car sales this year, making it the worst year since 1993.

Meanwhile dealers are looking to save costs where possible. Lookers, one of the UK’s biggest listed dealerships, has announced plans to shed 1,500 staff – almost a fifth of its workforce – and close 12 sites as sales crash due to coronavirus.

Even before Covid, the sector was grappling with the challenge posed by the

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2021 Ferrari Portofino Upgraded To Make 612 HP, EPA Filing Indicates

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There’s also an eight-speed gearbox that improves fuel economy.

The 2021 Ferrari Portofino will get a power upgrade to 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts), versus the current output of 591 hp (441 kW). It will also gain an eight-speed gearbox to replace the existing seven-speed unit. Motor Trend was first to uncover this info by digging through EPA filings.

There’s already a listing on the EPA’s fuel economy website a model with the designation 2021 Ferrari F164 BCB. To clarify this, F164 is the Prancing Horse’s internal code for the Portofino. The meaning of the BCB portion is a mystery to us.

The Pretty Portofino:

If a Ferrari making 612 hp and using an eight-speed gearbox sounds familiar it’s because the same powertrain is in the Roma coupe. The Prancing Horse’s more detailed EPA emissions filing even certifies the two vehicles in the same document.

The EPA also has a listing

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2021 Ford Bronco: Everything We Know

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The Bronco is back, and here’s what we know about it so far.

We are continually updating this story with the latest information on the upcoming Ford Bronco.

Fans have been waiting a while for Ford to revive its iconic Bronco nameplate. It left the market in 1996, but the Bronco never truly left the hearts of the enthusiasts who loved it. In spring 2020, we’ll see an all-new version; Ford confirmed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show that the iconic SUV will be back on the market in just a few years. And it would be produced locally at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. After months of delays for various reasons, the 2021 Ford Bronco will finally be revealed on July 13 via livestream.

What’s more, Ford is allegedly planning on spinning Bronco off into its own sub-brand. One teaser for the SUV featured three different iterations of the SUV

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