Whether you’re interested in mechanical subjects, want advice on repairs, or just love cars and reading all about them, these Car Blogs are well worth a look.
The Humble Mechanic
The Humble Mechanic is a quirky blog by a likeable character, who says he started the site to connect with his customers on a level that you just can’t do in the shop. Although a Volkswagen mechanic, Humble Mechanic is happy to talk and give advice on any type of vehicle. Regular videos posted include ‘Shop Shots’, auto-related pics he has taken over the years, ‘Luv A Dub’, which follows the progress of his restoration work on a 1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet, and ‘Behind The Wrench’, a video interview series with various people from the auto industry.
Popular Mechanics is a comprehensive site with hundreds of great auto-related articles, blogs, and videos. It covers street cars, muscle cars, electric cars, flying cars, motorbikes – you name it, they’ve got it.
Recent topics include ‘Why Driverless Cars Can’t Handle Humans Yet’, ‘Why the 2015 Mustang Is the Best Ever’, ‘The (Promising) Future for Flying Cars’, and ‘I Was a Human Crash-Test Dummy’.
In the words of its creators, Autoblog “obsessively covers the auto industry with news, reviews, podcasts, high-quality photography and commentary”. Featured blogs cover a diverse range of topics, from new models being developed by Renault, Lotus and Honda to Richard Branson’s announcement that Virgin might build a Formula E race car to compete with Tesla.
Car Talk is an audio site, with its own radio show as well as regular blogs about anything and everything automotive. Topics can be somewhat left field but are always interesting. Recent posts include ‘Life is Too Short to Worry About Shifting’, a humorous look at how best to downshift, and ‘Top Ten Euro Vehicles You Can Keep Overseas’, the ten most undesirable European cars.
Is That Grease or Mascara?
Is That Grease or Mascara is the diary of a female mechanic. Ashley Parlett has been a NASCAR mechanic for 10 years, a stunt woman and, in her own words, ‘a washed up sprint car driver’. Her blogs are all about her and her life with automobiles, whether in them or under them, and it makes a refreshing change to read about a female grease monkey for once.
Car Repair Information from MasterTechMark
MasterTech is the blog of Master Mark, a Certified Master Technician with over 26 years experience in the automotive field. This is a serious site for those looking for technical mechanical advice and support.
There are sections related to alternative fuels, auto repair, auto parts and auto technology, along with discussions by contributors on everything from power window problems to reference manuals for DIY repairs.
Jalopnik features lots of auto news and views from inhouse and visiting bloggers. There’s something for everyone here, including the latest news such as Richard Branson’s new interest in car racing and the US Navy’s Blue Angels’ performance over Disney World.
Other recent topics include ‘Amazon’s Dream Of Flying Robots’ and ‘10 Things To Know Before You Go to Moab, Utah, America’s Off-Road Capital’.
Eric the Car Guy
Eric the Car Guy is a great go-to site if you’re having mechanical problems. You just select the type of problem you’re having, and you’re taken to info on how to fix it. Eric’s Troubleshooting FAQs have advice about everything from poor kilometres (miles) per litre (gallon) and overheating to no-start problems and noises in your engine.
My Auto Repair Advice
My Auto Repair Advice is another good mechanical diagnostic blog. You’ll find useful information here on a wide range of auto issues, including rotating your tyres, air conditioning troubleshooting, buying aftermarket car parts, getting better fuel efficiency, extending car battery life, headlight bulb replacement, and even how to replace your spark plugs.
All About Automotive
This is a blog on the website of auto repairer All About Automotive, so you’ll find plenty of plugs for their business. It’s still useful information, though, and recent topics covered include ‘What Keeps Your Vehicle Stable?’, ‘When Should I Tow My Car Instead of Driving It’ and ‘How Often Should I Have The Oil In My Vehicle Changed?’ – all full of useful information for those who don’t know a lot about cars.
Auto Mechanic is a blog by Frankie D’ Antoni, a catalogue writer for a car manufacturer. His posts provide advanced mechanical troubleshooting presented in an easy-to-understand way. In Frankie’s words, the blog allows you to “read and learn about things that they won’t normally tell you in repair shops”.
Top posts include ‘Diagnosing Your Car’s Steering Problems’, ‘Flushing your Vehicle’s Cooling System’, and ‘Top Ten Common Radiator Problems for Older Vehicles’.
The main purpose of CarBuyWhiz seems to be to promote the author’s book ‘Buy a Car the Smart Way’. Having said that, the blogs contain some interesting and useful info, which is free to read.
Topics include ‘Choosing A Car For A First Time Driver’, ‘The Importance of Owning A Car’, and ‘Complete Overview of Hiring a Car’. And if you’re in the market for a new car, you might decide you want the book anyway, as in the author’s words, it contains some handy tips to help with the car buying process.