CarStuff

CarStuff

What's the history of stop lights? What are some common myths about car dealerships? Join Scott and Ben as they take a closer look at all things automotive in CarStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.... Show More

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In 1971, a successful race car from the mid-1960s was driven into a California storage unit, and then forgotten by almost everyone for the next 30 years. But that’s not the most interesting part of this car’s story, to say the least. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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December 20, 2017 42 min

In crowded city streets, where people and cars share the same space, pedestrian-automobile accidents are simply unavoidable. But did you know those collisions, many of them fatal, have influenced the way your entire car is designed? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Nearly 100 years ago the crime of “jaywalking” was created. But do you want to know the most surprising part of the story? It’s the groups responsible for getting this law on the books in the first place. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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We promise, this is not a rerun! Although similar to a topic we covered a few months ago, we’ve shifted our focus from driving a car to car-ownership for this latest ranking of the best and worst states and cities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 29, 2017 54 min

If you’re a car enthusiast, consider the countries mentioned in this episode as a list of places that you don’t ever want to live. Listen in as the CarStuff guys talk about some of the worst (and most expensive) places in the world to buy a car. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 22, 2017 74 min

Did you know that you can buy, own and operate a private, antique rail car? It’s a great way to recapture some of the grace, sophistication and style that cross-country travel held decades ago. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 15, 2017 66 min

It probably won’t surprise you that some of the rarest cars in the world are also some of the most expensive cars in the world – but there are a few exceptions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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November 8, 2017 67 min

The camouflage that automakers meticulously design to conceal new vehicles only seems to make them stand out from everything else on the road. Isn’t that the opposite of what camo is supposed to do? Why bother using camouflage at all? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of this sort of thing. At this point, car subscription services haven’t really haven’t been around all that long. Join Scott and Ben as they delve into this relatively new way for automakers to do business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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October 25, 2017 52 min

One Michigan museum is offering you the chance to get behind the wheel of an antique Model T for a driving lesson. Listen in as Scott and Ben tell you where it’s happening, and what you can expect from this unusual driver’s training course. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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October 18, 2017 71 min

Don't blame the design engineers! They're just one of several groups that play a role in car design and production. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss some surprising (and not-so-surprising) reasons why a lot of cars are simply ... well, boring.

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California wants to rid its roadways of all combustion engine-powered cars. But does the state really have the authority to ban the internal combustion engine? Listen in as Scott and Ben talk about California’s proposed plan to go all-electric.

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October 4, 2017 55 min

When a car or truck is discontinued, those models don’t just magically disappear from dealer inventory. Sometimes it takes a long, long time to clear-out the old to make room for the new.

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September 27, 2017 44 min

If you’re familiar with NASCAR, then you know the chaos sometimes associated with pit road. Listen in as Scott and Ben discuss how NASCAR’s Hawk-Eye camera system monitors the action.

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Up to one million cars and trucks have been damaged in the flood waters left behind by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Listen in as Scott and Ben tell you how to avoid buying a hurricane damaged car or truck.

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September 13, 2017 72 min

Have you ever owned a car that continually made you feel anxious and unsure about the next mile due to its lack of reliability? Some cars seem to be trouble right from the start, while others become a burden later on.

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September 6, 2017 75 min

Everyone knows that a dirty home or workplace can lead to allergic reactions, asthma attacks and other respiratory conditions -- but what about your auto?

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August 30, 2017 151 min

If you’re familiar with CarStuff, then you’ll know that this is not going to be a typical minivan discussion. Join Scott and Ben as they reveal some little-known facts about the history and development of the minivan.

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August 23, 2017 69 min

If you own a vehicle, you understand that there are hidden costs of ownership -- including maintenance. But have you ever considered what your maintenance bill would look like if you owned a rare exotic sports car?

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August 16, 2017 63 min

Have you ever noticed the Italian speaking spider under your fuel door or the shark in your glovebox? Those are two real-life examples of hidden, often whimsical, details that automotive designers have included in production cars.

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