New car free maintenance: Oil changes once a year?

Q: My new car came with a free maintenance plan and has 5,300 miles on it. When I called the Libertyville dealer to schedule my first oil change, they said I’m not eligible for a free one until 10,000 miles. The car uses synthetic oil, but I hesitate to wait that long to change it. What […]

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5 worthy road trips within a day’s drive of Chicago

Haven’t saved up enough for a summer vacation, but know a “staycation” just ain’t gonna cut it with the kids (or spouse)? How about a “daycation”? One day. 24 little hours. Just like Dinah Washington’s classic tune, “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes.” Even if a flight to Disneyland or trek to Wally World is […]

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Are drugstore reading glasses like an oil change at a quick lube?

We think so. Here’s why: 1. Cheaters are a quick solution to an immediate need. Reading things close-up when your vision is blurry. Nothing more. An oil change at a quick lube station is a quick solution to the immediate need to keep your car’s engine lubricated. But by going to a quick lube, there […]

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