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Is your car boring?

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.

Will California ban internal combustion-powered cars?

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.

Not Quite Dead Yet

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.

NASCAR’s Hawk-Eye Monitoring System

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.

Hurricane Flood Cars and How to Avoid Buying One

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.

Hassle Cars

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.

Is your car making you sick?

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

Minivans

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.

The Reality of Exotic Car Maintenance

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?

Automotive Easter Eggs

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.

The 100 Best and Worst Cities to Drive in

Traffic congestion and infrastructure are only a fraction of the story. Listen in as Scott and Ben sort-out and explain a recent study of the 100 most-populated U.S. cities. Find out if your city was ranked at the top or bottom in any of the key dimensions, and then learn the overall best and worst cities for drivers.

Nuts and Bolts – August 2017

It’s all the stuff that didn’t make it into earlier CarStuff episodes along with a bunch of unusual car-related news stories, some listener mail and maybe even a few laughs along the way.

Stuff Truckers Know

The world depends on trucks (and truck drivers, of course) to deliver most of the products we use or consume daily. Join Scott and Ben as they attempt to explain why truckers do some of the things they do.

Car Title Loans

Looking for a short-term loan with extremely high interest rates plus the added worry that your vehicle will be repossessed by the lender? If so, a car title loan may be just what you’re searching for!

Amphibious Vehicles

While some amphibious vehicles were developed out of pure necessity, the rest came from talented designers and engineers with some spare time on their hands — and the drive to create a few of the most capable and fun vehicles we’ve ever seen.

How Maglev Trains Work

It sounds like something straight out of science fiction -- gigantic train cars suspended inches above the ground by electromagnets, propelled hundreds of miles an hour down tracks that cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

There are three types of driving distractions, and no one is immune from the dangers associated with each -- young drivers and experienced drivers alike. Join Scott and Ben as they look at what’s happening inside the brain of a distracted driver.

Are motorcycles really more dangerous than cars?

Compared with people driving cars and trucks, do motorcycle riders face a higher risk of death or injury in a crash? Find out what motorcycle manufacturers and some riding gear companies are doing to make your next two-wheeled adventure a lot safer.

Icebreakers and Ice-Strengthened Ships

These purpose-built vessels are tasked with breaking through thick ice in order to keep shipping lanes and ports open during the winter months. But they don’t break the ice the way you probably think they do – there’s a surprising twist.

Abandoned Racetracks

You can find abandoned racetracks scattered across the U.S. — but only if you know where to look. Scott and Ben reveal several lost raceways, including a little bit of racing history from each and the circumstances that led to their downfall.