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ERIE, Pa., May 12, 2014 -- Parents choose baby names in all sorts of ways, from the conventional — like naming a child after a beloved relative—to the decidedly unconventional, like posting names on a white board outside the delivery room and asking nurses and passersby to vote on their favorite. Chances are no one chooses their child's name based on how many people with that name get into car crashes or have their cars stolen.

But in the tongue-in-cheek spirit of giving parents-to-be one more thing to consider, Erie Insurance compared the Social Security Administration's annual list of the most popular baby names with its claims data to rank which names have the most car crashes and which names' cars are stolen the most.

BETHESDA, Md., June 10, 2014  -- With the hot summer temperatures on the rise, knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system are critical to your summer driving plans, since cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. The most noticeable symptoms are overheating, leaks, a sweet smell of antifreeze and repeatedly needing to add coolant, according to the Car Care Council.

"Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If the cooling system doesn't receive regular maintenance, it's not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road."

New AutoMD.com survey on how consumers view the repair shop/service center experience shows vast majority still feel overcharged, want pricing transparency, 'apples-to-apples' comparative job quotes and, most of all, a good mechanic -- and most are checking reviews and pricing online first.   

CARSON, Calif., June 10, 2014 -- Most consumers (83%) continue to 'feel' overcharged in the auto repair process and rank the experience of going to the repair shop/dealership to get their car repaired on a par with going to the dentist (with women preferring the dentist), according to a new consumer survey from AutoMD.com.

BETHESDA, Md., May 20, 2014 -- If your summer vacation plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to be car care aware and ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council recommends the following pre-trip checklist before hitting the road this summer:

WORCESTER, MA, May 16, 2014 -- Do you know if your car has any open manufacturer issued safety recalls?  Amazingly one-third of all vehicles recalled by automakers are never brought to dealers. The reasons people don't take advantage of these repairs range from not being aware of the recall to not having the time to give up the car to make a repair. 

If your car seems to be running smoothly, a safety recall may seem to be an inconvenience but there are good reasons to get a defective part fixed as soon as you can.  First and foremost is safety, for you and your family. Recent research from the Highway Loss Data Institute found that repairing recalled vehicles reduces "dangerous incidents" for drivers.  The study looked at non-crash fire claims and found fewer insurance claims for those who made a recall required repair.

Thank You Bumper to Bumper Radio Auto Care Network Members!

The Bumper to Bumper Radio preferred Shop members teamed up again for a record breaking effort by raising over $9,400 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital this year in conjunction with KTAR’s record breaking drive of over 1.1 million for the 2013 KTAR Give-A-Thon!

After much anticipation, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) revealed the 2015 BBB Business Ethics Awards winners last night during its 14th annual dinner sponsored by Wells Fargo. For the first time, BBB also presented an award recognizing an individual's commitment to ethics.

Curt’s Auto Repair, a Bumper to Bumper Radio preferred shop, was included as a winner of the ethic award in the category of businesses with under ten employees.

“We are proud to have this year’s winners join over 60 local companies celebrated for their ethical business practices,” said Matthew Fehling, BBB President/CEO. “These companies understand the impact ethics can have not only on their bottom line, but also their products, services, operations and, most importantly, their people.”

The Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals is a giant vintage automotive festival featuring over 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, & trick trucks through 1972 vintage. In addition to the car show, the event will include manufacturer and vendor exhibits, a bountiful swap meet and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas, Goodguys Autocross (to test vehicle agility and performance), Goodguys “Top 12” Champions Arena, model car show, kids face painting and lots of fun for the entire family!

On Sunday, November 17, the event will feature the All American Sunday, open to all years American made and powered vehicles. Registration for the All American Sunday will be held at WestWorld and will open at 7 am on the 17th.

Video and photos from a Bumper to Bumper Radio live remote radio broadcast at Tri-City Transmission in Tempe, Arizona. This event was held on October 26, 2013.

6 Simple Car Care Tips to Increase Your Car's Gas MileageSpring is here and so are rising gas prices. Not to worry, says the Car Care Council. A few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a long way toward protecting the environment.

“Many motorists don’t realize that fuel consumption is directly related to auto care and has a significant impact on how much gas you use,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Gas prices can climb quickly, but the good news is that you can fight back. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you can improve fuel economy while saving money.”

The non-profit Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform simple maintenance to improve fuel economy.

Clip of the Week

Andrew Abel of the GoodGuys Car Show joins Bumper to Bumper Radio from their remote broadcast at WestWorld.