Michael Collado

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Michael Collado is a car buying expert and has been a professional automotive writer since 2009.  He's written about dealership sales, vehicle reviews and comparisons, and service and maintenance for over 100 national automotive dealerships.  Previously, Collado was a copywriter at the ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day where he worked on brand campaigns for Nissan, ABC Television, Sony PlayStation, and Energizer. His recognition in the ad industry includes awards from Communication Arts and The Clios.

Collado has a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Marketing.

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Steering Wheel Cleaning Guide [+ Best Products]

Steering Wheel Cleaning Guide

Since your hands are on the steering wheel while you are driving, this surface can accumulate a significant amount of grime. Over time, this grime can decay the steering wheel surface. We've created this handy guide to show you how to clean any type of steering wheel. Be sure to check out our list of…

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Branded Title: What Does It Mean?

What Does Branded Title Mean

Are you looking to get a great deal on a used vehicle? Then you may have already come across lower-priced options with a label of "branded title". But what's the catch? Should I buy a car with this type of title? We've researched all the important considerations that come with a branded title vehicle…

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Save Money on Gas with Walmart Plus

Walmart Plus Gas Save Money

If you are looking to save money on gas, then you have several options available. One of the best ways to find discount gas is to have a Walmart Plus membership. We've reviewed the gas discount benefits related to the Walmart Plus program, and we'll go over if it's worth signing up for. What Is…

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How to Report a Car Dealership [Step-by-Step Guide]

How to Report Car Dealership

Reporting to proper authorities can be an effective way to hold the dealership accountable for its actions and protect other consumers from having a similar experience. Before you begin the process of reporting a car dealership, it's important to gather all the necessary information and have a clear…

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What Kind Of Engine Does My Car Have? [How to Find & Decode VIN]

What Engine Does My Car Have

Knowing what engine is in your car can be important for a variety of reasons, including maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and if you plan on selling your vehicle. Some can tell you the type of engine from just the sound, but for the rest of us, how do we go about finding out this information? We've…

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Car Warranty vs Insurance: Should You Get Both?

Car Warranty vs Insurance

You probably already have insurance on your car (hopefully… if not, please do that and then come back), but now you’re buying a new car, and they’re asking if you want an extended warranty, too. Do you need one? Insurance should be enough, right? I’m here not only to help you find the best car…

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Where Did Car Manufacturers Get Their Name?

Where Did Car Manufacturers Get Name

Ever wonder where automakers get their name from? We were curious as well. That’s why our team decided to put together this directory of the top 34 automaker name origins. Check out where your vehicle’s automaker got its name from. You may be surprised by the results! Acura What Does Acura Stand For?…

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9 Best Tonneau Covers for Ford Maverick

Best Tonneau Cover Ford Maverick

No matter what you’re hauling, you want it to stay in the trunk and not all over the highway. These different types of tonneau covers will keep everything contained. If you're looking for the ideal bed cover for your Ford Maverick, check out our list, which has been updated for the 2022/2023 models. Best…

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17 Most Expensive Car Parts to Repair

Most Expensive Car Parts to Repair

Your vehicle is made up of thousands of parts, and some are drastically more expensive to repair. We like to educate our readers on vehicle maintenance costs so they can make better-informed decisions about car buying or warranty options. We’ll answer some questions about how to repair these parts and…

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Common Wheel Nut Key Locations & What To Do If Lost

Common Wheel Nut Key Locations

Since manufacturers use different lock keys, you will need to get a specific wheel nut key for your vehicle. Here, you will learn what a wheel lock key is and the most common places to find it. Also, we'll review how to go about replacing a wheel lock key if yours is missing. What Is…

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