Temporary waiver on vehicle registrations, title transfers, disabled placards ending Wednesday
Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti announced Monday that the temporary waiver that did away with the requirement to renew vehicle registrations, title transfers and disabled placards will end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.
Here’s how to check if your car has been recalled
SAN ANTONIO – Ever wondered what’s behind those rattles, shakes and check engine lights in your vehicle? There could even be an issue with your vehicle that isn’t as obvious, but has the potential to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a tool that allows drivers to check on recalls associated with their vehicles. Drivers can search by their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, or by make, model and year. The search tool can also be used for car seats and tires.
Feds: City of San Antonio sold 227 vehicles at auction belonging to veterans
SAN ANTONIO The city of San Antonio towed and auctioned a vehicle belonging to an Air Force staff sergeant while she was deployed to Afghanistan, federal officials said. Paula Rangel was among at least 227 vehicles belonging to veterans that were sold at auction by the city between 2011 and 2019 without obtaining the required court orders, which is in violation of the Service Members Civil Relief Act. According to officials, Rangel and her lawyer tried to get her car out of the citys Growdon Road Vehicle Storage Facility, but employees refused to release the car. Rangels complaint led to the discovery of dozens of other vehicles being held at the pound and auctioned, officials said. On Thursday, the city of San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement in which the city must pay $47,000 to compensate Rangel and another veteran who filed complaints.
Nissan rolls out new electric crossover, aims to boost image
Nissan Motor Co.'s new electric crossover Ariya is displayed at Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama near Tokyo Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The Ariya is the Japanese automakers first major all-new model since getting embroiled in the scandal surrounding former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO Nissan unveiled an electric crossover vehicle Wednesday, the Japanese automakers first major all-new model since getting embroiled in the scandal surrounding its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. At its global premiere in Yokohama, Japan, the new vehicle, Ariya" was billed as a new chapter for Nissan. The event was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Uncertainty remains over how Nissan will fare without Ghosn, who spear-headed its move into electric cars while at its help for two decades.
Ford revives Bronco brand, aims at Jeep's big off-road sales
This photo provided by Ford Motor Co. shows a 1967 Ford Bronco T67-515. Ford is reviving the Bronco SUV brand in an effort to cash in on the rugged U.S. off-road vehicle market now owned by Jeep. Ford believes the Bronco name will evoke good memories from its off-road heritage during a three-decade run that ended in 1996. Now Ford is reviving the Bronco brand name in an effort to take a slice. Although the new Broncos will share some parts with other Ford vehicles, theyve got beefed up suspensions and were designed for off-road use, the company said.
Texas driver’s license offices will reopen with limited services starting next week
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Department of Public Safety will slowly reopen driver’s license offices over the next few weeks. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that DPS will open the offices in four phases, starting Tuesday with offices in the Northwest and West Texas regions. DPS offices in the South and Central Texas regions will reopen May 29 and offices in the North and Southeast Texas regions will reopen June 3. Real ID deadline pushed back due to coronavirus, Trump saysDuring this time, offices will have limited services that will be offered by appointment only. According to a news release, the offices will be open to customers who currently do not have a driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, learner permit or ID card, as well those who need a driver’s test.
My car has been sitting and the battery is dead. Now what?
And what if your car won’t start because of a dead battery? To revive a dead battery, first make sure each car is in park or neutral -- and turned off. Then, connect one end of the cable to the positive terminal of the donor battery, and then connect the other end to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Let the dead battery charge for a few minutes, and then turn the ignition on the vehicle of the dead battery to see if it starts. This only applies if you:a) Have someone to take you to a repair shop or the store right away to buy a new battery.
Don’t ignore your vehicle! 5 ways to prevent auto troubles as your car sits idle
Here are five tips to avoid problems that can come up with sitting vehicles:Make sure to run your car every once in a while. But just in case a car isn’t being used or a two-car household has turned into a one-car household where the other vehicle is just sitting idle, running the car is still vital. Gas does degrade over time, and in some cases, it will go bad in less than two months if a car remains idle. In addition to running the car, treating it with fuel stabilizer can extend the life of your car’s gas. If the gas already is bad, there are ways to remove the bad gas from the tank, according to itstillruns.com.
What's stopping autonomous cars?
This week a self-driving car traveled across the country from California to New York. Several automakers say we are just a few years away from having autonomous vehicles on the market, but Lauren Lyster tells us about a major speed bump that still needs to be crossed before drivers can take their hands off the wheel.cbsnews.com
Are driverless cars that far away? Safety comes first.
Are driverless cars that far away? Safety comes first. Based on cameras and other sensors, much of the latest auto technology is geared towards driver safety. Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports explains how these advances are leading to full driverless capability of our cars.cbsnews.com