Terry Shea

Terry Shea

Terry Shea

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Terry Shea has spent most of the last 20 years in the media business, splitting his time between sports media and automotive journalism. He covers all areas of the automotive world, from new car reviews to racing to vintage automobiles to car shows and industry analysis. Despite his love for classic cars, he is convinced that we are living in a new golden age of the automobile where performance, safety and technology are available to the common man like never before. A life long car "nut," his stories and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines and web sites.

How Does Your Gas Gauge Really Work?

Today’s cars are packed with high-technology features throughout. From the latest overhead-cam, turbocharged, direct-injected engines, to slick-shifting, computer-controlled twin-clutch transmissions, to voice-controlled infotainment systems with more computing power than it took for the Apollo program to put a man on the moon, there is virtually no area of a modern car that has not benefite

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Mini Goes Stock Car Racing But Not In NASCAR

Calling a NASCAR racer a "stock" car is a gross overstatement -- they haven't been even remotely stock for several decades. These race cars are purebred, single-seat racing machines that bare only superficial resemblance to their street-going counterparts. Let us count the ways: Under the hood, a Sprint Cup car features carbureted, pushrod V8s that may have once ruled the roost o

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What's In A Car Warranty?

New car warranties have come a long way in the past couple of decades. As the quality of Japanese cars began trumping the style and flash of Detroit, the local guys had to step up. Quality has been improving, but to give customers confidence in their cars, warranty coverage was also increased. Soon enough, the warranty became a significant part of the marketing and a major selling point for some c

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Why Automakers Ask You To Rate Them

Buy a new car today and the odds are pretty strong that within a few days you will receive a phone call asking about the experience. Quite a few new-car buyers may also receive a slew of survey forms in the mail in the coming weeks, all asking for your emotional responses and opinions about that new car. It seems you can't get your car serviced, buy a toaster or even visit a web site without havin

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Do You Have Roadside Assistance And Not Even Realize It?

There is nothing worse than breaking down and getting stuck on the side of the road. While not every situation is a nightmare, any breakdown is a pain. Whether you’ve run out of gas, got a flat tire or some mysterious mechanical knocking just knocked for the last time, there’s never a good time to be stuck with an immobile vehicle. Throw in some nasty weather and there is no doubt it w

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Getting Your Stolen Car Back

The beeping grows louder, more confident even, as the signal shows more bars and the directional arrow grows more sure of itself. We're getting closer to finding my car, using a few simple and clear cues delivered by a LoJack tracking computer. ??D.J. Thompson, Director of Law Enforcement for LoJack and a retired Connecticut State Trooper who served eight years as a detective in the auto theft uni

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