About us

About us

When you’re buying supplies or parts for your car, it’s important to get things right. The wrong battery or brake pads can leave you stranded far from help. Substandard clutch parts might save you money in the short term, but can end up costing you more in the long run. Unless you’re a mechanic, how do you know what to trust?

Carcareportal.com is here to help. Our team of experts has decades of combined experience fixing their own cars and those of others. We’ve taken cars apart down to the last gear and sprocket, and reassembled them. No matter what kind of parts or tools you’re looking for, we know a thing or two about it. If we don’t know how to fix it, it’s time to take it to the junkyard. Which, as it happens, we’re also pretty experienced at.

We don’t just write product reviews, either. We also share everyday maintenance tips, cleaning advice, and advice on buying and selling cars. Our goal is to be your go-to site for all automotive advice.

How We Write Our Reviews

A lot of automotive industry sites write reviews to sell products. They have deals with the manufacturers to get exclusive early access and write positive reviews. And if they write a bad review, you can bet they won’t be getting special access to any new products from that supplier. These reviews have some nice pictures, but wouldn’t you rather have a more trustworthy source?

We’re not professional writers. We’re consumers, like you. We write our reviews based on personal experience, plain and simple. We’re a group of car nuts who live and breathe this stuff. And believe us, we do a lot of shopping.  When you’ve seen as many discount tool sets as we have, you have a pretty good idea of the best mechanics tool set for the money. And because we’re also consumers, you can be confident we’re sharing honest advice.

We Write Because We Love To Learn

Like so many other things, you’re never done learning about cars and motorcycles. Even if you knew everything there was to know, someone would invent a new tool or engine design that would render everything you know obsolete. If you really want to know cars, you have to constantly be reading the latest articles and getting your hands on the latest model cars.

We love to learn about cars, and writing this blog is a great way to do that. Not only do we get to learn about new things, we get to share that knowledge with others. By sharing our advice, we hope you’re able to learn new skills and do your own car repairs like a master mechanic. Just don’t tell your friends about your newfound skills, or they’ll start asking you to work on their cars, too.

Everyday Advice You Can Count On

We don’t just work on our cars. We drive them, too. We rely on them every day, just like you do, to get our kids to school and get to our day jobs. We’ve shared advice on tires, winter driving, getting good mileage, and the type of emergency supplies you should carry in your trunk.

Not everyone wants to be a master mechanic. Some people just want to have some good speakers for fun and a reliable scissor jack for emergencies. They want their car to be as good as it can be, and they’re willing to pay someone else to make that happen. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re that kind of reader, we’ve written plenty of articles you’ll enjoy.

Our Writers

Steven Cole

Steven is a tech guy at his day job. As a kid, he started building computers from parts, and has been doing it ever since. When he was a student, he had a lot of car problems – chalk it up to driving a series of beaters – and he decided to put his skill at building things to use on his car. Since then, he’s saved countless thousands of dollars on mechanics’ bills. He’s also gotten nicer cars, but still has the same old money saving mentality he’s always had.

Steven is an expert at maintaining a car on a budget. Most of his articles focus on everyday driving and maintenance tips for better mileage or less maintenance. He’s also the guy who does all the nuts and bolts stuff on our site. Fancy stuff that we don’t talk about in our articles, like making sure the domain name is registered and everything is formatted nicely. We appreciate everything he does on our site, even if we don’t always understand it.

When he’s not working on the site or at his day job, Steven enjoys working on home improvement projects. He’s remodeled his own kitchen, replaced all his own windows, and installed a hot tub for his mother-in-law. He also recently finished a new pole bar in his backyard that we really hope he’ll let us use for our next car project.

Justin Dake

The first thing Justin ever read was an old issue of Car and Driver magazine he found in his dad’s toolbox. He read it from cover to cover, and asked his parents for a subscription. He’s read every issue ever since, and has informed us several times that he pays for his own subscription now.

He’s an expert on cars and motorcycles both new and classic. Justin can be forgetful about everyday things, but don’t let that fool you. If you’re watching one of those auction shows with exotic cars, chances are he can tell you how many foot pounds of torque it can pull in first gear. For whatever reason, when it comes to cars, he remembers it.

As someone who has one foot in the automotive world and one foot in the writing world, Justin focuses on higher end print and web content. Everything he writes is 100% original. No templates or copy and pasted boilerplate. Justin reads everything he can get his hands on that’s automotive related. He has a passion for learning new things, and hopes to share that experience with everyone who reads his articles.

By day, he’s a customer communications manager at a Fortune 100 company. By night, he finds, fixes, sells and races cars and motorcycles through his LLC. When he’s not doing either of those things, Justin is an avid writer.

Stephanie L

When Stephanie was growing up, her dad was a master mechanic, and her mom ran the front desk at his shop. She preferred shop work, and by the time she was 10 years old she’d done her first oil change. Unlike our other writers, Stephanie makes a living doing this stuff. She took over her dad’s shop when he retired, and works on cars for about 50 hours a week. Her mom still runs the front desk.

With more than 20 years of shop experience, Stephanie has seen it all. Since she runs a neighborhood shop, her experience runs the gamut from engine work to transmission work to body and electrical jobs. She’s also an expert on tools, and keeps an extra set of Snap-On screwdriver tips in her toolbox just in case. She even dabbles in motorcycle repair.

As a working mechanic, Stephanie writes with a focus on products and tools for repair and maintenance. She’s been around the block a few times working with automotive products of all types. Since she’s been burned by bad parts in the past, she’s driven to share her experience with others.

When she’s not running her shop, Stephanie restores classic cars and motorcycles in her free time. In the past year, she’s fully restored a 1967 El Camino and two 1983 Honda CB250 motorcycles. She also has a five-year-old daughter, who got her first tool set this Christmas.