This updated edition introduces readers to the three areas of concern that car consumers typically face: learning about the major systems of a car; the basics of inspection and maintenance; and the financial aspects of owning and operating an automobile. Each section of the car is broken down into systems and subsystems to help learners digest important concepts. The common tools needed to perform car maintenance and various minor repairs are also identified. A segment on building a preventative maintenance program is included which can be tailored to car owners' needs, driving styles, and climate. Finally, coverage is devoted to the financial aspects of the car, including buying and selling, insurance considerations, and the benefits of modern day leasing.