An authoritative consumer's guide to the purchase and maintenance of the automobile 'by the New York editor of Automotive News. Fendell's ""new era"" advice is geared to the commuter who is caught in a financial squeeze by spiraling costs of new-model cars as well as gas at a time when government has shirked its responsibility for planning mass transportation facilities--a serious, unexpected jolt to the American lifestyle which has given all of us a sudden headache. His suggestions run from a checklist of specifics for rethinking your family's needs to fuel-stretching strategies and arcane remarks on economy axles and steel-belted radial tires. A large part of the book is devoted to outsmarting the proverbial used car salesman, with a candid outline of both the psychological and mechanical tricks of the trade. Six appendices include a do-it-yourself guide for the novice and a shopping list of well-tooled older cars worth keeping, which will corroborate what you suspected all along: Detroit don't make 'em like they used to.