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Getting Stains Out of Car SeatsWell, dangit. You've gone and spilled some liquid on your car seats, and that liquid definitely doesn't belong there. But don't worry! We've all spilled a beverage or two on car seats ourselves, so we've picked up some know-how on getting stains out.

Cloth Seats

Driving enthusiasts love cloth seats. They grip the driver better, and they're cooler to the touch. The problem is that they tend to stain more easily. You have to work fast if you don't want the stain to be permanent!

The Skinny on Wiper BladesIf you've ever walked into an auto parts store and seen the myriad types and sizes of wiper blades available, you might have wondered why there are so many different kinds.

The various sizes make sense--not every vehicle has the same size windshield--but why are there so many brands? And sometimes, the same size wiper from the same brand comes in different varieties! What's the deal?

Well, wipers come in different varieties because not everyone has the same need for their wipers. Some cost more because they last longer or do a better job cleaning the windshield.

Let's dig into some of the different kinds of wipers you'll run across to help you decide which is right for you.

Conventional Wiper Blades

This is the style you're probably most used to. These are made of metal or plastic and have anywhere from four to eight "touchpoints" that keep the blade against the windshield. All these points are articulated, flexing as the wiper goes through its motions.

The Matchbox Market for Toy Car Collectors"Matchbox or Hot Wheels?" Believe it or not, this was the original "Mac or PC?" debate--only more fierce.

While Hot Wheels certainly grabbed the lion's share of pop culture references and is still beating Matchbox in sales, both properties are owned by Mattel now and occupy different niches.

Hot Wheels focuses on more outrageous original designs, while Matchbox focuses on tiny models of real-world cars.

But what about collectible Matchbox cars? Whether vintage or modern, there are some seriously valuable Matchbox models you can buy if you have deep pockets.

What Makes Them Valuable?

As with most anything collectible, some essential factors determine value:

The Henry Ford Classic Cars and a Whole Lot More If you're expecting to see just a car museum--oh boy, is there more at The Henry Ford! The museum also preserves important pieces of American history, and new, exciting exhibits are on constant rotation. What are the myriad incredible sights you can see at The Henry Ford?

Driving America

Cruise through a history of the automobile with over 100 cars and 20 touchscreens with all of the information you could want.

The exhibit explores the ever-evolving relationship Americans have with cars and how technology has advanced. But the exhibit isn't just about cars. You'll also see vintage signs for fast food restaurants, service stations from the early days of motoring, and other memorabilia.

Street Vehicles with Military OriginsYes, some of the vehicles you pass on the street were originally intended to carry troops, not groceries. You probably suspected a few of these, while others might take you by surprise.

The Jeep

You might have heard someone say, "the Jeep Wrangler was originally a military vehicle!" Actually, it wasn't. The Wrangler was released in 1986 when American Motors Corporation still owned Jeep, and it was designed to evoke the feeling of the original.

Willys-Overland/Ford made military Jeeps--there are zero shared parts. However, the Wrangler's direct predecessor, the Civilian Jeep (CJ), can directly draw its lineage to the first military Jeeps or General Purpose vehicles (GPs).