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Chad Swiatecki


Chad Swiatecki is a 30-year journalist who relocated to Austin, TX from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He writes regularly for Austin Monitor, and has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin Business Journal, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.

Expert says cars are sitting on the lot for ‘months’ now where it used to be ‘days.’ These are the new deals you can land

‘Dodge cutting prices on Jeep’: Expert says cars are sitting on the lot for ‘months’ now. These are the new deals you can land

‘No one’s paying these ridiculous prices.’

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Man shares how to replace your blown shocks at home for cheap in 25 minutes

‘Local Honda dealer wanted nearly $500’: Man shares how to replace your rear shock at home for cheap in 25 minutes

‘I ran down to the O’Reilly’s.’

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Mechanic(l), O'Reilly Autopartes sign(c), Oil filter(r)

‘O’Reilly employee here, we had a recall on that specific part number’: Mechanic finds something unusual when he goes to install a brand-new Microgard oil filter

‘What the…’

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Mechanic talking(l+r), Chevrolet Trax(c)

‘Scrap it and get a Corolla’: Mechanic says smoking Chevrolet Trax came in with ‘the trifecta’ of problems you never want to see

‘1.4L in a vehicle that large… have we just given up at this point?’

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Woman talking(l+r), 3d rendered medically accurate illustration of too many white blood cells due to leukemia(c)

‘The body keeps score of everything’: Cancer doctor shares ‘common theme’ in all her cancer patients before diagnosis

‘Well if I wasn’t stressed before…’

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Driver says you’re making car insurance claims wrong

‘Don’t even call your insurance company’: Driver says you’re making car insurance claims wrong

‘I had no idea!’

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Caught cheating on baby monitor (two split)

‘Who else zoomed in’: Man caught cheating by wife on the baby monitor

‘I wouldn’t even have to read it.’

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Jeep logo(l), Man talking(c), OBD port(r)

‘I am constantly replacing them on Fords due to over use’: Man working on girlfriend’s Jeep issues OBD port warning

‘looks like the port is corroded.’

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Mechanic reveals why newer cars are using such different types of oil

‘The new Toyota Corolla goes down to 0w8’: Mechanic reveals what type of oil newer cars really need—and why they’re so different

‘A lot of times when people say stuff like that, they’re full of it..’

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Mechanic calls our Dodge trucks over dipstick controversy

‘Wow! Yet another reason not to buy a Ram’: Chrysler worker calls out Dodge trucks over dipstick controversy

‘We’ve been looking everywhere.’

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Mechanic holding item(l), Hands changing tire(c), Tire with thing in it(r)

‘Used that trick for many years at the junkyard!’: Mechanic reveals how to get stuck lugnuts off your tires with old, cheap Craftsman tool

‘I’ll try this next time.’

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Customer issues warning about major differences to kids meal

‘Texas Roadhouse has changed’: Customer issues warning about major new tweak to kids meal

‘It never cost extra…’

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Mechanic calls Kia, Hyundai ‘one of the biggest failures in automotive history

‘You’re gonna spend a ton of money’: Mechanic calls Kia, Hyundai the ‘biggest failures in automotive history.’ Here’s the one reason why

‘Kia should have fixed from the beginning.’

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Inside of truck(l+r), Chevrolet Silverado (c)

‘GM builds some of the most beautiful hunks of junk on the roads today’: Mechanic issues Chevrolet Silverado warning after seeing the same problem 10-15 times a month

‘Coming here rattling like all of them.’

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Man talking(L+r), Chevrolet dealership(c)

‘Don’t allow your shop to do that’: Mechanic makes key diagnosis just from pulling out the filter on a Chevrolet Cruze

‘You’re way overshooting.’

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