DIY tips from 'Overhaulin' host and car expert Courtney Hansen

April is National Car Care Month and what better way to kick off the spring than make sure your trusty vehicle is in tip-top shape. Courtney Hansen, car expert and star of Spike TV’s Overhaulin’ has some expert tips that anyone and I mean anyone—working moms, teens and even men, who are embarrassed to admit that they don’t know much about cars, can do themselves to improve their vehicle.

Hansen grew up around cars.  Her dad is race car driver Jerry Hansen, a 27-time Sports Car Club of America national racing champion.  Her family also owned the Brainerd International Raceway in Orono, Minnesota, so she spent a lot of time in the pits.  She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in marketing.  This former fashion and fitness model is the author of The Garage Girl’s Guide to Everything You Need to Know about Your Car. Hansen also hosted PowerNation on NBC Sports, Spike TV and CBS Sports TV.  She also has written a syndicated column called “Courtney Hansen:  Full Throttle” since 2005.

The working mom and car expert, in conjunction with Toyo Tires  spoke with and demonstrated how to check tire pressure and explain the penny test, how to change wiper blades, discussed items one should always keep in their emergency kit, offered tips on what to use to help keep your car neat and clean, as well as discussed her upcoming show Botched Ride that will air on Velocity this summer and more.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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