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Customized Ford F-150 Fleet Headed To SEMA
Customized Ford F-150 Fleet Headed To SEMA

This year’s SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is just around the corner and once again the major U.S. automakers are pulling out all the stops, with customized vehicles from across their respective fleets headed to the show stands in Las Vegas for the annual event...Read More»

Nissan Graphics Cube
Nissan Offering Flashy Custom Graphics For Cube Juke, Frontier

If you're not already making enough of a statement with a boxy Nissan Cube or quirky Nissan Juke, you now have the potential to make it uniquely your own. Really: A new Nissan Graphics program—through the company Original Wraps—lets you add a surprising level of whatever you...Read More»

2003 Toyota Camry SE
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part V

Life is so much easier when you trade your car with a dealer instead of selling it privately. However, it’s generally assumed you won’t get as much for your trade compared to selling it yourself. What to do? Selling a car yourself is a lot more work and requires skills that not everyone has...Read More»

Car repair
Communication: The Auto Repair Minefield

Communicating in a car repair environment can be like an extended stay at the Tower of Babble. Not only is the vocabulary list technically challenging, its extensive use of acronyms makes an extended conversation nearly useless unless you can decode unrelated vowels and consonants strung together...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Smart Car Shopping: Who's In Control Here? Part II

Car dealers train their sales staff to stay in control of a customer’s buying process at all times. There is a well established sequence of events that begins when customers first step onto the sales lot, and ends when they drive away in their new car. Dealers know that if sales staff does not...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys or Registration - Part II

When car dealers evaluate your trade, they ask for the keys and registration. They need the keys to drive the car. They need the registration to make sure it’s current, and to confirm ownership information, the vehicle description, the vehicle identification number (VIN), and so on. In...Read More»

202 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part I

Car dealers have a bad reputation for a good reason. During my dealership career in Internet Sales, I listened closely to my customer’s intense, even harsh opinions about car dealers. Guess what? Their intensity was an appropriate reaction to the way they had been treated. Jan’s StoryA few...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT
Car Buying Guide: Get A Price Quote To Save Money

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! Yesterday I answered the questions: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? The short answer is: Save hundreds, if...Read More»

Screencap from Emblem Alive promo video
Video: Emblem Alive Makes Your Weekend Projects A Little More Hilarious

There are lots of perks that come from writing about cars -- test drives, nifty schwag, media days at auto shows -- but our favorite by far are the press releases. We don't mean the humdrum emails about new floor mats; we're talking about epic missives promoting "groundbreaking" products that are...Read More»

2010 Buick Lucerne 4-door Sedan CXL Angular Front Exterior View
GM Most Likely To End Production of Buick Lucerne in 2010; New Model for 2012?

        With so many websites trying to predict the future at GM, many have come to conclude GM has no plans to continue the current Lucerne beyond 2010. The Lucuern has been on the market since 2005, and while it was a good product at its launch, it has become stale next to the new Lacrosse...Read More»

2009 Smart Passion coupe, offered on eBay
Heinous Car Pic of the Day: Pimped-Out Smart ForTwo Woody

Yes, it's a 2009 Smart ForTwo that's been ... ummm ... customized. Yes, those are wide whitewalls and teeny-weeny baby moons. Yes, that's two-tone red and black paint. And, yes, that's a surfboard on the roof. Note that it is NOT included in the purchase price. If the Lollypop Guild went to the...Read More»

Custom roadster from Kirkham Motorsports
What Crisis? Kirkham Motorsports Creates Roadster, Book

Some people clearly haven't gotten that memo about the global economic downturn -- for example, Oracle's Larry Ellison, who commissioned Kirkham Motorsports to create "the ultimate, cost is no object, [sic] roadster". We don't know how much Larry paid, but we're guessing Kirkham got a nice chunk of...Read More»

Volkswagen Beetle Global RallyCross car at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show
Volkswagen Beetle Withe 340HP Review

The Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Volkswagen Kaffer, has already become a symbol in the automotive world, but this hasn't stopped tuners from modifying it, most often by using Porsche engines. Once again, a new tuned up version of the Volkswagen Beetle has appeared. This time, the car has...Read More»

The Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle, by Mike Vetter and The Car Factory
Earthbound Chevy Aveo Takes A Trip to Outer Space

See that? That's the "Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle" from Mike Vetter and The Car Factory. Mike and his team will build one just for you--and all you have to do is provide a Chevrolet Aveo or a Porsche Boxter for the bones. (Tough decision. We had to break out the 20-sided die.) The company's website...Read More»

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