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Invisible Monkey II: PETA Defends Dodge, Gets All Up In Our Grille
Invisible Monkey II: PETA Defends Dodge, Gets All Up In Our Grille

Ah, the Interwebz. We wrote a little story last Thursday about how Dodge digitally erased the image of a monkey from an end-of-year clearance commercial after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals complained. And it sorta went viral. Tens of thousands of people viewed it, and more than 50...Read More»

Chevrolet dealership
As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms

The next time you're out shopping for a new vehicle, you could find your options considerably more limited than last time. The reason: due mostly to the economy but also due to other changes in the industry, the ranks of dealerships have been culled over the past couple of years like never before...Read More»

Invisible monkey in Dodge's Year-End Tent Event Sale advertisement
So Is Chrysler's Invisible Ad Monkey Flipping Off PETA?

Annoying end-of-model-year dealer closeout ads have swarmed the airwaves, as they do every year around this time. But Chrysler threw a touch of whimsy into its 30-second array of black cars in front of a tent with confetti, with the voice of Michael C. Hall--better known as the civic-minded serial...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Fiat Dealer Network Starting To Take Form

You might have heard that Chrysler plans to soon sell the stylish, city-savvy Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S., but beyond that intent plans have been sketchy at best as to where exactly you’ll go for your test drive. Full “Fiat Experience” market plans are going to be presented later in the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Help! Doug: Why Are Auto Lease Details Kept Secret From Consumers?

Q. My accountant says that I should lease a new truck. However I don't understand auto leasing and when I try to negotiate with the dealer, the things I consider important to know seem irrelevant to the dealer. First of all, I want to know what kind of profit the dealer is going to make on the...Read More»

Car repair
For Repairs, Maintenance, GM Dealerships Take A Cue From Wal-Mart

If you get great service, and a consistently low price that competes with independent repair shops or franchised service centers, would you return to the dealership to get your older, higher-mileage vehicle maintained or repaired? GM is hoping so; to help drum up more business on the service side...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»

2010 Dodge Caliber 4-door HB Mainstreet Instrument Cluster
Right To Repair: The Massachusetts Version

AllCarAdvice covered the federal Right to Repair act back in May and at the time it looked like the federal law called the Motor Vehicles Owners Right to Repair Act was on its way to some sort of resolution. There were both senate and house versions circulating both of which had bi-partisan...Read More»

Used car salesman
One Ugly Auto Dealer Trick Down, The Rest? Status Quo

Although we still haven't yet seen what exactly what the soon-to-be-signed financial reform bill will do for consumers, we already know who won big: auto dealers. Auto-title lending is the only significant auto-related area of the financial industry that's targeted for tighter regulation under the...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
Are Car Buying Services Worth The Money?

Car buying services provide a valuable service, but are they worth the money? The answer depends on how much you value your time. Everyone knows that car manufacturers advertise a higher sticker price than they expect you to actually pay. They do this because negotiating is expected in today’s...Read More»

Used car salesman
Congress Cracks Down On Lending, But Car Dealers Squeeze Through

Car dealers, at least for now, don't have to answer to the same regulations, restrictions, and oversight that would apply to nearly every other type of consumer lending. After the House of Representatives voted to exclude auto loans earlier this week, the Congressional committee negotiating a final...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Now It Gets Personal Mopar Accessories Flyer

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is just hitting dealer showrooms this month and the reviews have been positive all around. Just to be certain that the buzz doesn't wane, Chrysler has released information from Mopar Accessories to personalize your new Jeep to your tastes. WK2JEEPS, an unofficial...Read More»

Dealer
Dealers Sidestep New Consumer Protection Bill

American auto dealers were dealt a winning hand yesterday as the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to exclude auto loans from an upcoming consumer protection bill. A competing bill from the Senate has similar language, and the two are now being reconciled in conference committee. The consumer...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Car Buying Guide: Start Your Search For A New Car

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! Question: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? Answer: When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Build A 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Online

The much anticipated 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is showing up at select dealerships across the U.S. in small numbers as production ramps up. The one thing prospective buyers are missing is the online configuration tool on Jeep's website. Or are they? Well, as previously reported, Jeep's website has...Read More»

Chrysler 300 at Golden Globes
Chrysler 1, Dealers 0 In The Arbitration Game

The results of Chrysler's first arbitration hearing are in, and the news for dealers isn't good. The arbitrator has determined that Joe Kidd Dodge of Cincinnati, Ohio met Chrysler's criteria for elimination and that Chrysler broke its contract with the dealer in an impartial manner. As Chrysler...Read More»

Used car salesman
Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning'

Have you heard of "curbstoning"? We hadn't, and we like to think we're up on new automotive trends. But if the National Automobile Dealers Association has its way, you will. Curbstoning, you see, is a dangerous threat to used-car buyers, who put themselves and their families in dire peril by buying...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Chrysler On The Move: Automaker Welcomes 86 Dealerships Back To The Fold

After a very long dry spell, the good news for Chrysler fans is finally flowing again. First we heard that the automaker was ratcheting up its production timeline on the eagerly anticipated 2011 Chrysler 300. Then, Fiat mentioned that it's on-track to assume a 35% stake in Chrysler within the next...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: The Ten Most Discounted Hybrid Models

If you're considering one of many hybrid models but think that there are no deals to be had on green vehicles, now would be the time to think again—and potentially head out shopping in the near future. Data from the pricing-intelligence firm TrueCar shows that a lot of hybrid models are selling...Read More»

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