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Going To Extremes: the Short List for North American Car of the Year, Part One
Going To Extremes: the Short List for North American Car of the Year, Part One

Now that the short list for the North American Car of the Year (NACOTY) is out, there’s a lot to marvel at among the 14 selections. There’s also a list of 14 for the North American Truck of the Year, but this story concerns the cars up for consideration. What’s noteworthy about...Read More»

2010 Acura MDX
Sales Ethics: When Is Enough, Enough? Part II

I was being trained in the Wild West of car sales. Although I would later become Internet Manager for a major car dealer, early in my career I found myself working with a retired school teacher who was desperately trying to trade her expensive, high-end SUV with hardly any miles for a modestly...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe
Aftermarket Parts: A Way To Deny New Car Warranties

Car dealers tend to be in the driver’s seat when the call has to be made on what is covered by your new car warranty. How can that be, you say, it’s all there in black and white with the bundle of small print they give you when they install your temp tags? Well, maybe and maybe not...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
V6-Powered 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Versus 2011 Ford Mustang - Which Do You See in Your Driveway?

Consumers with a yen for sharp-handling muscle cars that are easy on the wallet have two great choices in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and its counterpart, the 2011 Ford Mustang. We’re not talking about the brute force of the V-8s here. This is all about the V-6 powered models. They’re...Read More»

2008 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT w/4SA Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part VI

We’re looking at issues around selling your car privately or trading it in with a car dealer. It’s generally assumed you will get less if you trade. Yesterday we looked at the example of a more expensive SUV: a 2008 GMC Yukon 4-wheel drive with 40,000 miles. According to Kelly Blue Book...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part III

Car dealers serve a useful function, even though some can be a pain to deal with. One area of useful service that many car buyers are thankful for is the fact that dealers take trade-ins. This saves many car buyers the time, effort, and aggravation of trying to sell their old car on their own...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 2-door HB Man PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
VW Golf Ad Of The Week: Infidelity, Reliability, Jealousy

Many of my friends and acquaintances know of my ambivalence toward VW cars of all stripes. Their cars run the gamut from practical (Golf, Sharan, Touran, Polo) to very sporty (GTI, Scirocco) to luxurious (Passat, CC, Phaeton) to frivolous (Eos). They cover all their bases, make nice looking...Read More»

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Middle Eastern Supercar Hoodlums Torment Posh Parts of London

Let's face it, this is hardly home invasion or drive-by shootings. But some of London's most expensive residential neighborhoods are feeling beset by a particularly specialized new threat: public misbehavior by supercar-driving rich folks, at least some of them from wealthy Arab nations. Yesterday...Read More»

2010 Ford Expedition
Top 10 SUVs With Lowest Insurance Expense: Edmund’s Survey

Need to buy an SUV? Want to cut your monthly expenses? One way of doing so is to reduce your insurance costs. On average it costs 10 to 20 percent more to insure a sports utility vehicle compared to a regular car. This is over and above the higher purchase and maintenance costs of sports utility...Read More»

2010 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA Angular Front Exterior View
2010 Cadillac STS Review

The 2010 Cadillac STS keeps in tune with the same classic look as previous models. It's a large luxurious car that makes a permanent impression when it is seen on the road. The large chrome grille with the Cadillac crest at the front gives the vehicle a look that says the car means business.  A...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat 500: Do-Overs Or Dead On Arrival?

As I was was busy savoring every bite of my life-shortening, artery-clogging, saturated-fat-laced lunch, knowing that the thick layer of mayonnaise was probably responsible for the seizing sensation going down my left arm, I thought to myself, wouldn’t life be great if we got do-overs? You know...Read More»

2011 Audi A7
How To Sell A Million Expensive Cars: Audi A7 Sportback And The Calendar

Few automobile-producing nations understand the combination of substance and style better than the Germans. Let’s face it--they have VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and if you close one eye and have consumed 10 beers, Opel too. Germans know how to make not only a nice car, but a fast...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Car Dealer Communications: Stick To The Facts

When you go to a car dealership, it’s easy to get swept off your feet by a smooth car salesman with a polished sales routine. Before you know it, you can be up-sold to an expensive model with extra bells and whistles instead of what you originally intended to buy. But as a savvy shopper, your...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Elantra 4-door Sedan Auto SE Angular Front Exterior View
Car Dealer Tricks: Monthly Payments VS. Purchase Price - Part I

As the economic downturn continues to play havoc on a national scale, individuals are being forced to reduce expenses to simply stay afloat financially. A major monthly expense for many Americans is the cost to operate their primary vehicle. This can include car payments, maintenance costs...Read More»

Ford Th!nk Flags
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part III)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. This series of articles is dedicated to a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be...Read More»

2009 Mazda RX-8
Mazda Comes Out With Strong, New Certified Pre-owned (CPO) Program

As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealer who sold tons of used cars over the years, I make no secret that I’m a big fan of manufacturer certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Consumers benefit by getting a vehicle that meets a higher standard AND gain long term protection through an extended...Read More»

2010 Dodge Nitro 4WD 4-door SXT *Ltd Avail* Gear Shift
Two Insurance Companies Apply For PAYD In California

The Automobile Club of Southern California has applied to offer Pay As You Drive (PAYD) insurance in the state. Approval of its application would enable the company to participate in what the state’s insurance commissioner, Steve Poizner, calls a “cutting edge” program. If the pending...Read More»

Pink MINI
Style, Not Alarms, Stops Car Thieves

A new study in the Netherlands suggests that choosing an unpopular color for your car can be as effective at stopping car thieves as using an expensive alarm system. The study discovered that thieves are more concerned about the resale value of the cars they steal than the fear of being caught. So...Read More»

2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
Go Zooming With The 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

When the Suzuki SX4 appeared on the marketplace a couple of years ago, I was smitten. Here was a petite hatch with all-wheel drive that behaved like it was bigger and more expensive than it was. I drove one (with manual transmission and no cruise control) from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas...Read More»

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