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2011 Ford Explorer: New Age In Every Way
2011 Ford Explorer: New Age In Every Way

Let’s face it, I am not what one would term “cool” or “dope” or “wicked”, in fact the only way I could use the word “hip” when describing me would be in the context of hip replacement surgery. So, safe to say, when Ford introduced its 2011 Ford Explorer I knew things were in a new...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part II

We’re looking at a tactic that car dealers use to entice customers into the showroom with a low priced ad car, and then switch them to a higher priced model. As long as the dealer will actually sell you the lower priced car, nothing illegal is taking place. This is simply good old American...Read More»

1997 Plymouth Neon
Hoopty Ownership: Conversation Piece Or Necessity

Forbes recently published a glossary of automotive technology. This was not meant to be all inclusive by any means but it did cover terms as diverse as deuce and tiptronic. The one that caught my eye was as follows: “Hoopty, Hooptie, Hoopdee: A piece-of-junk car. Driven as a badge of pride--or at...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 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan V6 Auto XLE (Natl) Instrument Cluster
5 Worst Car Slogans: Sarah Palin 'Refudiates' The Truth

In the grand scheme of automotive things, Sarah Palin really plays a tiny, microscopic role. Which is probably a good thing, because if she had a bigger role and influence, every car would have a gun rack. However, Mrs. Palin’s creative use (or abuse) of the English language recently, in a manner...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Sonata
Car Dealer Tricks: Monthly Payments VS. Purchase Price - Part II

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, the customers who got the best deals almost always focused on the selling price of the car, and not on monthly payments. Why? Let’s take the example of Bob, who is trading in a large SUV on a fuel efficient, basic sedan. Bob tells his...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»

2006 Ford Crown Victoria Standard
An Older Used Car With Low Mileage Can Be A Good Find

You won’t impress anyone by driving a ten year old vehicle that has very low mileage, but you just might solve your transportation needs very cheaply. These cars are the ones owned by people who drive them far below the 15,000 miles per year average. For example, I purchased a ten year old Chevy...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Fix-A-Flat: The Debate Over Its Use

The stories about fix-a-flat have been raised to the level of urban legend. There are many reasons for this and chief among them are that auto service facilities have an ax to grind with the product. Fix-A-Flat reduces the need for road service and creates a need to clean the inside of the tire...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300
Car Loans Easier To Get As Interest Rates Stabilize

Lenders are easing credit restrictions as car loan interest rates settle to manageable levels. The result is more consumers qualifying for car loans, including sub-prime borrowers who have had the most difficulty getting another vehicle. According to Bankrate.com’s July 15, 2010 Interest Rate...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Top Five 2010 Model Year Coupes Under $25,000

If you want a brand new 2010 model year coupe at an affordable price, now is the time to buy it. There are quite a few reliable and durable vehicles of this type on the market at the moment. When you are on a budget it can be difficult to find a reasonably priced coupe, but that doesn't have to...Read More»

car battery
Die Harder: Power, Juice, Thousands of Fun Watts

What is the sexiest, most appealing part of a car, you ask? Ok, no one asks that except for slightly deranged hot-rodders who fantasize over curvaceous sheet metal after having inhaled way too many paint fumes. So our next question is, what is the hardest working part of your car? Your engine?...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Summary)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. After working as Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I liken the business to a shark tank where only the strongest survive. This leads to an approach where car dealers and their sales staff use tricks to get more money out of customers than...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»

1999 Ford F150
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part I)

Even car dealers know that they have a bad reputation for good reason. Most won’t admit it, but they know it nonetheless. Part of that bad reputation results from using tricks to get customers to pay more than they want versus being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Over the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Car Dealer Tricks: Buyer Beware

This begins a series of articles on how to avoid 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. Still, they pack a wallop, costing...Read More»

2011 Smart electric drive
2011 Chevrolet Corvette: Great Car, Tired Ad. Not Like Old Spice

So, are there any original ideas left out there? Is the well of human creativity as dry as a slice of salted Melba toast being chewed on by a dour German philosophy student? Is the world of fantastically creative souls who flirt about the automotive advertising world nothing but a tired and spent...Read More»

2005 Dodge Neon 4-door Sedan SRT4 Side Exterior View
Mortgages Aren't The Only Loans That Can Be Refinanced

If your car loan is a few years old, chances are your monthly payments are higher than they need to be. Why is that? Because interest rates are at their lowest in more than 50 years.   Most people hear about interest rates and only consider refinancing their home mortgage. And like many...Read More»

1997 Ford Aerostar Wagon XLT
Car Buying Scams: Grand Theft Auto

Stealing cars in a video game can be fun and exciting. Unfortunately, stealing cars in real life is devastating to the victim and robs all of us of our sense of security and safety.   There is a new online version of grand theft auto where vehicles aren’t actually stolen. Instead, car dealers...Read More»

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