May

Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III

“Old school” car dealers tend to use tired and worn out tricks to get their customers to pay more than they should or want to. One of their favorite tricks is to keep a customer’s keys and registration after they evaluate the trade to force them to continue negotiations. A Rude...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»

2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
2011 Ford F-150 'Lightning' Could Be Revived With Modded EcoBoost V-6

Ford has announced that it will be updating the powertrain line up for the 2011 Ford F-150. Not only will the F-150 be receiving the 305 horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 Mustang engine, it will also get the 2011 Ford Mustang GT’s 412 horsepower 5.0-liter V-8. The last time we saw a 5.0 in an F-150 was...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»

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»

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»

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»

Semi trailer
Truck Tire Change Made To Look Easy

If you have seen truck tire carcasses on the highway, you have probably wondered how that truck could continue on without the missing piece. Most likely it didn’t. What the trucker was forced to do was to pull over to the side of the road and call a guy like Junior Blackmar of Kissimmee, Florida...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»

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX
Should I Buy A Car From A Dead Brand?

Their names are the road kill of the recession--HUMMER, Pontiac, Saturn, Mercury and Oldsmobile. Does their purchase represent opportunity or pitfall? After all, they have proven that their brands will not stand the test of time, but does that really matter? Buying a discontinued brand is like...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Blind Spot Avoidance Systems: Take Your Pick

“Out, damned spot! Out I say!” What lady MacBeth couldn’t do, the automotive technology community may accomplish if their efforts to eliminate the ever dangerous blind spot come together. Responsible for possibly 395,000 crashes a year, the temporary visual black hole is now under assault on...Read More»

Driven: 2010 BMW 750Li
More Summer Savings For New Car Buyers With BMW And MINI

A sagging national economy and slumping new car sales have lured two more auto manufacturers into the summer frenzy aimed at kick starting a depressed market through the use of incentive programs. BMW and MINI are offering low interest rate programs as they attempt to attract new buyers back into...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Save Big With Summer New Car Incentive Programs - While You Can

Now is a great time to buy a new car.After disappointing sales in June, car makers are lining up with huge incentive programs to lure buyers back into dealerships. The two biggest incentives being used are low interest rates--many down to zero percent--and cash back that effectively discounts the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Offers Big Incentives - July 2010

The auto industry was hit hard in June when month-to-month sales took a big hit. Many car makers recorded a drop of between 10 and 15 percent in new car sales between May and June. Even Honda--one of the strongest manufacturers--recorded a decrease of nine percent. A lack of incentives to lure...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
What's Slicker, The Nissan Leaf iAd Or The Nissan Leaf?

Change is in the air. Less is more. Up is down. It's true, I read it somewhere on the Internet. Americans are actually buying smaller cars. Car makers are making engines with two cylinders and not 12. And in some cases, no cylinders, merely batteries that weigh hundreds of pounds, kilos or stones...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
July 2010 Incentives From Toyota

Many car makers cut back on incentives in June 2010, and lower sales were one of the consequences. General Motors sales in June dropped 13 percent from May. Even Honda--normally a strong competitor--saw its sales slip nine percent. One of the biggest losers was Toyota, which saw a decrease of 14...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 Chrysler 300C SRT8
60-Day Regret-Free Purchase Program From Chrysler

In an almost unheard-of move, Chrysler is offering a “60-Day Regret-Free Purchase” program that allows new car buyers to return their car within 60 days if they aren’t happy with it. Plus, the company will make the first two months’ payments for the buyer, up to $500 per month, for a...Read More»

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