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Free Speech, The Free Market And The Head-On Crash
Free Speech, The Free Market And The Head-On Crash

Free speech, is the cornerstone of a free society, it has been said. The free market, meanwhile, is that which allows any consumer or entrepreneur to either spend or make some dough based on the capitalist principle. These two bedfellows sometimes can't sleep in the same bed when they both accuse...Read More»

2002 Mercury Cougar Sport Premium
Have You Driven A Hideous Mercury Lately?

I read today that Ford may well be winding down Mercury a brand that once had a brand image, a car line and products that people once bought. And for the life of me, when I read that, I could not think of a single memorable Mercury car or commercial in the last decade. Sure there are some models...Read More»

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Valvoline's 300,000 Mile Engine Guarantee

Since March 1, 2010 Valvoline has been offering to guarantee your engine for up to 300,000 miles, if you “religiously” use their motor oil. The company's material is up front about the limitations that apply: A vehicle must have less than 125,000 miles on it, 18 months lead time between...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Is Ford Playing the Age, Race, Gender Or Ethnicity Card?

So as I sat here today reading up on what was going on in the world of automobiles, I sipped my scalding hot coffee that was as thick as a Firestone truck tire, and almost as black (we had no milk), and then suddenly the caffeine kicked in, my cranial cogs started to grind away and my gray matter...Read More»

First U.S. Ferrari 458 Italia auctioned for charity
Unlikely Car Ads: Buy A Ferrari, Get A Free Oil Change

I was recently watching the latest series of the Cadillac CTS television ads, and something about that luxury marque made me think. You know there are some things that an automotive-obsessed human is unlikely to see in a lifetime: a car ad that doesn't use the cliche of an upwardly mobile, under...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe: Big Things, Small Things, All Things

I just drove a new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and I have to say I was more impressed than I thought I'd be, and for reasons that would have never occurred to me. When I was a young lad, who still had some youth to misspend, there was this South Korean car company that came in offering a lot of car for...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty
More Good News For Ford

If you work for Ford, then you probably spend a lot of time smiling. In fact, some days you might seem absolutely giddy, especially since Ford recently posted a $2.1 billion net profit for the first quarter of 2010 and didn’t suffer the disgrace of a bailout or bankruptcy. What would make you...Read More»

IIHS side crash test of 2004-2006 Toyota Prius
How Much Auto Insurance Is Enough?

In my last blog post I described what the different insurance products cover.  With this information you can begin to assess what you need.  In all cases, start with your liability insurance.  This is the foundation of your protection. Although most state laws require only basic coverage, most...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan V6 Auto XLE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Making Sense of Auto Insurance

Your car insurance policy is a custom package of several coverage options.  When you purchase insurance, you choose the coverage that best suits your needs.  Typically, the more you have to lose, the more coverage (protection) you need to purchase. Today, anywhere you drive in the United States...Read More»

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Beware Car Care FUD!

I recently ran across a Google ad for a car wax product that prompted me to click-in and investigate. They advertised "Never Wax Your Car Again!". When I hit the product home page I was immediately bombarded with FUD marketing. I backed out as fast as I could to get back to Google. Just below the...Read More»

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Watch for COPS Method of Defensive Driving (part 3)

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we learned that "Watching for COPS!" and proper mirrors that are properly adjusted are the tools to keep you out of trouble and make you a better defensive driver.  Now, let's review what we've learned so we can put it all together into proper mirror usage.First...Read More»

2010 BMW M3 GTS
Watch for COPS Method of Defensive Driving (part 2)

In Part 1 of this series on defensive driving I introduced you to my Watch for COPS method.  Not only is it the best way to avoid a ticket, its also the correct way to remain alert and avoid an accident.   Now, I'd like to discuss proper mirrors.A proper mirror seems kind of obvious, doesnt it?...Read More»

2010 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door XLT Grille
Protecting Your Car (part 1)

There are two types of people in the world: car people and everyone else.  As a car person, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. You can always spot a true car person.  They're the ones that give a look back at their car as they walk away from it in a parking lot.  Everyone else simply...Read More»

2010 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-door EX-L w/RES Gear Shift
Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 5)

This is the final installment in my series on getting your used car ready to sell, and frankly, its the part most used car sellers fail at miserably.  Heck, even the pros don't get this right!If you followed all of my recommendations in the first four segments, you're now ready to advertise your...Read More»

British politicians visit Lotus factory in Hethel, England
Watch for COPS Method of Defensive Driving (part 1)

Have you ever stopped to consider that the most valuable defensive driving capability you have at your disposal might very well be your mirrors? Theres an old saying that many Ferrari owners use that goes some thing like Whats a behind you, she no matter! While the adage may play into the forward...Read More»

Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, Washington
Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 2)

In Part one of this series, I introduced the idea that selling your used car in this market is about taking car of the details.  As the seller, its your job to remove all of a buyers potential objection to buying your car.  Lets talk about what it is you need to do to get your car ready...Read More»

Jost Capito
Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 1)

In the middle of this recession, new car sales are slow, but used car sales remain strong and competitive.  In this 5-part series you will learn how you can successfully prepare and sell your used car yourself, and come out on top! When it comes time to sell your used car, don't assume that anyone...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door I6 Engine
Insuring Your Volvo XC90

Insuring your Volvo XC90 can be quite painless if you are well informed about your options, state auto insurance requirements, and how much insurance is sufficient to cover your vehicle. Lets start with your options. Volvo has its own auto insurance program appropriately named Volvo Car Insurance...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 2WD 4-door Open Doors
Insuring Your 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

So, you just dropped $85,000+ for your new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid and you have no idea how much insurance you need to cover your latest eco-friendly, luxury purchase. Its ok -- auto insurance is usually the last thing on the buyer's mind and the first thing on the dealership's mind during the...Read More»

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