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I’m writing to pay you a compliment on your odometer fraud article. As a budding writer I was taken by your flair for grabbing the reader into the well-written article with your colorful wording and phrases. Well done. I am currently writing an article about government job-training school fraud...it’s all the same...smoke and mirrors.
I wanted to respond to someone at your site concerning an article published on AOL’s front page about used car dealerships. I find the article not only ridiculously exaggerated, by highly unlikely as well as untrue. I have been in the automotive retail business for almost 15 years now. I’ve been a service manager for both new and used dealerships as well as a business manager, new car sales manager, and used car sales manager. Never, at any of the dealerships I’ve worked, has any of your mentioned practices occurred. No wonder potential customers come to a dealership expecting the worst. They read articles like this. Now, that said, I will agree that in times past, dealers did engage in this sort of thing. However, with laws governing almost every aspect of sales in general, it is extremely rare to find those practices continuing today.
Just another point of view.
Heidenreich Motors, LLC
curious, but why all the low blows to used-car salespeople. I do not understand
why I have to come home every night to see some new article about how to stick
it to the car dealership, when you and I both know that the automotive industry
is a substantial unit of the
The Irish state of mind
I appreciate your comments. I’ve
always thought the brass at the Big 3 envied Euro this and that while the Asian
makers walked right in and stole the market. There are good cars on both sides
Although your comments about the Contour and Catera aren’t too far off-base, this comment…
“The most successful of the Global/European platform cars sold here is the Chevy Malibu, the fleet special, which even GM executives say is a design bore.”
...along with a number of other
off-base comments, are ridiculous.
You obviously don’t know the difference between cars brought straight
over, and those sharing a global architecture. If anything, GM did too much
re-engineering for the
Please don’t waste readers’ time with biased and uninformed stories such as these. It is an insult to our intelligence, and yours.
Montego review really pisses people off
First, I too am an enthusiast. I have followed racing my entire life. I have been collecting model cars for most of that same life. I now have about 600 or such, and probably 30 percent are racing cars and at least 15 percent are Ferraris. I also am a retired Chrysler engineer after more than 30 years engine testing and development. And I have to admit, I too would probably not be crazy about the Montego. Certainly not with memories of Charger R/Ts, Duster 340s, and a couple of Roadrunners, not to mention two more recent Daytona Turbos. You know, the forgotten one from the ’80s.
2005 Mercury MontegoEnlarge Photo
But with the “Big Two” in deep trouble and the Asians panting for more and more U.S. market share, and our own government turning a blind eye toward all the advantages enjoyed by the Asians, don’t you think our own automotive press could at least be fair in their evaluations of American cars? The snarling hatchet job you did on the Montego could have retained all the original content and, if rearranged, would have given a much more positive picture of the car. What would it hurt to put the good stuff first once in a while?
I am a “retired” automotive executive who has had the opportunity to supply, deal with, and drive, all vehicles produced by the OEMs.
I am appalled and disgusted at the negative and biased reporting of Ford and GM vehicles. What is “a sedan with a minivan’s soul” supposed to mean? This is biased reporting, it’s not factual, it’s not informative and it’s not relative. You gush over other vehicles (non-Ford/GM) with no style, no performance, and no bells and whistles! But with anything Ford and GM it’s NEGATIVO! It appears that good, solid, attractive, and cost-effective vehicles manufactured by Ford and GM are maligned and taunted.
My question is why?
M.A. Kubasiak (Margaret)
Oh, and they don’t like
I’m a frequent reader of your
great Internet page almost for two years, and your information is very good or
excellent in general, but it’s sad to read the column of the World Report,
because the 99 percent of the world is
To be professional anywhere, you must be impartial, and it sometimes looks that your page is more pro-Brazilian than a really world report, or you must change that column to the BRAZIL REPORT.
Greetings... nothing personal, just and humble appreciation.
Editor’s note: TCC includes news
Even Cargirl ticks them off
I have to at least put in my two cents about what cars women want. I personally am offended that most of the cars listed are not even American made cars, like Dodge, Ford, and Chevy.
I am a 36-year-old single mom, my daughter is 18, and I prefer vintage muscle cars to the cheap crap they make nowadays. If I had only more modern cars to choose from, sports type, I personally like the Chrysler Crossfire. Otherwise the list of vehicles provided I wouldn’t drive 99 percent of them if they were given to me as a gift.
And just for the record I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota and a 1975 Plymouth Duster. You can NEVER go wrong with a vintage American-made muscle car.
Marriage proposals, anyone?
What makes you think that women have the money to buy BMW’s, HUMMERS, Caddys, and any other high-priced cars that you mentioned your article? I read your article and probably will never be able to buy any of the cars that you suggested for women.
I am 79 and I bought a 1999 Camry for $24,000 new and I PROBABLY WILL BUY THAT AGAIN OR SMALLER.
are you getting your facts for that article? In all the years I have been
driving, I never had a car that you suggest. I was lucky when I had the
four-door sedan, which was a Mercury, Buick, Ford, or a
Get with it. Average women don’t buy those high-priced cars. I dream about it, but that is as far as I go.
And we won’t be getting any free car washes, that’s for sure
On December 17, 2005, you posted an article authored by Bengt Halvorson in The CarConnection.com newsletter that makes several statements about the professional carwash industry that demand a response.
Mr. Halvorson cleverly uses
language designed to distort the truth. For instance, he writes that car
damage can occur in professional car washes. It can but does today in
less than one tenth of one percent of the time. He writes that “touchless”
car washes don’t damage the finish, but they won’t likely get off all of
the deposits. The truth is that touchless car washes are likely to get all
the deposits off though they may not always. Every major oil company in
Professional carwashing is the only responsible way to protect the appearance of your car. Professional car washes are now the preferred method of washing of two thirds of the American public and 100 percent of environmentalists. The professional car wash industry is a $23.9 billion industry. It has succeeded because it has changed a great deal since the last time Mr. Halvorson took his car to a car wash. He should try it today — he might change his view of the industry.
Mark O. Thorsby
Executive Director, International Carwash Association
In Mark Thorsby’s March 3rd Letter
to the Editor he states: “The truth is that touchless car washes are likely to
get all the deposits off though they may not always. Every major oil company in
As the spokesperson for the International Carwash Association, I realize his job is to promote the use of commercial car washes, but it would help if his statements were feasible. Saying a touchless car wash gets the dirt off is like saying rinsing your mouth with water is as good as using a toothbrush. As for why the oil companies are installing touchless car washes, could it have something to do with increasing their revenue and profits?
If these are the best arguments he can come up with, I’m guessing he knows his arguments don’t hold water, so to speak.
We love our readers, especially when they do our jobs for us.
Nice slander job on the Consumer Reports article. Your headline “Consumer Reports Nixes Domestics” is great sensationalism. By the way, I wondered if you considered the other headline — Consumer Reports Nixes Europeans? Of course that wouldn’t be nice to all of the Euro owners out there.
And I’m sure that the readers of Consumer Reports, who are told to buy Asian cars, would never give false feedback. Why be embarrassed like that? I used to subscribe to CR. I bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey and a 2002 Lexus ES 300. The Honda went through two transmissions, two sets of rotors, an air conditioning compressor, and a host of electrical problems by the time it had 25,000 miles on it. I sat impatiently at the Honda dealership countless times waiting for repairs to be fixed, with a full waiting room, of other displeased Honda owners with the same problems, I might add.
The Lexus was better. Right up to
the point of me hitting 19,459 miles, when the engine seized up. Lexus told me I
put the wrong oil in and would have to pay for a new engine. When I produced
records of oil changes AT THE LEXUS DEALERSHIP, they didn’t know what to
say. Or should I say, didn’t have
anything to say for six weeks, while they contacted
But I’m glad that you hold them in such high regard. I’m sure there isn’t a reliable domestic owner among you. I guess I buck the trend with my reliable recommended Chrysler Town & Country and Cadillac CTS-V. Your biasness is becoming blatant.
You’re apparently not a regular reader of TheCarConnection.com. We’ve been one of the few major automotive publications to hold that vaunted publication’s feet to the fire, so to speak, with numerous stories such as the one I pulled up here, by our columnist, Mike Davis.
We have significant respect for CR, but we do have concerns, as well, and that includes the possibility of a built-in bias among their traditional respondents, as Mr. Davis points out.
Among our core team, at TheCarConnection.com, there are European, Asian, and domestic owners. (And among my family, I can report your concerns about the Odyssey have been duplicated.) All this said, the news briefs in Daily Edition are not designed for us to go into depth, nor to editorialize, at every opportunity. Thus, we stuck to the basics on the CR Top 10 list, rather than speculating on its methodology and possible biases.
Thanks for your comments.