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Sales Ethics: An Ethical Dilemma In Car Sales
Sales Ethics: An Ethical Dilemma In Car Sales

During a particularly grueling period when I was establishing myself in car sales—eventually becoming Internet Manager for a major car dealer—I relied on a good friend of mine to help me through the treacherous ethical waters of my new-found profession. We all know that car dealers have...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Will The Latest Sonata Recall Dampen Hyundai's Success?

Readers who follow this website know that I’m a big fan of what Hyundai has been doing in the U.S. market over the last few years. They have worked hard to put out stylish, well-built cars that have garnered positive reviews from those of us in the auto industry and consumers alike. Hyundai...Read More»

2007 Saturn Relay 4-door Wagon Relay 1 Trunk
Why Choose a Saturn

If you’re currently thinking about buying a new car but aren’t sure which manufacturer to go with, you should know that Saturn is a great choice. This popular car manufacturer, a General Motors subsidiary, has been making great cars since 1985. That’s almost twenty-five years of...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
Looking for the 2012 Ford Ranger? It's the 2011 Ford F-150

Though fewer and fewer car shoppers are researching and purchasing today's Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, the decision to let the Ranger die next year in the U.S. still raises questions as to why Ford isn't working on a new small pickup, particularly when Ford's revived the Taurus and Explorer...Read More»

2011 Hyunda Elantra (Avante) unveiled in Korea
2011 Hyundai Elantra Production Moving to Alabama

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has been developed in South Korea, and is being adapted for the American market by the automaker's California-based marketing arm. Now, the Elantra is headed for production in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside the company's brisk-selling Sonata large sedan. Sources in South...Read More»

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Hyundai Building New Headquarters in California

Hyundai says it's firmly a California citizen this morning with the announcement of a new headquarters building in Orange County, Calif. Hyundai has been in Orange County since 1985, when it launched the brand in America with the Excel compact. The Korean automaker says it will spend $150 million...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part IV

When you pre-negotiate a trade value, the figure is not cast in stone. The dealer has to see the car in person for a “hands-on” inspection before they can confirm the actual trade-in value. I worked long enough as an Internet Manager for a major dealer to know that car dealerships hate...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part III

When I helped a friend buy a used car from a major dealer, I knew we were vulnerable to manipulation around the trade’s value. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealers and someone who teaches people how to buy and sell cars, I made sure I used every insider secret that I knew about the...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Names Jonathan Browning New U.S. Chief

Volkswagen of America has been without a CEO since Stefan Jacoby resigned earlier this year, but confirmation has come that the American arm of the German automaker will soon have a new leader. The automaker has announced today that former GM executive Jonathan Browning has been named president and...Read More»

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times] Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
The FCG List: Top Safety Picks Among 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Consumers looking to lease or buy a larger, more upscale car--and who want to be sure it’s safe for the family--have several excellent choices in six 2011 large luxury cars rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You might note that some names are missing...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion tC: First Drive

Scion has been in the U.S. since 2002, introduced as a sub-brand to Toyota aimed at younger buyers. Lots of companies try to target the youth with marketing schemes and clever advertising, and most of the time they fail. Younger Americans know a thing or two about marketing and advertising as they...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Today in Car News: Car Sales, F-150, and Camaro Vs. Mustang

Don't count on a big car-sales turnaround anytime soon, CNN reports a little belatedly. Hey, way to be all Debbie Downer. [CNNMoney] We're driving the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup in two weeks; we'll let you know if its new electric power steering is good or just plain shocking. [PickupTrucks] The last...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Worst August Auto Sales In 28 Years

August is usually one of the best months of the year for car dealers. Not so in August 2010. Car sales dropped a whopping 21 percent from sales a year ago. This resulted in the slowest August on record for the last 28 years. Ironically, the biggest decrease in sales was recorded by Asian...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Today in Car News: Economics 101, Stalling Jettas, and Diesels

Auto sales may have helped consumer spending in July, but were a small bright spot in some pretty dim economic news. [Detroit Free Press] What car would you lose your job over? We'd choose an XKR Convertible, but--hey, wait--we drive cars for a living! No need to steal! Whew. [Jalopnik] The 2009 VW...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis
Today in Car News: Xterra, Genesis and Lotus Esprit

Would you snap up a new Lotus Esprit rocking a Lexus LFA V-10? Well, not right now you wouldn't, but maybe next year, you can. [Inside Line] The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is movin' on up, with more standard equipment, more power--and more dollar signs on its price tag. [KickingTires] Kia won't be going...Read More»

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Auto Lenders Warming Up To Lower Credit Ratings

If you've been to the dealership earlier this year and weren't at all pleased with the finance terms offered, you might want to give it another try. Auto lenders are loosening up once again, especially on new-car loans, and have started to extend loans to those with more blemished credit histories...Read More»

2000 GMC Envoy
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part II

Yesterday we saw how easy car dealers make the process of trading in a car for their customers. Simply drive up in the car you want to trade, and a few hours later you’re driving home in the new and improved model you’ve hoped to buy. Easy as pie. But how much does the convenience of trading...Read More»

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