Making Buick Regal Again, It Ain't Easy
Making Buick Regal Again, It Ain't Easy

You know when you surf the web for good car news, you know, the stuff that gets your blood pumping when you see big, fat wheels, torque-melting power from a turbocharged engine, or sexy and graceful lines made from the finest metals mother earth has to offer, Buick is really not a name that leaps...Read More»

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Teens Rate Driving Skills But Who Are The Boys Kidding?

The gender gap--or is it the veracity gap--is alive and well in teenage drivers. In a study conducted by the Allstate Foundation, 1,063 teenage girls and boys were interviewed online to establish their attitudes toward their driving ability and that of their friends. The findings are very...Read More»

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior View
The Benefits of Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

The economic downturn is changing how people do business in this country. Yet, a recent upsurge in car sales is sending a new wave of buyers to automobile dealers across the country. Why do consumers continue to deal with major dealers when it’s understood they have a bad reputation for a...Read More»

1999 Daewoo Nubira SX
Is Honesty a Virtue When Selling Your Car?

In my book, HELP! I Gotta Sell My Car NOW!, I explain how private sellers can set themselves apart from dealers and less-than-honest private sellers, by being upfront, honest, and transparent when working with buyers. Some might ask how an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer – someone...Read More»

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Vehicle History Reports – Use Them Every Time!

When I was an Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I compiled a list of the most common mistakes my customers made when buying used cars. Making any one of these mistakes can create unnecessary stress and bother. Worse, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary...Read More»

1997 Jeep Cherokee SE
Donating Your Vehicle To Charity

Many of us don't want the hassle of selling or trading an older vehicle that isn't worth much anyway. An alternative is donating the vehicle to charity. Choosing to donate your vehicle not only provides money to organizations that are often in desperate need – and hopefully does...Read More»

2004 Mitsubishi Montero 4-door 4WD LTD Sportronic Open Doors
Don’t Talk Price Over the Telephone!

Difficult economic times are forcing more car owners to sell their vehicles privately instead of trading them in. The reasons vary: as financial markets tighten, it’s harder to qualify for a loan. Or you’re dumping that second or third car to cut expenses to generate some cash. Or you...Read More»

2008 Dodge Avenger 4-door Sedan R/T FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Taking Photos for Your Online Car Ad

The Internet has changed everything when it comes to selling your car, truck, or SUV. It’s no longer sufficient to insert a five-line ad in the local shopper or weekly newspaper and sit back waiting for the phone to ring. The new rules of marketing dictate that you post your ad online on as...Read More»

2006 Ford Expedition 4-door XLT Trunk
Buying a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle (CPO) – Part III

I recently helped my daughter decide on which used SUV to buy. She was surprised when I recommended that she and her husband look at certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles at major dealerships. I have written extensively on how to buy and sell vehicles privately and online. I explained to my daughter...Read More»

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Buying a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle (CPO) – Part II

My daughter recently asked for help deciding which used SUV to buy. She was surprised when I recommended that she and her husband look at certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles at major dealerships. Her surprise resulted from my havingShe was surprised because I have written extensively on how to buy...Read More»

2011 Mustang Brochure
Choosing the Right Color for Your New Car

Are you concerned about making a color choice that could make it more difficult to sell or trade your car in a few years?  According to DuPont Automotive, you can’t go wrong if you choose a white exterior. DuPont’s Color Popularity Report crowns white as the most popular color for new cars in...Read More»

2010 Toyota Matrix
Buying A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle: Part I

My daughter was surprised. She had asked for help in choosing a used SUV and I recommended that she and her husband look at a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. “But Dad,” she said, “you literally wrote the books on how to buy and sell used cars and you want us to pay a dealer extra for a...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Routan
The Six Raunchiest Car Commercials Of All Time

Advertisers figured out a long time ago that sex sells--and through the years the car manufacturers have used that information to make some very…interesting commercials. Sometimes they send a good message and sometimes they ought to be hidden away in that special section of the video store, but...Read More»

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Amazing Car Ads: So Much To Celebrate And Critique

The world of car commercials and automotive ads is vast and nearly boundless, and it’s at once both inspirational and somehow disappointing. It's full of creativity and bland repetition. It's the pinnacle of "moving" art or the epitome of cheap visual tricks. So much money has been spent on...Read More»

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Best Places To Tailgate

One of the best parts of the NFL season is the few hours before the game where you get to hang out with friends and enjoy a cold beer or two, or maybe twelve. But once you become an all-star tailgater, there’s more to consider than just what type of beef hotdogs to bring. Trucks and SUVs play...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan V6 Auto XLE (Natl) Engine
Lessons Learned From Car Repair Fraud

If you ever thought that car repair fraud was under control, consider the case of Maurice Irving Glad who ran 22 Midas Auto repair shops in California. Jerry Brown, the Attorney General of California, succinctly described the operation back in January when he said: “For years Glad ran a bait and...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD 5dr EX Engine
The Importance Of An Oil Change

It’s there dominating the “to do” list and procrastinating only makes it worse. It’s the car’s oil change. Was that reminder sticker on the windshield purposely put there to make you feel bad? Let’s try a different approach, looking at all the good things that happen when the oil and...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View
An Unusual Car Buying Checklist

All the important decisions about your car purchase are nailed down: the powerplant, what amenities you’re insisting upon, the color and how you want the interior appointed have all been found in one car. But are you sure that when the adrenalin subsides and the sales pressure is off you’re...Read More»

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Ten Reasons To Buckle Your Seat Belts

1. You are less likely to lose your life in a car accident if you wear a seatbelt.When death draws near, the lesson that most walk away with is the value of day-to-day life. Risking the value of life by not clicking a seatbelt that has no disadvantages is simply mind boggling.

 2. Pavement and...Read More»

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