The Benefits of Buying a Used Car From a Dealer
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»

2005 Ford Explorer 4-door 114" WB 4.0L XLT Angular Front Exterior View
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»

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76 Gas Tries To Show That It’s on the Driver's Side With Clever Gadgets

“Now that I have your attention, you must tell me: Where did you get those lovely sunglasses?” the robotic voice that dwells inside my cell phone asked the police officer after being pulled over for speeding. No response met the polite inquiry. The mechanical voice persisted: “The hospital...Read More»

Mazda MX-5 Cup In BRE Livery
Indy 500 Champ, Mazda, And SCCA Community Racing MX-5 For Charity

Quick! Name two creatures that like driving down the road with the top down and the wind blowing through their hair. The only two I can think of are people and their pets, so the idea of turning next week’s Playboy MX-5 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca into a fundraiser for the Monterey Society...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»

Amazing Car Ad
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»

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 Suzuki Grand Vitara V6 AWD
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Is All About Improved Value

Suzuki’s 2010 Grand Vitara compact SUV is in a very crowded marketplace and needs to stand out to make its mark. To that end, Suzuki has gone to lengths to differentiate its offerings from those of its competition and did a mild facelift on the Grand Vitara last year that gives this machine a...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Engine
Monitoring The Fluids In Your Car

Fluids are what keep automotive components cool and lubricated and create vital pressure in the transmission. Brake fluid at the brake calipers causes the brake pads to press against the rotors to stop the car. By tracking down the source of the leak, you disclose the part that needs attention...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LTZ Angular Rear Exterior View
Handling a Comeback Can Be a Repair Shop's Litmus Test

There is abundant coverage of how to select a car service facility. Most of the suggestions include soliciting opinions of neighbors and friends, checking with the Better Business Bureau and trying the business out with a small job like an oil change. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a litmus...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Identifying A Car Emergency

Many drivers never experience a car emergency in a lifetime of driving, so you might not know when one is actually happening. Let’s identify what constitutes an emergency, what categories they fall into and what to do when they occur. The definition of a car emergency is any condition that...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Help! Doug: Is It True That New Tires Can Be Dangerous?

Q. A relative relayed a story about new tires being sold that are actually quite old and dangerous. Is that possible? Milk and tires--they both age and deteriorate. The smell of sour milk at least warns me if I ignore the expiration date. However, tires sitting unsold for years, or remaining on a...Read More»

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