Dealers Want to Sell You a Car in 60 Minutes or Less

For many buying a car is all-day event. There is the test-driving the negotiating, and the waiting...and more waiting. Some dealerships use this waiting tactic to wear you down so that you will just accept whatever terms they give you in order get the hell out of there. Other dealerships are realizing that a customer…

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Dealerships Say Gov't Regulations Cost Billions, Raise Prices

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) recently published a report entitled, "The Impact of Federal Regulations on Franchised Automobile Dealerships." According to the findings, dealerships across the nation spent a total of 3.2 billion to comply with government regulations. Some dealerships claim that…

Dealerships Making More Money Selling Warranties and Service Plans

Not long ago I wrote a piece called ,"Back Room Deals: Extended Warranties, Service Plans, and Other Extras." For the first time I started to get some nasty messages from car-dealers, specifically "finance managers." I was accused of "deceiving customers" and "giving bad advice." Now let me reiterate that at no point…

Honda Delays '15 Fit Deliveries, Possibly to Avoid Recall

The all new 2015 Honda Fit was supposed to hit dealerships on April 14, but Honda is holding back deliveries. Initial reviews of the refreshed car has been overwhelmingly positive and it looks to be an evolutionary improvement over the last generation. Consumer Reports has investigated why we are not seeing the 15 Fit…

Proposed California Law Would Require Recall Fixes for Used Cars

In the wake of the massive GM recall that encompasses millions vehicles, dealerships are bound to take in a large chunk of these cars and resell them. The L.A. Times reports that a proposed law in the California legislature wants to be sure that those cars are fixed before they are sold to buyers. Sen. Hannah-Beth…

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Flawed Insurance Study Perpetuates Myth that Bigger is Safer

Parents ask me all the time to recommend a vehicle for their 1st time driver. I try to steer them in the way of a mid-size sedan, something along the lines of an Accord or Malibu. However, many parents are stuck in the mindset that they want their son or daughter driving the largest tank possible, because it is…

If You Want "Affordable Performance," Sometimes it Pays to Wait

Since most of us don't have the cash for a 911 Turbo or a Jag F-type, we are big fans of hot-hatches and sport-compacts that fit within our modest budget. However, when these pocket-rockets first hit the market, often the law of supply and demand is not in our favor. The Focus ST, BRZ, and FRS, just to name a few,…

Survey: Dealers Lack Knowledge and are Reluctant to Sell EV Cars

Elon Musk has maintained for the longest time that dealerships will sway people away from EVs and into gas cars. He says, "...auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none."