Chevy is already a few months into its gradual roll out of its new Chevy Bolt electric car, and the local dealerships are excited to get people scuttling about in them with an onslaught of ads—even if they don’t all quite understand exactly how an electric car works.
I’ve mentioned before that dealers sometimes will use mailers that may offer a scratch-off, a key or maybe a chance at a free cruise! All you have to do is visit the dealership, and go for a test drive...and submit a credit application...and maybe have them evaluate your trade in that you weren’t planning on selling…
When I help people buy cars, they often ask: “How much money can I expect to save here?” It’s an excellent question, but it’s the wrong way to look at whether or not you are getting a good deal.
In the age of internet car shopping, most smart buyers solicit quotes via phone or email and avoid negotiating at the dealership. However, even with electronic communication, some dealers will tell you one price but then change it once you arrive. Here is how to deal with that.
The former sales manager of a Dallas-area Toyota dealership is facing criminal charges after allegedly sending a nude photo of a female customer he found on a phone to a swingers’ website, according to news reports. And, unsurprisingly, the couple who came into buy a car is also suing both the dealership and Toyota.
“It’s a real fight. It’s a serious fight,” Virginia Auto Dealers Association president Don Hall told his followers in a recent video message about being under attack from Tesla’s direct sales model. “Let’s all strap on whatever it takes to win and let’s win this fight to protect the franchise system.”
Buying a car in a big city can be more difficult because many dealers don’t care about repeat business and are only out to rip you off. Nine Los Angeles-area dealers are facing fines and legal action for taking advantage of car buyers.
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Ever wonder what people are saying about you behind your back? Of course you have; you’re human. One handy way to find out is to take a car in for a trade-in appraisal, and leave your dashcam inside! Then you might be as lucky as this guy who brought his BMW to be appraised for a trade-in on a new Ford Focus RS. …
Over $200,000 worth of wheels and tires went missing overnight from 48 cars at Peltier Chevrolet in Tyler, Texas, reports Automotive News. That’s a lot of wheels! Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin told Automotive News that they believe the heist only took around four hours.
A guy with a Mazdaspeed3 was having issues with his air conditioner, so instead of sweating and swearing at it in the parking lot of his apartment, he took it to a dealer to get repaired. When he got it back, he found this on the dashcam. Should he be upset?
I make a living helping people with their car purchases. A lot of times, that means telling people to buy something other than the car they had in mind. Here are a few vehicles that I managed to talk people out of.
You’ve heard the commercials: “We will give you a minimum of $500 for your trade no matter the condition!” This is usually just a shell game to get you to pay more for the car you are buying, and dealers that advertise this way should probably be avoided.
A man in Washington state bought a used BMW that he thought was in good working order, only to have the engine completely fail on him three days later. Turns out he never saw the check engine light because that was covered up with duct tape.
Chinese car company Gonow (a sub-brand of Guangzhou Automobile Group) is in rough shape at the moment. How rough? They’ve stopped delivering cars to their dealerships, and the dealers themselves have marched on the company headquarters.
I always knew that it can be tough to get your car fixed by a reputable mechanic without any problems. I hadn’t realized it could get “bring a gun with you” bad.
As a car buyer, you can take all the necessary steps to make sure you are getting a deal you are comfortable with, but that doesn’t always mean things will go smoothly.