lhodge
Lawrence Hodge
lhodge
Staff Writer at Jalopnik. Dad. Lover of all things with 4 wheels. Weird interest in buses.
Mar 5
1

I am a historian at the Kansas City Automotive Museum. Currently on display we have some Homer Roberts’s artifacts, including his desk and original storefront. Read more

Mar 2
5

I had an interesting Chrysler experience. I had been looking for a new car for my wife for some time. We had a 13yo daughter so a crossover was looking good. After researching, and doing a few test drives, we narrowed down to the new 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. I was impressed with the design, fit and finish. I believe Read more

Mar 2
19

December of 2014 my wife and I are driving to California for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Years, my Grand Cherokee had been nickel and diming us so I traded it for a 2014 RAM 1500 at the same dealership where I had purchased 3 or 4 other vehicles. I tell the dealership we are leaving in 3 days so if there is Read more

Mar 2
2

Wow. I’m so happy mum was able to take it to them. It sounds like the sleaziest thing ever to call someone back and keep them from leaving in the car. I’d love to hear that someone had driven a different car in at some point to have that backfire on the dealer, would really love to hear that. Read more

Mar 2
39

Found the dealership owner. Selling cars isn’t essential. Fixing one? Yep, sure. But selling one doesn’t make you a hero. 

Ps. The dealership model is fucking garbage. Get bent you bootlicking shit for brains.

Mar 1
24

That doesn’t excuse them for treating customers like shit, though. 

Mar 1
100

Ah, the old “your loan application was denied” ruse. I had that happen to me once, except the application was never submitted and it was a lie to try to ram me into a loan with a bigger down payment, a much higher rate, and I am sure a bigger finance reserve to the dealer. Their mistake was not realizing that in a Read more

Mar 1
11

I sold cars for a few months. I’m hardly defending the way dealerships operate, but “buyers are liars” is absolutely true. I’m not sure why, it isn’t like we aren’t going to find out you have shit credit and had a bankruptcy six months ago.
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Mar 1
9

80s and 90s, dealership model was a pretty much a bastion of toxic masculinity and racism. I’m not surprised by what your mother went through. At least today, through social media, etc. accountability is obtained easier. Read more

Mar 1
21

This x1000. So many shitball dealers are so focused on short term goals/quotas that it leaves no room to even consider the long term health of the business.

I have zero sympathies to fucking over dealers in any way possible, simply because in every state it is a legally protected racket. Someday when Tesla (or another Read more

Mar 1
27

This is exactly what happened to me when I bought my first new car. It was a ‘94 Honda Civic. They called me back in, gave me a similar speech about my credit not being approved, and told me I had to sign a new contract at 24% interest, while keeping my car blocked in. One of their tactics was to tell me that if I Read more

Mar 1
12

She kinda dodged a bullet there by not getting that Siebring! Those were far from reliable.

All jokes aside, it sucks so much that human beings have to go through things like that because of the color of their skin. It makes me sad and angry everyday.

Feb 26
1

That’s helpful. If it uses the same chassis as the durango the floor is too high.  If you have long legs it won’t be comfortable but that is expected for this class anyway since the 3rd row is for kids.