One of Robert Zinn’s earliest memories is of riding around in the back with his two older brothers in a boxy economy car his father was trying to sell. The big sign mounted on the roof read “30 MPG,” but it was 1965 and gas was cheap, so nobody gave a damn. It was a perilous start to their father’s new business:…
Too often I hear people bemoan their dealership experiences, telling harrowing tales of predatory salespeople, car key theft and hidden fees that ring up their payments to barely acceptable levels. In an attempt to ease these frustrations, Hyundai is rolling out a new car-buying program in the hopes to make the…
Steve Kalafer, the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country in central New Jersey, says that he will be pulling all of his dealership’s TV ads from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the season. Kalafer is mad that the NFL isn’t doing more to force its players to stand for the national anthem, because America or something
When I asked you yesterday why turnover in car sales was so high, I wasn’t quite prepared for the response. Hundreds of you weighed in with stories that were by turns thoughtful and, occasionally, very bleak. There’s a LOT of booze in car sales, it turns out, and enough pressure to make Glengarry Glen Ross look like a…
We did it, internet! With your help, we successfully tracked down the last 12 unsold, brand-new Lexus LFAs. Here are the cars we found. Also, guess what? There are more than 12.
I’m not really one for superstitions or auspicious number sequences, but they stopped the Lexus LFA’s production in December 2012 and we learned earlier this week that there are 12 unsold ones floating around in dealerships across the U.S. Twelve, 12 and 12. This deserves some digging.
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With the various car-buying services offered online, hardly anyone goes to a car dealership just to browse anymore—they do a lot of that on the internet beforehand. That, then, makes car dealerships question why they keep such large inventories on their lots anymore.
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Most dealerships simply consist of a huge lot, a showroom, repair bays and a bunch of offices. They’re boring. But what if we switched it up and put vendors inside them, kind of like Whole Foods is doing with its new Millennial-focused stores? Here are some shops that should be in car dealerships.
Like many dealerships, an Oregon car lot uses a giant inflatable to draw eyes to its cars. But it looks like the blue gorilla outside of Oregon Auto Center attracted the wrong kind of attention last week—the attention of acid-throwing vandal(s).
The salesman reportedly confused the clutch and brake pedals. That’s not something you want to do with a 650 horsepower Corvette Z06 on the showroom floor.
Who ever said car dealerships had to be bland and dreary? These ten have the right idea.
Generally, I don't think cars and guns mix very well, but the owners of this Brookville, OH used car dealership seem to differ. They're offering a voucher for a free handgun and concealed-carry course for anyone who spends $4995 or more at their lot. I guess that's better than a big inflatable gorilla?
The National Automobile Dealers Association is feeling threatened, thanks mostly to the work Tesla has done to set up company-owned stores to sell their cars. That's bad news for independent car dealers, who are now feeling like a cornered animal. Like cornered animals, they're attacking with the tools nature gave…
Now that we're well into 2013, you must be getting pretty of sick of "Gangnam Style." I still can't figure out how a satirical Korean pop song went from a viral video to being a mainstay on American radio, but then again, I can't understand the appeal of dubstep either. Kids these days.
Exciting news out of the United Arab Emirates this week as famed automotive industry icon and noted Fiat enthusiast Jennifer Lopez was tapped to open Audi's latest mega-dealership in Dubai.
A collection of 15 1950-1956 Packards owned by a man who devoted much of his professional life to selling and repairing examples of the orphan car brand will be sold at auction next Saturday.
These days finding a rust-free International Harvester is a nearly impossible task, but as this vintage photo from 1973 shows finding a clean Scout was once as simple as driving down to your local IH dealer.
Although it's hard to imagine when you take a trip down your local row of modern car dealerships, in the early days of imported cars many different brands were sold out of the same dealership. As you can see from this photograph taken in 1971, the result was often a desirable selection of early imports in one place.