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Car Pro Frequently Asked Questions

Car Pro Frequently Asked Questions

I get many of the same questions over and over. Many times, that is the basis for the weekly newspaper articles I write. I figure if that many people ask me the same questions, there are many others wondering the same thing.

Here is a list of my most frequently asked questions, and a link to read my article on the subject. I hope this will help you!

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201 thoughts on “Car Pro Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Wayne Boss

    Jerry and Company,

    What did you say was the name of the other outfit besides “Carfax” that tracks automobile’s service and maintenance information? Please Advise! Thank You … Keep up the good work.

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  2. Kurt Hoffman

    I never hear you talk about out of warranty service from dealerships. I know they cost more, but are they usually honest and are they worth the extra money?I am looking at Classic Chevrolet to do some major engine work on my Silverado.

    Thanks,
    Kurt

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Kurt, for major mechanical things, I always recommend using a dealership because they stand behind what they do.

      For basic things, I recommend people shop between dealers and independents. If dealer prices are close, I recommend using the dealers.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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    2. Chuck

      Do you know of anyone that received GM/Chevrolet factory or dealer service for original automotive colored paint that flakes off of the “primer ecoat” in sheets? I have a white 160K mile 2006 Chevrolet Silverado PU beyond warranty with large continuous sections of white roof paint that has this problem. My local dealer is not cooperative. It is obviously a factory defect. Is it worthwhile to contact GM/Chevy or other? I am in the San Francisco Bay Area.

      Reply
      1. Jerry Post author

        I have not heard of this problem before and in my experience, given the age and mileage of the truck, GM isn’t going to do anything. That would be true of all the automakers.

        Thanks for listening to the show, I wish I had better news.

        Jerry Reynolds, President
        Car Pro Radio Network

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  3. Ren

    Where is the best place to sell my car? You mentioned this question on radio, but cannot find this answer on your website.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      What kind of vehicle is it, and what year model? That makes a difference.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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  4. Duane

    Jerry,
    How does your Car Pro buying experience stack up against those membership store buying programs (like Sam’s or Costco)? Can your discount program match that of those programs?
    Thanks!!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Duane, thanks for listening to the show. I honestly don’t know how their programs work BUT I have had a ton of listener feedback and they always say I saved them additional money over those programs. Sometimes it is a little, and sometimes it is a lot.

      Let me know if I can help.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Used cars don’t fluctuate like new car prices due to the factory incentives on new cars. Used car prices drop on late models in September, so that is always a good time.

      THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks
      Owner, KPIR 1420 AM Granbury, TX

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  5. KEVIN KEOUGH

    Jerry,

    I was recently was in an accident that was the other drivers fault. It was in Dallas. My issue is with a diminished value claim. My car is a 2011 Camaro Synergy edition, one of about 400 made, 255 of them being the V8. It is also white and a convertible. With this being such a limited edition I do not see that is listed as an option in book value or auction sales. There was 5000 worth of front end damage, all cosmetic. USAA has been helpful and sent the forms to file a diminished value claim, but will anyone take in to account this limited edition vehicle that I put only about 225 miles a month on?

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  6. Tommy Winfield

    Do you have a preference between these retractible hardtop convertibles: BMW 335i & Infiniti G37? I prefer the looks of the BMW, but the performance of the Infiniti,

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Tommy, good to hear from you. I like both cars and both cars are well built.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks
      Owner, KPIR 1420 AM Granbury, TX

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  7. David W.

    Replacing 1998 Acura Integra Lift Back: Had two Toyata Celica Lift Backs before the Acura. Love the fact I can use the rear space for “stuff”, like my bicycle.

    Am not in a rush but would like your suggestions on a replacement for my Lift Back. 2010 to new, $18k to $28k range.

    Thoughts?

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  8. Heather P.

    Looking to buy a used F-150. Found a few with about 100,000-150,000 miles on them. What is the average mileage that an F-150 gets in it’s lifetime? Also, what is your recommended Ford location in the Houston area? Thanks for the advice!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Heather – click on this link: http://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/ then click on HOUSTON and you will see all of our Car Pro Approved Dealers for Houston. Choose the one you’re interested in and when you click on their icon it will send an email direct to their Car Pro person, usually the GM or GSM.

      Thanks for being a listener!
      Jerry Reynolds
      “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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  9. Daniel

    My wife has a discount for chrysler / dodge which is 1% below invoice because she works for one of the companies that is in there program. “What does that mean and how do I get that great deal without the dealer games they play.

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  10. Doug Boazman

    I need to replace my 05 Focus with 150K miles…..I would like to stay in the $25K range.
    What make/models would you suggest

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Doug, I need more info. You thinking car, SUV, what are your priorities?

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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  11. johnny barrow

    i am looking to buy a 250 diesel truck to pull a 5th wheel about 9,500 lbs. What are you thoughts about a Ford 6.7 liter v8. 2013 model and how does that compare to the dodge

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. Honestly, I like the 6.7 Ford the best of all the diesels. It’s the most fuel efficient and I love the horsepower, torque, and how quiet it is.

      I have great Ford dealers all over, you can find all my dealers here:

      http://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/

      THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

      Reply
  12. John Schmidt

    Jerry, I am thinking about purchasing a car at the Mecum auto action, and looking for a older Jag like maybe a 2005 XJ or even a hardtop XKE 1970 that are driver cars, for driving on weekends, etc. Would this be an expensive mistake since I am not a mechanic . By the way we love your show here in Phoenix, AZ.
    John

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    1. Jerry Post author

      John, thanks for listening to the show. I don’t think the 2005 would be a mistake at all, but a early 1970’s could be VERY problematic. Finding someone to work on it is one thing, parts are a whole different problem.

      I’d go with the newer model, it’s a great car, I had one myself.

      THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

      Reply
  13. John C

    Love the show (WLAC Nashville) – any advice for a superior replacement battery – my Sonata needs a new one before winter sets in. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      THANKS for listening! I like Interstate batteries the best myself, they have a great warranty and just seem to last longer than most.

      I wish you all the best!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  14. Rod S. Marett

    Jerry, can you explain to me why the 2014 jeep grand Cherokee diesel is approx. $4000 more than the gas engine when the Mercedes glk diesel is approx. $500 less than their gas engine? seems like a huge premium to pay and a long pay-back for the jeep grand Cherokee!

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  15. Rod S. Marett

    jerry, what do you consider to be the most accurate publication to provide me with an estimate of current value for my 2006 lexus rx 330? Lookin’ to sell to a private party and kbb, Edmunds, etc. values vary quite a bit. thanx

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  16. Johnny

    “COMMITMENT TO THE CAR PRO PROMISE: Each Car Pro Certified dealer is committed to delivering on the Car Pro Promise of you having an outstanding car buying experience and special Car Pro Pricing as determined by current market conditions.”

    Jerry:
    Love your show. Been listening for years. Based on your statement above, a customer will get have an outstanding car buying experience and special pricing. As a future new car buyer, both of those conditions are something that I or any buyer wants to experience. After thinking about this, my question is this: What constitutes or what do you consider to be a “good deal” when you buy a new car? This is obviously one of the reasons your show exists, but I can’t help but wonder what that “good deal” is. That being said, what’s a “great deal”? I think all listeners to your show would like to know as well.

    Thank you for your show.

    Johnny (Austin)

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    1. Jerry Post author

      That’s a great question, I get it all the time. I consider a great deal to be better than a listener can get from other dealers. Each market is different…in some parts of the country, hybrids do well, in other markets not so well. The big thing for me is that the customer gets great pricing UP FRONT. You can get a great deal anywhere if you are willing to sit in a dealership all day and go through the brain damage it takes to do that. My goal is for listeners to be able to walk in, pick out a car, and get the great price within minutes.

      I appreciate you listening to the show! Let me know if I can help!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  17. Rod S. Marett

    Jerry, what is the best publication or source for the most accurate estimate of what my used suv is worth on the open market(private party sale)? Thanx.

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  18. Lori

    I have always driven a full size truck but am looking to move in to a midsize suv/crossover. I would like to strike a balance between a luxury feel while maintaining the best possible towing capability within the midsize suv catetgory. I’m currently reviewing the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lincoln MKX, and Ford Explorer. Am I on the right track or are there other models I should concider? Would like to stay domestic if possible and between 35K-40K for a late model used or new.

    Great show!

    Lori

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks for listening Lori. Those are all good SUVs for sure and good choices for you. Not sure how much weight you need to tow, so that might affect my answer. Feel free to email me from the website for further info, and tell me where you are located, and I’ll recommend some good dealers for you.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  19. Jerry Bonham

    Jerry, I remember reading in one of your newsletters about a windshield repair service you recommend. Sorry, can’t find the name. Thanks. I don’t miss your show in Dallas.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. The info is in the Dallas newsletter every week, click here:

      Need a windshield or a chip repaired? Get a 10% discount from ASAP Auto Glass. I’ve used them for years and they are great. Call Troy Medders at 214 476-3065. In most cases, he will come to you!

      GOOD LUCK!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  20. Bob

    I enjoy your show,

    Have you heard any rumors of a small diesel pickup in the near future?
    I’d like to see something like the Jetta TDI motor put into a Tacoma. I would guess that if they didn’t get too crazy with the price that it would sell like hot cakes.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Nothing concrete, but there is a strong rumor that GM will put a small diesel in the new Colorado that comes out next year. I have heard nothing from VW.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  21. David Corriea

    Jerry
    I have an 06 chevy duramax with 98000 miles. I recently had to replace the turbo to the tune of over $3000. I looked at the turbo myself ( I am a farmer and am familiar with turbos) and the bearings were fine. The mechanic explaind that it wasn’t the bearings but that the variable pitched veins were gumed up and not working. I asked what would cause this and he showed am a GM directive stating that it would be caused by not changing oil often enough or excessive idling. I never let my pickup idle for long periods and i always changed my oil when the light came on. The mechanic said I need to change my oil more often than when the light comes on. Every 4 or 5 thousand at the most. Your thoughts ?
    David

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    1. Jerry Post author

      David, I don’t have any way of knowing what went wrong with the turbo, but that is unusually soon based on everything I know. I sure can’t imagine you would need to change oil more often than 5000 miles under any circumstances.

      I wish I could be of more help, and do appreciate you listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  22. Carol Ramsey

    Jerry and Kevin, Last Saturday you mentioned AUTO HEAT SHIELD and gave a COUPON CODE for a discount. Didn’t write it down and now I think I want to purchase a few of them. Coupon code please.
    Thanks for great shows and information!
    Carol Ramsey

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  23. David ellibee

    I bought a 2012 tahoe less than a year ago took it in for passenger door handle not working properly. The dealership said that it had been wrecked. The sound barrier was missing and bondo was present inside the door is there any thing that could be done about this. The other owner was enterprise rental cars. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Probably not…I am sure you signed all sorts of AS-IS documents. I don’t ever recommend Enterprise cars, sorry this happened, but I don’t see any relief for you.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  24. David Kennon

    Jerry,

    What vehicle choices do you suggest for a 6’2″, 300 lb. young man that would; 1) fit his frame, 2) be age/gender appealing (truck is ok),and 3) would be low – moderately priced?

    Thanks for your thoughts

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      I think a pickup or SUV for sure, much depends on budget. Email me from the website with a price range and where you are located, I’ll try to help!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  25. Arlene

    I am looking at the 2013s Nissan Pathfinder and CHevy Traverse. In your opinion which do you think is the most reliable and will hold it’s value best.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Arlene, good to hear from you. I think Traverse is the better choice all the way around. It’s a great SUV and a super value.

      Talk to my friends at Hewlitt Chevrolet, they’ll take good care of you! THANKS for listening to the show.

      Don Hewlett Chevy
      7601 IH 35 S
      Georgetown, Texas 78626
      Rick Jehl–GM
      512-681-3082
      rick@donhewlett.com

      John Weldon –Sales Manager
      jweldon@donhewlett.com
      512-426-1935

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  26. donn

    I got a Honda 1993 Civic CX 160,000 miles and the speedometer works intermittenly. I R&R’s the speed sensor and it didn’t resolve the problem. Anyone?

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  27. Eric

    11-18-2013: This weekend you had a lady caller on the national show, the CVT on her Toyota Highlander failed. For the car owner who keeps cars for a very long time (10+ years, 20k mi a year) is buying a CVT a wise idea? Considering a 2010 Honda Insight with a cvt, with 60k miles.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Honda has a good CVT, it has a really good track record. That’s not true of all automakers that use a CVT. I think it’s a good risk.

      Thanks for listening to the show, always let me know if I can help you!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  28. James W Hogue

    Jerry, I have two cars to trade in on a new Chevy Cruze Diesel. I own one out right, the other car I will more than likley be up side down about 2500.00. Should I trade them in or sell the cars out right.

    Enjoy your show hanjs James

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you, I think trading them in is probably best for you. Let the clear title one cover what your upside down and start fresh.

      Go through the website to email me and tell me where you are located, I’ll recommend a great Chevy dealer for you.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  29. Pat

    I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with 92,000 miles on it. My local shop is recommending replacing the timing belt and flushing the cooling and transmission fluids. I’m okay with the belt replacement, but am wondering if the flushes are a good idea.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      I am never a fan of flushing past 70.000 miles or so. I think the risk is greater than the reward.

      THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  30. B. J. Shepherd

    My 2012 f-150 Lariat ecoboost with 3.55 rear end only gets 16.5 to 17.2 mpg. I hear you talk about getting 23 mpg. What’s wrong with mine? I’ve got 13,300 miles on it. Thanks. Enjoy your show!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      BJ, I wish i could tell you. Driver habits have a TON to do with the mileage you get, probably more than anything. The 3:31 rear end is the one I get the most feedback on from listeners stating 22-23 on the highway.

      You might have your Ford dealer check it and see if some of the settings are off. THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  31. Geary Miller

    Jerry, a few of the Honda dealers offer lifetime power train warranty if you buy a new Honda from their dealership. Sounds too good to be true. What do you think?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Nothing is free my friend. Most of these programs require a TON of expensive maintenance to be done in their service department. OVer time, they make enough money to cover any cost of the warranty. They know a lot of people will forget about it, trade their car off, get it totaled, etc. It’s playing odds.

      Again, nothing is free. I wish you all the best.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  32. Aaron

    What is the better choice in full size suv’s? A Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon or a Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator or Toyota Sequoia? I’m looking for 2007 or newer. Right now I want to know which one is the best for reliability and overall performance and price. Please let me know, I live in Oregon City, OR.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      I think from 2007, on the Tahoe or GMC Yukon is the best choice, they’ve been awesome. I would not hesitate to get either.

      THANKS for listening to the show. If I can help, let me know.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

      Reply
  33. ROBERT

    I was told that it is not good to warm up my car in the morning.
    is this correct?
    I warm it up every morning for at least 3 minutes, even when it is not cold outside.
    I own a 2009 Nissan ultima.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Robert, it won’t hurt anything to warm it up. It won’t make the car run any better if that is your goal, but it won’t hurt anything at all.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  34. Michael Ainsworth

    I drive about 700 miles a week, in the past I have drove Geo Metro, Hyundai’s and currently driving a Chevy Colorado. I’m looking at a Volkswagen and I hear you talking about the Passat what about the Jetta or the Golf? Really enjoy your show!!!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Jetta and Golf are both great cars and the Jetta TDI will do a real 45-46 MPG highway consistently. I haven’t had the Golf, but have had the newer Jetta and it’s a great car, I just like the added room of the Passat.

      Let me know if I can help! We have good VW dealers in most markets.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  35. Tina Maldonado

    Hi Jerry, I listen to you show as much as I can but haven’t been in the car market for a few years. I have decided that I need to go back into an SUV and want a Toyota 4Runner, probably used. Our family has owned several. I live in Austin TX but am willing to drive to get the best deal. I am also open to purchase or lease to get the best monthly price.

    I currently own a Toyota Tacoma that I also have some questions on whether I should sell it outright or trade it in. I don’t know where to start on it. My Tacoma is in excellent condition, leather seats, a 2010 with less than 40K miles. It was a certified used vehicle when I purchased, and I have a factory warranty up to 100,000 miles that I can transfer to a new owner.

    How do I start to get a value on my current vehicle? Please recommend a good Toyota dealership for the new 4Runner. I bought my Tacoma in San Antonio so I am willing to drive to any big city in Texas.

    Thanks in advance on any advice,
    Tina

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Tina, good to hear from you. 4 Runner is an awesome choice, I’d probably try to find a slightly used one to save some money. They are extremely reliable and are super good quality.

      Talk to my friend Shawn Vaughn the GM at Toyota of Boerne, he’s awesome to my listeners! Just tell him I sent you.

      Toyota Scion of Boerne
      31205 IH 10 West
      Boerne, TX 78006
      Shawn Vaughan – General Manager
      210.844.6111 Cell
      svaughan@toyotaofboerne.com

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  36. Jeff Kweller

    For the lady from Cleveland, who has a son in the u.p. of Mich. the very best Subaru dealer is Hodges Subaru of Ferndale, Mi. Detroit area. You have to go past there to get to the u p. ask for Phil Mendiola. Tell them Jeff Kweller of Texas sent you. The best Subaru dealer anywhere. Bar none.

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  37. Tim Taylor

    Jerry…
    Dodge Ram has been teasing us with their half ton diesel for well over a year, frequently delaying the launch date without explanation. I am in the market for a half ton truck, but had hoped to fulfil that need before being planted six feet under.
    Is Chrysler serious about the half ton diesel, or is it just another load of horse manure, designed to test the market ?
    Great job with the radio show….keep it up.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Tim, good to hear from you! I think it is actually coming in March. I suspect they have had issues getting the emissions to pass, but that’s not official.

      Stay tuned, I’ll get one of the first to review. THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  38. Jeff Koch

    Hi Jerry,
    I want to buy a new Silverado 1500 regular cab with many of the prefered options along with my choice of available color, wheel selection and with the 5.3 V8. I’ve searched throughout the western regions and have been unable to locate the combination I would like. I know that the regular cab models are not as popular as the double and crew cab models but the regular cab is what I want for a number of reasons. It appears I will have to special order the truck I want. The dealers tell me the insentives available would apply at the time of delivery. They say turn around time is around 8 weeks for delivery. My question is, when should I order so I can get the best insentives?
    Thanks Jerry.
    Jeff
    Sacramento, Ca

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  39. valina

    Howdy,
    My husband and I are looking into purchasing a new equipment van. We are currently in a Honda minivan, but need more space. We must be able to park it under cover / in a garage, but are concerned that all the new vans are going extra tall. We sometimes carry two or three additional passengers, and go for thousands of miles per job. Do you know what the future holds for work vans? We possibly can switch to a land barge style vehicle like the Suburban, but we were hoping for the old fashioned Ford E 150 type body for space, comfort, Mileage. And we feel that a nerdy van is less of a criminal magnet than the cool looking suburban.
    Please help – Thanks

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. I agree the trend is going toward taller vans. Not sure if the Nissan NV200 or the Ford Transit Connect would work for you, but I believe either will fit in your garage.

      If those are not big enough, Ford and Chevy both still make 1/2 ton commercial vans, which might be another option.

      I appreciate you listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  40. Riekert

    Hi Jerry,
    My daughter is an overseas student and wanted to lease a new VW for students and find a co-signer.
    Deal was to be as follows, $2500 down payment with $200 per month over 36months insurance mentioned by the sales person ±$60. After all paper work was completed the prices were as follows Down payment $3000 Monthly payment $300 and insurance $310 the insurance just made the deal impossible and we asked the dealership to cancel the deal as it was to expensive. We were told this can not be done as the funds was already transferred by the bank and the car was already registered with Texas. I have offered to carry all cost including bank charges for the cancellation of the deal.
    No down payment and no delivery if the vehicle has taken place, please can you advise if this deal can be cancelled? Salesmen at the time mention to the co-signer that he needs this deal for a big commission which I think is not just un professional but also very cheeky.
    Would really appreciate your advise.
    Kind rgds
    Riekert
    South africa

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Riekert, good to hear from you all the way from South Africa. I send Ashleigh a message around 10:30 PM Central time last night with some things she could do. Get her to send you the info. I hope it helps you guys.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

      Reply
  41. Jim Tallent

    Hello Jerry, Love your show.
    My question is this:
    I want to purchase a low cost (3k-5k), high millage (150k+) SUV with good ground clearance. Can you recommend SUVs recognized for their longevity (under regular maintenance).

    Thank you
    Jim

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Jim, good to hear from you. That will be an almost impossible price range for an SUV. They are popular and hold their value quite well.

      I would look at domestics like Ford Escape or Chevy Trailblazer, or any of the Subaru models. I would recommend craigslist as a place to look.

      Good luck!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

      Reply
  42. Pat

    Several times on your radio show you have mentioned a Car Pro Coupon. How do I get one of those in San Antonio, TX? thanks

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  43. Gary

    Hi Jerry, I relocated here to Scottsdale from Chicago 6 years ago….just love your show which I listen to every Saturday. I have a question….I have a 2008 mazda3i with 43,100 miles on it. I have every single receipt from every oil change, tune-up, etc so have really babied this car. being retired, I am hoping this car will last me another 6 years, especially with the small amount of miles I put on each year. In your opinion, is this a car worth hanging onto or am I looking forward to major repair bills? Anything you can tell me about the car would be so appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      GOOD to hear from you and thanks for listening to the show. It is always a bit of guess, but I think you have a lot of trouble free miles in front of you, these are good cars. I think you can get to 100,000 miles with no issues.

      Always let me know if you need anything at all!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

      Reply
  44. Noel

    Hi jerry,

    Today was the first time that I listened to your radio show. I like how you know all about cars. I want your opinion on a car that I want to get. I want a subaru wrx but not sure if I should get the 2014 or wait for 2015 model. I know I can get a better deal on the 2014 because dealers want to get them out of their lots. I know the 2015 model has a new 6 speed transmission and has more features but is the 5 speed wrx a good car?

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  45. Tony banducci

    Hey Jerry, what do think of the Audi Q7 , looking at a used one 2010 to 2012 also looking at tne toyota
    Highlander, and 4 runner.
    Thxs Tony

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Love the Q7, but I am a huge Audi fan anyway. The Q7 gets amazing gas mileage, and I love the fact that it’s a hatchback. Overall, really like it.

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  46. Sara

    We enjoy your show!! Is there a website that will provide the value of a vehicle other than KBB? We were in an auto accident Saturday (2006 Acura TL with 128k miles) and I’m afraid it’ll end up a total loss. I think we have negative equity so I’m preparing for the worst. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Sara, sorry to hear about the wreck. I would check http://www.cars.com too and see if you can find some comparable vehicles to the one that was wrecked. Check you finance contract too, if you have GAP insurance and you are indeed upside down, it will make uo the difference.

      Let me know when are are settled and looking for a replacement, i’d be happy to help.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  47. clyde prestwood

    Due to numerous complaints from owners of the 2005,2006 Chrysler 300C 5.7 L engines , and other Chrysler and Dodge units: the NHTSA ( Office of Defects Investgations ) conducted an investigation which was opened 5/09/2013 and concluded 2/10/2014 ( their # PE 13016 )
    This was due to the nature of when these cars were being fueled,they would have a tendency to stall several times right after they were filled up
    As a result Chrysler has agreed to extend the warranty of the 19 gal fuel tank to lifetime.
    However in calling Chryslers” customer service # 800-247-9753, I was told they had no knowledge of the aforementioned
    my vin# 6H464101 was given to them as my vehicle has experienced the problem several times

    What information have your company been given regarding this problem ?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      I do not have anything further on this investigation. Wish I could help. I would contact Chrysler directly if you have any questions.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  48. Andrew

    I recently begin looking to buy a new car and found many good options. I am a 25 year old guy, and going to be getting married within the next year. I want something economical, with plenty of creature comfort and options. I would also like something that I can keep long term as I start my family. I want a car (probably a sedan). I have looked at the fusion, Altima, mazda6, optima, sonata, and accord. I’ve also considered going up to something like an infinity q50 or Lexus IS. Out of these what would you recommend or is there a car I haven’t even considered that is better?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. Those are all good choices. I am not sure how budget plays into this, but Fusion is one of the best buys out there, Accord is one of the best cars you can buy if you want to try to get a ton of miles out of it, and Camry is an excellent choices as well.

      I like the IS if you go with an upscale, I am concerned you’ll run out of room with it, so I’d go with the Q50, it’s awesome, and Id throw the Avalon in there too for it’s reliability record, large back seat, and large trunk.

      Not sure where you are, but I have great dealers for them all in most markets, just let me know how I can help.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  49. fred

    Jerry– I just totaled my 1999 Suburban, 245000 miles. We loved it for travel and tailgating and sitting up high.
    My wife wants another Suburban. We’re in our 70s. I want to down size to a smaller SUV with some
    good space in back, I’m looking at the Traverse and Enclave-2013s I like their smooth ride. Also looked at Highlanders, but not enough room for pop up tent with back and middle seats down, also middle seat doesn’t fold flush with rear seats folded down. I’m also looking for better mileage in retirement which is coming soon and an SUV that will last. Thanks – Fred

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Fred, good to hear from you. There are 3 GM SUVs you can downsize to without giving up all your room. Traverse and Enclave are two, the third is GMC Acadia. They all have the same powertrains, so much depends on which you like the best. Enclave is the luxury version of the three, but all three are super nice and I recommend them all the time.

      Not sure where you are located, but I we have good dealers for them all in most markets. Let me know how I can help.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  50. mike

    Jerry,

    Last week I wrote to you about John L. Sullivan Chevrolet and my 2015 Taho, I took your advise and contacted Mike and I’am happy to say he corrected the problem completely to my satifaction and even went out of his way to send someone to our house some 90 miles away. Thank you

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  51. Jared Yakabowskas

    Hello.

    Where would one go to sell an antique car? I inherited an 1948 Mercury Sedan from my grandfather. It runs. Thanks for your help.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Honestly, this is out of my area and I really don’t know. I wish I could be of more help, but do appreciate you listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  52. seth

    My girlfriend is in the market for a car and she is tied between two cars the Hyundai Sonota SE and the Ford Fusion SE. Can you give us some guidance?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Seth,

      Good to hear from you. Both a great cars, I favor the Fusion however, the Ecoboost is awesome and I love the technology in the car, it’s terrific. The price point is VERY good, especially right now due to some large Memorial Day rebates.

      Shoot me an email at jerry@carproshow.com and tell me where you guys are located and I’ll recommend a great dealer for you. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  53. Gene Y

    I’m looking for a truck or SUV with a standard transmission, and comfortable seats. It seems to me that the standard transmissions tend to come in the bottom trim packages, and you can’t get the high-end seats in that package. Any hints?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Gene, there are no more half-ton trucks that you can you can get with a stick. You’ve got to go up to a 3/4 ton.

      In SUVs, Jeep Wrangler is one you can get in a standard, and Mazda CX5 is another. Just not much selection these days.

      Let me know if I can help!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  54. Eric

    Is buying a Suzuki here in the states a wise move? Considering a 2002 used Vitera 74k miles, 4wd, Auto 2.0 Liter, $7k. My mechanic says NO due to parts availability. Prefer body on truck frame not unibody for ruggedness, and part time 4wd.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Not a good idea at all. Parts are an issue now AND they weren’t even good cars when they were new. I would not recommend it.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  55. Mike

    Have a 2007 Camry, excellent condition with 160k miles, mostly freeway miles and well maintained. Was rear-ended with frame damage and the repair is going to exceed $4k. We intended to keep the car for another 3-4 years but now don’t feel confident with keeping it and it would be difficult to resell. What would your recommendation be, Get it repaired and continue to drive it, tell the insurance company to not repair it then replace it, etc?

    Thanks, a very loyal listener.

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  56. Michael Di Dio

    Hi Jerry and team, I am looking to buy a truck from Tx Direct Auto in Stafford Tx. I found a 2012 Ford F150 FX2 with 84,000 miles and a 1 owner and they have it priced for us at $20,780. There is also a Chevy Tahoe LTZ with only 74,000 miles priced at $22,980….Both trucks in GREAT condition but which is the better buy in your opinion? We are a family of 4! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Tahoe-WE-FINANCE-2007-CHEVY-TAHOE-LTZ-SUNROOF-NAV-REAR-CAM-DVD-22S-74K-TEXAS-DIRECT-AUTO-/371076883504?forcerrptr=true&hash=item5665e7e430&item=371076883504&pt=US_Cars_Trucks http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-F-150-WE-FINANCE-2012-FORD-F-150-FX2-SPORT-CREW-5-0-SIDE-STEPS-20S-86K-TEXAS-DIRECT-AUTO-/400723945733?forcerrptr=true&hash=item5d4d022905&item=400723945733&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      I can’t recommend this dealership, I have heard too many horror stories, and they don’t have a good recored with the BBB.

      Speak to Mark Kolon the GM at Classic Chevy Sugar Land, he will take super care of you, http://www.classicchevyhouston.com

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  57. Oscar

    I put a down payment and signed papers for a new car from a dealership in Texas. 3 days have passed since. The dealership still has possesion of the car as I have not had a chance to pick it up. What are my options for cancelling the sale of this car and getting a full refund / down payment reimbursement? I no longer want to buy this vehicle. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      If you have not taken delivery, you can cancel whatever you want. You haven’t actually “purchased” the car until you drive it away.

      Let me know if I can help!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  58. Charlene Ruddock

    I enjoy listening to your show in San Antonio on Saturday morning. I have gained a lot of knowledge, and thank you.

    I have sent a request to McCombs Ford regarding a 2015 Ford Exhibition King Ranch. I am wondering what the difference is between the exhibition King Ranch and the Lincoln SUV. I see you do not have a dealer recommendation for El Paso. I live in El Paso half time and San Antonio half time so convenience allows me to deal either place.

    I see it is best to purchase end of model year, but I want to order a new vehicle, therefore that will not be in my plan. Will purchasing the end of a month be beneficial in ordering a new vehicle? Is it better to pay cash or finance?

    Any specific pointers in my situation?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Talk to Henry Finley the GM at McCombs Ford West in mid-july, and he’ll be able to order you the 2015 you want, you are just a little too early right now.

      He will take super care of you! THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  59. Mike

    Jerry,
    Recently bought a new XC90 through you and your dealer network, we love it and value your opinion.
    Due to a recent job change we need to drive 70 mile round trip in Houston traffic. Looked to your FAQ’s but wanted to see if we paid close attention to your show.
    Would you suggest diesel over hybrid?
    Would your next suggestion be a VW TDI (Passat/Jetta).
    We are not trading in the Volvo, this would be another purchase, preferably demo, low miles, pre owned.
    Thanks again,

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  60. Alex Komarovsky

    Hi Jerry,
    I enjoy your show very much. It is very informative. I have financial question – is there a tax advantage to have a care traded in to a dealer from whom you get a new car vs. selling the old car privately and paying cash to the dealer?

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  61. Kathy

    I’m looking at a new 2013 Prius V5 with advanced technology package. Can you recommend this car? I will use it for traveling to dog trial events. My 2 dog crates fit well side by side in the back. I drive daily doing short trips in Portland, OR area (25 to 50 miles) and one to two trips of 100 miles one way each week. My concern about this car is the number of new 2013 cars still available while 2014 (same car) seems to be impossible to find.
    Listen to your show almost every Saturday. Will appreciate your advice very much.

    Reply
  62. Jim

    On your radio show you frequently mention that after-market leather upholstery can be added that is often less expensive and better quality than factory leather. Do you have CarPro recommended dealers for after-market leather installation in the Sacramento area?

    Reply
  63. Jack

    First of all,Jerry (and Kevin) the show is on in this house every Sat AM-Thanks.
    Hey, what do you know about something called X-plan pricing thru Ford? Its a perk from the aircraft assn I belong to, and is supposedly a discount start point before you start adding up additional mfr/dlr discounts. .
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Jack, good to hear from you. My listeners get better pricing than X Plan on a daily basis. Send me an email and tell me which market you listen to the show from, I’ll set everything up for you!

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  64. John Presley

    Enjoy your show in the Sacramento area. I have a 2007 Toyota Camry SE V6 6 speed automatic. It’s been a good car but now the transmission does not shift right when I first start off. It is fine after a couple miles. The dealership says its a “sealed” transmission and all I can do is drive it until I can’t stand it anymore and then replace it (about $4,000). I’d be interested in your thoughts about this. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      From my recollection, they are telling you right about it being a sealed transmission, so I believe they are telling you right. You can get the fluid drained and changed, and it could help you prolong it.

      I wish I had a for sure answer, there is just no way for me to know for sure. I wish I could be of more help.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  65. Charles Melia

    I have a question. I would like to know about trading a car that is upside down on value. Its been happening a lot. My mom cosigned for a cousin of mine, yes I know that you should never cosign but she did. Now she is upside down and needs to trade in the car. I am the one buying a new car as I dont own a car and I need to help her by trading it in. What will I expect at the dealership and will I get the help I need? thank you

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      My dealers can help by making you a super deal on a new car, and maximizing the trade value on the car you need to get rid of.

      I need to know which market you listen from, and what kind of vehicle you want to buy.

      Send the info to jerry@carproshow.com

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  66. Bob

    Hi Jerry,

    I drive about 10k miles a year. I want to find a two year lease on a mid-size sedan, Camry, Accord, a Nissan or similar.

    Which manufacturer is offering the best lease deals in July?

    I enjoy your show on KLBJ.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Right now, it’s Toyota by far. Speak to Shannon Brady at Charles Maund Toyota, he’ll take great care of you! I appreciate you listening to the show.

      Charles Maund Toyota/Scion
      8400 Research Blvd.
      (Research @ 183)
      Austin, TX 78767

      Shannon Brady – Car Pro Specialist
      shannobrady@gmail.com
      512.917.8042

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  67. Greg Shin

    I really want to get a 2014 or 2015 RAM 1500 in diesel.

    My question is should i wait at the end of the year to try and get what ever inventory there is on the 1500 diesel laramies or just order one near in oct/november to take advantage of end of year specials?

    luckily sierra dodge/ram monrovia is in my same town! let me know what you would do if it was your money.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Greg, good to hear from you. The way these trucks are selling, I don’t know if we’ll ever see rebates on them, so I’m not sure timing really matters.

      Speak to Fred Cuevas the General Sales Manager at Sierra, he’ll help you with the order, and he’s a great guy.

      THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  68. diana

    Jerry, I’m looking for a small SUV that gets great fuel economy and am considering the Nissan Juke, however I am reading online reviews stating that it doesn’t actually get the listed MPG and furthermore, it takes premium fuel. Two questions: what do you know about the fuel economy of the Juke and do you lose the savings when having to pay for premium fuel?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Don’t get too wrapped up in what you read online. Many people have a lead foot, then complain the fuel economy is not good. Vehicles are tested in the best circumstances. My experience is that you can get the stated mileage, but you have to work at it. You can run unleaded fuel, but the best gas mileage is when you run premium.

      It’s different, but consider Mazda CX5 or Ford Escape, both get good mileage and are very nice.

      Let me know how I can help you. You can email me from http://www.carprousa.com

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  69. Gus

    Hi Jerry,
    This is a “buy or lease” question.
    I would like to drive a MB E350 or a Lexus ES 350.
    I drive between 10 and 12 thousand miles a year.
    Leasing is appealing, but the additional fees involved are a turn off.
    Buying a 2 year old model and keeping it for a long time would involve repair bills down the road.
    What would you do?
    Enjoy you on KTRH-Houston

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      There are not many additional fees at the end of the end unless the car is damaged and there is a good chance you could have equity and NO fees. You drive the right amount of miles for a lease, I’d give it a go.

      Speak to my friends at Westside Lexus and MB of Clear Lake. You can find info under the CERTIFIED DEALERS tab here on our website.

      THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  70. Mike Simpson

    Hi Jerry, I heard your advice re Malibu being a good alternative to Camry based on supply/demand. Can you recommend a used SUV in the 15k-20k range?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you! I would look at a Ford Edge, it’s a great SUV and a great value. You’ll probably be on the upper side of the budget, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

      Not sure where you are but we have great Ford dealers in almost every market. Let me know how I can help you.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  71. Duanne

    I want to buy my wife a luxury car, probably a suv crossover. Only looked at Lexus so far. The 350 seems a little small but we did not spend much time looking at it.
    Don’t need 4wd but want all the bells and whistles.
    We are not in a rush, but are close to buying unless its better to wait for a different model for 2015.
    What do you think is the best car for the money?
    Probably spent around 40-50k

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Take a look at the new Acura MDX, it’s a great SUV and very enjoyable. It has a 3rd row seat but you can fold it out of the way for more room if needed.

      Not sure where you are located but we have good Acura dealers in a lot of the markets the show airs in, let me know if I can help. THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  72. Donna

    Hello

    I am looking to purchase a 2014 Ford Escape SE. Do you recommend the l.6 or or the 2.0 engine?

    I needed something that will not struggle going over the Grapevine or up to Reno.

    Also, I live in Stockton, is Big Valley Ford a decent dealership?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. Personally, I like the 1.6, it’s been a good engine and gets good mileage, but it has plenty of power.

      Talk to Steve Kubitz the GM at Big Valley, he’s a great guy and will take super care of you. THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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      1. Donna

        Thank you for the advice. My dad really likes listening to your show and recommended that I ask your advice.

        What do you think of the Mazda CX5 versus the Escape?

        Have a nice day.

        Donna

        Reply
        1. Jerry Post author

          Donna, both are good SUVs. I think the Escape is the better buy, primarily because Ford keeps great rebates on them. If they were priced the same, it would be a tossup.

          Let me know where you are and I’ll recommend a good Ford dealer for you: jerry@carproshow.com

          Thanks for listening to the show.

          Jerry Reynolds, President
          Car Pro Radio Network

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          1. Donna

            Hello

            Thank you for all your help. I really appreciate the advice. I live in Stockton, CA.

            Have a blessed day.

            Donna

  73. Peter

    Jerry,
    Regular listener and big fan!
    Would like to hear your thoughts between a 2011 BMW 335d and the 2014 328d.
    We wont need the towing capacity, just like the idea of having all the torque on the 335d.
    We do rely on a good MPG factor.
    Thanks for your input!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Peter, thanks for listening to the show! I agree on the 335D, it’s a WONDERFUL engine, lots of power, and great mileage. It’s nice to have that torque when needed.

      Sure appreciate you listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  74. Joanne B

    Have been listening since you came on in the Pittsburgh market. Have been patiently waiting for
    the name of your trusted dealer(s) in this city and surrounding areas.
    Any chance it will be soon (I hope)???
    I have a ’12 Nissan Versa w/ 46 K mi. Just got it in May ’14, but was used to driving an SUV for the past 15 or so years, and not happy with the size of the Versa…though the mileage is good!!
    Also don’t know how it will handle in the winter on our hilly terrain, not being 4 wheel drive.
    Have in the past had a Forester, XL7Grand Vitara, GMC Safari and Ford Escape….. Would probably be more inclined to go back to the Forester or another model Subaru. Not looking for new, but a 2 to 4 year old vehicle. Any suggestions?? Don’t forget about the Dealership(s)…..
    Thanks for all your helpful info and advice!
    Joanne

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. It takes a while to get around to every dealer in a large market, and until you do, you don’t know who is best. I hope we have some announcements soon.

      For sure, you with a Forester, it’s a WONDERFUL SUV and there is no better all-wheel system. Quality is great too.

      GOOD LUCK and thanks for listening.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  75. Valerie

    Jerry,
    My good friends in Arizona are devoted listeners to your program. I can’t get you here in Chicago., but they suggested I write for your advice.

    My daughter is a single mom with 4 fast-growing boys and a very limited income. She has to drive about 30,000 miles a year, a good deal of it on the highway. Her Chevy SUV with over 200,000 miles has given up the ghost and she needs to get something sturdy and reliable, with room for at least 5 but preferably 7. She’s been looking at various SUV’s (including a Ford Edge and a Chrysler Town and Country), as well as a Chrysler Pacifica, from about 2007 and 2008, with mileage from 60 to 80 thousand, and prices from $11,000 up. She’s been looking mostly at a Ford dealership in the Aurora, Illinois, area. Can you make any sort of recommendations for her?

    Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you. I am happy to help. I would for sure go with something with a 3rd row seat. The Chrysler and Dodge vans are generally very good and she can get one of those cheaper than a Toyota or Honda, so she can get a lower mileage one for the same money. SUVs hold their value quite well, while vans depreciate much faster, so I would recommend a van.

      If she gets real interested in one, and wants a second opinion, send me the specs by email, jerry@carproshow.com

      I wish you the best.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  76. Dave Polley

    Dec 30. 2012 I leased a 2013 GMC Terrain with a V6 3.8.
    Last December 18, 2013 at about 15K miles the Check engine light came on. On Stare told that I had moister in the fuel. The fuel sensor was replaced under warranty. This happen an additional 4 times. The 2nd time the Fuel sensor was replaced. The 3rd time was told there was signs of a mouse or similar animal that might of chewed on a wire for the fuel sensor and that I would have to let them have the car for a day. The 4th time I was busy and the light went out by itself. The 5th time I took the csr to the dealer for the day. They could not find any damaged wireing but they replace the fuel sensor. When checking the wiring the mechanic found a bottle of Heet in the trunk and wrote that I should not add that or any additive to the gasoline. The owners manual states that I should add a bottle of GM injector every oil change.

    Anyways the check engine light came on 5 times during the last winter when the weather was cold and damp. I know several people who buy their gas at the same place as I do. They own Fords, Chevys, Buicks, BMW, Hondas and KIAs. They never had the same problem and the GMC dealer never found moister in my fuel tank.

    What is you knowledge of the problem? I am sure the problem will occur next winter.

    I have read on the Internet that the Fuel Sensor is problem on many makes of autos. Not a huge problem but a pain in the fuel tank.

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  77. Steven Salmon

    Hi Jerry,
    Always enjoy listening to you and Kevin on the week-ends here in Phoenix. Been thinking about acquiring another F 150 to go with my 2004 Supercrew 4×4. Lately Ford has decided that the F 150 4×4’s will no longer have the driver’s side grab handle ( mounted on the A pillar? just inside the door ) to help us old, fat guys hoist our butts up into the truck. Not a big deal on level ground with good footing but standing on gravel or mud or on a slope it comes in really handy.

    Two questions: Do you know if the 2015’s will have that grab handle? If not is such a thing available from either Ford or some aftermarket supplier?

    Thanks and keep up the good work. Steve

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Steve, thanks for listening to the show. We don’t know much about the 2015 details yet, so I can’t say. I know there are some aftermarket products that can be added. Sanderson Ford is my dealer, they can probably help.

      Really appreciate you listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  78. Greg Shin

    Hi Jerry,

    I have a truck on order from one of your dealers. My question is about my trade in.

    I have a 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 with 68,000 miles and live in CA.

    Is it better to sell to carmax or just work with the dealer?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      I would look at both options. Run it by a CarMax, then see if the dealer will meet or exceed it. You get the best of both worlds that way.

      Good luck.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  79. Jon Norene

    I’m look to buy a PT Cruiser 06. What years should like stay away from? Should I stay away from rebuild status?

    Jon

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      There really aren’t any bad years, but for sure stay away from rebuilt or salvage titles, they are bad news. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  80. Marlene Chouteau

    I am an 83 years old with limited income. Have a 2002 Lexus ES 300 with 135,000 miles. Have spent $1500 on repairs in last 6 months and engine light is on again for another $800 repair. l live 25 MILES OUTSIDE of Austin and drive about 17,000 a year. With trade in could I get something like a Camry with low mileage for $11,000? Do not know how long I can drive so would be better to lease something like the VW diesel or Camry?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Good to hear from you! I think leasing is absolutely the right way to go. You can lease a nice Camry for $250 per month or so right now and get free maintenance for two years. If you choose to, you can buy it or walk away and do it all over again. In the meantime you’ll have your cash in case it is needed.

      Talk to Shannon, he’ll fix you up, click here: http://www.carprousa.com/dealer/toyota-katy

      Thanks for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  81. Dan Kelly

    Jerry,
    Enjoy your show! Would like your opinion on the Hyundai Santa Fe. I’m considering a loaded 2wd Limited. I’m attracted by features, warranty, and value. I’m 66, retired, drive less than 10,000 miles /year and usually keep vehicles for 20+ years, so this could be the last one! (Our current “new” car is ’94 Concorde w/ 103,000 miles.) Home is New Berlin, TX (15 miles east of San Antonio). Thanks, Cheers, Dan

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Dan, good to hear from you! Santa Fe is a good choice, I like the way it drives, quality seems great, and it has a terrific warranty. I’ve helped a lot of people get them and they love them.

      Talk to Thad at Superior. Click here: http://www.carprousa.com/dealer/superior-hyundai email Thad, and you’ll get your VIP certificate right back in your email.

      THANKS for listening!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  82. Marilyn

    My 95 Audi 6 (mini-stn wagon) speedometer suddenly has fading red numbers at night on the dashboard…very difficult to read speed, mileage and other dials on each side. Is this a fuse or chip problem? I had a fuse replaced to restore my windshield wipes & turn signals…or could this be a short circuit problem?

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Marilyn, I doubt it is a fuse. Usually with a fuse, they work or they don’t. I really don’t know what it is, but suspect it is the sensor that tells the car if it’s dark or light outside to trigger the brighter lights, but that’s a guess.

      Good luck getting this solved and thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  83. Ken Ardanowski

    Hello Jerry,

    I have heard a lot of good things about the new Ford F-150. I am trying to decide whether to by a 2014 or hold off for the 2015. Help me make my decision.

    Thanks, Ken

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Ken, good to hear from you! Honestly, I just don’t know about the 2015 yet since they are not being produced. I can tell you the 2014 is a great truck, and I suspect it will be at least $7000 cheaper with the current rebates. I hope to have the 2015 in December or early January.

      If you decide on the 2014, let me know and I’ll set you up with a great dealer. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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      1. Ken Ardanowski

        Hello Jerry,
        If you don’t think I will lose my backside in value when the 2015 gets released I will go with a 2014. Where should I go for the best deal?

        Thank you, Ken

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  84. Sandi Leigh

    My husband and I would like to buy a new Audi A4 Diesel when they are available in the U.S. Any idea when this might be?

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    1. Jerry Post author

      The last I heard, we will see it in the first quarter of 2015, but they have missed several deadlines in the past, not sure why.

      THanks for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  85. Jo Nita Adams

    I was planning to buy a Dodge Grand Caravan because I’ve owned one since 2005, it has 272,000 miles on it, and I’ve had virtually no problems witht the car. I do need a van and it would be nice to have one that has all of the amenities available. The Grand Caravan seems to be the best for price, but I don’t know about mileage and reliablility. What do you reccommend? I put alot of miles on my cars.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Jo Nita, I recommend the Dodge and Chrysler vans ALL the time, they are awesome and they are the best value out there. With just regular maintenance, you should get 250,000 or more miles out of it.

      Not sure where you are located but I have great dealers in most cities the show airs in, just click here:

      http://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/

      Thanks for listening!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  86. EricB

    Are car manufacturers sacrificing structural rigidity for economy? I see small cars as of today being able to weigh in at under 2000 pounds. My concern – if I’m in a Dallas winter and I turn at an intersection, go into a slide and the rear axle hits the curb I don’t want the rear axle bending, because a car manufacturer decides to make it “less stout” to save on weight and increase mpg.

    I have a 03 Jetta TDI Wagon I drove over cobblestone ice at high speed in Winter 2013 in Dallas, it stressed the rear axle. The repair shop shimmed it as much as they could, but they still can’t get it into alignment, tires are wearing on the insides (both sides) significantly and they state it needs a new rear axle. Is this a problem with Jettas of that generation? I’ve driven early 1980’s and 90’s Civics and Corollas over the years – amassing well over 180k on each, they’ve been through their share of hard knocks, they’ve never had rear axle problems.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Eric, thanks for listening to the show. I have not seen any evidence that the lighter weight cars are causing any issues with safety or reliability. But it’s early yet. Certainly the government safety rating system isn’t getting any easier and there will still be a lot of steel in cars.

      Haven’t heard of any issues with Jetta axle, but honestly I don’t keep up with stuff like that.

      I wish you the best.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  87. Duanne

    I saw your review on 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport crossover. What are other alternatives in a car like this in other brands. BMW Infinity etc.
    What car would you recommend, probably not an all wheel drive but would consider it.

    Also, are Hybrids in this model something to consider? So far I have not thought one would be for us.
    We are retired and this is for my wife, her first luxury car. She drives about 12,000 miles a year

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  88. Lloyd

    I am looking at a Ford Escape or Ford C-max. With the mpg in mind and the purchase price also, which would have a better resale value when I hit 100,000 miles. I drive 30,000 plus a year (mostly city) so the cars would not be over 3 years old when I hit 100,000 and after that I always worry about repairs starting to build up

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Lloyd, good to hear from you. Future resale is more of a prediction than anything, so it is a bit of a guess. Best guess at this point is as a percentage spent, the Escape will lose less than the CMax, because people tend to be afraid of high mileage hybrids. I think the safe bet is the Escape.

      I have good Ford dealers all over: http://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/

      Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  89. Satoru

    I have interesting 1-2 punch questions. As many 2015 models showing up in dealers, there are still new 2013 models available. Now I’m not looking for a new vehicle anytime soon, but I’m sure this situation will come up in few years. Let;s say I’m looking at a 2013 Toyota Prius V three. How much discount or mark down will a dealer give considering it’s almost 2 year older and they want to clear inventory for 2015 models? Maybe $5,000 discount? And if Toyota is promoting nationwide 0.0% APR for 60 months with $500 cash back for 2014 Prius V, will a local dealer offer same or better financing offer for 2013 model? I’m in Southern Cal and listening to the show every Saturday morning when I’m driving.

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    1. Jerry Post author

      GOOD question, but with over 1200 different models out there, I can’t keep up with discounts on each of them Generally, if you plan to keep a vehicle a long time, buying a new one a year or so old makes good sense. If you plan to trade coon, within a few years, then I would get the newest model.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  90. Jim Porter

    I am considering buying a car with a matte paint finish. Lots of people seem to think they are an extreme hassle to keep clean, and other people disagree. What do you think?

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Honestly, I don’t know, I have never actually owned one and haven’t had any feedback from those that have. Maybe others can help us here.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  91. Aaron Forrest

    I HAD a 2000 Chevy 1500 extended cad truck, 5.3 L. I pull a hybrid camper, 6500 dry weight. I am now in the market for another tow vehicle. I’m wanting a SUV because I don’t want my dogs in the back of the truck when we go camping. My budget is around $6,15000. What are your suggestions to look at and/or to stay away from.

    Thank you,
    Aaron

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  92. Bob Anderson

    I am working in Dallas until next April then I am returning to home in North Dakota. I’m cautious about buying a car in Dallas because of the differences in configuration I perceive. I believe that the Battery is different, N vs S. I’m also concerned that the tires may be different and I’m sure the servicing of the cooling system is different. Are these valid concerns? I have narrowed it down to three vehicles, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel and Toyota 4Runner. Which do you fell is the best value for the money?

    Regards
    Bob

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    1. Jerry Post author

      To my knowledge, there is no difference in vehicles here, vs anywhere else in America. Dealers may order them differently, but as far as standard equipment, they are all the same.

      I like the Explorer best for the long haul, it’s just a GREAT SUV. Let me know if I can help, I have great Ford connections in DFW>

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  93. BRJ

    Jerry, I’m stuck! I’m about to purchase my 4th Outback. The first one was a 4cly and the next two were 6cly. My problem is that I really would rather have the better milage and less cost of the 2.5 and don’t think I REALLY “need” the 3.6. However, many of the on-line Outback reviews say that the 2.5 is underpowered…whatever that means. I drive about 20K a year and about half of that is traveling from
    Sacramento to the Tahoe area (interstate). Just by my non-scientific observation I see countless 2.5s passing me on the Tahoe climb while I’m in my current 2009 3.0. It must work for them! What are YOUR thoughts on the 2.5? Thanks. BJ

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  94. Ken

    Hi Jerry, long time listener. What do you recommend in a used vehicle (4 to 6 years) to tow a 22′ ultra light travel trailer, 2700 pound dry weight, 1000 pound max payload capacity, bumper pull. I prefer vans first, suv’s second, for enclosed storage. The discontinued Astro vans had good tow capacity but low mile clean units are hard to find, as well as being a bit older than I’d like. No cross country travel, just regional weekend escapes.

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    1. Michele Sanders Post author

      Ken, good to hear from you. Look for a used Dodge Durango or Chevy Tahoe, either will do the job nicely and both are a joy to drive. Check the dealers on our website, hopefully one of them will have something! Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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  95. helen catino

    looking to buy a 2013 lexus rx350 from a dealer in Bedford ohio, looks good except some leather cuts and nicks in the arm rest and backseat. carfax report says it was in a minor accident on 12/11/15 in NewYork,no structural damage no airbag deployed, and no issues reported.How can we find out exactly what kind of accident it was in. It was serviced by RALLYE MOTORS AND RALLYE LEXUS IN Rosyln,NewYork and Glenn Cove N.Y respectively, but when we called ,they woul not tell us anything about the damage. We are retired and dont know much about cars and wandered if we should be leary of buying this car. thats why we listen to your show on the radio. thank you for your help. sincerely helen in ohio

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    1. Michele Sanders Post author

      Helen, good to hear from you. On the history report, there should be a police report number. If you really want to track it down, call the non-emergency number and find out what the process is to get a copy of an accident report. Hopefully their policy is to release the information.

      If the damage was really minor with no airbag deployment, it shouldn’t be a big problem, but you might get a third party to look at it. You can use a company like: http://lemonsquad.com or a Lexus dealer will inspect it for a fee.

      Good luck!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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