By Jerry Reynolds
July 06, 2014
There is not much worse than having a wreck in your car. It is even worse when the collision is not your fault. You have to deal with your insurance company, or worse the other parties insurance. In many cases you have to mess with getting a rental car, take your car to the body shop, and then hope they do the job correctly. Perhaps the worst part of a wreck is lurking behind the scenes-the loss of value to your car. With all the databases out there to keep up with collisions, flood damage, odometer rollbacks, etc.… Read more
OK, you’ve got your tire pressure and fluids checked, snacks and in-car diversions packed for the kids and your route programmed into the navigation system. You’re ready for your Fourth of July holiday road trip, but beware — among the millions of other drivers out there who have the same idea, many may not be as prepared as you are.
AAA projects that nearly 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday period from July 3-7. Although that’s a 0.8% decrease from the year before and 1.5 million fewer than the decade high in 2007 — primarily due to the one less day in the holiday period as July 4 falls on a Friday — AAA advises drivers of the importance of keeping their mind on the task at hand.… Read more
By Jerry Reynolds
June 30, 2014
Tesla has stirred the pot by lobbying state legislatures to change laws in the states where automakers are banned from selling new vehicles direct to consumers. It has caused debate between buyers about the franchised dealer system that has been around for decades. Some call the system outdated and say it should be changed. As a former automobile franchise owner myself, I disagree.
I have seen first-hand what happens when an automaker tries to run a dealership. This experiment happened in numerous markets across the country, but I had first hand knowledge of the Oklahoma City Ford Retail Network.… Read more
In honor of Independence Day, what better way to celebrate than with patriotic quotes that define us as a nation? If these 18 patriotic quotes don’t get you in a patriotic spirit, nothing will.
1. “What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’” ~ Marilyn vos Savant
2. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~ Elmer Davis
3. “America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.” ~ Adlai Stevenson
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Holidays are always a good time to get a great deal on a new or used car. July 4th and the weekend after was always one of my favorite holidays as a dealer. It was one of the few holidays that let you kick off a month early, most holidays come at the end of the month.
One thing is for sure, the dealers will be geared up and thinking volume this weekend and most will be open on Friday. Most of the automakers extended their terrific June incentives and rebates through next Monday. GO DIRECT to any one of our dealers by clicking here: http://www.carprousa.com/car-pro-approved-dealers/
Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.
No accidents have been reported related to the recalls.
Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan. It said they were manufactured between 2000 and 2005.
That came on top of a million vehicles Honda recalled last year for similar Takata airbag problems.
Nissan Motor Co. recalled 755,000 vehicles globally manufactured from 2001 through 2003, while Mazda Motor Corp. recalled nearly 160,000 vehicles manufactured from 2002 through 2004.… Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing complaints that exhaust fumes could build up in the cabins of newer Ford Explorer SUVs and cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
The auto safety agency hasn’t opened a formal investigation.
“NHTSA is aware of the complaints involving 2011-2014 Ford Explorers whose owners are experiencing exhaust fumes or strange odors in the cabin,” NHTSA said in a statement.
“The agency is reviewing all available data and will take appropriate action as warranted,” the statement said.
There are more than a dozen complaints posted on the NHTSA website about the smell of exhaust in Ford Explorer cabins.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: About 33,000 model-year 2008-11 Mazda Tribute crossovers manufactured between Oct. 5, 2006, and Sept. 11, 2010.
The Problem: A steering torque sensor may not be able to properly detect driver steering input, causing the system to remove the electric power-steering assist; if this happens, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. In May, Ford announced the recall of about 740,000 model-year 2008-11 versions of the Escape and Mercury Mariner, which are both related to the Tribute, for the same power-steering problem.
The Fix: Mazda will notify owners beginning in July, and dealers will update the software for the power-steering control module and the instrument cluster module for free.… Read more