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How To Find The Elusive $5000 Used Car
   Published June 13, 2019
A recent Car Pro Show listener wanted to spend $5000 on used vehicle for his 16-year old child. The parent was rightfully concerned about safety, reliability, and wanted it to be fairly low mileage. This is called Mission: Impossible.

Finding a Reliable 5,000 Used Car
I could retire today if I just had a dollar for the times I have been asked about where to get a $5000 reliable used car.   Read More
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Will Start From $31,550
   Published June 13, 2019
The Hyundai’s new flagship three-row Palisade SUV arrives in CarProUSA Certified dealerships soon with a starting price of roughly $31,000.

Built in Korea, the Palisade comes with one powertrain, a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 292-horses, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes in SE, SEL, and Limited trims, and is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Prices do not include $1045 transportation charge:

Front-wheel drive:SE: $31,550SEL:   Read More
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Offers Optional Third-Row Seating
   Published June 13, 2019
Continuing with the alphabet-soup SUV naming game, Mercedes-Benz is launching a new SUV that will slot between the GLA and the GLC. It’s name, as if you had to ask, is the GLB. Mercedes describes it as “versatile SUV with powerful proportions, short overhangs and an off-road-oriented design”. Due to go on sale by the end of the year, it will be the first Mercedes in the segment to offer seating for up to seven with an optional third row. It will come with one powertrain  Read More
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Audi E-Tron Recalled For Fire Dangers
   Published June 13, 2019
Fire danger is always a fear with electric cars. We’ve seen numerous cases recently with Teslas catching on fire while parked. Now we learn the all-electric Audi E-Tron is being recalled because it has a "potentially faulty seal" in its battery compartment that could potentially cause a short circuit and a fire. Roughly 540 E-Trons have been delivered in the United States so far, after going on sale last month.

According to a statement issued by the German automaker:

Audi of  Read More
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Get Ready For Airless Tires
   Published June 13, 2019
Forget that tire dressing you have on the garage shelf, soon you won’t need it. Michelin and General Motors recently presented a new generation of airless tire technology for passenger vehicles — the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Punctureproof Tire System”) — at a recent summit for sustainable mobility. The companies say they will introduce the tires onto vehicles by 2024.

Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV.  Read More
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25 Top-Selling SUVs Year-To-Date
   Published June 13, 2019
Five months of sales are in the books and the SUV rage continues. In an industry that overall is down slightly for the year, SUVs have posted 37,000 more sales than through the first five months of 2018.

As I predicted on the air a couple of months ago, Toyota has turned on the incentives on RAV4, after lagging behind the Nissan Rogue earlier in the year. In fact, Toyota is starting to open  Read More
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2020 Ford Explorer Seats Redesigned For Comfort
   Published June 13, 2019
Whether stuck in rush-hour traffic or cruising for hours on the open road on a summer vacation, Ford says commuting can be a “real pain in the butt”. Literally. But the automaker says one “doctor” has the prescription.

Enter Supervisor Mike Kolich – Ford’s “Dr. Derriere” (pictured above) – and the Ford global seating and comfort team. They’ve designed a new front seat offering in the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. The seats maintain Ford’s shape and softness standards but they’re  Read More
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Automakers Improve Ease of Child Seat LATCH Use, IIHS Study Finds
   Published June 13, 2019
If you’re shopping for a vehicle for your family, this will come as good news. Automakers are improving their LATCH hardware for child seats, making them easier to use.

Nearly three-quarters of 2019 vehicles studied by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have LATCH hardware that rates good or acceptable for ease of use. IIHS researchers say the shift from 2015, when IIHS launched its LATCH ease-of-use ratings. At that time, a majority of new vehicles rated poor or  Read More
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All-New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Details
   Published June 13, 2019
With Ram Trucks in the sales lead over the Chevy Silverado so far this year, the war between the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 is about to go up a notch. We recently brought you news on the new 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel. Now comes Ram with a 1500 diesel. So soon, the top-three best-selling trucks in America will have a half-ton diesel entry (the Ford F-150 Powerstroke Diesel makes three).

New Ram EcoDieselRam Trucks claims the Ram 1500 diesel will be the most  Read More
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Drivers ‘Fess Up To Driving Dangerously, Study Finds
   Published June 13, 2019
In a new study, many U.S. drivers are ‘fessing up to dangerous driving behaviors while behind the wheel. The 2019 Behind-the-Wheel Confessions Study from DriversEd.com, released during National Safety Month, reveals striking statistics on an array of dangerous behind-the-wheel behaviors that U.S. drivers admit to. They include everything from distracted driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving to speeding, running through red lights and not stopping at stop  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Suzuki
   Published June 13, 2019
FORD
#1:NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V435000

Manufacturer Ford Motor Company

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,194,173

SummaryFord Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Explorer vehicles. The rear suspension toe links may fracture due to stress on the rear suspension.

RemedyFord will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 24, 2019. Owners may contact Ford  Read More
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Happy Father’s Day From The Car Pro Show
   Published June 12, 2019
Father’s Day is considered extremely important as it helps to acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and to societies at large. Besides, observance of Father’s Day provides children an opportunity to express love and respect for their fathers. The sentiment goes a long way in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in the emotional development of a child.

The idea of celebrating Father’s Day was given by Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from  Read More
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What To Know About Used Car VS New Car Financing
   Published June 12, 2019
There is one fundamental thing to understand about the difference between new and used car financing. Namly, it’s much easier to get new car financing. Not only is it easier, but Car Pro Show host and automotive expert Jerry Reynolds says new car loans also typically come with lower interest rates than offered with used car loans.

Reynolds explains there are two big reasons why this is the case:
First, used cars are a riskier investment for lenders.  Read More
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Are Factory Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth the Extra Money?
   Published June 10, 2019
The year 2016 was the best year in automotive history, which also means a record number of trade-ins on the market. Many people turn to used vehicles to try to save some money. Daily, I get the question of whether or not someone should buy a factory certified pre-owned car, and if it worth the extra money you pay for one.

When I was the Ford National Dealer Council Chairman about 15 years ago, they asked me to help them come up with the best-certified program for consumers and dealers. It  Read More
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Factory Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles and Extended Warranties
   Published June 10, 2019
I talk about Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles on my radio show often. Simply put, I am a believer and have been since we first started hearing about these programs, which was in the late 1990s. When I was the Ford National Dealer Council Chairman in 2000-2003, Ford Motor asked us to study the CPO programs that were out there and come up with one the dealers would embrace.

I traveled the country talking to dealers and used car managers until we came out with a program that everyone liked.  Read More
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Car Payments and Avoiding Long-Term Auto Loans
   Published June 10, 2019
It is easy to get caught up in the phenomenon of the new car smell. You saw a car that looked great to you, your old car is tired and you are tired of it. You go to a dealership, take that test drive, and the love affair begins. You are blinded by your favorite color, the great stereo, all the safety features, and the fuel economy. You’ll do whatever it takes to drive home in your dream car. Does that mean you’ll sign a 7-year legal, binding contract so you can afford the payments? If so, you  Read More
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Budgeting How Much Car You Can Afford
   Published June 7, 2019
So it’s time for your first car, or maybe it’s just time to replace the current one and you want to do a better job budgeting for what is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime. Either way, you’ve come to the right place because what you don’t want to ever do is find yourself in a situation where you can no longer afford your car payments. Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds addresses that situation here.

How Much Car Can You Afford?Many financial  Read More
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How Credit Scores Impact Automotive Financing
   Published June 7, 2019
It’s one of the most nerve-wracking parts about the car buying process for many shoppers. Applying for credit. It’s best to do your homework by obtaining your credit score before going to the dealership and filling out the important credit application. The last thing you want is to be surprised with a low score that derails your car-buying plans.

Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds explains the dos and don’ts of filling out the credit application  Read More
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How to Find A Reliable Used Vehicle
   Published June 7, 2019
New or used, we all want a vehicle that is reliable. But when you buy a used car, reliability is even more important. Depending on how old the vehicle is you may or may not have the factory warranty or even the extended warranty left. Repairs can get more costly as time goes by and they can become more frequent, which could become an issue for the those on a tighter budget. The risk of repairs for a used vehicle is also one reason used car loans usually come  Read More
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The High Cost Of No-Haggle Used Car Pricing
   Published June 6, 2019
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original post in February of 2017.]

We had a perplexed radio show caller last Saturday who found the perfect car at one of the used car only dealerships, but he knew it was overpriced.

I can’t help but chuckle to myself when someone tells me he or she bought a vehicle from a place that doesn’t negotiate prices and had a wonderful experience. My first thought is always: of course! You can have a wonderful experience at any car lot in  Read More