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Keeping Your Car Germ-Free During the Coronavirus Pandemic
   Published July 9, 2020
Steps you can take to keep your vehicle clean and prevent illness from germs that can hide out on various surfaces inside and outside of your vehicle.

While the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is serious and deadly, any flu should be taken seriously. Both the new coronavirus and various seasonal flu strains can be especially dangerous for seniors with underlying conditions as well as children.  Read More
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Special Guest: Fiat Chrysler North American Head of Quality
   Published July 9, 2020
This Saturday, July 11, on the Car Pro Show at 9:35 AM central, we are honored to have Mark Champine, Head of Quality, FCA - North America on the Dallas show to talk about Dodge topping the J.D Power Initial Quality survey. They made some amazing gains, and we’ll spend a few minutes discussing how they did it.

Dodge has made history with its performance in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS).

Dodge tied for the top spot among 31 competitors, becoming the first domestic  Read More
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How to Navigate the Car Dealership Finance Office
   Published July 8, 2020
Many of the questions I get on the air have to do auto financing. This is an area people who have bought cars before worry about. By the time it is time to sign on the dotted line, you may have been at a dealership for a long time, you are tired, and you are just ready to go home with your new vehicle.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Finance Departments
Beware: Like every profession, there are good dealers and bad dealers. Many people are taken advantage of in the finance department of dealerships. Over the years, I have seen it all, high-pressure tactics to purchase extended warranties, credit life, and disability insurance, GAP insurance, etc. I have also witnessed downright fraud. Bear in mind, most finance managers are paid on commission, based on what they sell.  Read More
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Navigating The Road Ahead During the COVID-19 Crisis: Your Car Questions Answered
   Published July 8, 2020
If you’re like us, you’ll never again take for granted the freedom to get in your car and head to your local grocery store to pick up a few things. The ability to do so is just one way transportation is being impacted by COVID-19, which has left many usually busy streets much quieter as people stay home to practice social distancing. The Coronavirus is having a big impact on transportation as it forces us all to, in a word, adapt. Adapt to how often we use our vehicles, how we care for them, and even how we buy them. Here we’ve compiled some of the most prevalent questions many people have when it comes to driving, buying and getting cars serviced during the COVID-19 crisis.   Read More
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Auto Safety Technology People Disable The Most
   Published July 8, 2020
We are big proponents of driver assist features here at the Car Pro and Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds has even given us a rundown of his favorite driver-assist features. Overall, driver assistance features are proven to reduce accidents and keep us all safer on the road. But not everyone is crazy about them and, in fact, some people disable some features they find annoying according to a new survey by Erie Insurance.
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2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey Results Has Surprises!
   Published July 8, 2020
The J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 2020, takes an updated look at the problems owners are having with their new vehicles, including those related to new technologies. The iconic study, redesigned this year, measures components that fail and features that are difficult to use, hard to understand or don’t work the way owners want.

As a warning, I personally don’t put a lot of stock in this survey. As I remind you every year, there is no weighting in this survey, meaning that a broken ashtray counts the same as a complete engine or transmission failure.
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Ford Ranger Tops New List Of 10 Most American-Made Vehicles
   Published July 8, 2020
Ford, Tesla, Jeep, Honda and Chevrolet all make the list of the 10 most American-made vehicles according to new data released by Cars.com. Its 2020 American-Made Index (AMI) is an independent annual list that ranks the new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy. Results are based on various criteria ranging from U.S. factory jobs and manufacturing plants to parts sourcing. The No. 1 most American-made vehicle for 2020? The Ford Ranger which recently made its return to the market  Read More
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Mark Wahlberg Adds New Dealerships to His Automotive Holdings
   Published July 8, 2020
Mark Walhberg likes the car business, or so it would seem. The actor, producer and businessman is adding two more Wahlberg-branded dealerships into his automotive fold, in partnership with his business partner, veteran automotive dealer Jay Feldman. The duo just bought two new dealerships from the Haydocy auto group in Columbus, Ohio. They’ll be called the Mark Wahlberg Buick GMC and Mark Wahlberg Airstream & RV. Wahlberg opened Mark Wahlberg  Read More
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Mark Your Calendar: Ford Bronco Reveal Is July 13, 2020
   Published July 8, 2020
It’s a moment that has a lot of people excited - us included! We’re of course talking about the big debut of the all-new Ford Bronco which is just days away. And it’s not just the debut of the new family Ford Bronco vehicles - but the debut of an entire “Built Wild” brand. It will feature not just the SUVs, but off-road driving schools, Ford Bronco-branded merchandise and an online community for owners and enthusiasts.

But let’s get to the lineup itself shall we? The teaser photo released  Read More
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National Auto Sales Report - First Half Of 2020
   Published July 8, 2020
The Covid-19 crisis took its toll on the second quarter 2020 numbers. In April and part of May, many dealerships were closed completely or partially, which hurt sales. As things started to reopen in May, auto sales shut up from the pent-up demand.

The biggest issue was assembly plants started closing in March and by the end of May, as I predicted, dealership inventories were extremely low, and that played a big part of the sales drop from June  Read More
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Top 25 Best-Selling SUVs For The Second Quarter of 2020
   Published July 8, 2020
The pandemic has slowed sales even for SUVs as the second quarter numbers rolled in. There were some SUVs in the top 25 that had increases in the second quarter of 2020 versus the second quarter of 2019.

Subaru Forester was up slightly, the all-new Ford Explorer was up over 12%, and Chevy Trax was up slightly. Hyundai Palisade showed a huge increase but it had just been introduced a year ago. Ford Escape and Jeep  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: 2013-2015 Toyota Prius, 2014-2017 Prius V
   Published July 8, 2020
TOYOTA
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V369000
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Components: HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 266,638

SummaryToyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2013-2015 Prius and 2014-2017 Prius V vehicles not included in recall 18V-684. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being  Read More
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New 710-Horse 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
   Published July 8, 2020
Looking for a family SUV with some muscle power? Then the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat just might have your name on it. This beast of an SUV joins the Hellcat lineup for the 2021 model year -- and as it stands now, Dodge says it’s only for the 2021 model year.

Dodge dubs the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat the most powerful SUV ever thanks to its 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine with 717-horsepower and 645- lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a  Read More
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New 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Joins Lineup
   Published July 6, 2020
We can’t wait for Car Pro Show host Jerry Reynolds to get behind the wheel of this one! Dodge is introducing the powerful new 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye -- a beast of a four-door sedan with 797-horsepower. (If you’ll remember Reynolds’ had some fun in the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and his video is hugely popular on our YouTube channel with more than 200,000 views to date.)

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Dodge calls the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world. Its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 delivers those aforementioned 797-horses along with a fantastic 707-lb-ft of torque. It’s top speed? 203 mph! The quickest production Charger ever, it runs a quarter mile time of 10.6, at 129 mph. Both models use an 8-speed automatic transmission with 160-millisecond shifts and rev-matching.
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Find Out Your Car’s True Value This Saturday On WBAP
   Published June 30, 2020
My trusty sidekick is out of town this Saturday, so I am doing something we did last year for the first time: Giving you a chance to find out what your car is truly worth. As you have heard me say, a car is worth whatever someone is willing to write a check for. Trey Russell, the General Manager of Five Star Ford in Carrollton will give you a solid bid, either as a trade-in OR he’ll buy it outright, regardless of make or model.

We’ll need the make, model, year, and current mileage. We need to know if the vehicle needs anything mechanically or cosmetically including tires, glass, interior damage, and if there has been previous damage on a history report. I’ll ask you to rate the car from 1-5 with 5 being excellent condition. It’s that simple, Trey will tell you what he’ll pay!  Read More
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All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Dazzles With New Features, Hybrid Engine and High-End Trims
   Published June 30, 2020
It’s a reveal that certainly has our Facebook fans excited and for the record, we are too. We’re of course talking about the newly unveiled all-new 2021 Ford F-150 (you can watch its online reveal here.). It’s in a word, impressive. It’s a sharp redesign that offers some cool new features inside and out, and just the redesign the F-150 needed to maintain its edge in the red-hot pickup segment. Although the F-150 remains  Read More
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Car Buyers Can Expect Extended July 4th Sales and Incentives
   Published June 30, 2020
As always, car dealers view holidays as a time when they go into volume- mode. July 4th is a rare opportunity for them to start a new month on a high note.

We saw some incentive enhancements at the end of June, which was also the end of the second quarter of 2020. Almost without exception, we saw those incentives extended until this Monday July 6th. After this round of incentives end next week, the likelihood is that incentives will drop. That almost  Read More
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New "Ford Promise" Program Allows Eligible Buyers To Return Vehicle Due to Job Loss
   Published June 30, 2020
A lot of people are worried about their financial future right now in the uncertain times forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic that refuses to loosen its grip. That can make the proposition of buying a vehicle, either new or used, even more daunting. So Ford is providing some peace of mind with its new “Ford Promise” program. It allows eligible buyers who purchase a 2019-2021 model-year new or used vehicle through Ford Credit to return the vehicle if they lose their jobs within  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: BMW, Ford/Lincoln
   Published June 30, 2020
BMW
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V355000
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
Components: STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,779

SummaryBMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019 Z4 sDrive30i, 2019-2020 330i xDrive, M340i and M340i xDrive, 2020 X3M and X4M, and Toyota Supra vehicles. In certain driving conditions, such as high temperatures and rough road surfaces, a steering gear tie rod may become damaged, possibly resulting in a fractured tie rod.

RemedyBMW  Read More
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Kevin’s Famous Holiday Recipes
   Published June 29, 2020
We always put these recipes in the newsletter around Thanksgiving and Christmas, so with turkey day just a few weeks away, it might be time to plan ahead.

Just a little history, back from the days when Kevin had a Monday through Friday show, he had three recipes he gave out every holiday season and still to this day gets many requests for them.

There are the famous Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, David Wade’s “turkey in a bag” and last, but not least, David Wade’s Rock Salt Prime Rib! Bon  Read More