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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published September 25, 2020
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.

As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.

3 Basic Types Of Child Seats
1.) Rear-facing seats

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Market Update: Coronavirus and Cars
   Published September 24, 2020
We’re heading into the final months of 2020 and to say it’s been an unexpected year is an understatement. The pandemic that began in the spring is still underway and will continue for the foreseeable future. Just this week, the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 200,000.

Staying at home as much as possible, avoiding crowds and wearing a mask are the new normal. On a daily basis we are all encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. Hand sanitizer is now a must-have item and disinfectant wipes are in continuously short supply.

Both consumers and businesses have been forced to embrace a new environment of interacting and doing business, whether that’s enacting new safety protocols at the workplace or going virtual via Zoom meetings. Some people are even working from their vehicles. The latter is just one example of how vehicles remain an integral part of our lives and why the automotive industry is an important part not just of the economy, but of how we live, work and play.
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What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
   Published September 23, 2020
I told you last week about the massive security breach at Equifax, and offered some tips on what to do if you found out you had been impacted by the breach. We know that roughly half of us have our info floating around on the sinister “dark web”, the place where identities are sold in bulk. I was impacted along with 143 million other lucky Americans, and all thanks to Equifax.

First StepsHere are some important first steps for you should you discover that you have indeed had your identity  Read More
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It’s The End Of The Month AND The 3rd Quarter
   Published September 23, 2020
The way the calendar falls this year, September ends on Wednesday, September 30, which makes this the last weekend of the month and the last weekend of the quarter. Both occasions make it a buyer’s market for those looking for a new set of wheels. The automakers push for quarterly volume numbers, and the dealers push for the end of the month.

This year, the incentives end on the 30th and that is the same day the dealers will report their sales for the  Read More
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Thinking Of Ordering A New Ford Bronco? We Have Answers
   Published September 23, 2020
Ordering a brand new vehicle can be a daunting task without actually looking at a vehicle. Our longtime Houston go-to Ford guy Jorge Lopez will share with you the 5 packages you can add to your 2021 Ford Bronco!

Remember you will have Standard, Mid, High, Lux and Sasquatch packages to upfit your Ford Bronco.

Jorge has been at Tomball Ford for 20 years and has taken care of our Houston Ford buyers for over a decade. Jorge has over 19,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel titled Ask Jorge Lopez.  Read More
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Ford & State Farm Team Up For Usage-Based Car Insurance
   Published September 23, 2020
Usage-based car insurance based on info from connected vehicles appears to be becoming a thing. Earlier this year, Toyota and Nationwide teamed up for TIMS BrightDrive, a way for drivers to obtain usage-based insurance based on connected vehicle data.

Now, Ford and State Farm are offering something similar called Drive Safe & Save. It’s a new program available to owners of eligible 2020 model year connected Ford and Lincolns, with, of course, the consent of the  Read More
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Top 20 Best-Selling Cars in August 2020
   Published September 23, 2020
As you know by now, not too many automakers report sales on a monthly basis, most only pull back the curtain after each quarter of the year. That means we’ll have all the 3rd quarter numbers for all car companies late in the day on October 1st.

In honor of those car companies that are not afraid to let us know where they stand, here are your top-selling sedans and hatchbacks, for August among those who report:

1. Toyota Camry 27,892 2. Honda Civic 25,524  Read More
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Ram Trucks Newest “Built to Serve” Edition Honors Air Force
   Published September 23, 2020
Ram Trucks will soon start production of its third of five special “Built to Serve Edition” trucks. The Ram 1500 limited edition series honors those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The latest installment pays tribute to the U.S. Air Force with an aeronautical-inspired theme. Ram will only build 1,200 in Anvil and 1,500 models in Billet Silver. Both ride on 20-inch wheels and  Read More
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2021 GMC Sierra Lineup Adds Trailer Towing Features
   Published September 23, 2020
GMC is adding more trailering technology to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and Heavy Duty. New features for 2021 include available Jack-Knife Alert, Trailer Length Indicator and enhanced Rear Trailer View.

GMC says the updates arrive as more Americans turn to outdoor activities that require a trailer. The automaker quotes a recent study from the RV Industry  Read More
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Gets Turbocharged
   Published September 23, 2020
The Mazda CX-30, which we are already fans of, just became even more enticing with the CX-30 2.5 Turbo joining the lineup.

It adds more power to the lineup with Mazda’s terrific turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine that delivers an impressive 250-horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque if you use premium fuel. (It delivers 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular.) The 2020 Premium model we test drove delivers 186-horsepower and matching torque so both of those  Read More
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Ford Begins 2021 F-150 Production & Confirms Electric F-150
   Published September 23, 2020
All-new 2021 Ford F-150 production is underway with the truck’s expected arrival in dealerships this November. The new F-150 is being built at the storied Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. It’s also going to be the home of a new high-tech manufacturing plant where Ford will start building the all-electric F-150 by mid-2022.

Rouge Electric Vehicle Center
Ford says the new manufacturing center at the Dearborn-based Rouge Center, once complete, will add 300 jobs and is part of a $700 million investment in building the all-new F-150 lineup, including the first-ever F-150 PowerBoost hybrid. The new jobs will support battery assembly and production of the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid and fully electric F-150.
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Jeep Launches New Adventure Academy
   Published September 23, 2020
Jeep fans and enthusiasts looking to beef up on their off-roading skills, and if you can live in (or can make the trek to) Michigan, Missouri or California, this one's for you.

Jeep is introducing its first-ever Jeep Adventure Academy for 4X4 owners. It’s where you’ll get hands-on, off-road driving instruction from off-roading experts and prominent instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA. They’ll cover off-roading basics and dive deep into Jeep brand vehicle's  Read More
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KBB: 12 2020 Vehicles Going Away & 12 Worth Waiting For
   Published September 23, 2020
Fall doesn’t just bring the return of cooler temps, changing leaves and Pumpkin Spice lattes. It’s also the season for new model year rollouts and that means it’s a great time to make a decision on a new vehicle as the 2020s make their way off the lot to make room for 2021s. (Check out Jerry’s very latest advice based on the current car market here.)

As we head into 2021, we’ll say goodbye to some vehicles and get ready to welcome some highly anticipated all-new models (like the Ford Bronco pictured above.) So to that end, we thought we’d share these Kelley Blue Book lists of what’s going away and what’s ahead.
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Take A Look At The 2021 Chevy Silverado’s Multi-Flex Tailgate
   Published September 23, 2020
With the success of the GMC MultiPro tailgate, you had to figure Chevy was going to want to get in on the action. And so it does, with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. Chevy is introducing a New Multi-Flex tailgate on all new 2021 Silverado 1500 models. It will become available early next year.

With a weight capacity of 375-pounds, the new Multi-Flex Tailgate can be configured in six ways to give easier access to the cargo bed, more loading solutions and create a standing workstation. You activate the different configurations using a key fob or two tailgate-mounted buttons.
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VW Names New SUV The Taos
   Published September 23, 2020
Following the success of the Atlas, Volkswagen is once again drawing from its we-designed-this for America handbook with a new compact SUV. It will be dubbed the Taos, after Taos, New Mexico, a name VW says it picked specifically to resonate with U.S. buyers. While reportedly based on an overseas version, VW says the Taos will be unique to North America.

“We’re thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: BMW, Volkswagen
   Published September 23, 2020
BMW
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V528000
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 307

SummaryBMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2020-2021 X5 sDrive40i, xDrive40i, xDrive50i, X5 M50i, X5M, X6 sDrive40i, xDrive40i, X6 M50i, X6M, X7 M50i and 2021 X5 xDrive45e vehicles. The headlamps may allow a blue light to illuminate. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety  Read More
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Thank You Listeners As The Car Pro Show Turns 19!
   Published September 23, 2020
This week we celebrate 19 continuous years on the airwaves and begin our 20th broadcast year. It’s certainly been an unexpected year for the country and our world in wake of a pandemic that began in the spring and continues today. We want to take this moment to especially thank you for allowing us to be part of your weekends, inviting us into your homes, vehicles, or wherever you listen to the show, as we’ve navigated and continue to navigate these uncharted roads alongside all of you this  Read More
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How the Lemon Law Works
   Published September 16, 2020
I hear from people regularly who wonder if their vehicle qualifies for their state’s Lemon Law protection. This is a tough subject to cover because every state has different laws and criteria. I want to be clear that I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on the radio, but I will try to give you generic information that could help.

Lemon Law
Generally speaking, the Lemon Law comes into play when a particular problem cannot be fixed after repeated attempts. I have never seen cosmetic  Read More
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Don’t Trade In Your Car Without Title In Hand
   Published September 16, 2020
I had a caller from North Texas last Saturday who had a unique issue. She was going through a divorce and last January traded in a Porsche for a pre-owned Lexus in Louisiana. The only problem was the Porsche was in her soon-to-be ex-husband’s name and he has not surrendered the title to the car. After nine months, the dealership became hostile with her, and it is hard to blame them. They have been sitting on a Porsche they cannot sell all this time, and I am sure it has dropped in value.   Read More
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24th Annual AutoPacific New Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
   Published September 16, 2020
This is one of my favorite annual lists, and deservedly, Hyundai and Kia scored extremely well with their owners. It’s the annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) study. This year, Hyundai Motor Company leads with nine wins - with Hyundai and Kia each with four winning vehicles. The BMW X6 leads the way as the most satisfying vehicle overall.

This is the 24th year for AutoPacific’s VSAs that measure owner satisfaction in 27 individual attributes. This  Read More