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Are You Sure You Have A Spare Tire?
   Published December 11, 2019
If you have purchased a new car or crossover SUV in the past few years and assumed it had a spare tire and wheel, you could be in for a surprise. Unfortunately, you may not know for sure until you are on the side of the road somewhere. Those who find out they have no spare tire in an emergency situation are, shall we say, less than pleased.  Read More
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Kevin’s Famous Holiday Recipes
   Published December 11, 2019
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
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Car Shopping 101: Explaining Factory Rebates and Incentives
   Published December 11, 2019
If you are going to be car shopping in December, you need to understand how factory rebates and incentives work. I’ve been in the auto business or an auto journalist for the vast majority of my life. I study vehicle incentives every single month when they change, and even after all these years, I get confused.

Given that, it is no wonder people get cross-eyed when it comes to incentives. The dealers themselves have trouble keeping up. Dealers have no idea from month-to-month what the incentives will be, and it is common for them to change numerous times during any given month.

There are certain things you need to know. All factory incentives are designed to help the dealers sell cars. It is not that the automakers are just being nice, they want the dealers to re-order inventory, which is how auto manufacturers make their money.  Read More
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25 Top-Selling SUVs Through November 2019
   Published December 11, 2019
The SUV craze continues in America with very strong sales for November and a huge increase for the first eleven months of 2019 versus the same period in 2018, which was a record for SUV sales.

Last month, 441,500 of you bought SUVs or crossovers which is 50,000 SUVs more than November of 2018. Remember, too, that these numbers don’t include SUV-heavy numbers from Ford, GM, or Fiat Chrysler.

For the year, 4,475,000 SUVs have been sold, again without the Detroit Three reporting. We will  Read More
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Wins 3-Row SUV Challenge
   Published December 11, 2019
The results of Cars.com's 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge are in, and the 2020 Hyundai Palisade raced to the head of the pack, winning top honors. The Challenge put seven of the most popular mid-size three-row SUVs through a series of tests to determine which model was best in class.

"Today's large family vehicle of choice is the three-row SUV. Most families who seek a minivan alternative are increasingly moving toward purchasing them because they offer generous seating, spacious  Read More
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Cadillac Launches New Digital Showroom
   Published December 11, 2019
Ho hum, how many times has this been tried? People like to do some research online, but still want to visit a dealership to experience a vehicle they are interested in. Still, Cadillac is trying once again to do it differently.

Part personal shopper and part interactive digital showroom, Cadillac Live launched Monday in the United States, in an effort to expand the reach of Cadillac’s luxury-shopping experience to mobile devices and desktops across the country.

Cadillac  Read More
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Chevrolet Suburban Gets A Hollywood Star
   Published December 11, 2019
There is a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it belongs to the Chevrolet Suburban. Last week, the Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle ever awarded an Award of Excellence star, following a career in television and film spanning decades.

Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the star was unveiled at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood & Highland. It recognizes Suburban for its 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.

“For six  Read More
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Classic Chevy Grapevine Charitable Giving
   Published December 11, 2019
When Tom Durant went into business for himself in 1972, he always dreamed of being able to give back to his community. With the help of many employees and associates, Mr. Durant’s dream continues to be a reality. “To work as a team and come together to improve the communities in which we all live, is the most rewarding part of my job” said Classic Chevrolet owner Tom Durant, “I am forever thankful to everyone who has helped us achieve continued success in  Read More
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Nissan Lights Up The Season With LEAF Christmas Tree Car
   Published December 11, 2019
Talk about lighting up the Christmas season. Nissan will be dashing through the snow this Christmas with a bright festive Nissan LEAF powered by its own regenerated energy.

Decked out in a spectacular light display, the special one-off Nissan LEAF TREE showcases the way the electric car regenerates power when braking or decelerating. Two driving functions provide energy regeneration in the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan LEAF e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: BMW (3), Ford, Mitsubishi
   Published December 11, 2019
BMW (3)
#1: NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V823000
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected 32,760

SummaryBMW of North America, LLC. (BMW) is recalling certain 2015-2019 X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6M vehicles equipped with rear seat lower anchor bars used in securing child restraint seats. The lower anchor bars may become damaged over time when used with an ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint  Read More
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Weigh In & Win $500! Year-End Auto Sales Campaigns
   Published December 11, 2019
You’ve seen the ads on TV, online, and you’ve heard them on the radio. It is an annual event and some car companies have been doing the same campaigns for years, like the Lexus December to Remember Event, that is in its 25th year now.

As you go through the list, you’ll see some themes are holiday oriented, some are year-end, and some just make no sense.

For fun, I thought I’d save you the trouble of trying to remember them all and give you a list of them, in  Read More
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Takata Airbag Recall Guide
   Published December 4, 2019
[Editor’s note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]

Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (in the chart below) shows that as of August 3, 2018, out of roughly 41.9 million air bags, 60% have been replaced with 40% to go. That’s a 2% difference since the June 3 reporting date. In all, the recall includes about 50 million inflators, so not all are included in this count.

[UPDATED September 2018] In September, Honda  Read More
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Don’t Transport Your Christmas Tree Home Without Reading These Tips
   Published December 4, 2019
It’s December and Christmas tree lots are now popping up on street corners across America. Before you pick out your tree and head home with it, make sure you have the proper tools necessary get it home safely. A new study reports that many drivers aren’t transporting their trees correctly which could lead to vehicle damage or even worse, lead to it falling off your vehicle on the way home causing a safety hazard to other motorists.  Read More
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Why December Is The Time To Buy A New Vehicle
   Published December 4, 2019
December is the time to snag a bargain and it’s been that way for years. It is easy to get caught up in the hype and incentives and not end up getting a good deal. This year, people seem incredibly surprised at the deals dealers are offering up right now, mainly due to big customer incentives.

As a reminder, you can take all or part of the rebates in CASH if you need readily available cash for Christmas bills etc.

Timing Is CriticalI often talk on the air about why timing is important  Read More
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November U.S. Auto National Sales Results
   Published December 4, 2019
November sales are in the books, with the automakers that report on a monthly basis at least and when all was said and done, the U.S. auto industry refused to give up. Overall sales were up just over 2% from November 2018 with trucks and SUVs accounting for the bulk of the increase.

Incentive spending was up from year ago levels, and it appears that certainly helped fuel the increase. Luxury brands overall did exceptionally well due to end of year  Read More
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Fiat Chrysler Celebrates 15 Millionth Minivan
   Published December 4, 2019
Fiat Chrysler is celebrating a big milestone. The automaker says it’s now sold 15 million minivans and counting since the very first minivan — a Plymouth Voyager — rolled off the line at Windsor Assembly on Nov. 2, 1983. By our count, that’s a whole lot of minivans.

Today, FCA says its minivan lineup accounts for more than half of the segment in the United States, with a 54 percent share, selling twice as many minivans as any other manufacturer over more than 35 years.   Read More
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Toyota’s Touching Holiday Video Debuts
   Published December 4, 2019
With the holiday season in full swing, Toyota is highlighting the importance of family and friends coming together. This year’s holiday spot, “Yellow Paper,” features military service members returning home for the holidays to a touching homecoming surprise.

The :90-second spot premiered during NBC’s Sunday Night Football “Thanksgiving Special,” with a live throw coming out of Toyota halftime. To continue spreading the message of togetherness and holiday spirit, the spot will  Read More
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10 Most Stolen Vehicles In America
   Published December 4, 2019
Honda, Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, Dodge, Jeep and GMC all have vehicles on the latest Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). And by “hot wheels”, we mean they are the most stolen vehicles in America.

The NICB’s annual report looks at vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to determine the vehicle make, model, and model year of the most reported stolen in 2018.

According to the FBI, in 2018, a total  Read More
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New Online Auction For Classic Car Lovers
   Published December 4, 2019
This week marks the official launch of Awesome Joe Auctions, the new online auction house for the modern enthusiast that offers a collection of modified, motorsport, classic, exotic, and other commodity autos for collectors, racers, and hobbyists.

Developed by Andy Lally ALIVE and Carlisle Auctions, the consignment arm of Carlisle Events (one of the largest event organizations in the United States), Awesome Joe Auctions launched on Cyber Monday. It was  Read More
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Ford Bronco Store Opens On Amazon
   Published December 4, 2019
The all-new Ford Bronco isn’t slated to make its world premiere until next spring, but Bronco lovers don’t have to wait until then to find merchandise to celebrate the legendary off-road SUV.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Ford Bronco store on Amazon.com went live earlier this week. It featuers an assortment of Bronco-themed items ranging from apparel and novelties to toys, collectibles and some unique vintage Bronco parts.

“The Bronco fan base is such a  Read More