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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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Special Report Follow Up: Used Car Prices
   Published September 3, 2020
Following up on last week’s special report about the used car bubble bursting, I thought I would bring you up to speed on what happened this week at the Manheim Dallas Auction on Wednesday, September 2nd.

I just finished watching the same auction as I reported on last week. This week, more vehicles brought closer than the Manheim Market Report guide (MMR). However, you have to factor in the fact that last week’s bloodbath lowered the MMR  Read More
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Porsche Expands Subscription Service In California
   Published September 2, 2020
I’ve talked on the Car Pro radio show about being part of a subscription service in DFW through a local dealership group. The service is called Avondale Select and so far I’ve flipped from a Mercedes S450 ragtop, to a Maserati Levante, and currently in a Porsche Panamera. I am truly enjoying the program. Now our friends in Los Angeles can look forward to a Porsche program in your area.

Porsche is expanding its  Read More
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Special Report: The Used Car Bubble Is Bursting
   Published August 27, 2020
I’ve talked on the Car Pro Show for eight weeks about used car prices being sky high. I monitor the Manheim Dallas auction weekly so I can report to my listeners up-to-date information about trade values. I have also warned everyone that this bubble would burst and prices would drop hard and fast.

Just last Saturday I talked about every vehicle, especially trucks and SUVs, bringing way over MMR (Manheim Market Report). MMR is the gauge car dealers  Read More
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It’s Here Again! The Last Weekend Of The Month
   Published August 26, 2020
You’ve heard me talk about the incredible factory incentives that were initiated because of the Coronavirus, yet you still haven’t looked at numbers with a Car Pro Certified Dealer? If this is you, you are about to miss out.

Inventory levelsNew vehicle inventory is tight and getting tighter. Although dealerships are having convoy trucks deliver vehicles, many of those are pre-sold. If sales are good from now through Labor Day, inventory will be even more  Read More
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DFW: See The All-New 2021 Ford F-150
   Published August 18, 2020
One of the most anticipated vehicles of 2021 is the all-new 2021 Ford F-150. Thanks to Five Star Ford in Dallas, you’ll have a chance to see it up close and personal this Friday, August 21st.

Also, on Thursday night August 20th, you can see the DFW reveal of the truck online or in person at Lava Cantina in the Colony. You can also enjoy a concert by Stoney LaRue that starts at 9 PM, and the F-150 takes the stage just before that. You can  Read More
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Feedback On True Story #28: Sports
   Published August 11, 2020
Here are some of my favorite comments from readers from True Story #28: Sports, which was about my memories of working with sports personalities. By the way, if you have missed any of the previous stories, they are all at the bottom of my FAQ page: http://www.carprousa.com/faq

David-

LOL! It just cracks me up that you, uh, “confiscated” two of Jerry Jones hand towels to share with your wife! Wow, what a great story. With each of these stories, we get a rare glimpse into what your world  Read More
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Commentary: Sorry Dave Ramsey - You Blew This One
   Published August 11, 2020
I recently saw this question posed to money-guru and radio host Dave Ramsey, who I listen to occasionally and we, in fact, are on some of the same radio stations across America:

Dear Dave,

Could you explain why buying a new car at 0% interest isn’t a good idea?
Raina

Dear Raina,

The only way you have a chance of getting 0% interest on a new car is if you have perfect credit and pay full MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail  Read More
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LISTEN: Interview With Fiat Chrysler Head Of Quality
   Published July 15, 2020
Last Saturday, we spent a few minutes talking with Mark Champine, the head of quality for Fiat Chrysler North America on WBAP that airs in Dallas-Fort Worth. As you know from last week’s newsletter, Dodge ended up #1 on the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, which took me by surprise. Dodge was the first domestic automaker ever to achieve this.  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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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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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
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4th Of July Quotes From Our Founding Fathers
   Published June 29, 2020
Just my humble opinion, but many of our youth today do not realize the true meaning of the 4th of July. It is, after all, our Independence Day. Holidays are always fun and a great time to get together with family and friends, but freedom isn’t free, and never will be. Men and women of America have laid down their lives so we could enjoy living in the greatest nation on earth.

I hope you’ll pause, give thanks, and remember those who died before us, and  Read More
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Interview with Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert
   Published June 24, 2020
Kindness. It is what I strive for with the people who call the Car Pro Show, it is what our dealers work hard at with our listeners, and kindness is the essence and the life of the guest we had on the show last week. Adrienne Bankert is a dear friend, an ABC News correspondent in New York, and a regular on Good Morning America.  Read More
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Happy Father’s Day From The Car Pro Show
   Published June 18, 2020
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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Dealers Warn Buyers: New Vehicle Supply Is Vanishing
   Published June 10, 2020
I’ve been talking about this for weeks on the Car Pro Show, but it’s always nice to get affirmation from others. I also warned about inventory shortages in a May post you can read here. At the time I cited the fact that it was a certainty given that factories have been closed for two months, which means no vehicles arriving at dealerships. Also, I noted that dealers have been selling out of the inventory they had on hand since late March.

Well, those  Read More
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Will Hand Sanitizer Blow Up In Your Car?
   Published May 27, 2020
I carry hand sanitizer in my car and have since the start of the Coronavirus epidemic. Since there is alcohol in it, is there any risk of it causing a fire? The answer is yes, according to a story from DFW CBS affiliate KTVT.

In a recent story, republished here with permission, the station said:

There’s a hidden risk with keeping hand sanitizer in your car, especially  Read More
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It’s The End Of The Month And End Of The HUGE Incentives
   Published May 27, 2020
You’ve heard me talk about the incredible factory incentives that were initiated because of the Coronavirus, yet you still haven’t looked at numbers with a Car Pro Certified Dealer? If this is you, you are about to miss out.

The crazy-good incentives are OVER MONDAY JUNE 1, 2020.What happens the following Tuesday? The short answer is incentives will drop like a rock. The truth is, the big rebates will not be needed because of a severe inventory  Read More
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Navigating Big Holiday Weekend Car Sales
   Published May 20, 2020
If there’s one thing that is a given, Labor Day Weekend will be a busy one at car dealerships. There’s a reason for that of course. The unofficial start to summer is one of the best times of the year to buy a new car.

It’s not just yearly hype either. This year, high inventories, great incentives, and low interest rates are creating the perfect storm in the car buyer’s favor.

All this said it’s a great weekend to score a fantastic deal on a new vehicle – so don’t let the thought of crowds deter you. It may take a little more patience than usual, but if you keep these tips in mind you can have your best car buying experience ever, even on a busy three-day holiday weekend.
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