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 weíll 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
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
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 heíll buy it outright, regardless of make or model.
Weíll 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. Iíll ask you to rate the car from 1-5 with 5 being excellent condition. Itís that simple, Trey will tell you what heíll pay! Read More
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 isnít 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 youíll pause, give thanks, and remember those who died before us, and Read More
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
Fatherís 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 Fatherís 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 Fatherís Day was given by Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Read More
Iíve been talking about this for weeks on the Car Pro Show, but itís 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.
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:
Thereís a hidden risk with keeping hand sanitizer in your car, especially Read More
Youíve heard me talk about the incredible factory incentives that were initiated because of the Coronavirus, yet you still havenít 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
If thereís one thing that is a given, Labor Day Weekend will be a busy one at car dealerships. Thereís 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.
Itís not just yearly hype either. This year, high inventories, great incentives, and low interest rates are creating the perfect storm in the car buyerís favor.
All this said itís a great weekend to score a fantastic deal on a new vehicle Ė so donít 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. Read More
I talked last Saturday extensively about a couple of things. One was the crazy incentives going on right now, and second was the impending shortage of new vehicles weíll see in June.
One person wrote me to question me on the inventory shortage. He did not seem to believe this was not only possible, but is a near certainty when you know the facts. It is really quite simple: the hottest vehicles sell first and there are none of them coming in for a long time.
At CarProUSA, we do our best to honor the police officers who keep us safe every day of the year. On this National Police Week, we thank you and we thank your families. You leave your homes not knowing if you are coming home later.
In this age where people gun down officers for no apparent reason, we say THANK YOU for what you do. Read More
Food for thought: Perhaps the best gift you can give your Mom is not flowers or a gift, but instead just tell her how you feel about her. Thatís what these people did and I think youíll agree, it is compelling. Read More
If youíre single and looking forward to getting back into the dating scene after things get back to normal, here is some free advice from your Car Pro: Clean your car!
Iíve said many times on the Car Pro Show that personally, I use Meguiarís products on my personal cars. Meguiarís recently commissioned research firm OnePoll to look at the effect of dirty cars on relationships by polling 2,000 Americans.
As America starts to reopen for business, there are some things I think you should know if you are going to need, or if you want, a new vehicle anytime this year. I know many wonít think this is a good time, but it may actually be the opportunity of a lifetime.
When April came along, the assumption was that the car business would die, much like after 9/11/01. The automakers knew they had to throw incredible offers out there or the dealers had no chance of Read More
It is eerily feeling like 2008 all over again, although I certainly hope that is not the case. Hey Mary (GM CEO) and Jim (Ford CEO), sure would be nice to have those billions back youíve sunk into self-driving cars about now, wouldnít it? So, what happens when you burn through these credit lines? Will we see you in Washington again? Not sure that will work this time, but I digress.
Ford Motor Company is taking a series of initiatives to Read More