True Stories From A Former Car Dealer #40: The Final Curtain

True Stories former Car Dealer

The first True Story in my series was called the Lottery Winner and went online at our website on January 22, 2018. It was the story of a man with a million dollar scratch off lottery ticket, but more about good that comes from treating people the right way.

The reaction I got to the story was incredible from listeners and subscribers.  I figured I might be able to stretch the series to eight, maybe ten if I racked my brain hard enough.

Here we are at #40, and the last story in the series.

Writing these has been good for me, and I hope enjoyable for you.  Some of the stories came easily.  The first four are etched in my brain forever, I remembered every detail, in spite of some of them going back 40 years.

I wrote two stories, #5 and #35 that I think consciously or unconsciously, I blocked many of the details out.  Having Dateline NBC (#5) breathing down my neck cost me many nights of sleep, but not as many as #35 about a battle with the Texas Attorney General.  I almost did not write that story, it was too painful.  With both these stories, I had to rely on Google to help me with the details.

#23 and #32 detailed the loss of two dear friends, and if the circumstances had been different, I might not be here today.

Many of the stories I wrote were memories from my days as the Ford National Dealer Council Chairman.  Of those, #30 was probably the most gratifying as our Council created something everybody said was impossible.

One last event that I had forgotten about (or blocked out) occurred in 1974.  I was a junior in high school working afternoons and Saturdays.  When I got to work, it was a Wednesday and coming off the convoy truck in the back of the dealership was the first 1974 Mustang II Cobra that we received.

It was black with gold stripes that ran from front to back and down the sides, and it had T-Tops.  At that moment, I thought it was the prettiest Ford I’d ever seen.

Typically, I would have taken it straight to the make ready department for prepping and display on the showroom floor.  However, the back gate of the dealership was open while the convoy driver off-loaded other vehicles, and I thought “why not take it for a little spin?”  The car sounded great, and when I got out of earshot of the dealership, I stomped on it.  It was a rush.

I was less than a mile from the dealership and decided to head back before I got caught.  I came up to a stop sign needing to cross a normally busy street.  I looked to the right and all was clear, I looked to the left and was looking directly into the sun.

I didn’t see a car in sight and proceeded out to cross the street when I heard the crash.  It all happened so fast at first, and then in slow motion, I saw a VW Beetle flipping in the air, incredibly high off the ground, and it came to rest right side up.  Like it was yesterday, I remember all four wheels of the VW flying off the car.

Stunned, I remember smoke coming from the radiator and the smell of anti-freeze.  The VW had come right across the front end of the Mustang, just to the rear of the front bumper.  I assume the driver jerked left at the last moment causing the flipping.

The VW was a good ways from the Mustang and I ran to see if the driver was OK. Quickly a crowd gathered and I heard the sounds of sirens.  The driver appeared OK, shaken of course, but no visible signs of injury.

I walked back toward the Mustang and a field of debris was scattered everywhere.  The police, fire, and paramedics got there.  They transported the VW driver just to check him out, but I refused.  I was shaken, but not hurt.  The police officer was talking to me for his report, and I told him the truth, I flat didn’t see the VW.  He charged me with the accident and cited me for failure to yield right-of-way, no inspection sticker, and no license plate of any kind.

Then I saw the owner of the dealership pull up and get out of his car.  He was the last person on earth I wanted to see right then.  He looked at the Cobra, expressionless, and just turned and got back into his car.  I have no idea who told him about the wreck, but he was going to find out somehow.

I watched as a wrecker picked up the Mustang and swept up the pieces lying all over the ground.  I went home once the police were finished, and I truly don’t remember how I got there.  I did not walk, it was a long way home, but someone had to drive me, I just don’t know who.

I had church choir practice that night, but was too upset to go.  My Mom gave me half a tranquilizer to calm me down and I went to bed.

The following day, I went to school, and then headed to the dealership.  I had things in my locker that needed to be cleaned out, and I wanted to say goodbye to everyone before I got fired.  My plan was to work for free as long as it took to pay back the insurance deductible on the Cobra, if they would allow it.  At the $2 per hour I made at the time, it would take a good while.

I had no sooner gotten to the dealership when the owner paged me to his office.  I had a pit in my stomach and was shaking.  I sat down in front of his large desk and he said (I remember the exact words) “you know what you did was wrong.”

I couldn’t get any words to come out.  With tears rolling down my cheeks, I just shook my head.  He kept the lecture short, and finally asked if I had anything to say.

I told him I was sorry, and told him I would pay the insurance deductible.  I then said:  “I assume I am fired, but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working here.”

The man had a little smile come across his face.  I knew he’d always liked me, and the worst part for me was betraying his trust.

He said:  “you are not fired, but nothing like this can ever happen again.”  I was stunned and elated, all at the same time.  I thanked him profusely, shook his hand, and started to leave his office.

When I got to the door, he said “hey.”  I turned around, he gave me wink, and said:  “Just so you know, I did the exact same thing when I was your age, except it was a customers Shelby.  Now get to work.”

Final words:

I hope you have enjoyed this series.  While it is over for now, should I remember more stories I think you might find interesting, I will add them to the newsletter and to the page we have created to archive the True Stories series:

https://www.carprousa.com/special-series-true-stories-from-a-former-car-dealer

I leave you with gratitude for taking the time to read these stories, for all the comments and feedback you have given me, and I part with words that describe many of the stories I wrote: And words from the most heartfelt story I have written, #39 titled Regrets.

And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway.
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

For what is man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught.  To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels.

The record shows I took the blows, and did it my way.

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92 Comments
  1. Dennis Peery 3 weeks ago

    Jerry-
    I’m going to miss these stories, but you went out with a bang, literally! I’ve been fortunate to have had only a single wreck in my life. Believe I was 17, driving a 83 GMC Suburban on a school field trip, (don’t know how they ever allowed that) whipped around an off camber left turn and slid it into a curb and huge light pole which sheared off. Nobody hurt, but my pride. To this day I can almost feel the entire sequence of events, its been 31 years. I still remember the bill from the city for $900 to cover the light pole. I guess I learned my lesson, haven’t wrecked since, well, I did hit a garage door, that’s another story.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Dennis,

      Good to hear from you. So glad you haven’t had a wreck since. Like me, clearly it impacted you, so good comes out of bad like the wreck. Sounds like it could have been way worse.

      Thanks for listening to the show and following the stories!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  2. Stuart 3 weeks ago

    Jerry
    I’ve read them all and look forward to you remembering a few more
    I love these because we are the same age and grew up at the same time
    The real difference is I never got away with much I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time
    Thanks

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Stuart. I was lucky for sure! Glad you enjoyed the series!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  3. Bruce Mitchell 3 weeks ago

    You have a lot more stories I would imagine! I enjoyed reading them, and enjoyed the time that I worked for you!

    • Car Pro 3 weeks ago

      Thanks Bruce! You were a joy as an employee. I may have more, just needed a bit of a break, it was a lot of work and thought.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  4. Delaine Lowe 3 weeks ago

    Love these stories so much. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and your time with your radio show on Saturday!

    • Car Pro 3 weeks ago

      Thank you DeLaine! I appreciate your kind words and you listening to the show! Always let me know if I can help you!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  5. Retail My Ride 3 weeks ago

    Jerry you have the gift of story telling. I jumped in at #26 and now going back to catch up with 1-25.

    I’m betting there will be more beyond #40 or perhaps a book. Like the great rock bands, “final world tours” are usually followed by “the reunion tours” not long after. The fans will demand it. Jim

    • Car Pro 3 weeks ago

      Thanks Jim, good to hear from you as always. You never know on the series continuing OR perhaps a book deal if anyone is interested. Always appreciate your support.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  6. Peggy 3 weeks ago

    I can’t thank you enough for all these stories. They were funny, they were sad (#39 made me cry) but they were all genuine just like you!

  7. Jerry Rebman 2 weeks ago

    Great stories. I know exactly where you are coming from. I worked at a Ford dealership in the seventies. We had a couple of salesmen who were known to wreck new cars. I’m also a regular listener to the radio show.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks for sharing Jerry! You’ve been there, you understand. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  8. Larry Miller 2 weeks ago

    I also wanted to say thanks for posting your stories. I looked forward to them every week when I received your e-mail. I truly believe that you could have been just as successful in any endeavor that you pursued. Your honesty, work ethic, and attitude have served you well. We can all learn from your example.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much Larry, that is big praise and I appreciate it more than you know!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  9. Jim 2 weeks ago

    Looked forward every week to reading your stories. Will miss them. Thank you for sharing them with me.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Jim! I’m sure more will come along down the road, funny how things pop in your head. I appreciate the support.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  10. Alvin Gee 2 weeks ago

    Jerry, Thanks for sharing these heartfelt stories. I think experiences good or bad shape who we become. You are a success my friend.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Alvin, I appreciate the kind words more than you know.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  11. Scott Noble 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Jerry for spreading out the “histories” of your life and times as an auto dealer, a businessman, and as a human being. We all need to know at times, that stories like this one are what has helped to color our lives to be lived in ways that make the “befores” and “Afters” match up with our ways and means of life’s lessons.

    You’ve confirmed for me that our business in the work a day world must also be our ownership of who we are. Telling the truth, making things right, and taking to extra call to duty when it’s presented is so important to achieve what you can proudly say, “Yes, you did it your way and we’re all the better for it!

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you for the touching post Scott. That means a lot to me and make all the work very worthwhile. I appreciate your support.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  12. Denny 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for the great stories!

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Denny! Really appreciate that!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  13. Steve 2 weeks ago

    Great series Jerry. Loved them all. Great overview of life of a car dealership. I know longer live where I can hear the radio show but I love the newsletter.

  14. Carey 2 weeks ago

    Jerry,

    Thanks for your weekly radio program, for your program with your certified dealers, and (most of all) for the great stories. For me, the stories have become the best part of your newsletter (own two ’17 vehicles and hopefully not in the market anytime soon).
    So; keep telling stories.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Carey, I appreciate that greatly. I am sure more will come to mind as we go forward. Thanks you for listening to the show and taking the newsletter!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  15. Kari Liljeblad 2 weeks ago

    Jerey,

    I am a listener from way back, starting in the early 1990s in Bakersfield, Ca. As Buck Owen’s song goes, I’ve both driven and walked the streets of Bakersfield, and learned to tell about it. Now, I’m listening to the Car Pro from my home in Woodland, Ca, and just this last weekend filled out your Car Pro VIP form to carry into our local Team Ford dealership in our historic downtown of Woodland. I was greeted & treated as a VIP (thank you!) when I told them I was interested in test driving and buying a used car. I am now the happy owner of a 2015 VW Beetle 2.0 liter TDI. Her name is BB (short for brown betty), and I hope to drive many, many happy miles while listening to you on the Car Pro on her radio!
    Your #40 story is worthy and a good one for all generations to read. It holds merit as human coming of age story- our learning curve is both unique and universal. Luckily the owner could see himself in you as he gave you a hall pass onto the rest of your career! It was his priviledge and responsibility to act as he did, and luckily for you he understood that!
    You have a gift and interesting stories to tell, keep up the good work! And thanks for being my Car Pro!
    Kari Liljeblad

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Awww, thanks Kari, really appreciate the kind words, and so glad my friends at Team Ford were able to help you. Thank you for your insights and thank you for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  16. JERRY COWAN 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Jerry for these 40 True Stories, I have read every one, and proud to say I have driven Fords for years. I have had one Expedition which my wife says was the most comfortable Ford we ever had, but somehow we always go almost everywhere in the F150. I have three sons, Two drive F250’s, the other an Expedition.
    Thank you for the wisdom you have shared so many times.

    Jerry Cowan
    San Antonio

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Jerry, I appreciate your kind words more than you know. Always let me know if I can do anything for you!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  17. Caroline Stiggins 2 weeks ago

    Hope you continue your stories. You have a gift for writing and I looked forward each Friday for the next installment! Thank you!!

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Caroline, I’m sure more will come to me as we continue! I appreciate the kind words greatly!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  18. Don Harris 2 weeks ago

    Jerry, I have thoroughly enjoyed your stories and hope you can continue them after a restful break.
    Your work in helping so many get a “good deal” on their next car is more important for so many.
    Thanks for all you do!

    Don

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Don! I really appreciate the kind words!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  19. Mary Matthews 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for sharing all these great stories, Jerry. They were a real window into your very kind (and mischievous) soul!! Thanks for all you and your side-kick do. Enjoy you both so much.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much Mary, I truly appreciate your very kind words!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  20. Henry 2 weeks ago

    Great stories. I looked forward to Friday afternoon when I read and enjoyed every one 1-40.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Henry, I’ll add more along the journey. Thanks for being part of the family.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  21. George Faucett 2 weeks ago

    I enjoyed your stories immensely and wish you still had a dealership because your a man I would like to buy a truck from ,you set an example for everyone in the vehicle business.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks George, i appreciate the kind words. Not sure where you are, but I work with a lot of dealers who have my ethics and the desire to do things the right way. Let me know if I can ever help you.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  22. Jim McFarland 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for all the great stories during you career. I have loved them all esp. the one where the lady bought ice cream. It just shows how difficult it is to trouble shoot sometimes.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Jim, that was one of my favorites of the series. She was so thankful! Always let me know if I can help you with anything at all!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  23. Tom Brown 2 weeks ago

    I have enjoyed every story and truly have gotten to know what a good person you are. Listen faithfully each week. Keep up the good work and tell Kevin he is appropriated as well.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Tom, thanks so much for being a faithful listener. I appreciate it more than you know!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  24. Joe Worley 2 weeks ago

    Jerry, as one of your long time fans I truly love these. You have saved me so much money over the years; I cannot ever repay your truthful advice. I am still driving my ‘98 Ranger 4×4 and my wife is still driving her ‘03 Avalon based solely on your advice. My’ ‘11 F250 Diesel is a magnificent camper hauler that is in matched as far as far as I am concerned. It has let me “sell” 3 other camping buddies based on its performance. Thanks for all you do. Joe Worley, LTC (Ret)

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Joe, thanks so much for the kind words and for listening. Always let me know if I can help you buddy!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  25. William Watkins 2 weeks ago

    I have enjoyed your stories and will miss them.. On Tuesday we are moving to Phoenix where you do not have a station to broadcast on. I will follow you on the net. Thank you for a wonderful ride.

  26. Jim Frame 2 weeks ago

    I truly enjoyed every story. I go there first when I open your Newsletter. Your honesty and openness are touching. You are Unique and a very inspiring person. Thank you!
    Jim

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Jim, you’ve been a good friend for many years and I always appreciate the support!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  27. Matt Arbaugh 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories. I couldn’t wait to read them every week! Also , I throughly enjoy listening every Saturday.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Matt, I appreciate the support greatly!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  28. Morgan 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for your articles and look at the often murky world of car sales. It is unfortunate that the car industry has fostered and even perpetuated a culture of less than honest dealings with people ( I personally have never left a dealership clicking my heels thinking “Wow, I really got a deal!” On the contrary, I leave scratching my head wondering where I took it in the shorts…). Your look behind the curtain was interesting, insightful and educational, and you may be the first person in the industry to humanize the industry. I don’t know that it will ever change, but you offered a fascinating look at a business few people understand. We hope you return someday, thanks for a great series! Best regards-

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Morgan, to be clear, i only stopped the True Story series, I’m not going anywhere, the radio show and newsletter is alive and well. I’m sure I’ll add more stories in the future.

      Thanks for listening!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  29. Charles A Russell 2 weeks ago

    Great. Have read most. Now will go back and make sure I have read all because you are a great story teller and make it easy for someone to see him/herself in many of the situations. Obviously you learned from the school of hard knocks many times. Glad you survived.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Me too Charles, happy to have survived a life of triumph and tragedy. Thanks for being part of the family!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  30. Bill Gronke 2 weeks ago

    some I liked better than others but they all were good. I will miss this series. I used to listen to you on the radio on Sat. mornings in the Chicagoland area (Mundelein, Illinois) and after they took you off the radio, the weekly e-mails were all that was left.

    I know whatever you decide to do Jerry there are a whole bunch of people that wish you the very best. Be happy and healthy.
    Bill Gronke

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Bill, thanks for the kind words. I’m not going anywhere, just suspending the series of stories, but I’m sure I’ll add to it as time goes on. We hope to be back on the air in Chicago soon, in the meantime, grab our Podcast from the website, it’s up by 3 PM Central every Saturday, commercial free.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  31. Mark Setterberg 2 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for sharing some of the stories from your time in the industry, warts and all. One can see they were written from the heart. My Dad worked in the car business as a salesman for a couple of years when I was growing up. I recall he worked at the former Jack Roach Ford dealership on Bissonnet in Houston. They had a number of big game animals mounted in the showroom. Most were taken by Mr. Roach personally. You wouldn’t see that sort of thing today in a dealership, as times have changed so much. Thanks again. We hope you will share more with your readers at a later date.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Mark! I remember Jack Roach back in the day, but never met him. I am sure more stories will come to mind as time goes on. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  32. Ken 2 weeks ago

    You saved the best for last.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Ken, the reaction this one was surprising. I think I had blocked it out for a while. I hope all is well.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  33. Lynn Doyle 2 weeks ago

    I loved the series Jerry and I love your weekly radio show, keep up the great work .

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Lynn, I so appreciate the kind words!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  34. Robert E. Hays 2 weeks ago

    I have enjoyed the stories. Hate to see you go.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Robert. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not going anywhere, just taking a rest from the stories for now. Thanks for the note.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  35. Bill Lewis 2 weeks ago

    Parting is such sweet sorrow!
    As I watch re-runs of Seinfeld, I wonder about their feelings of burn-out, and then the aftermath and second-guessing.
    And, Michael Jordan, his 30-something years old body, going to the exit for the last time, feeling…relief, on top of the world, but leaving the world that I have loved for 20 years!
    So, keep the Underwood handy!

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Bill. Trying to rack my brain for interesting stories kept me up a lot of nights. Out from under that pressure, I may be able to come up with more.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  36. Thomas Butler 2 weeks ago

    Jerry,

    Reading this last in a series of your ” True stories from a former car dealer”, makes me realize the courage it takes to admit fault in ones actions and how the burden of guilt is lifted by being truthful and honest. Life’s experiences, albeit good and bad, ultimately mold and shape ones character which leads to knowledge and wisdom. The ” Car Pro Show ” is definitely a keeper and very helpful in all aspects of owning and operating a car.

    Tom

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Tom, I agree with you 100%. Lessons learned and passed on to others are invaluable.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  37. Randall Richert 2 weeks ago

    Jerry, memories came back to me after reading your last story. I got a part time job at the local Chevy dealer when I was in college. I was a lot boy and car deliverer and in the late 60’s that was the place to be. On my second morning there my job was to open up the service stalls and back the cars out of the stalls-those which had their hoods closed were ready to go. I jumped into a brand new 1966 Impala Super Sport and promptly backed it into a power pole which was in the driveway behind the stall. Oh well, that was a good job while it lasted. My service manager came over and said “that is a stupid place for a power pole. See all the different colored paint on the pole, We have all backed into it -Once” Just don’t do it again. Now take the car to the owner and tell him what happened, and be careful. In the two years I worked there that was my only accident, even driving 427 Corvettes, Z-28’s and SS 396 Chevelles.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Oh, you had a good boss like I did. Yours was totally understandable, but I know you had that sick feeling when you realized you hit the pole. Thanks for sharing.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  38. David 2 weeks ago

    I enjoyed reading all your stories also. The one I remember the best and had me cracking up was the one about the camper that you took for the test drive, then found the wife in the back. I enjoy your show very much.

    David

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks David. Yes, that was one of those you remember every little detail! Thanks for being in the show family.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  39. George Brabec 2 weeks ago

    I also worked at a car dealer ship in Chicago, IL. It was a Pontiac dealership, in the late 60’s. There was’nt a GTO, Firebird or Gran Prix delivered there that I did not drive. Fortunately I never had that experience of being involved in a wreck with one of them. You had a great boss, and because of that you became a great boss. I loved reading your stories and listening to you shows here in Houston, TX. Best of luck in the Future Jerry

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you George. Glad you didn’t experience what I did. My boss was a good one for sure, so glad he had been there too.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  40. T Norton 2 weeks ago

    I looked forward to each and every story that you put in your newsletter. They were all great. Some sad, some funny but always a good read. Thanks a lot.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, I am glad you enjoyed them!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  41. Scott Roder 2 weeks ago

    Best story yet.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Scotty! I hope all is well.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  42. Monty Graves 2 weeks ago

    Jerry,

    #40 was just as good as #1. My favorite, though, is #2, The Camper. I’ve told that a couple times to my friends and we’ve gotten a good laugh – that one would make a great episode on a sitcom. I have appreciated each of your stories. Thanks for taking the time to tell them!

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thanks again Monty!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  43. Dave Lyle 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for all the great stories, really going to miss them. I worked at an Olda dealership in Terre Hair , In in college. Read your newsletter every week.

    Dave Lyle
    Holland, Mi

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Dave, thanks so much for your kind words! I appreciate them greatly!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  44. Bruce C 2 weeks ago

    I love the stories Jerry. I look forward to more when your brain recoups! I have always been a car enthusiast and I always feel I made some wrong choices in my career…I think I should have been a car salesman. I guess too late now.
    Looking forward to more stories. I wish you were on in the NY market.

    • Car Pro 2 weeks ago

      Thank you Bruce. I appreciate your kind words very much. And you never know, it may not be too late to switch careers, just know the money doesn’t get great for several years, but if you can hang in, it can be very lucrative. Hopefully we’ll be back in NYC before long!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  45. Fred Self 1 week ago

    Jerry, as always your stories take us back to real life events. As a kid when I crashed Dads Pontiac Catalina into a power pole, Dad was mad at first, but then remembered when he had to tell his own Dad he had rolled his model T Truck going into town. Then later in life, I managed a fleet of trucks for a large AC company. The guys would tell me when they had accidents, and the owner always remembered when he crashed one of the brand new service trucks into the rear of another right there in the yard, before he owned the company. The beat goes on and on and on. And as we love our children, we understand how much God loves us. Thanks Jerry.

    • Car Pro 1 week ago

      Thanks so much for the kind words, I am glad I could bring back some memories for you. Thanks for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  46. Lynn Swofford 1 week ago

    I have been in the car business since 1980 and I still love coming to work each day. I have been in sales, a new vehicle manager, a used car manager, a finance manager, and even wrote service for a while. All through the nineties I worked for one of the large Ford dealerships in Dallas and Prestige Ford always outsold us; we always came in second or third place. These stories have brought back some good memories and your story about the man’s wife still in the camper made me laugh out loud all the way through it. Any one that has been in the car business for any length of time have stories of their own. You are such a good writer and I, for one, will sure miss your articles. I really enjoy your radio show, but we miss people like you in the car business. Keep up the good work, and thanks.

    • Car Pro 7 days ago

      Lynn, thanks for the kind words, I appreciate them greatly! There may be other stories coming the road as I recall them. The Camper was one of my favorites! I wish you all the best!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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