To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. - Albert Schweitzer
The year of 2020. What can we all say? Who could have Read More
Thursday we will gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. For many families whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete.
A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because they have someone far from home serving our country.
Thursday, members of the Armed Forces will gather in mess halls or tents across Read More
I have told you on the Car Pro Show that I saw used car prices falling at the auction recently. Edmunds data agrees with this and odds are great the fall will continue through the rest of the year, although at a modest pace. This info should play into your decision of doing something now instead of waiting until the end of December, especially if you are coming out of a lease.
Edmunds research shows used vehicle trade-in values are returning to normal Read More
As we observe Veterans Day on November 11, in honor of all who have served in our Armed Forces, and those who serve today, we offer this Tribute to Veterans, and say thank you for your service to America from all of us at the Car Pro Show. Read More
I addressed this on the Car Pro Radio show last Saturday and in the newsletter after another Takata airbag death.
We put recall info on our website’s recall section and in the newsletter every week, but I am not sure how many people pay close attention to it.
Often, recalls are for a certain vehicle, but only built during a specific timeframe. At other times, it is a vehicle built at a certain assembly plant. Although you hear of a recall of a certain year that matches yours, your vehicle may not be part of it. Read More
A Car Pro Show listener recently wanted to know how car dealers make money. He recounted how dealers talk about losing money on new cars all the time. He also knew a new car dealer who lived in a really nice home. It dawned on me that a lot of people might have this same perception.
How Dealerships Make MoneyThe truth is, rarely does a dealership make money on its new cars.
As I have pointed out, the difference between a dealer’s net cost and MSRP is getting thinner and thinner. All this Read More
I was invited to join a group of other local celebrities, media folk, and sports figures last week for an annual event called Empowering Seniors. Usually it is a live event, but thanks to Covid-19, this year it was all virtual.
I addressed several subjects, such as Seniors making the transition to SUVs and some of the options on cars I consider important for them. Then, I gave them a talk on why they should consider leasing. The last part Read More
I have been inundated with radio and TV requests recently about the Executive Order that California Governor Gavin Newsome signed, banning the sale of gas-powered cars in California by 2035. I touched on it last Saturday on the Car Pro Show, but in case you missed it, here are my thoughts so far.
A lot can happen in 15 years and this is a lofty goal to meet, but it should be understood that his Executive Order didn’t actually order anything. Here is the Read More
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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