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Your New Car is Now Boarding

On: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:34AM | By: Karen Cook


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So, you see a commercial for a hot new car or you see one in your neighbor’s driveway and you think, “Man, I’d like to drive one of those!” You aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, but your interest is piqued and you call the dealership to see if you can drive one. Or maybe you are looking to trade your old car for a newer model and you schedule an appointment to test out something snazzy. Then the enthusiasm wanes and you don’t show up, or you forget you had an appointment at all. This is a problem for dealerships across the nation. “No shows” cost sales and are generally disappointing for sales personnel.


Redefining a Computer Crash

On: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:21AM | By: Karen Cook


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There are more and more stories concerning new automobile technology. President Obama even recently “test drove” new vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. He wasn’t on the road or even in a real car but he virtually tested some technology of the future and gave it his seal of approval. Autonomous vehicles are also hot topics and are seen as an inevitable advancement in personal travel.


NHTSA Says Ford May Have Steering Issues

On: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:01PM | By: Karen Cook


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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation concerning 2004-2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles, all produced by Ford. The investigation stems from five complaints received by the NHTSA stating that the vehicles became difficult or impossible to steer while driving.


Calling All Hackers!

On: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 7:09AM | By: Karen Cook


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There’s a huge challenge with a “huger” reward available to all hackers. If you happen to be in Beijing this week and you think you have exceptional hacking skills, stop by the 2014 SyScan Conference. There’s $10,000 on the table for anyone who can hack into the computer inside a Tesla Model S.


 

Baby, You're Hot!

On: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:50AM | By: Karen Cook


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Don’t you love it when someone tells you that you look good or pretty or, best of all, hot? If someone happens to tell you that while you are driving a Grand Cherokee or Durango, you might want to do more than blush and smile. They could be clueing you in on a more serious matter.


Nissan's No Charge To Charge

On: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:49AM | By: Karen Cook


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When you buy a gas-powered vehicle you have to factor in gas prices, but you assume a gas station will be there when you need one. It’s not so easy when you buy an electric-powered car. You still have to account for fees when using public charging stations, but you can’t count on one being convenient when you need it. The money, time to charge, and lack of stations are hurdles that EV sellers are trying to deal with.


Ford Recalls Continued

On: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:42PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford is recalling 92,022 vehicles due to a defective part which could cause a “loss of drive function” and carries a rollaway risk if the gearshift is placed in park without using the parking brake also.


Two Recalls from Ford

On: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:03PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford is recalling 2,124 Escape SUVs for a problem with the glass roof panel which “may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket,” according to Ford, which may “result in noise, water leakage or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, potentially increasing the risk of accident or injury.”


... Make Lemonade!

On: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 9:24AM | By: Karen Cook


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We’ve heard about GM’s problems with manufacturing defects, and we’ve heard testimony from some of the members of their corporate offices, but we don’t hear much about what’s going on at the other end of the line. How hard is it to be an employee of a GM dealership in the wake of all the brouhaha? We can imagine sales are down because who wants to by a car that could potentially have so many issues. We can imagine that a salesman is hard pressed to make a sale if he isn’t sure about his product anymore. And who wants to be a GM tech right now? Customers surely have something to say about this mess, especially when it has affected them. Service guys are a captive audience to listen to all those complaints.


Paint Your Car With A Brush?

On: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook


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My poor little PT Cruiser has eczema. It’s pretty well advanced. His skin is just flaking off in spots. I’m embarrassed and I feel sorry for him. I’d like to get him painted, but not only is it expensive, but it’s also time consuming. You have to make and appointment and drop off your car. Then the paint guys are going to sand your car down, cover him with tape to protect the mirrors and such, and stick him in a paint booth to coat him thoroughly. This will be repeated a few times and the prior coat must dry before another can be applied.


A Tale of Two Car Fires

On: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook


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This story is about another Tesla Model S fire. It seems like this happens frequently but does it really, or is it just that we don’t hear about the “other” vehicles that catch on fire? Tesla says its vehicles are safer that gas-powered cars and it seems that even with more safety modifications being made to the Model S, news reporters want to point out every instance of the electric car catching fire.