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Categories: Miscellaneous

A Flurry of Recalls

On: Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:07PM | By: Karen Cook

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Have a Safe Memorial Day

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 10:28AM | By: Karen Cook

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Memorial Day is upon us, introducing the travel and leisure season of the year in most parts of the country. Winter is over and it's time to have some fun! It's good to keep in mind, however, that all those other people on the road are just as eager to get to their destinations as you and nothing spoils a holiday outing like accidents, theft, or some other unforeseen event. In an effort to ensure a pleasurable Memorial Day experience, here are a few things to think about.

Lot Rage Becomes a Burning Issue

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Karen Cook

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Strange things happen at dealerships. Even though it is a place of business, it is an emotionally charged atmosphere. Whether it is elation at buying a first car or heartbreak at not being able to obtain financing on that dream vehicle, feelings run high. I’ve worked at several dealerships and so has my husband. Some buyers want to blame salespeople or management for being denied a car loan. Some want revenge. My husband was “cursed” once for not being able to sell a car to a customer. She was very upset and came back later in the day with a chicken claw. She stood in front of the dealership waving it and chanting until she was escorted off the property by the police.

Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook

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Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.


Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 12:05PM | By: Karen Cook

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Picture, if you will, a lovely day full of sunshine and blue skies. You're gliding along a beautiful road free of traffic enjoying the view and the light streaming in through your sunroof and simply enjoying the simple pleasure of driving. Suddenly, and without warning, that gorgeous view is destroyed by the sound of shattering glass as your sunroof rains down on everyone in the car causing cuts and scrapes and possibly an accident.

4 Modern Cars You Probably Don't Want People to See You Driving

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 5:01PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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If you drove a Porsche, you would drive by everyone’s house you know. A new Stingray? Heck, yeah you’re revving the engine past every other driver on the road. Big lifted expensive pickup truck? Oh, yeah you’re hanging your arm out the window, always! And if you had a Viper, the roof would never be on, now would it? But this list has nothing to do with vehicles like that, because, let’s face it, we can’t all afford these vehicles—nor do they fit in everyone’s life (although, you’d find a way if you could). If you drive any of the cars on this list, you’ve probably considered selling it more than once.

GM Adds More Recalls

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:08PM | By: Karen Cook

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General Motors has released a bevy of new recalls which brings their total (for those keeping track) to 29 since the first of this year. That adds up to 13.6 million vehicles in the US which have needed some sort of repair due to factory defects. Some of those cars are counted more than once since several of the recalls covered more than one potential problem. I don't think that makes the figures any better.

The Ford Mustang Gets a Little Muscle-yier

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford has released details for the 2015 Mustang due in showrooms this fall. It costs about $1000 more than the 2014, even though it hasn't had many major changes. The outgoing model sold for $23,335 while the new one is going for $24,425. Both prices are for base models.

Juke's Timing Chain has Problems

On: Mon, May 19, 2014 at 1:15PM | By: Karen Cook

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Nissan is issuing a voluntary recall for all 2011-2013 Juke crossovers due to an issue with the timing chain. The chain can deteriorate or distort over time and can fail due to this defect. The driver may or may not get a warning light to alert him to the problem. If a light does come on, the chain is likely to fail if not repaired.

FTC Investigates Biweekly Payments

On: Fri, May 16, 2014 at 4:52PM | By: Karen Cook

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I worked for several years as the office manager for Ugly Duckling Car Sales. It was a dealership of last resort and catered to people who found it impossible to purchase a vehicle at more reputable dealerships. It was policy to sell cars that were less than dependable, but if it rolled off the property any problems fell on the new owner. Or the dealership would give a “great deal” on another vehicle.

I Bring You the Safety Car of the Future, Built Right Here in the U. S. of A. - in 1989!

On: Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I call America a nation of “Missers”—people who avoid collisions through blind luck rather than awareness and talent—NOT "Drivers". Sure, there are exceptions, but we are few and far between. It is for this and who knows how many other misguided reason(s) that the government is mandating more and more “driver aids” (aka Idiot Over-Riders) tacked onto vehicles already stuffed with them in the name of "safety".

I’ve railed—admittedly, usually to myself—that the emphasis should be on driver education, not on adding electronics that make it possible for the worst-of-the-worst to not die in solo-car accidents like they should, to, as my dad would say, "thin the herd." Pumping money into education and training helps stop collisions from occurring, while the majority of electrissical bits are there to only mitigate how damaged you'll be after the fact.

I bring this up (here, anyway) only to at least tweak your thinking on what’s safe, both for you and your pocketbook.

[Here’s a hint: If you're a Driver, you were pretty much better off before today's big push towards “active” seatbelts, airbags, Traction- and Stability Control and…]