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Negotiation of money can be an uncomfortable situation for anyone, regardless if it is for a house, a job salary, or a car. You don’t want to be judged for throwing out a low price but you don’t want to suggest a high dollar figure in fear of getting ripped off. Buying a new or used car is an investment and can be intimidating in itself. On top of that, car salesmen often have the stigma of being pushy. So what are some things you can keep in mind when negotiating with a car dealership?
First, let’s debunk some myths. Not all car salesmen are pushy. Not all car salesmen are dishonest. And not all car salesmen dislike working with people. Professionals, such as those at Paul Sherry Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-RAM, are honest people who want to find you your perfect car, regardless of the price tag. The association of car salesmen with the word “pushy” [...]
Comments Off on Part II: staying safe in rainy conditions
FUN FACT: A 1″ rainfall equals 22,651 gallons of water per acre, weighing over 100 tons.
Whether in a smaller sedan like your new 2012 Dodge Journey or 2012 Dodge Avenger, or a larger vehicle like a 2012 Dodge RAM truck or a 2012 Jeep Liberty, it is important to stay safe when driving in rainy conditions.
To start, ensure that you have the following:
Quality tires and windshield wipers
Awareness of driving conditions
In a down pour, the pavement often becomes slippery and visibility becomes reduced. Use these tips to help:
Check your tires and windshield wipers for wearing on them. Keep your tires in proper condition.
Replace your windshield wipers every year
Buy new tires when tread grooves reach less than 2/32″ deep
Treat your windshield with a rain dispersant
Pay attention to changes in driving conditions during rainy conditions, as traction and visibility will [...]
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The Detroit News General Motor Co. reported flat vehicle sales in October – up just 2 percent from the same month last year – while crosstown rival Chrysler Group LLC saw a 27 percent spike in sales.
For Detroit-based GM, retail sales were up 3 percent and accounted for 77 percent of all sales, the carmaker said Tuesday morning in a news release.
“Chevrolet led the way for GM in October, driven by the continued success of the Cruze and Equinox,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations, in a statement. “Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC have all performed well this year, which has set the stage for our transition to a higher mix of 2012 model-year vehicles. Combined with the launches of several new fuel-efficient cars, including the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick LaCrosse eAssist, we are very well positioned going forward.”
GM sold 186,895 vehicles in October and Chevrolet did the all [...]
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This article provides some pretty modern and creative ways to try and keep animals off the road or at least alert drivers when an animal may be close. Investigations of dangerous crossings for animals, done by state officials, have shown specific spots in which overpasses or underpasses may be used to limit collisions with animals. Also infrared sensors may be used to alert drivers of animals nearby on roadsides.
I was most amazed with the different states legislature regarding what citizens can do with their road kill. Some states allow you to take anything you hit, while some make you give the road kill to charity in order to eat. And in Illinois you can only keep your hit road kill if you are not delinquent on your child support payments.
Further down in the article they provide a recipe, yes a recipe, for how to prepare a venison meal if you happen to hit [...]
Automakers seem to have missed the news that the nation was still suffering from a recession last month, as new-car sales continued to swell, with some brands posting record numbers. Concurrently, incentives on some vehicles are becoming slimmer and in many cases nonexistent, particularly among smaller and more fuel-efficient models that continue to be in demand among fuel-price-sensitive shoppers.
This month we are seeing the first real round of model-year 2012 sales incentives, particularly on larger cars and SUVs that have fallen off many consumers shopping lists. Even better bargains can be found on closeout 2011 models that sit like ticking time bombs on dealer lots racking up financing costs while current model-year rides usurp their positions on showroom floors. As an example, the richest incentive we could find this month was a $10,000 additional dealer discount on the limited production 2011 BMW Alpina B7, which is the ultimate expression of the full-size 7 [...]
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Shift in Car Companies Priorities lead to Rapid Industry Turnaround
As I scan the car company’s websites over the last month or so you can’t help but notice the news they are projecting on us that they are seeing “record sales” or other drastic increases in sales numbers from this same time a year ago. It would be hard to convince us that the success is from a drastically improved economy, because of the still depressed economy we see still. But instead I have to credit the car dealers and manufactures on these successes because of how they are marketing and designing their cars around what people want.
“Build it and they will come”?not so fast
Back in the golden days of car sales and a great economy the car companies could make anything they wanted, throw it out on the lot, have one good advertisement campaign and they would sell out. They were in [...]