If thereís one thing that is a given, Memorial Day Weekend will be a busy one at car dealerships. Thereís a reason for that of course. The unofficial start to summer is one of the best times of the year to buy a new car.
Itís not just yearly hype either. This year, high inventories, great incentives, and low interest rates are creating the perfect storm in the car buyerís favor.
All this said itís a great weekend to score a fantastic deal on a new vehicle Ė so donít let the thought of Read Find out>
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
Please remember that Memorial Day is not about being off work or picnics. It is a day to Read Find out>
It only seems fitting that on the weekend we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, that I try to help those who serve today. I started the Despreporno Show over 17 years ago with two missions in mind: to give people honest answers about buying a car, and to call attention to good car dealers, while calling negative attention to the bad ones. In my book, there is no lower scum than anyone who will take advantage of a member of our armed forces, yet it happens all the time.
For this reason, I want to give the men and women in our military some tips on not getting taken advantage of when buying a car. Some dealerships market to our military and make it inviting, yet their motive is just another sale. On the other hand, some dealers truly want to help. You need to be able to tell the difference to make sure you get a truly good deal. Read Find out>
Credit: Kailee Mills FoundationThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís annual Click It Or Ticket Campaign is underway, just in time for the start of summer. The annual campaign aims at enforcing seat belt use to help keep travelers safe as they head to their destinations.
According to NHTSA:10,076 people who were killed in passenger vehicle crashes in 2017 werenít buckled up.55% percent of those fatalities happened at night (6 p.m.Ė5:59 a.m.). In a press release NHTSA says: Read Find out>
Credit: FordFord Motor Company is offering special incentives to those who serve our country, and the Sam Pack Ford family is taking it to an even higher level as a way to say a heartfelt thank you for what you do.
Through Memorial Day, the following groups who buy a new Ford from a Five Star Ford dealership in DFW, will receive an extra $750 factory rebate, over and above the incentives offered to the general public, PLUS Appreciation pricing: Active Military Personnel from the Army, Navy, Read Find out>
2019 Nissan Rogue. Credit: NissanLike the rest of the auto industry, small SUV sales are down slightly through April after last yearís SUV frenzy. Since we donít have Ford or GM numbers for April, all I can report on is the rankings of the rest of the automakers. It is likely that Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape would be in the top five if we had the data.
As I told you a couple of months ago, Toyota would close the gap with Nissan Rogue, and sure enough, they did it. As you will see, there Read Find out>
Credit: ToyotaToyota took extreme issue with President Donald Trumpís declaration that imported cars threaten U.S. national security, signaling contentious talks are ahead for the White House and Americaís key trading partners.
President Trump last Friday agreed with his Commerce Department, which investigated imports of vehicles and auto parts and concluded they harm national security by having led to a declining market share for ďAmerican-ownedĒ car makers since the 1980s. The Read Find out>
Editorial Credit: Sundry Photography/ShutterstockU.S. roads are going to be packed this coming holiday weekend, with the majority of travelers opting to take road trips for the three-day weekend. According to the American Automobile Associationís travel forecast, nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway, and most of them will be hitting the road.
AAA says the long holiday weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will Read Find out>
Credit: Trong Nguyen/ShutterstockEvery year, millions of Americans mark the Memorial Day weekend with a time-honored tradition: the road trip. This year is no different, with 37.6 million Americans expected to hit the road according to the American Automobile Associationís travel forecast, the most on record for the holiday.
Memorial Day CrashesUnfortunately, every year an average of 360 people lose their lives on U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend, making it one of the most dangerous Read Find out>
Credit: NHTSAItís National Tire Safety Week, a reminder of the importance of maintaining your tires to keep you and your family safe on the road. Itís a subject Despreporno Show host Jerry Reynolds is passionate about and you can check out his tire safety tips here. You can also see a few in the video above from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
National Tire Safety WeekThis yearís National Tire Safety Week, a campaign spearheaded by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Read Find out>
Tesla Model 3 with extensive roof damage photographed postcrash at tow yard. Credit: NTSBThe National Transportation Safety Board is releasing preliminary crash data into a deadly March 2019 accident in Florida involving a Tesla Model 3. Safety investigators say the vehicleís Autopilot, Teslaís semi-autonomous driving system, was engaged at the time of the accident. You can read the press release below:
NTSB Preliminary ReportOn Friday, March 1, 2019, about 6:17 a.m. eastern standard time, a Read Find out>
[Editorís note: This information is updated regularly using data from the NHTSA website.]
Updated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (in the chart below) shows that as of August 3, 2018, out of roughly 41.9 million air bags, 60% have been replaced with 40% to go. Thatís a 2% difference since the June 3 reporting date. In all, the recall includes about 50 million inflators, so not all are included in this count.
At CarProUSA, we do our best to honor the police officers who keep us safe every day of the year. On this National Police Week, we thank you and we thank your families. You leave your homes not knowing if you are coming home later.
In this age where people gun down officers for no apparent reason, we say THANK YOU for what you do.
On a personal note, I have put the black tape over my badge, and attended many officer funerals. Unless you have done this, you cannot truly understand it. Read Find out>
McLaren Automotive is celebrating a big milestone. Itís 20,000th car was recently hand-assembled at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey. The milestone comes eight years after the first McLaren road car left the Production Centre in July 2011.
The 20,000th car built was a right-hand drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Grey (shown above) from the brandís Sports Series line-up. Launched only last summer as the next chapter in the McLaren ĎLongtailí story, all production slots for the Read Find out>
Just in time for its spring arrival, Volkswagen is talking up the new 2019 Arteon, a fastback sedan that VW says sets a new design direction for the brandís next generation of vehicles. In a press release, VW runs through some of the facts and highlights of the Arteon in a press release outlined below:
1. Design is the Name of the GameThe Arteon name is taken from the Latin word for art (artem) and alludes to the emphasis VW placed on its design. The VW team set out to ďopen a new chapterĒ Read Find out>
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and during this period, the Texas Department of Transportationís statewide ďShare the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles safety and public awareness campaign urges Texas drivers to look twice for motorcycles every time they get in a vehicle.
As spring weather draws more motorcyclists onto roadways, the risk of fatalities increases. Last year 417 motorcyclists died on Texas roadways, an average of more than one fatality a day. Itís a number the Texas Department of Transportation is working to reduce by asking motorists to be extra vigilant because motorcyclists are more difficult to see and less protected than other motorists. Read Find out>
Are you a Range Rover lover? Do you want the most exclusive Range Rover ever made? Try to wrap your head around this:
A new exclusive Range Rover Astronaut Edition produced by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is only available to members of the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community.
It is true, to be able to purchase one of these Rovers, you have to first purchase a ticket to go into space on Virgin Galactic, which is rumored to cost $250,000.
Here are the details on the vehicle: The Astronaut Edition features distinctive exterior and interior design elements celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience and Virgin Galacticís unique community of Future Astronauts. It marks another important milestone in the ongoing partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic. Read Find out>
With the national average price of gasoline seeing its largest seasonal rise since 2011, motorists are probably ready for a well-deserved break when it comes to rising gas prices. GasBuddy predicts that relief is likely just days away from beginning in some areas of the country while others may lag behind, but that most areas will see lower prices ushered in by Memorial Day.
ďItís been a rough spring at the pump with prices advancing at a maddening pace and multi-year highs happening in more Read Find out>