ToyotaThe slaughter of new car sales continued in May with sales down from a pretty dismal May of 2018. In just the first five months of 2019, car sales were off 119,000 versus the first five months of 2019. Bear in mind, we donít have Ford or GM numbers, but rest assured, the numbers would look worse.
There are a few cars that are ahead so far this year including the VW Jetta, the Nissan Versa, the Dodge Charger, the Lexus ES, and Read Find out>
Congratulations go out to longtime CarProUSA Certified Dealer Classic Chevrolet. This outstanding dealership was recently recognized once again as a Chevrolet Dealer of the Year for 2018. The award is only given to the top 2% of more than 3000 Chevrolet Dealers nationwide.
The award recognizes an outstanding commitment to customer service in both sales and service. To be named a Chevrolet Dealer of the Year, a dealership must excel within every facet of their organization, maintaining both Read Find out>
Fiat is rolling out a new special edition to its lineup. The 2019 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is a custom-appearance package that adds unique wheels, LED lighting, roof rails and sleek black-themed accents inside and out.
Designed and built in Italy, the new 2019 Fiat 500X features an all-new, standard-equipped 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with the latest iteration of the FCA exclusive MultiAir (called MultiAir III) valve-actuation technology, engine stop-start (ESS) technology and Read Find out>
A recent Despreporno Show listener wanted to spend $5000 on used vehicle for his 16-year old child. The parent was rightfully concerned about safety, reliability, and wanted it to be fairly low mileage. This is called Mission: Impossible.
Finding a Reliable 5,000 Used Car I could retire today if I just had a dollar for the times I have been asked about where to get a $5000 reliable used car. Read Find out>
The Hyundaiís new flagship three-row Palisade SUV arrives in CarProUSA Certified dealerships soon with a starting price of roughly $31,000.
Built in Korea, the Palisade comes with one powertrain, a 3.8-liter V6 putting out 292-horses, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes in SE, SEL, and Limited trims, and is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Prices do not include $1045 transportation charge:
Continuing with the alphabet-soup SUV naming game, Mercedes-Benz is launching a new SUV that will slot between the GLA and the GLC. Itís name, as if you had to ask, is the GLB. Mercedes describes it as ďversatile SUV with powerful proportions, short overhangs and an off-road-oriented designĒ. Due to go on sale by the end of the year, it will be the first Mercedes in the segment to offer seating for up to seven with an optional third row. It will come with one powertrain Read Find out>
Fire danger is always a fear with electric cars. Weíve seen numerous cases recently with Teslas catching on fire while parked. Now we learn the all-electric Audi E-Tron is being recalled because it has a "potentially faulty seal" in its battery compartment that could potentially cause a short circuit and a fire. Roughly 540 E-Trons have been delivered in the United States so far, after going on sale last month.
According to a statement issued by the German automaker:
Forget that tire dressing you have on the garage shelf, soon you wonít need it. Michelin and General Motors recently presented a new generation of airless tire technology for passenger vehicles ó the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or ďUnique Punctureproof Tire SystemĒ) ó at a recent summit for sustainable mobility. The companies say they will introduce the tires onto vehicles by 2024.
Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Read Find out>
Five months of sales are in the books and the SUV rage continues. In an industry that overall is down slightly for the year, SUVs have posted 37,000 more sales than through the first five months of 2018.
As I predicted on the air a couple of months ago, Toyota has turned on the incentives on RAV4, after lagging behind the Nissan Rogue earlier in the year. In fact, Toyota is starting to open Read Find out>
Whether stuck in rush-hour traffic or cruising for hours on the open road on a summer vacation, Ford says commuting can be a ďreal pain in the buttĒ. Literally. But the automaker says one ďdoctorĒ has the prescription.
Enter Supervisor Mike Kolich Ė Fordís ďDr. DerriereĒ (pictured above) Ė and the Ford global seating and comfort team. Theyíve designed a new front seat offering in the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. The seats maintain Fordís shape and softness standards but theyíre Read Find out>
If youíre shopping for a vehicle for your family, this will come as good news. Automakers are improving their LATCH hardware for child seats, making them easier to use.
Nearly three-quarters of 2019 vehicles studied by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have LATCH hardware that rates good or acceptable for ease of use. IIHS researchers say the shift from 2015, when IIHS launched its LATCH ease-of-use ratings. At that time, a majority of new vehicles rated poor or Read Find out>
With Ram Trucks in the sales lead over the Chevy Silverado so far this year, the war between the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 is about to go up a notch. We recently brought you news on the new 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel. Now comes Ram with a 1500 diesel. So soon, the top-three best-selling trucks in America will have a half-ton diesel entry (the Ford F-150 Powerstroke Diesel makes three).
New Ram EcoDieselRam Trucks claims the Ram 1500 diesel will be the most Read Find out>
In a new study, many U.S. drivers are Ďfessing up to dangerous driving behaviors while behind the wheel. The 2019 Behind-the-Wheel Confessions Study from DriversEd.com, released during National Safety Month, reveals striking statistics on an array of dangerous behind-the-wheel behaviors that U.S. drivers admit to. They include everything from distracted driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving to speeding, running through red lights and not stopping at stop Read Find out>
Fatherís Day is considered extremely important as it helps to acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and to societies at large. Besides, observance of Fatherís Day provides children an opportunity to express love and respect for their fathers. The sentiment goes a long way in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in the emotional development of a child.
The idea of celebrating Fatherís Day was given by Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Read Find out>
There is one fundamental thing to understand about the difference between new and used car financing. Namly, itís much easier to get new car financing. Not only is it easier, but Despreporno Show host and automotive expert Jerry Reynolds says new car loans also typically come with lower interest rates than offered with used car loans.
Reynolds explains there are two big reasons why this is the case: First, used cars are a riskier investment for lenders. Read Find out>
The year 2016 was the best year in automotive history, which also means a record number of trade-ins on the market. Many people turn to used vehicles to try to save some money. Daily, I get the question of whether or not someone should buy a factory certified pre-owned car, and if it worth the extra money you pay for one.
When I was the Ford National Dealer Council Chairman about 15 years ago, they asked me to help them come up with the best-certified program for consumers and dealers. It Read Find out>
I talk about Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles on my radio show often. Simply put, I am a believer and have been since we first started hearing about these programs, which was in the late 1990s. When I was the Ford National Dealer Council Chairman in 2000-2003, Ford Motor asked us to study the CPO programs that were out there and come up with one the dealers would embrace.
I traveled the country talking to dealers and used car managers until we came out with a program that everyone liked. Read Find out>
It is easy to get caught up in the phenomenon of the new car smell. You saw a car that looked great to you, your old car is tired and you are tired of it. You go to a dealership, take that test drive, and the love affair begins. You are blinded by your favorite color, the great stereo, all the safety features, and the fuel economy. Youíll do whatever it takes to drive home in your dream car. Does that mean youíll sign a 7-year legal, binding contract so you can afford the payments? If so, you Read Find out>
So itís time for your first car, or maybe itís just time to replace the current one and you want to do a better job budgeting for what is one of the biggest purchases youíll make in your lifetime. Either way, youíve come to the right place because what you donít want to ever do is find yourself in a situation where you can no longer afford your car payments. Despreporno Show Host Jerry Reynolds addresses that situation here.