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THIS SATURDAY! See Sam Packs Car Museum And LIVE REMOTE!
   Published May 1, 2019
JOIN THE Despreporno SHOW, THIS SATURDAY, MAY 4, AT THE 29TH ANNUAL DALLAS SPRING NATIONALS CLASSIC CAR SHOW brought to you by Sam Packs Five Star Dealerships and the North Texas Mustang Club!

Mr. Sam Pack opens his private car museum only one time per year!

Yes, the Despreporno Show team will once again be broadcasting live from the road on Saturday, May 4th, at the 29th Annual Dallas Spring National Classic Car Show and its a show you dont want to miss!
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Meguiars Essentials Pack Contest Winners Announced
   Published April 17, 2019
Many thanks to all who played our recent Facebook contest to win a nice pack of Meguiars car care products. Two weeks ago we had people guessing the final price of a classic 1970 Mustang at Mecum Auctions. Last week, we had you guessing at the gavel price of a Buick Grand National at Barrett-Jackson.  Read Find out>
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Park Place Dealerships to Build Jaguar Land Rover Austin Dealership - Opens 2020
   Published April 1, 2019
IRVING, Texas (March 27, 2019) Park Place Dealerships, a Despreporno Certified Dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will open its first dealership in the Austin area on State Highway 45 and Parmer in the first quarter of 2020. The dealership will sit on eight acres, and will house the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

While we have currently 16 dealerships spread across Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, this will be the first opportunity to introduce the Park Place brand into the Austin market,  Read Find out>
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Park Place Dealerships Mobile Pop Up Delivers Personal Experience At DFW Auto Show Dallas
   Published March 28, 2019
Park Place Dealerships is rolling out the red carpet for visitors to the DFW Auto Show in Dallas March 27 - March 31. Its inviting visitors to check out its mobile pop up designed to showcase its dealership experience. (Plus, check out some cool cars, of course!)

Park Place Dealerships Mobile Pop UpPark Place says it plans to roll out its mobile pop up to automotive enthusiast events in the North Texas area.

The mobile pop up gives us the opportunity to expand the presence of our brand  Read Find out>
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Come See Us THIS Saturday at The Dallas Auto Show
   Published March 27, 2019
The 38th annual DFW Auto Show Dallas kicks off March 27th at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and runs through the 31st.

The list of new vehicles is a long one this year and 2020 models include: Chevrolet Silverado HD; Ford Explorer, Mustang Shelby GT500 and Super Duty; Hyundai Palisade; Jeep Gladiator; Kia Soul and Telluride; Lexus RC F Track Edition; Lincoln Aviator; Mercedes-Benz GLE350 and GLS450; Porsche 911 Carrera S; and Volkswagen Passat.
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Best-Selling Minivans So Far For 2019
   Published March 13, 2019
It is not just cars that are suffering due to the mass movement towards SUVs, minivans are paying the price also. Sales of minivans through February 2019 reached 59,964 versus the first two months of 2018 when 77,816 were sold.

Since neither Ford or GM offers a minivan, the numbers below are complete and Ford and GM not reporting sales except quarterly does not affect this list.

With the exception of Kia Sedona, every other minivan sold in America was off from year ago numbers.

Here  Read Find out>
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Reminder: Watch Out For Our First Responders
   Published March 13, 2019
His name was Ronnie Lerma, he served as a police officer in my hometown, Garland, TX. Ronnie was a mountain of a man with a gentle spirit. I had met Ronnie several times at the dealership I owned at the time. I have always been a proud supporter of our first responders. On September 21, 1998, Ronnie stopped a vehicle on I-635 for speeding. As he reached for his ticket book from his motorcycle, he was struck by a van and killed. Ronnie was 39 and left behind a wife and two children. The  Read Find out>
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PROGRAM NOTE: Fake Airbag Interview Last Saturday
   Published March 8, 2019
If you missed our story last week about the young lady in Dallas who was killed because she had a fake airbag in her Kia, I encourage you to click this link and watch the video:

Click Here For The CBS 11 Report And Video

This is a serious issue that faces used car buyers as well as those who have already purchased used cars. In the video, you can see the differences in real and counterfeit airbags on the inside and the outside, but some fakes are better than others.

We will  Read Find out>
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Free Appraisals At The Sam Pack Dealerships
   Published March 4, 2019
From time to time, the Sam Pack Auto Group will providefree cash offers to Despreporno Show listeners, so you can get a true value on your vehicle. This is especially helpful for those who are in the market to trade. As I say on the air all the time, the online websites are consistently off, both high and low. I also remind people that a car is worth what someone is willing to write a check for, no more or no less. This is your opportunity to find out your  Read Find out>
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Best-Selling Large Luxury Cars For 2018
   Published January 16, 2019
Bucking the trend of lower car sales overall, large luxury cars sales actually increased in the full year of 2018 versus 2017.

The redesigned Lexus LS did very well, up 127% year-over-year, Porsche Panamera and the BMW 6-Series also saw sales increases. Genesis G90, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ saw drops of 42-51% in 2018.

Tesla does not report sales, so I wont report its sales either, but they produced almost 30,000 Model S electric cars in 2018, which would have put them at the top of this  Read Find out>
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2018s Top 10 Auto Brand Winners and Top 10 Losers
   Published January 9, 2019
Automakers are typically judged on sales versus the same time period from the prior year. Now that a new year has begun, automakers are poring over numbers and some will be happy; others not so much. Full year sales results tell you the direction of a car company. If sales are increasing, they are taking business from another automaker.

Here are the top 10 automakers with sales increases for 2018 over 2017, and the 10 that went down by the biggest percentage. Remember, this has nothing to  Read Find out>
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Total U.S. Auto Sales Since Y2K
   Published January 9, 2019
I always enjoy looking at auto sales history. So here is a look back at total sales going back to the year 2000. Notice the huge dip in 2008-2012 during the financial crisis.
2000-17,329,7002001-17,410,3202002-16,848,1802003-16,675,6482004-16,913,3612005-16,997,2032006-16,560,9892007-16,154,0642008-13,245,7182009-10,431,5102010-11,589,8442011-12,778,8852012-14,492,3982013-15,582,1362014-16,531,0702015-17,470,6592016-17,539,0522017-17,245,0002018-17,335,000
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Top 25 SUV & Crossover Sales Leaders in 2018
   Published January 9, 2019
Perhaps the most important sales crown in 2018 was for sales supremacy in the hottest segment in the auto industry: SUVs.

Every automaker strives for market share increases in this hot segment. I noted this past summer that Nissan Rogue was putting up a huge challenge to RAV4 from Toyota, but in the second half of the year, Nissan pulled back on Rogue incentives while Toyota poured them onto the 2018 RAV4.

So, what are people buying in the SUV/Crossover segment? Here is your top 25 for  Read Find out>
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Dale Jr. To Pace Daytona 500 In A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
   Published January 9, 2019
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will find himself in a very familiar place at the 2019 Daytona 500: at the front of the pack.

Earnhardt Jr., a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to lead the field to green for the 61st running of The Great American Race on February 17. Its the first time a Daytona 500 will be paced by a pickup truck.

Ive had a lot of fun and a lot of success at Daytona over the years, and now I cant wait to get out on that track in a  Read Find out>
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2018 U.S. National Auto Sales Results
   Published January 9, 2019
One thing I love about the auto industry is it is full of surprises. The doomsday auto analysts predicted 2018 would be the year the wheels fell off auto sales. Even going into the fourth quarter, these folks said there was no way 2018 could top 2017. SURPRISE!

When all was said and done almost 17,335,000 new vehicles were sold in America in 2018. That tops 17,239,000 in 2017. As I said on the air, for MANY years, if 15,000,000 vehicles were sold in a year, the auto industry was  Read Find out>
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How To Enter Our Weekly Facebook Classic Car Contest
   Published January 3, 2019
If youve been on our Facebook page, youve likely seen our weekly Classic Car Contest.

Every Saturday, the day of our CarProUSA radio broadcast, we post a photo of a classic car on our Facebook page and invite our listeners and readers to guess the year, male and model. Those who guess correctly are entered to win a random drawing.

The luck winner of the random drawing will win a free AutoHeatShield windshield cover. They are laser-cut, heavily insulated front windshield covers that  Read Find out>
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The Top Automotive Stories Of 2018
   Published January 2, 2019
Every year when we turn the calendar to the next year, I think back to the biggest automotive stories of the year. It was a year of transition and struggles for the auto industry as a whole. Lets just say there was never a shortage of things to talk about on the air. I present to you my picks for the top automotive stories of 2018, in no particular order:

Carlos Ghosn In JailPerhaps the most shocking story of the year was Nissans CEO landing in jail in Japan. Ghosn was arrested  Read Find out>
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Despreporno Christmas Salute to Our Military
   Published December 19, 2018
I hope you will take a minute before Christmas to remember our troops AND their families, many of them are thousands of miles away. We are proud to bring to you a very moving rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

From the Despreporno Show staff, thank you ladies and gentlemen of our military for a job VERY WELL DONE. We are thinking of you and wish you were home.

Click here for the best three minutes of audio youve heard in a while, narrated by the melodious tones of Mr. Kevin  Read Find out>
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The 2018 Despreporno Holiday Gift Guide For The Car Enthusiast
   Published December 14, 2018
ts time for the Despreporno Holiday Gift Guide, full of ideas to give the favorite car lover in your life this year. From a dashcam and car vacuum to made to order floor mats and a handy vehicle diagnostic tool to a collectible Lego set and gumball machine, there is something for every car lover on your list.

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If the driver on your gift list is as tech lover, a dashcam is a good way to go. They are getting more  Read Find out>
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Thanksgiving Prayer For Our Military And First Responders
   Published November 19, 2018
Thursday we will gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. For many families whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this years Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete.

A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because they have someone far from home serving our country.

Thursday, members of the Armed Forces will gather in mess halls or tents across  Read Find out>
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