Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 23:50

The 1971 Cuda was awful compared to the 1970 model, at least with the 383 engine., They cut down the compression ratio because of the unleaded gas. The 383 4bbl in 1970 was a hot one. But the...

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 23:15

Except the legacy OEMs want NOTHING to do with retailing cars. Every time they've tried it, they've gotten burnt badly. Consumers think they'd save money if dealers didn't exist. The opposite...

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 23:05

Thanks for your comments.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 23:03

"Trunk money" is alive and well, both as a euphemism and a reality. In fact, it is a relatively new term.

"Further supported by the old school lingo "trunk money?" Maybe you think the...

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 22:20

Tru dat! A full price deal is not excessive or immoral in any way and it isn't the dealer who starts the haggle. The FTC could fix this typical consumer complaint by mandating that dealers all...

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 22:16

Pompous? If you want to see pompous go into any other merchant and demand to see their bare cost figures. As a consumer you have all the advantages. You can shop near and far. If that isn't...

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 02:25

I think this is a GREAT piece on Toyota's hypocrisy. If anything, it doesn't go far enough. I am deeply disappointed in Toyota over this move on a variety of levels.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 13:51

TrueCar is run by people have don't understand retail. When Scott Painter successfully runs a real dealership he'll have some cred with me. Until then, not so much. He doesn't know the...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 13:47

Interesting to see that Mr. Krafcik, a well respected guy, is now an expert on retail. I'd like to know the retail pedigrees of both Mr. Krafcik and Mr. Painter. They sure think they have a...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 00:39

I attempted to do a similar dance of joy when I read thee Jackson piece but the incision from recent kidney surgery held me down. I had a similar moment when I was told by a large Honda dealer...

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 23:54

A truly educated buyer is good for sales people. The ones who think they know but don't are real pain. But they are all opportunities.

The biggest change in auto retail I've seen over...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:22

Great piece on Tesla. There are still many questions to be answered. For example, will Panasonic actually partner with Tesla on the Giga Factory even though Toyota is by far its biggest customer...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 14:50

This is a great event and a great venue. This is an all star group of presenters and panelists with a deep understanding of today's most important auto industry issues.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 07:29

@ Peter - The purpose of being in business is making a return. Perhaps your business can exist without that?

Who forces consumers to shop? Why is it "unfair" for a dealer to make a profit...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 07:19

I retract my statement about ALLY Bank, with apologies. They were extorted and had no choice. I see they are adamant about retaining their rate markup system. As I read over Director Cordray's...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 06:55

I'm going to have to start buying my suits differently.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 16:57

Great piece Jim. Dang, I didn't know you were such a history buff. But then, when you get as old as we are, we don't have to read about it. We were there. :)

IMHO - Some salient points...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 15:35

Steve,

It is all over RW blogs that Hillary received $250K for her speech. Any first hand knowledge of this? I rate it at the top of my BS list. They seem to be piqued that Hillary was...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:20

I don't see OEM execs learning how to retail cars at a profit in a competitive negotiating environment while taking trade ins with negative equity and dealing with complex financing issues and...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:05

How would Calabrese understand auto retail? Engineers don't have any sway over dealers. Other GM execs do. They're the ones who need the true retail experience with REAL consumers.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 15:11

RE: "Perhaps the figures are a little outdated but there are plenty of other articles that support at least billions still owed and as we all know number lie and liars use numbers."

A...

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 14:53

@ answergrape : "For some reason you think the bailout was the end all to the Auto industry and the big comeback is here?"

Now this is a hard comment to fathom. The auto bailout wasn't...

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 23:57

I wonder what a person who has spent her career with an OEM, as a manufacturing person, would know about auto retailing? The scary thing is that these people DO think they know. What could...

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 13:58

I don't see how "flat fees" gets anyone off the hook. If lenders don't all offer the same flat fee program, the potential for "disparate impact" still remains. What if it is found that some "...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 14:25

Who said the Internet can be defeated? Who says new vehicles are a commodity? A product doesn't turn into a commodity unless buys and sellers have equal information AND the equal ability to...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 14:12

@ Mr. Bruce - I don't know how much experience you have dealing with real consumers but consumers don't know what they want. Buying a car isn't like buying a gadget. People buy big ticket items...

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 14:22

These guys provide the best residual value and market analytics available. Getting all of them on stage in a panel discussion with Kontos, Ibara, and Lyman is the best conference session possible...

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 02:09

RE: "Negotiating used to be the way to make money. Now it has become the way to lose money."

Its ALL negotiation INCLUDING pretending not to negotiate. This is the same old JD Power stuff...

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 16:55

If vendors who sell leads to dealers really want to be transparent, they should inform the consumer how much the lead charge adds to the cost of the vehicle they want to buy. The amount might not...

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 22:07

My beef is with ALLY BANK for not fighting this. Caving in like they did insures that other lenders are already on their knees. Since the government (taxpayers) still owns a substantial portion...

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