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Home to the rEvolutionary Car Deal Sanity and Survival Strategies
Deal Jiu Jitsu for the AmeriCanadian Auto Consumer.
It's not Pretty. It's
All Over the Road
But it Kicks Car Deal Tailpipe for Village and Family Values
Slide Behind the
Wheel and Give'er a Spin
- "The All
New and Improved Consumer-Driven Vehicle for Driving Down the
Costly Dings in the Downsized / Up-profited Auto Sales, Lease,
and Service Deals along the Two-way Street of the Freely Traded,
'Gobble' Economy of the New Millennium..." Hold-on!n tight!
- Deal Different:
Don't Do It! Don't have a CAR, man! and save $450,000 over a
lifetime of average auto costs)
- Buying, leasing
or servicing a car? "CARveat Emptor!" = Your Car Deal
Ding Doctor = "The Consumer's Car Deal Anti-theft Device"
(Can't Beat the Price -- its free, er., priceless...)
- NOW is the
time to fix the dings in the "Great" American Car Sales,
Lease and Service Deal, before you need another one. Just fix
- Invest Your
Savings From the all New and Improved
Down-sized Car Sales and Service Deals for your Retirements.
to Avoid Becoming Car Deal Road Kill "
Why have We (The People) permitted the automobile industry to
continue to mistreat us over a product that has become so central
to our way of life...?" Cultural masochism? Collective idiocy?
Too busy getting or keeping a life...? Too busy making car deal
and service payments? Too busy working for the Government's Corporate
Welfare Division, Inc., four or five months out of the year,
and for the auto industry for the remainder...?
- If you think
price is the only cost of buying, leasing or servicing cars,
-- go figure, get a life, and then come back and help fix the
dings in the Great American Car Deal-- before you need another
new or used one or before you need to have your car serviced
again... if you wait-- the most common car deal mistake, it'll
be too late, and will only cost you more later down and up the
road! Just do it, Now!
- Fixing the
Dings in the Great American Car Deal is a Basic 4 Step Process:
- (1) Demand "Fair Car Sales
and Service Practices Act" legislation be enacted at local, state
and national levels to protect consumers, the industry and the
economy from the high costs of unfair, manipulative and fraudulent
auto sales and service practices which costs us tens of billions
of dollars every year in America... home of the free (auto markets)
and land of the brave (car consumers)... Fraud alone in auto
sales and service practices costs us over $22 billion (a conservative
estimate in our opinion) every year. Odometer fraud is a $10
billion / year auto industry business. Waste and abuse (unfair
and manipulative sales and service practices) costs our friends
and families tens of billions more in unearned "record industry
profits" every year in America.
- This is a hidden
tax on our friends and families. Fairness regulations would be
a bargain by comparison and would help boost consumer confidence.
Auto industry fairness legislation would create jobs and improve
the public reputation and integrity of auto sales and service
businesses, if enforced effectively.
- IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
ARE UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO PROTECT THE AUTO CONSUMING PUBLIC,
DEMAND THAT THEY TO PUT THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT, SO YOU CAN DO
THEIR JOBS FOR THEM.
- (2). Demand
and support efficient public transportation as an alternative
to the automobile, before we run out of oil, which is estimated
to likely occur within the next 35 to 50 or so years given current
(1998) levels of use. Even auto addicts benefit when others have
auto alternatives or do not drive. The real costs of gasoline
is closer to $8 or $9 per gallon when the cost of maintaining
US forces in the Gulf for "cheap" crude oil is calculated.
This does not include the real economic costs of air pollution
and related health costs, in which case if it did, the likely
per gallon cost for automobile gasoline would be closer to $15
to $25 dollars in our opinion.
- (3). Go carless,
Don't Have A CAR, Man! Practice Planned Car(lessness)hood, don't
buy it. If you do not currently own and operate a car, don't
start. Abstinence is the safest car deal sex. But if you do,
negotiate lower car deal, lease, and service prices. Negotiate
the manufacturer's profit on all new car deals, similar to the
way savvy auto buyers used to negotiate the dealer's profit...
including "no-haggle," or "one high price fits
all" car sales and lease deals... Don't buy non-negotiable
car deals or leases. Ding the dealer and the manufacturer on
profits... -- Remember, everything is negotiable in a free market.
- (4). Get car
smart. CAR(Can Anyone Read): Erase Chronic Car Deal Illiteracy Syndrome
car deal, lease and service prices IN THE ALL NEW AND IMPROVED
DOWNSIZED/UP-PROFITED ECONOMY. Pick up a book or two at your
bookstore or library on car buying, ownership, and operation,
and another one on negotiating principles and practices. There
are several good ones (See/Select
CARveat's Consumer Resources and References Page )
of valuable information available to help consumers save $100s
and $1,000s on car deals, leases, and service costs.
- ARE YOU CAR (Can Anyone Read?) DEAL
Deal Illiteracy Syndrome (CCDIS) remains at epidemic levels in
America, even as the automobile celebrates its 100rdth birthday...are
you car deal literate?
- IS YOUR BOSS?
- YOUR EMPLOYEES?
- YOUR STUDENTS?
- YOUR TEACHERS?
- A lifetime
of average car ownership and operation costs can easily exceed
$450,000 (in 1997 dollars), more than the price of the median
priced American home (X2+)... plan ahead and save! Practice Planned
Carhood. Don't get addicted to cars. if you do not drive, don't
start. But if you do, make car ownership and operation a part
of your life-long personal and family budget and economics planning.
Resist acquiescing to the more popular and costly deal-to-deal,
nickel and dime planless strategy which most AmeriCanadian consumers
- According to
a story, "Start Now--Retire Early", in Readers
Digest (Feb. 1998) by Deborah Rankin, financial author and TV
commentator Jonathan Pond suggests that by holding on to a car
for ten years instead of trading in every three years or so,
consumers can save $400,000 to $450,000 over a period of 40 years,
even considering the higher costs of repairing older automobiles.
- If possible,
plan or adjust your living and working situations so that auto
ownership and driving is unnecessary or optional.
- Fairness in
car sales and service deals? Whenever you're ready, America....!
What good is Democracy, if only the loopholed, special interested
and the corporate-privileged can use it?
- An unsolicited
I'm a small dealer in Florida, and this
industry needs more spotlights shining on it.
Amazing how much nonsense goes on.
Keep it up. "
recent phone message:
do not do any of the "tricks" on your list.
- You made
this stuff up.
- You must
have gotten screwed."
- [How could
we have gotten screwed if dealers don't do these or other car
Must be some other car deal-sex the caller had in mind, eh? (:-)]
of the Great American Car Deal
aka DRIVE SHAFTS or
Lemon-proofing car deals for
the complete dummy and
Driving Detroit Dingy
The Great American Car Deal is in for Major Service
"Unscrewing The Great American Car Deal", Ahead!
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Caution, Bumpy Road Ahead!
The "Great American Automobile Deal"
is Being Towed to the Repair Shop
Sorry, No peeking, you cannot watch!
("Our Insurance Prohibits
You From Watching
Us Fix It")
THE GREAT AMERICAN CAR SALES AND SERVICE INDUSTRY:
there's no problem, what's
with a little regulation and professionalism in the auto sales
and service "profession"?
Every other credible profession (doctors, real estate agents
and brokers, lawyers, plumbers) is governed by a state professional
regulatory agency; even hair dressers.
In America we are more protected when we get a haircut then when
we buy, lease or service automobiles...
Why not train, test, license and monitor auto dealers and mechanics...
similar to the way we regulate every other reputable trade and
profession? Hint: ($$$,$$$,$$$.$$)
What's the problem with repairing the costly anti-social and
anti-consumer dings in the Great American Car deal? None, but
if it's not done right, with proper oversight and enforcement,
it could merely bolster consumer confidence to their peril and
detriment and to the undeserved benefit of the auto industry.
Lets just do it right!
We knew we were on the right road, headed in the right direction
in highlighting the shortcomings of the automobile industry when
someone left a message on the answering machine, suggesting we
were responsible for the economic and social problems in America
for merely seeking fairness in car sales and service practices.
(Some dealers have e-mailed that we are maligning their good
names, although references and general information point to the
industry itself as causal for its low public repute). Hum, well
that makes perfect sense, improving the automobile marketplace
for consumers, for manufacturers and for dealers would certainly
be a dragster peeling out on the economy and society, now wouldn't
Comments, excuses and apologies from industry apologists and
satisfied and tricked consumers are welcomed. Inside dirt and
favorite dealer or auto manufacturer tricks welcomed too.
of any credible visible industry or government programs or policies
(please send us a copy if you find any, er, one) to police up
the auto industry of its unfair, manipulative and fraudulent
car sales and service practices that costs our friends and families
(family values?) billions in unearned and ill-gotten profits,
requires an affirmative consumer response!
Don't wait for Speaker Gingrich and his party of Newtzis or even
the Demublicans to help out, for they appear to believe that
you and your friends and families are or will be better able
to fight private corporate government (Corporate Hall vs. City
Hall?) [Corporacrats] on your own without the assistance of fair
consumer protection laws. Such laws properly enforced would help
the automobile industry increase unit sales by improving consumer
confidence, as much as it would help consumers avoid expensive
and inflationary value-subtracted costs caused by the many Tricks
of the Great American Car Deal.
Even baseball has rules and umpires, and its only a game which
costs far less to get into! A lifetime of new car purchases,
maintenance, and loan interest costs equals or exceeds the average
American home costs. We regulate the real estate industry. So
why is the automobile industry so special not to be regulated
similarly? Because consumers have not demanded that this industry
be regulated, and because consumers have paid for the auto industry
lobbyists who buy industry favorable legislation at Uncle Sam's
factory outlet store. How long before American auto consumers
wake up and demand their fair share of Uncle Sam's goodies.
How much of the price of your last car deal or lease paid for
industry efforts to prevent consumer and environmental protection
and safety regulations for the automobile industry? How much
paid for industry attorney fees to fight consumers? How much
paid for excessive executive salaries? How much paid for emotionally
charged "industry serving" advertising? Etc.?
If you are not thinking about these sorts of questions, you may
be part of the car deal problem...read-on...you don't have to
repeat past car deal mistakes every time you buy or lease a new
car! Paying more does not guarantee that your next new car or
new car deal or lease will not become an expensive and frustrating
lemon, or that you will not be dinged by the dealer on hidden
or undisclosed damages, defects or repairs. (Bad or unscrupulous
dealers are not in the habit of admitting to unfair or manipulative
or fraudulent sales or service practices, and before the fact,
good and bad dealers resemble each other in outward appearances,
regardless of representations and appearances.). So, why pay
more and reward this industry for its traditions of sham? Ding
Buying or leasing a new
or used car?
estimates, fraudulent sales and service practices in the automobile
industry alone last year cost America's friends and families
$22,000,000,000.00 (22 billion dollars). Odometer fraud costs
consumers $10,000,000,000 (10 billion dollars) every year in
America ('...the home of the free (markets) and the land of the
brave (consumers)...'?) Add up all the cost of auto sales and
service fraud and the total costs to us approaches $75 to $100
Billion or more, and this does not include the costs of legal
but unfair and manipulative auto sales and service practices
which costs us tens of billions more in inflated profits for
the auto industry.
Our friends and families are robbed of hundreds of millions,
perhaps billions more in inflated costs and profits by unfair
and manipulative automobile sales and service practices every
year. These practices unfortunately are often condoned by consumers,
government and the industry.
Over half a million (500,000) consumer complaints were formally
filed by consumers last year with consumer protection agencies.
The majority of these involved car purchase and service issues.
Only 4% of aggrieved consumers even bother to complain about
their mistreatment, and the few who do complain, do so ineffectively.
Your (supposedly) government has not heard your voice about the
Great American Car Deal Sham, and the costs of the free auto
deal and service "market" to our friends and families.
Brought to you by the non-starters:
Harvard Consumer School and Stanford School of Consumer Studies
[Go for your Masters in Consumer Control Management (MCM)
Masters in Consumer Administration (MCA) today]
Yeah, you wish...! (:- )
Tax Breaks for Bicycles, Carlessness or Reduced Auto Use?
You'll know when we're really serious about reducing air
pollution and traffic congestion...!!!
It could happen,
in your dreams...
The "Great" American Car Deal Unscrewed:
the lug-nuts and tightening the screws on the Chassis of the
Great American Car Deal Jalopy
SHAFTS: Under the Hood of this Jalopy,
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- Pleasures, small
- Take your time
- And screw 'em
all..." (;- )
Well, grandmothers, first time buyers, and the unawares,
anyway (by an anonymous salesperson) .
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" ... Car dealers
Jack you around
And take your money... "
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