Author: Guest

Drop the top – ‘tis the season to get out and enjoy your convertible

As I look outside my office window at the trees with their changing colors, I think to myself, “Self, you should own a convertible.” Then, reality sets in, in the form of a light smack to the back of the head and a loving, “Stop talking to yourself in the third person,” from the wife. Living in an area where others go for vacation (the … Read More

Before cell phones we called them car phones

There are so many things today that, while prevalent during my formative years, don’t exist anymore – floppy disks, cassette tapes and coin-operated payphones, to name a few. These are all items that, when mentioned at the dinner table, cause a look of confusion on our 11-year-old daughter’s face. Let’s take a moment, now, to remember the car phone. Ah, the car phone.   Do … Read More

Millennials turn to leasing as they return to the market

Millennials, once known as the most hesitant shoppers in the auto industry, are increasingly turning to leasing versus buying according to Edmunds.com. The car-shopping site recently conducted a survey of Millennials and found that leasing accounted for 28.9 percent of all new-car volume for shoppers aged 18 to 34 so far this year. This reflects a 46 percent overall increase in leasing by Millennials in … Read More

Orange is not the new black in car colors

If you have been shackled to the Internet, waiting for the Netflix-sensation “Orange is the New Black” to return, your sentence is up.  The breakout, largely inappropriate, award-winning show is launching into season three on June 12. Now that we know that orange is the hot color for correctional wear, what about cars? According to Forbes.com, white is the new black when it comes to … Read More

Car clubs – take a deeper look, you may be surprised by what you see

A friend asked, “Why are car clubs so important to you?” It’s about a lot more than cars. Cars and car culture are no different from other social groups. Think back 10,000 years or so. People worked together in small groups (a tribe or a pack) toward a common goal. Back then it was known as survival. Fast forward to 2003 and picture a socially … Read More

The 500X: FIAT’s American Game Changer

There’s no mistaking the FIAT 500 for anything but what it is – an attractive and tiny car with more brio than a triple espresso and enough personality to cameo in a Fellini film. But the 500, for all its charms and its many variants, is aging – it was first introduced in Europe in 1957 – and FIAT’s U.S. dealers have long wanted a … Read More

The day that a FIAT 500 stole your heart

Do you remember that day? It was a day like no other. The day that a Fiat 500 stole your heart and the two of you drove away. Like a dream or a fairytale. Your imagination has never been the same. We understand. We’ve been there. As long as the waves dance on the shores, you’ll never forget the day…   When it became part … Read More

Low credit score – no problem

It’s a necessary evil when you’re in the car business – dealing with customers who have challenging credit or no credit score at all. In the past, little could be done for those with no credit score. But times are changing, according to a story in Automotive News. With technology leading the way, lenders can now tap into more nontraditional forms of credit data that … Read More