Tag: dealers

70 Posts

Mar 01, 2001

A dealer believes that independent mechanics are no longer cheaper than dealerships.

Dear Car Talk

Recently you wrote about whether the guy with the new Ford Focus should go to a dealer or to an independent for his service I think your answer might have been correct or so years ago but I think you...

dealers mechanics

Dec 01, 2000

Do dealers really have such a thing as a "secret recall list"?

Dear Car Talk

Most car manufacturers have a list of defects that they will fix for free or at reduced cost if the consumer complains enough They aren't publicized and the manufacturers don't want you to know about them I've heard these referred...

dealers recalls repairs

Nov 01, 2000

What do you guys think of add-on packages offered by dealerships?

Dear Car Talk

I just bought a new Toyota minivan At the last stage of the sale process I was turned over to a different individual from the dealer's back-room sales staff who made a darned good pitch for some add-ons Specifically what...

buying dealers rust

Oct 01, 2000

Are there any good reasons for having a dealership garage maintain your car?

Dear Car Talk

I just bought a Ford Focus The dealership is bugging me to start making appointments for maintenance I have been going to an independent garage that I trust and I'd like to let them take care of this car Are...

dealers mechanics warranties

Aug 01, 2000

Will I save any money by buying a BMW while in Germany?

Dear Car Talk

So I says to my wife Wife let's go to Germany It was a particularly slow Tuesday and I didn't have anything else to say to her She caught me totally off guard when for the first time in years...

buying dealers

Jul 01, 2000

If dealers always sell cars below dealer invoice, how do they stay in business?

Dear Car Talk

I assume that car dealers pay rent or mortgages sales commissions interest taxes utilities etc Since most dealers frequently offer sales promotions at or below dealer invoice why haven't they all long since gone out of business Two percent or...

dealers selling advertising

Mar 01, 1999

Dealerhips are great for second opinions.

Dear Car Talk

The engine on my ' Toyota Celica sounds as if it is full of tree frogs This sound seems to go away when I push in the clutch My mechanic said my throttle bearings are going bad When I asked...

dealers mechanics

Jan 01, 1999

Is it reasonable for me to expect that a new car I buy from a dealer should have zero miles on it?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question about my last car-shopping experience which was five years and miles ago the horror is still with me I settled upon the purchase of a new Mazda The salesman happily informed me that there was one...

dealers buying

Nov 01, 1998

We hear from a fan of Saturn's "one sticker car price" pricing strategy.

Dear Car Talk

I just want to thank you for your discussion of car dealers and your backing of the one sticker price idea I was in a car accident and my car was totaled so I had to buy a new car...

buying dealers Saturn

Nov 01, 1998

Why do dealers charge a delivery fee when you pick the car up from them?

Dear Car Talk

My friend just bought a new car and paid a delivery charge of We were wondering if you could help us understand why he had to pay this charge Keep in mind that he picked up the car from the...

dealers buying