Tag: dealers

70 Posts

Nov 01, 1998

If the differential drain plug is tightened to factory specifications, could it vibrate loose under normal driving conditions?

Dear Car Talk

My Toyota Camry's transmission just failed completely at miles It seems the differential drain plug was only finger-tight when they removed the transmission and because of that the fluid had leaked out There was less than a pint of fluid...

liability dealers transmissions

Sep 01, 1998

How can I tell if the price a dealer is quoting me is reasonable, and what alternatives do I have to buy?

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We are buying a very popular car the Honda Accord and I was wondering what we should expect to get the car for based on the fact that they sell so well I asked the dealer to sell it to...

buying dealers

Aug 01, 1998

Your Caravan window breaking was the result of a design flaw and the dealer should fix it for free.

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I have a ' Dodge Grand Caravan LE On Monday I was putting something in the back and when I went to close the rear gate the entire back window broke out I took it to a Dodge dealer and...

dealers windows repairs Dodge Caravan

Jun 01, 1998

A car dealer explains what "dealer invoice" really means.

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next three weeks we will be printing three responses to our column about dealer cost All are from dealers or former dealers who read the column The first which runs today details more specifics about dealer cost In the second...

dealers selling

Jun 01, 1998

A dealer responds: why does everyone think it's OK to ask for wholesale pricing when buying a car?

Dear Car Talk

I'm responding to your article asking dealers to tell you what a dealer really pays for the cars he sells I've been retailing cars and trucks for almost nine years now and I can personally tell you that new car...

dealers selling

Jun 01, 1998

A dealer weighs in on how dealerships are able to survive on those razor-thin margins.

Dear Car Talk

As a former dealership sales manager I may be able to shed some light on how dealerships survive on those razor-thin invoice deals First of all you were absolutely right when you noted in your column that there are many...

dealers selling

Apr 01, 1998

What is the "dealer invoice price" and why does it change from dealer to dealer?

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I'm planning to buy a Chevy truck I got a price from one dealer and am now going to other dealers to see if they will beat it The first dealer showed me the invoice price with all the options...

dealers buying

Jan 01, 1998

Was the Pontiac dealer really worried about my safety, or did someone have a large boat payment due?

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I own a Pontiac Gran Prix with miles The other day I noticed that my brakes required additional pedal pressure I took it to the local Pontiac garage a big one They stated that my brake fluid was contaminated and...

brakes dealers repairs

Dec 01, 1997

No matter how poorly you've maintained your Buick, you still couldn't be possible for a timing chain failure at 34k miles.

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My wife has a Buick Skylark which seems to be overly plagued by problems Most recently at miles the timing chain broke The car was towed to a local Buick dealer They said the cause was poor maintenance and they...

timing chains dealers liability Buick

Aug 01, 1997

Don't let the dealership wait you out until your warranty expires.

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I have a Toyota Camry LE V with an automatic transmission and a little over miles on it It has been properly maintained At about - mph a high-pitched whine develops in the transmission while the accelerator pedal is depressed...

warranties differentials dealers