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No toy shall be left behind!

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, eBay Motors, Expensive Cars, General, Travel, Trucks by MrAngry | August 10th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Prevost Motor Coach

Going to the racetrack to have some track day fun can sometimes be a daunting task. If you’re like me the one problem that pops up immediately is that if you drive your car to the track you run the risk of stacking it, and thus being left stranded at the track hundreds of miles from home. Thankfully eBay has provided us with a solution to this problem by showcasing the ultimate in race day travel accommodations and automobile transport. What you are seeing here is a 2007 Prevost motor coach that has been decked out with just about every high-end option known to man. Not too long ago I drove a similar motor coach up from Florida and I have to say that these machines are a true wonder of modern engineering. Basically it’s like taking your house and every toy you own on a big road trip.
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Chevy Dealer Wants $20,000 ‘Additional Dealer Markup’ For Volt: Let’s Grab The Pitchforks And Torches

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Car Deals, Chevrolet, FAIL, General, GM, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | August 3rd, 2010 | 6 Responses |

The $41,000 Chevy Volt, now available for $61,000 in CA.

It’s no secret to anyone who’s purchased a new car in the last three years, but the downturn in the economy has lowered the already questionable moral standards of car dealers by a significant margin. Take, for example, the Edmunds employee who contacted a California Chevy dealer for information on leasing a Volt. Even I had to admit that $350 per month sounded appealing; if I was in the market for a commuter car, I may have even entertained the idea for a few seconds.

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1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo Handyman’s Special

Posted in Car Deals, Classic, Collector Cars, Exotic Cars, General, Lotus, Rust or Lust, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 24th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

If there’s one thing I’ve learned with absolute certainty in my life it’s this: when something sounds too good to be true, it is. That waterfront mansion selling for pennies on the dollar is built on a toxic waste dump, that diamond you got at an unbelievable price isn’t real and that laptop you just scored on eBay will show up as a bunch of old magazines stuffed in a new MacBook Pro box. Genuine bargains are rare, and usually come at someone else’s expense.

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How to Choose Your Perfect Car.

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, Chrysler, Dodge by MrAngry | July 20th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Purchasing a Car

“I play with cars”… that is my standard answer when people ask me what I do for a living. Generally they raise an eyebrow and look at me like I should be placed in a white coat and sent to the group home, but after a quick explanation of my statement they then become intrigued. As an automotive journalist my job is to inform the general public about what is going on in the car world. We provide road test information, humor and try to the best of our ability to answer any and all questions that come our way. One such question pertains to what car we’d purchased if we could only have one car. For guys like me I’d rather take a shot at climbing Mount Everest than answering this question for the simple reason that there is really no right answer.

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Suzuki: Drive A 2010 Kizashi And We’ll Pay You If You Buy Something Else

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, Commuter Cars, General, New Cars, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | July 16th, 2010 | 1 Response |

2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS

I recently put up my review of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS, and I have to say it was a nice midsize sedan. I equated it to a slightly less expensive VW Jetta, which says a lot. Like them or hate them, Jetta (and their badge equivalents) are some of the most popular cars in the world. Despite Suzuki’s claims that the Kizashis GTS is a sport sedan, that simply isn’t the case. It’ll run with a Jetta, but it’s no Audi A4.

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Carfax? Man, That’s Old School

Posted in Car Auctions, Car Buying, Car Deals, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 10th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

'You can trust me. I'm in sales.'

Sure, Carfax is a good service, and I’ve used it for years to get general information on cars I’m looking to buy or give advice on. It’s not infallible, and it can’t tell you about accidents that weren’t reported to the police or the insurance company. The big problem with the service is that it requires a computer with internet access, something you’re not likely to have handy on a dealer’s lot.

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Big Price Hike Coming For 2011 Dodge Challengers?

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, Dodge, muscle cars, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 6th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8

If you’re on the fence about buying a new Dodge Challenger, you may want to seriously think about tracking down a 2010 model. If Autoblog and NADA Guides are correct, the 2011 Challengers will come with a pretty significant price increase.

On the entry level side, a 2011 Challenger SE will sell for $26,055, an increase of $2,310 over the 2010 model. Option out an 2011 R/T with the J package and 20” wheels, and the cost jumps to $36,500, an increase of $3,085. On the plus side, the 2011 SRT8 will sticker at $45,601, an increase of just $1,921.

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Five Reasons Why I Won’t Tell People What Car To Buy

Posted in Car Buying, Car Deals, Car Reviews, Cars, Funny, General, Guide, New Cars, Tips by Kurt Ernst | June 29th, 2010 | 14 Responses |

'Buy the one without the giant sign on it'. Photo: Fail Blog

I’ve always been a car guy, since the time I was old enough to hold a gas pump in my hand and race HO scale slot cars. As I got older, a lot of people would ask me for advice on what car to buy, based on my knowledge and experience. Now that I write about cars for a living, the number of questions I get has only ramped up.

A few years back I made it my policy to not give advice on what car to buy, and below are my reasons. I’ll give you an unbiased opinion of any car I drive, but don’t ask me if you should buy one or not. Here’s why.

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Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: An Expensive Way To Save The Planet

Posted in Car Deals, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Electric Cars, Environment, General, Smart by Kurt Ernst | June 15th, 2010 | 1 Response |
2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Funny, it doesn't look more expensive than a BMW 335d.

Smart, the microcar built by Daimler and popular everywhere in the world except the U.S., will launch an electric version of their two seat urban commuter this fall. Dubbed the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, the pocket sized eco-mobile will feature a maximum range of 82 miles per charge, with a recharging time of 3.5 hours. It will also feature a whopping price tag; available only for lease, the monthly cost will be $915, or $600 per month once you factor in the federal EV tax credit.

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Simply Brilliant Classic Car Commercials.

Between 1950 and 1985 auto manufacturers would do anything and everything to sell you a car. They’d burn them, jump them, flood them and in some cases even make them go boom all in the name of advertising. I recently watched this compilation of classic car commercials and sat in amazement as I viewed what advertisers and automakers did to get buyers into showrooms. By today’s standards everything from the music to the basic concepts will make you shake your head and giggle like a little kid. These old commercials are hilarious, so now just sit back and treat yourself to 5 minutes and 50 seconds of classic automotive goodness.