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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: On The Cheap

Editor’s note: After an absence, our friend and colleague Steve Lang has returned to the pixels of The Truth About Cars with some valuable lessons he’s learned about how car auctioneers use shill bidders as part of the process. In … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman:
Easy Credit

Sumprime auto loans are in the news again with reports that a big chunk of Chrysler’s recent bump in sales has been driven by easy credit. That stuff happens in the used car market too. How many of you would … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Fix It or Sell It?

Youthful turns to Faithful, which eventually turns to Old Faithful, with the oil leaks to show. You’ve loved Old Faithful. But all around there are hotties and hussies that tempt you. Some are fun. Others are Chryslers. But the moment … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Sell A Car That Smells Like A Corpse – Cue the Dead Hooker Jokes

After pressure generated by the story going viral, a suburban Detroit car dealer has agreed to buy back a used SUV that apparently held a corpse in it at some time. The ’06 Ford Expedition was bought last winter and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Old and Interesting vs. New and Exotic

Someone parks two cars near you. The first? A sports car. It could be a Porsche 911 C4 Cab, a Ferrari F458 Italia, or a ZR1 Corvette. Something special. Expensive. Exotic. The other car is an oldie. Let’s say a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: You’ve Heard of OCD, Here’s ACD

  I saw the strangest thing not that long ago. Driving down a country highway there appeared to be a tattered old Toyota pickup and a 1990′s Chrysler LHS spread amongst five foot tall weeds. Further peering in resulted in … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman – Showhorses and Workhorses

Every day I see a wall. On the outside are tens of millions of consumers who lack the commitment, integrity and responsibility to keep their word. Debt, crime, and fraud are their elixirs and it’s literally destroying this country. It … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Cheepnis – Driving Frugally

My wife and I are among the few remaining newspaper readers. She peruses the ‘Living’ section, scouring every square inch for coupons. I just look for deals on motor oil. Sometimes my eyes will wander around to cheap tires or … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Is It A Keeper?

600 to 1500 miles a week. Some of you may consider this travel excessive, or, perhaps, bordering on the psychotic. In the auto remarketing business it’s a way of life. Wholesalers, auctioneers, ringmen, and managers of varying stripes all have … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Why Buy Used? A Guide for Your Non-Enthusiast Friends

I always tell people that their footwear will have a greater impact on their life than the car they drive . . . and they laugh. Then they start to think about it. All that money that goes into purchasing, … Continue reading

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