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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: 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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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Tool of the Trades – The Work Truck

Ugly ain’t it? This Dodge truck looks like it got into a fight . . . and lost. Three front body panels need to be replaced, stat. The ladder rack is as big and surface rusted as a 1970s beater, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: The $500 Special

“Wooden Shoe Rather Be Dutch?” Sigh. Bumper sticker humor aside, the Subaru Legacy had 140k miles on the clock and a well-maintained powertrain (records in the glovebox). The hardback book about Abraham Lincoln under the driver’s seat gave me hope … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Wheeler Dealers

Once a car salesman “data captures” you, the calls never stop. Some are rude. Some are sweet. All are pushy. The salesman’s goal: get the sale. Meet the quota (placate the Alpha Dog). Pay the bills (placate the Ex). In … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Buy A Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off – Pt. 3: The Inspection

You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Buy A Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off – Pt. 2: The Test Drive

Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be friendly, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Repo Man

His cell phone line was dead. A disconnected phone is always the first sign that one my automotive “investments” has gone south. Number two: timing. His payment was due that afternoon. By 2:00 PM I was at the house. My car wasn’t … Continue reading

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Wise Choice for Wise Guys – 1985 Lincoln Town Car

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Fat chance! Beauty is sitting in a Barcalounger leather recliner and watching the world go past at 85 miles an hour. Of course in this 1985 Lincoln Town Car with … Continue reading

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Getting a Woody – Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

The Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon was God’s gift to Perry Como fans, the last of the great all-American trucksters. It was also my gift to the family for last year’s Christmas vacation road trip. I figured I’d nix my penchant … Continue reading

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