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Talk to AutoScoop! The radio show for car buying

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
Is there a topic you would like to see covered on AutoScoop?

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  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    How about the pros and cons of buying rebuilt wrecks?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    It's fun for an ex-Southerner like me to listen to AutoScoop just to hear Joyce say "y'all" all the time. :shades:

    Steve, SUVs and Speed Shop Host
  • hangaralf1hangaralf1 Posts: 107
    i would like to hear more about Diesels and whether or not Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen are bringing more to the states. in particular, Diesel Minivans.
  • Tell us what you'd like to hear. We want your suggestions. Any particular controversy or topic - that you think the country should discuss?? We want to know.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    How about a tutorial for sons and daughters who are about to make their first car purchase but won't listen to mom and pop about researching and negotiating? Also, address how parents can best get these points across to the kids before they get fleeced.
  • Great suggestion. Do you think it should be more focused on financing options, budgets, or how to find the right vehicle?
  • If you have a car buying "horror story" - would you share - for an upcoming show. Thanks.
  • Whew, I second that one from tidester, and as a mother of a soon-to-be-driver, I would want to see the focus on choosing the right vehicle - most teens don't know enough to make an informed decision based on practical driving needs (handling, what cars are good to learn on), long-term implications of the vehicle choice (i.e., do you really want to work long hours to pay the insurance on that mega-SUV?) and maybe durability (really cool car w/high mileage vs plain-jane that's likely to last 5+ years).

    So, the shopping/selection process would be my vote.

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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    As an Atlanta listener, I have heard this show a lot when I'm on my way into work.

    I joke with some of the guys about the people calling into the show. About 90% are roaches and ask questions about their negative equity or inability to purchase a vehicle.

    One will state, "I don't like my bank. They keep bothering me about paying the bill." Or, "I have a 350 beacon with 0 money down and I the salesperson is rude to me!! He won't sell me that Benz I want."

    All to say, screen those calls a little bit better. Goldfein does a good job of switching those calls into something positive, but there is only so much you can take of that.

    -Moo-
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Why not two shows - one of each? :)

    tidester, host
  • norma74norma74 Posts: 1
    Hi,
    I'm very interested in the services of a car broker. I'm the ideal client - I'm relocating cross-country and need to buy a car in the new location (SoCal) quickly. I plan to buy a used car and have pre-approved financing. Can anyone suggest a good way to track down a reliable and trustworthy broker? I've already read the edmunds.com article on brokers but I'm still looking for more info. Any insights you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :D
  • wendyhukwendyhuk Posts: 4
    I have just purchased a new car. Should I expect to pay a bank acquistion fee or bank charges? What other charges at the time of signing should I expect on top of the car price.
    Regards
    Wendy :confuse:
  • I looked at a vehicle Sunday it was a recent trade in, the car salesman said that it was bound for repair the next day and that the repair shop had the key. They would not be in till the next day so all we could do was look at the outside of the vehicle and the inside seats if we didn't mind the alarm going off. The alarm would not allow us to open the trunk or hood so we were told to come on Thursday and by then the car would be serviced and if I wanted to hold the car I should leave a deposit. I did and they said that was all come in on thursday and the car would be mine for the purchase once I looked under the hood. I appear on Monday to see if I can look at the car early and the dealer said it was in repair we can't see it yet. I come in today Thursday and was told the car had been sold soon after I left the dealership. Is this legal? I was told because they didn't have the key my deposit would be enough. If everything was alright I would have bought the car then and there. I don't know what to do I thought that car was the one. Is the dealership breaking any rules? Thank you
  • bzribeebzribee Posts: 27
    I'm not sure where to post this question but I understand there imay be choice as to whether the rebate is calculated before or after taxes. One dealer I spoke with (California) said it had to be before taxes, which woud cost me an extra $100 +. Is there a way to negotiate this? I don't think all the (CA) dealers I've emailed have calcualted it the same.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I would give Rebates, Incentives, APRs - Questions & Comments or Vehicle Sales Tax Questions a try.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • ctvwctvw Posts: 1
    I just noticed that my local VW dealer still has new 2006 Jetta's and Passat's on the lot. I was hoping to get opinions from forum members regarding pricing/negotiation tactics for a car that has been sitting on the lot for 2 years. This dealer now has 06 07 and 08 Passat's on lot so I would think they would be willing to cut a good deal on these vehicles to get them off the lot. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • As a ex-car sale my answer is going to come from the why this happen. The salesman job is to get you to commit to buy, This means what ever car he can get you to put money on. The salesman does not know who owns the car or who has the title so he did what he was suppose to do he got you to commit. He didn't know if his manager was saving that car for himself or going to sell it for cash to a whole seller. The only illegal act is if they keep your deposit. They are suppose to return it.
  • I recently leased an '07 Patriot. I would like to add a few items to it such as cruise control, and cross bars for the roof rack. Is it possible to add this to the car now through the dealership for a percentage of the cost of the parts, and have that figured into the residual at the end. Basically would like to add options without wasting my money on a car that I will be turning in in a few years.
    Any thoughts.
    :confuse:
  • Do dealership have a different Kelly Blue Book?
    The dealerships always give me a very different trade in price from the internet (kbb.com) or the actual book in sold in stores.
    I mean a thousands of dollars different....
    Even if the dealership regards my trade in as poor condition... it value shouldn't differ as much as this.
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