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Car Commercials, the good, the bad, and the annoying!

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    And it would just get re-uploaded.

    Maybe they subscribe to "there's no such thing as bad publicity".
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,854
    Seems like a fairly simple request to YouTube would take it down, they violate all sorts of copyright laws.

    Satire is a protected form of free speech. I don't know if it would be considered satire but I can tell it's not libel or slander.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited March 2013
    OK, but can they use the VW logo and submit it as if it were theirs?

    Edit: 700,000 hits.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,854
    OK, but can they use the VW logo and submit it as if it were theirs?

    Don't know - I'm not a lawyer.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    Seeing it was uploaded nearly 7 years ago, it appears VW doesn't care.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I guess they are insulated. If you like it, fine, they get 700,000 hits.

    If you're offended, they can just say it's not theirs.

    Conspiracy theory: they planted it. ;)
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Well, if VW really WANTED to run customers away, they could make a big scene out of parodies of they commercial.

    Doing what they're doing now is probably the best course of action for them.

    If a viewer finds it entertaining, its no skin off of VW, and the viewer might actually buy one in the future.

    OTOH, if the viewer finds the commercial offensive, VW can clearly demonstrate its not supported by the company and would prefer to have it removed, but due to the complexity of the Internet, free speech laws, etc., its been unable to do so. Only the most "hardcore" individual could/would hold a company liable for some thing totally out of their control.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,574
    These two Ford Ka ads were a viral sensation a few years ago:

    Da Hood

    Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

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  • tmarttmart Spring, TXPosts: 1,010
    Those were hilarious!!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://youtu.be/ESYEnaNwkn0

    So it's raining in Vegas, several levels of a parking garage are wet, and this FWDer with an e-brake is drifting.

    Right.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    Ah, reminds me of the good old days of parallel parking in front of my house in the 82 Tercel during the winter months. I should have set up cones to practice positioning.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    For me it was a '91 Ford Escort GT, but it had a proper handbrake. It was very easy to swing the tail around.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    Don't try it with the foot brake on your minivan. Ask me how I know, lol.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I can imagine....LOL, that's funny to even think about it.

    Edmunds hosted an event in 2000 called Edmunds Live, and they had a track set up with all the then-new minivans. There were no lines at all for that class of car, as people lined up to drive other stuff.

    But...this one guy grabbed a van and just started doing hot laps. It was hysterical. He was the only one on the course so why not? :D
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    I was recently looking for 80s kitsch, And remembered this doozy - seems like every stereotype about the period is shown.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,854
    I may have been in that commercial. It wasn't a good era....
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    In 1985, I was in 3rd grade, so my memories are pretty benign :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Most painful 90 seconds of my life. ;)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    Just curious if anyone is watching Car Lot Rescue.

    Car-Buying Lessons From Car Lot Rescue

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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Just curious if anyone is watching Car Lot Rescue.

    I've got it set up on my DVR and have watched a few episodes so far.

    Been interesting that of the 3 episodes I've seen, 2 were for independent used car lots and the 3rd was for a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealer in NJ.

    While I'm sure the problems portrayed on the show are real, some of the filmed interactions with salespeople and customers seems a bit staged.

    Tom is a big fan of training - whether it's staff or management, he's able to get to the heart of the problem.

    And, like both "Restaurant: Impossible" and "Bar Rescue", I'm sure that there will be times when the lessons Tom leaves them with won't be fully implemented.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,432
    I've watched them all so far. Its an OK show. I don't think it will last long with me if it doesn't get changed up a bit. Every episode so far is pretty much the same.

    I do, however, think its a good show for salespeople to watch. There are some decent tips relayed each show. I think one of my favorites was just called past customers to say happy bday. That's brilliant, IMHO. Keeps your name top of mind with your customers and, as long as you don't mention business during such a call, reinforces that a call from you is NOT a call that needs to be avoided.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    I still get Christmas cards from a salesman I bought a used car from over 10 years ago - and I live 100 miles away now. I can't remember if he sends birthday cards.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    I still get Christmas cards from a salesman I bought a used car from over 10 years ago

    For about the last 10 years, we get a Christmas package just before Christmas from the Acura dealer via UPS. A box of very good quality salsa (3 varieties, each in a jar) and two bags of good quality Mexican chips (2 varieties). These are made by a company from a very famous Mexican chef that has a restaurant in Chicago. Of course, the Christmas gifts are built into the costs of service we pay for at the dealer.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A little all over the place:

    http://youtu.be/d7NxNqkanyA
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    Another in the hidden dash cam series although I suspect the sales guy is an actor. Will probably bring back bad memories for Isell or Boomchek.

    Test Drive Hell.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    edited March 2013
    That's a nice $3 bill, there.

    Knowing the...umm...diverse population here in the PNW, no doubt boomcheck or isell have had minor heart attacks in similar situations.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wanna do it again?

    Priceless. :shades:
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