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bwia
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Jaguar XJ
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I like money
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS
  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Oh, Oh

    In the latest round of recalls announced yesterday, my Buick Lacrosse is on that list for a bolt problem in the driver's seat. They caution that owners should refrain from raising the seat until the problem is remedied.

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    @oldfarmer50 said: "Although the starting price was U.S. $2,550 but after transportation, import duties, environmental tax, and broker's fee, the final drive-off price will be U.S. $13,100. And that is a bargain versus buying locally."

    Wow! Over $10k in fees and taxes on a $2500 car. :s

    I hope transportation was a big part of that.

    Here is a rough break-down of the final cost:

    Cost............................................................. $2,550

    Transportation + insurance......................... 2,080

    CIF (cost, insurance, freight)...................... 4,630

    Port charges (govt. taxes) 148% of CIF..... 6,714

    Commissions.............................................. 1,050

    Other fees and bribes................................. 707

    Total.......................................................... $13,100

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    @roadburner said: Happy 4th of July!!! Kick back and watch/listen!

    Thanks for sharing. Linda Ronstadt is one of my favorite female signers, too bad Parkinson's disease has destroyed her body. If you like jazz you will love her rendition of "what's new."

  • Buick Encore

    Why wait, the Encore is elegant inside and out with most of the creature comforts we crave. Just bought the Saddle leather trim with AWD, sunroof, and navigation.

    With only 158 miles on the odo it is too early to tell. But the car is responsive, quiet, and handsome. The intellilink system looks complicated but with voice recognition no need to fiddle with the many buttons.

    One change I would recommend is to add directional and distance grid lines to the back-up camera. More HP would be nice but not necessary
  • Stories from the Sales Frontlines

    @driver100 said: General Motors is recalling 1,402 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs because the front passenger-seat airbag may only partially deploy in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    By recalling almost every vehicle that has, or could have a problem, GM is making the most use of Business Strategy 101. That strategy is simple. When there is bad news, report them all at once. By so doing, GM will experience a short-term reputational risk and perhaps even incur short-term operating losses on warranty repair costs. But in the long run profit margins will improve as well as its reputation and resulting share price.

    Don't know where Mary Barra earned her MBA but she is well on her way to restoring GM's reputational risk. She is definitely executing Strategic Management 101 to perfection that most CEO's would admire, and grudgingly accepted by others.