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Talk to the Press

From time to time, asks our users to share their stories - the good, the bad, and the ugly - with the press. If you'd like the opportunity to speak with the press, share an abbreviated version of your story here and, you may be selected to be in the limelight.


  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    i dont get what were supposed to it a question, comment, etc.? and what publication will it be in?
  • melissamelissa Posts: 27
    Not really. Here's the scoop. on occassion needs to find persons that are willing to speak to the press about the car buying, owning, selling experiences. The idea is for you to share you abbreviated stories, and you may be asked to speak to the press. It could be newstory, a radio interview, etc.

    Hope that clarifies.
  • When I'm in the market for a new car, I spend some time doing research. The four major sources I use for research are:

    1. Consumer's Reports They have the most comprehensive reliability data of anyone.

    2. At their site, a wealth of information is available for new car shoppers. And, don't let me forget, used car shoppers too. I buy new so I go to their:

    A. New Vehicles section. (dealers prices and everything!)

    B. Their car reviews. (all well authored)

    C. The features like "How to negotiate.."

    D. A great place called "Town Hall"

    Also I like Edmunds automotive related advertising. It's not overdone like some vehicle related sites on the internet.

    3. My friends and acquaintenances are valuable sources too.

    4. The last place to go is to the Lot and get your "hands on demonstration" : ^ )

    I've had great results over the past few years with my new vehicle purchases. And I've been very successful selling my used ones. I owe it all to the excellent resources that I have outlined above.

    I urge you to do your homework before buying. If you don't follow my recipe, then please develope your own plan.

    (future Mercedes owner)

    ps - The Edmunds Town Hall feature has Sports Car topics, Repair topics, Truck topics, and News topics (among a few)that will interest all persons regardless if they are in the market for a car or not.
  • melissamelissa Posts: 27
    Good example of a potential story re: how today's shoppers go about looking for information. Once again, to clarify there isn't a topic on hand here; rather, we are looking for folks who would like to speak to the press about all things automotive from the consumer's perspective. Please ask questions so I can assist. Thanks.
  • danadana Posts: 36
    Does anyone here have experience researching or buying a small sports sedan (ex: BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Mercedes C class, Volvo S60, Lexus IS 300, Acura TL)? Especially...if you traded from an SUV or bigger car, we have a journalist wanting to talk to you...10 of you as a matter of fact ;-)

    If you are interested, please email me:

    Dana S. Livingston
    Manager, Community
    Town Hall
  • for a VW Passat wagon, using one of your competitor's on-line services, and had to file with the State's Attorney General's Office to force them to honor their "Guaranteed Price?
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    Has there been any study of the "road rage" phenomenon as a direct result of the increase in the popularity of SUV's?
    It seem to me that as more of these vehicles have been put into daily use as passenger cars, the incidents of aggressive and BAD driving that provoke "road rage" have increased.At least that is my obervation from the freeways of L.A. You could possibly chart the same decrease in civility that occurs with so many dorks on cell phones wreaking havoc on the street which ALSO sets people off behind the wheel. Is this a study that has ever been undertaken????
    All I can tell you is that: wed an "invincible" driver in an SUV and a cell phone to a marginal driving ability and you have a recipe for instant road rage on the part of other drivers who have been cut off, forced out of their lane,etc. and I think you have a correlation between the two.[Add a little rain in SOCAL and you have MAYHEM]. Best to all, hope I didn't missppell anything[!].
  • In an effort to keep this discussion on the right track, I went back and deleted several off-topic messages. If you would like to make a post that doesn't pertain to this discussion's intended subject matter, please feel free to use the search function to find a more appropriate place to make it or to start a new discussion. Thanks.

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  • prlady1prlady1 Posts: 573
    A major magazine is hoping to interview prospective buyers who are a) anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Nissan Titan; and/or b) comparing pricing and incentive deals on GM and Ford pickups to decide which to buy. Please respond with your daytime contact information to by October 8. Thanks!
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    Your above post also is off topic. :) The problem may be there is no more Hide feature.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    We don't need a study to create some goofy syndrome which is nothing more than societies acceptability of ill mannered people...

  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,668
    Is there any specific information you need?

    I know of a guy that can give you info on the import cars,if that is what you are looking for.
    Let me know what you need and I'll see if I can round up some folks to help you out.

    Thank you.
  • Thanks. We aren't really looking for specific information as much as folks who like the limelight.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,668
    That is cool.
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    OK, I'll bite. If you come by anybody looking for someone to share thoughts or experiences on any of the following they can contact me (I can provide additional information on any of these upon request):

    -Popularity of luxury sedans
    -Cars for gadget geeks
    -Marketing value of automotive safety
    -Young buyers hooked on new cars
    -Utility of in-car navigation systems
    -Distractions of in-car electronics
    -Value of stability (yaw) control systems as a safety advance
    -How a customer would change an auto manufacturer
    -How the dealer influences the ownership experience and impression of a brand

    I'm sure there are a couple of others but this should be a start. If you need additional information please send an email to and I'll forward phone contact information.


    -Russell D. Ollie
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    "Thanks. We aren't really looking for specific information as much as folks who like the limelight."

    Obviously you've found the right guy!

    Anytime they want to talk about growing up in $150 cars, I'm their guy.... There's loads of fun things to talk about other than specific models (not that they aren't fon as well). The fact that the oil change interval on a modern car was the tire change interval in the fifties.

    How about how the heck do the incredible failures get through big companies? The Edsel was always the classic business failure story and you'd think that day was long ver - but look at the Aztek! At very least GM didn't set up a whole dealer network for the Aztek! How do you feel about the guy with the Edsel dealership who cut his losses and went with Studebaker?
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • Thanks for stepping up. Who knows you may be a Press celebrity.
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    I'm always willing to throw my .02 as well; just let me know. I might not always be right, but I'll probably have an opinion...
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,335
    That's how we all are - we are full of opinions. Some of us have been told we're full of something else, too, but always interesting to talk to!
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • pat84pat84 Posts: 817
    My father held a job where the press frequently tried to interview him. He had a real distrust of the press because of one interview he gave and was misquoted. It caused him a lot of trouble.
    To avoid a repeat of the same situation, when an interviewer, with TV camera rolling, would ask him a question, he would just give them obscenities and profanity, telling them what they could do with their microphone and camera. They got nothing fit to show on the news.
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