By ASOG Podcast
Car Shield Warranty Exposed: How to Avoid Being Scammed
By Joe Marconi
Years back it was common to perform oil changes every 3 to 5,000 miles, and we would see customers 4 to 5 times a year. Today, you are lucky if you see customers once a year for an oil change service.
So, what are you doing to maintain customers on a more consistent basis?
Carm here from the Aftermarket Radio Network and my guest is Lauren Fix is a nationally recognized and trusted automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and radio and television host. Lauren is also from my hometown, Buffalo, NY. I caught up with Lauren, and we discussed her take on electric and autonomous vehicles, supply chain issues, and her passion for cars that are propelled by an Internal Combustion Engine.
Lauren Fix, Car Coach Reports, Total Car Score Podcast, is an automotive expert and analyst based in Buffalo, NY. She has written three books on automobiles. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Newsmax TV, CNBC, and USA Radio's Daybreak USA show.
Key Talking Points
Electric Vehicle- limited charging stations, L2 costs 1M for a charging station, alternating current can have dangers when charging Anti Inflation Act- tax credit, only 18 cars will qualify, Ford and GM raised prices Shortage of rare earth minerals that cant get mined in the USA Supply chain issues- oil filters, diesel oil Everything is processed with some form of oil Autonomous vehicles- unpredictable weather, insurance Car family- a daughter, named Shelby Great cars for the average consumer- Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade Lauren owns 26 cars
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New Tires With Wheel Alignment Scam - Avoid Rip Offs: Two Shop Owners React
This may sound brusque but I have my reasons, you are welcome to have your opinion about buying new vs used and such, but please understand that I have my reasons and contribute accordingly, please. I only write this because I know how some strings of comments can go.
But, to my query and I truly and sincerely appreciate everyone’s opinion, professional experience and reasons in their answers. I am wanting/needing to replace my current truck. I made a mistake buying it, but I did. I have a 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited that I absolutely hate and is the biggest POS I have ever owned and that includes the Suburban that puked a motor a month after I bought it used. I would really prefer a mid-sized truck but given my domestic situation I also want to replace my small but very nice camper trailer with something a little bit bigger, so my girlfriend and I have more room and comfort. Anything decent weighs in the 7000 + CGVW range topping out around 9000 for what we would likely want. So that puts the mid-sized out of the picture since most are limited to 7000 or slightly over. Fuel economy is also very important, but I know that a full-sized truck will not be great. I was spoiled with my 2018 Colorado Centennial Edition which would regularly return 22+ on trips on the expressway and 24+ on rural highways. But the transmission was one of those 8 speed beasts that did more shuddering that shifting so it was replaced by this POS Tacoma on the strong recommendation of a friend who had owned 3 Tacomas over the years and currently had a 2020. To make matters worse, besides the dismal fuel economy, it won’t break 19 mpg on the expressway, it shudders too.
Okay, this is getting long but you have the background and needs for a new truck. I would prefer a new as opposed to used for some reason. What trucks would you recommend or recommend staying away from? Decreasing the pool of possible candidates is the very strong desire to have a moonroof. An integrated brake control system would be nice but not necessary since I have a very nice Tekonsha unit now. I am not a fan of Chrysler products but I am also looking for something to buy and keep for an extremely long period of time. Thank you to all who read and respond, I a truly grateful.