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Maybe 2015 is the year…

January 15, 2015

I posted last January that 2014 might be the year for the car, maybe it will be 2015! Things are looking up but who knows, the goal in life is to continue to make progress, even if very slow. I have parts I didn’t, I have leads I didn’t, I have a mind I didn’t, maybe this will be the year to get ahead!

All of that said I have taken on a new hobby of taking flying lessons, a lifelong dream and things happened to work out in such a way I could do that so I’m pretty excited, hopefully I can make progress in all areas in life but the flying adventure really has me excited.

More to come!


2014 the year of the Challenger?

January 1, 2014

Making a little progress today so thought I would share.  It was a nice day out, great to do some garage cleaning to make some room for a bit of work.  I have most of the engine wiring disconnected, took the battery and tray out.  The radiator is out along with disconnecting the air conditioning.  Inside I removed some after market gauges and a few panels on the dash.  I took the internals out of the glove box also.

It is nice to get something going anyway, this has been a long drawn out process due to some complexities but I’m tired of waiting so time to take matters into my own hands.  I’m sure I’ll be outsourcing plenty but momentum is good to have.

Is there a better way to start a new year?  Had fun last night with several friends watching the ball drop in NYC (on the TV of course) and today it was nice to sleep in a bit then get busy.

Hopefully I can keep making updates on this blog for the car as things progress, I’ve not been very disciplined about keeping a blog but I do enjoy it when I make time.  I’d like to have it as a record for myself anyway, it can be encouraging to go back and remember where things started when in a rough patch.

Happy New Year! – pictures below, doesn’t look like much but half the time was making a place to work!

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Car Shopping on the Offensive: 8 Aggressive Buying Tactics

January 25, 2009

I think this is good information that anyone should take to the car lot.  I get tired of just wanting to look at a few vehicles or possibly even buy and getting heavy pressure by sales persons.  I saw this article at and wanted to share.  The article is from Car and Driver magazine.  As always comments and thoughts are welcome…

Car Shopping on the Offensive: 8 Aggressive Buying Tactics

Beat the hard sell and turn the tables on the dealer.


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By Tony Quiroga

Our reviews, road tests, and Buying Guide will help you choose a single vehicle from the 430 or so on sale today, but how do you negotiate the often contentious dealer experience? It can be an intimidating and unpleasant process, and while most dealers are honest, salespeople are in the business to close deals quickly and get you to pay top dollar. Most engage in tried-and-true psychological tactics designed to get them the best possible deal. So how do you make sure you’re doing the same for yourself? We’ve debunked the eight most common hard-sell tactics. More important, we tell you how to turn around each of them and use them to your advantage. Should you find yourself getting pressured, these replies will regain control of the situation.

What the Dealer Says:

“You have to make the deal today.”

What You Should Say:

“Sorry, this offer expires tonight.”

In this scenario the dealer quotes a price, but to apply pressure to the buyer the deal is only good for that day. This gives the buyer little chance to research the price or find a competing offer from another dealership. Fortunately, the buyer can regain control by coming up with his or her own price and adding, “My offer is only good for tonight.” A dealer desperate to make a sale will have little recourse, and should they not agree to the price the buyer is free to walk away. Just be sure to do your research before you go to the dealer so your offer is actually low enough.

What the Dealer Says:

“I have to check with my manager.”

What You Should Say:

“I have to check with my spouse.”

A salesperson often will tell you that he has to confer with a sales manager to see if the price he comes up with is agreeable. Thus, the manager becomes the bad guy and the salesperson comes off as being in the buyer’s corner. Don’t be fooled and don’t be afraid to use the same tactic. If you need time to think about it and you don’t want to come off as the bad guy, tell the salesperson you have to confer with your spouse. It helps to paint the spouse as the disagreeable sort. Don’t have a spouse? Try accountant, therapist, astrologist, cult leader, food taster, or any other authority figure whose opinion you supposedly value. Have the other person play the role of the bad guy who’s holding up the deal. It’s not uncommon for salespeople to belittle a customer for letting the “little lady” or “chauvinist husband” tell them what to do, so be prepared to set your ego aside and admit you’re only one member of the team making the decision.

What the Dealer Says:

“I have to put food on my table.”

What You Should Say:

“I have to keep food on my table.”

To play on the buyer’s compassion, the salesperson might tell you that he has to put food on his table. Apparently, the deal is so in favor of the buyer that the salesperson will starve if the deal gets any better. Remember, you’re the one unloading the cash, not the salesperson. Tell them, “I have to keep food on my table.”

What the Dealer Says:

“We’re already losing money on this deal.”

What You Should Say:

“I’m already losing a hell of a lot of money on this deal.”

To convince the buyer of the excellent deal that is being made, the salesperson might tell the buyer that the dealer is losing money on the deal. This is another tactic designed to appeal to one’s sympathy. Consider that the buyer is the one who is losing, or at least giving up, thousands of dollars. Be sure to remind the salesperson that you are the one losing the money.

What the Dealer Says:

“I’ve got another offer, this is in high demand.”

What You Should Say:

“I could go down the street and get the same car.”

Car salespeople will always try to convince the buyer that the car they are considering is in such high demand that they’d better move quickly or risk losing the car. “Other interested buyers” and “production shortages” are ruses designed to make the buyer believe that buying immediately is necessary. Mass-produced cars are, as the name implies, built in huge numbers. Even if what the dealer tells you is true, another just like the one you want will be built and available soon. And there are almost always other dealers that will have the same car or something close.

What the Dealer Says:

“This is the only one like it, take it or leave it.”

What You Should Say:

“I am the only person who would ever buy this ridiculously unusual car.”

Hard-core car enthusiasts often find themselves considering cars that ordinary buyers don’t even know exist. Consequently, the automaker doesn’t make a lot of these cars because the market for them is so thin. But they are out there. Somewhere a Cadillac dealer has a CTS with a six-speed manual transmission and it’s more than likely that the salesperson is telling the buyer, “This is the only one like it, take it or leave it.” The seller should respond in kind with, “I am the only person who would ever buy this ridiculously unusual car.”

What the Dealer Does:

Last-minute price increase or hidden fees

What You Should Do:

Last-minute offer decrease

If the dealer knows that you’re seriously interested and a price has been agreed upon, occasionally the dealer will surprise the buyer with a last-minute price increase or previously undisclosed fees and, of course, a plausible-sounding excuse for the increase. Don’t give in to this tactic. Try countering with a last-minute offer decrease.

What the Dealer Says:

“I’m throwing in all this for free.”

What You Should Say:

“I don’t even want all this stuff.”

A salesperson will often attempt to justify an inflated price by including valueless items like pinstriping, undercoating, fabric or paint protectant, or pre-sale inspections. Sometimes even optional equipment may be part of the deal and appear to be free. If you don’t want the extra options, just let the dealer know. Tell the dealer, “These non-factory items, if anything, make this car worth less to me.”


Sweet Ride

July 30, 2008

Most everyone likely knows this but mother Mopar herself has delivered on the 2009 Dodge Challenger.  This is likely a bigger deal for me than most simply because I love those cars from back in their day.  I really don’t have a point here but I was sitting here thinking about what to write tonight, and I thought maybe it would be helpful if this Blog provided something helpful to anyone that finds it here.  So in the process of doing this thinking, I thought about the Challenger I saw last Saturday, I think it was Saturday anyway, and also thinking about my wife Megan’s text message today stating that she saw one today.  Then I thought I would do an Internet search for Dodge Challenger giveaways and post some links so people can sign up to win a car.

Seriously, how cool is that?  Read my blog and have a chance to win a car.  All I am out is a quick Google and a few seconds of writing.  I should be hired as some sort of marketing guru for creating such pandemonium with little to no effort.  I know of few blogs that are offering giveaways of cars, and of those that might be trying to create such a ‘value’ (for lack of a better word), let them learn from this sweet example.

Here are the links…

So it’s a little disapointing that I only found two links, there were more than two sites but most were all headed to the same place.  That’s still two more chances to win a car than most blogs our there I think.

In case you don’t know what a Dodge Challenger is (and no it’s not the Dukes of Hazzard car) here is a pic of the classic…

Classic model

1972 Dodge Challenger