The Truth About Cars » Hammer Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Hammer Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Hammer Time: The Real Cost of Being a Car Guy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/hammer-time-real-cost-car-guy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/hammer-time-real-cost-car-guy/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1251169 Forgive me father, for not only have I sinned (at least for right now), but I’m going to make a sordid confession about my daily work life that will tick off 99 percent of the people here. I find that auto enthusiasts — that’s you — are completely irrational. In fact, sometimes you’re just plain nuts. […]

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Forgive me father, for not only have I sinned (at least for right now), but I’m going to make a sordid confession about my daily work life that will tick off 99 percent of the people here. I find that auto enthusiasts — that’s you — are completely irrational. In fact, sometimes you’re just plain nuts. […]

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Hammer Time: From Old Caddys to VW Crusher Fodder, Steve Lang’s Best of 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/hammer-time-old-caddys-vw-crusher-fodder-steve-langs-best-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/hammer-time-old-caddys-vw-crusher-fodder-steve-langs-best-2015/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1255417 Would you visit a hotel that rents its rooms by the hour to see a 36-year-old Cadillac with a wrench sticking straight out of the carb? That old-school Caddy — a 1979 Cadillac Deville D’Elegance — had pretty much popped straight out of Craigslist while I was eating some hashbrowns at a nearby Waffle House. […]

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Would you visit a hotel that rents its rooms by the hour to see a 36-year-old Cadillac with a wrench sticking straight out of the carb? That old-school Caddy — a 1979 Cadillac Deville D’Elegance — had pretty much popped straight out of Craigslist while I was eating some hashbrowns at a nearby Waffle House. […]

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A Tale Of Two Scions: Scion iA vs. Scion iM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1215721 I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

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I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

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Why Would Anyone Ever Recommend The Dodge Journey? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/anyone-ever-recommend-dodge-journey/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/anyone-ever-recommend-dodge-journey/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:05:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238889 There comes a point in our lives when we all fly off the handle. It can happen when we’re still young and ready to believe anything or when we’re old and the voice of those young’uns make us instinctively say nasty, insensitive thoughts. Temporary insanity comes and goes with the seasons. With that I am about to […]

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There comes a point in our lives when we all fly off the handle. It can happen when we’re still young and ready to believe anything or when we’re old and the voice of those young’uns make us instinctively say nasty, insensitive thoughts. Temporary insanity comes and goes with the seasons. With that I am about to […]

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Hammer Time: Why Cheap Cars Don’t Sell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hammer-time-cheap-cars-dont-sell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hammer-time-cheap-cars-dont-sell/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1229993 Consumer Reports recently came out with a study that featured the seven least satisfying new cars in today’s market. The worst? By a margin worthy of “Independence Day” going up against “Pluto Nash,” it was the current generation Kia Rio. Only 40 percent of current owners would recommend buying a new one. The usual demerits for […]

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Consumer Reports recently came out with a study that featured the seven least satisfying new cars in today’s market. The worst? By a margin worthy of “Independence Day” going up against “Pluto Nash,” it was the current generation Kia Rio. Only 40 percent of current owners would recommend buying a new one. The usual demerits for […]

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Hammer Time: Whatever Happened To Black Friday? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-whatever-happened-black-friday/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-whatever-happened-black-friday/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1224801 We used to always hang out together on the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday was a complete knockout when she was a young lady. Sexy, seductive, easy to please, and so damn smart! The two of us would go out shopping and pretty much knock out everything I could ever need for my cars before […]

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We used to always hang out together on the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday was a complete knockout when she was a young lady. Sexy, seductive, easy to please, and so damn smart! The two of us would go out shopping and pretty much knock out everything I could ever need for my cars before […]

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Should Americans Fund Fracking? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-americans-fund-fracking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-americans-fund-fracking/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202257 Imagine growing up in the modern day world and having no future. No education. No upward mobility. No right to pursue a better life beyond just a few crumbs of financial sustenance. This is the reality in most Arab countries and former Soviet republics. It’s a world where opportunities are almost non-existent and certain cliques […]

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Imagine growing up in the modern day world and having no future. No education. No upward mobility. No right to pursue a better life beyond just a few crumbs of financial sustenance. This is the reality in most Arab countries and former Soviet republics. It’s a world where opportunities are almost non-existent and certain cliques […]

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Chevrolet Cruze: Success or Failure? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/chevrolet-cruze-success-failure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/chevrolet-cruze-success-failure/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1195946 There was a time when the word ‘cockroach’ was the best way to describe any old Chevy compact. The Cobalts and Cavaliers of recent times were essentially neutered, cost-cutting exercises designed to help General Motors sell as many high dollar pickups and SUVs as possible. To this day, it’s hard for me to think of […]

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There was a time when the word ‘cockroach’ was the best way to describe any old Chevy compact. The Cobalts and Cavaliers of recent times were essentially neutered, cost-cutting exercises designed to help General Motors sell as many high dollar pickups and SUVs as possible. To this day, it’s hard for me to think of […]

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Hammer Time: What Car Would You Keep for 25 Years? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/25-year-old-keeper-car-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/25-year-old-keeper-car-now/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1190290 A quarter of a century can yield an amazing level of improvements to a modern day car — but this isn’t always the case. Take for example a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air and compare it with the 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Even back in 1983, a 1958 Bel Air could offer the keepers among us […]

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A quarter of a century can yield an amazing level of improvements to a modern day car — but this isn’t always the case. Take for example a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air and compare it with the 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Even back in 1983, a 1958 Bel Air could offer the keepers among us […]

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Hammer Time: How Can Volkswagen Save Themselves? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183114 Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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What Is Your Used Car Sweet Spot? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/used-car-sweet-spot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/used-car-sweet-spot/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1174522 One of my good friends and long-time TTAC commenters asked me this question. Hey Steve, If you have a moment, what are the high and low values right now at auction for the following: 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS 40K miles gold/tan 2006 Mustang GT premium 27K maroon/tan 2006 G6 GTP folding hardtop 53k black/black […]

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One of my good friends and long-time TTAC commenters asked me this question. Hey Steve, If you have a moment, what are the high and low values right now at auction for the following: 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS 40K miles gold/tan 2006 Mustang GT premium 27K maroon/tan 2006 G6 GTP folding hardtop 53k black/black […]

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Hammer Time: Can A 1994 Dodge Viper Bite You In The Ass? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/hammer-time-can-1994-dodge-viper-bite-ass/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/hammer-time-can-1994-dodge-viper-bite-ass/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1161682 Monday morning. Auction time. I have 116 vehicles in front of me and a 21-year-old supercar that’s making me think back to the days when truck engines in car bodies were still all the rage. This 1994 Dodge Viper is a bit different than most of those you don’t see on the road these days. For starters, […]

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Monday morning. Auction time. I have 116 vehicles in front of me and a 21-year-old supercar that’s making me think back to the days when truck engines in car bodies were still all the rage. This 1994 Dodge Viper is a bit different than most of those you don’t see on the road these days. For starters, […]

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823,000 Cars. Which Ones Stink? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/823000-cars-ones-stink/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/823000-cars-ones-stink/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:30:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1164322 I guarantee that every brand loyalist will have a reason to hate me after reading this article. Every manufacturer sells a shitty car or two and then hides those defects behind a not-so-small army of lawyers, dealers, and corporate employees. Why? It’s the corporate American way. In our legal world, the power of denial can […]

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I guarantee that every brand loyalist will have a reason to hate me after reading this article. Every manufacturer sells a shitty car or two and then hides those defects behind a not-so-small army of lawyers, dealers, and corporate employees. Why? It’s the corporate American way. In our legal world, the power of denial can […]

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Hammer Time: A Shotgun Hit & Run http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-shotgun-hit-run/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-shotgun-hit-run/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091953 “Honey? I just got into an accident!” she said. My body experienced an instant adrenaline rush as my mind wandered through the worst “what if?” possibility of that moment, something like the image above. My wife… Hospital… Pain… Medical bills… The other driver… “Is everyone okay?” I asked in reply. “Yeah, everyone’s fine. We moved […]

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“Honey? I just got into an accident!” she said. My body experienced an instant adrenaline rush as my mind wandered through the worst “what if?” possibility of that moment, something like the image above. My wife… Hospital… Pain… Medical bills… The other driver… “Is everyone okay?” I asked in reply. “Yeah, everyone’s fine. We moved […]

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Hammer Time: Flying Is The Devil’s Work http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-flying-devils-work/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-flying-devils-work/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1143233 4 a.m. The alarms clocks ring. Both of them. Just in case I get any funny ideas. I go through the semi-conscious motions. Clothes… suitcase… glasses… coffee… breakfast. By 4:15 a.m, I’m out the door and driving to the airport in a 21-year-old Geo Prizm. I figured that a 5-speed and a stark lack of […]

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4 a.m. The alarms clocks ring. Both of them. Just in case I get any funny ideas. I go through the semi-conscious motions. Clothes… suitcase… glasses… coffee… breakfast. By 4:15 a.m, I’m out the door and driving to the airport in a 21-year-old Geo Prizm. I figured that a 5-speed and a stark lack of […]

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Hammer Time: To My Fellow Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-fellow-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-fellow-dealers/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1138858 You may have noticed that car dealers get bashed by the mainstream media on a regular basis. There are a few good reasons for that. We have what can be called an image problem. When folks think of a car dealer these days, they don’t think of a self-made man who started off with nothing […]

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You may have noticed that car dealers get bashed by the mainstream media on a regular basis. There are a few good reasons for that. We have what can be called an image problem. When folks think of a car dealer these days, they don’t think of a self-made man who started off with nothing […]

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Hammer Time: Is Scion The New Geo? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-scion-new-geo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-scion-new-geo/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1138522 Imagine if you will. The world’s largest and most consistently successful automaker is in deep trouble. Not because of profits, but because of products. They build a small car… and a small army of overseas competitors blow it away. They build a bigger vehicle, and another, and yet another. They build so many models with […]

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Imagine if you will. The world’s largest and most consistently successful automaker is in deep trouble. Not because of profits, but because of products. They build a small car… and a small army of overseas competitors blow it away. They build a bigger vehicle, and another, and yet another. They build so many models with […]

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Chapter One: The Repo Man and the Lexus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chapter-one-repo-man-lexus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chapter-one-repo-man-lexus/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1131657 Hi folks. My name is Daryl Horton and I run an auto recovery company out of Tallapoosa, Georgia. It’s a nice little place on the very tip of southern Appalachia that I always like to call a “big small town.” We happen to have about 3,000 people in the city limits and about 30,000 more […]

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Hi folks. My name is Daryl Horton and I run an auto recovery company out of Tallapoosa, Georgia. It’s a nice little place on the very tip of southern Appalachia that I always like to call a “big small town.” We happen to have about 3,000 people in the city limits and about 30,000 more […]

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CPO To Go: 2014 Lexus IS F http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093425 I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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Hammer Time: The $700 Repo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-the-700-repo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-the-700-repo/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:07:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=854689 My brother-in-law’s 1997 Honda Civic took a vacation recently, and it only cost me about $700. The customer who escorted the Civic to the humidity ridden swamps of Crystal Lakes, Florida, let’s call him, Mud, had already been financing a 2005 Ford Freestar from my dealership. Some weeks he would pay on time. Other times, […]

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My brother-in-law’s 1997 Honda Civic took a vacation recently, and it only cost me about $700. The customer who escorted the Civic to the humidity ridden swamps of Crystal Lakes, Florida, let’s call him, Mud, had already been financing a 2005 Ford Freestar from my dealership. Some weeks he would pay on time. Other times, […]

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Hammer Time: Craigslist English http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-craigslist-english/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-craigslist-english/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:03:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=852529 If there is a hell, you will probably find it on Craigslist. Also, if there is a Santa Claus, you will probably find him performing some advanced NSA style hacking that tracks all the emails and texts people like me have to endure. I’m pretty sure that Saint Nick would also have an amazing Craigslist […]

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If there is a hell, you will probably find it on Craigslist. Also, if there is a Santa Claus, you will probably find him performing some advanced NSA style hacking that tracks all the emails and texts people like me have to endure. I’m pretty sure that Saint Nick would also have an amazing Craigslist […]

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Hammer Time: Screw Zipcar, Just Share A Govcar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-screw-zipcar-just-share-a-govcar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-screw-zipcar-just-share-a-govcar/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=844042 There a few things I can’t wrap my mind around these days. Take for example, Zipcar.  The car sharing firm that supposedly offers the Millenial vibe, is actually run by the old GM dumping ground for unpopular vehicles established rental company Avis. That’s not a bad thing at all. Long story short, the opportunity for […]

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There a few things I can’t wrap my mind around these days. Take for example, Zipcar.  The car sharing firm that supposedly offers the Millenial vibe, is actually run by the old GM dumping ground for unpopular vehicles established rental company Avis. That’s not a bad thing at all. Long story short, the opportunity for […]

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NASCAR For The Novice (The Prequel) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/nascar-for-the-novice-the-prequel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/nascar-for-the-novice-the-prequel/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:46:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=843553 I am pacing back and forth in a 200 square foot wooden building that I had exchanged for a 1996 Volvo 850 sedan back in 2008. “What the hell am I going to write about? I know nothing about racing! Zip!” “Well Steve, maybe we can arrange for a few interviews.” “Would they be racers?” […]

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I am pacing back and forth in a 200 square foot wooden building that I had exchanged for a 1996 Volvo 850 sedan back in 2008. “What the hell am I going to write about? I know nothing about racing! Zip!” “Well Steve, maybe we can arrange for a few interviews.” “Would they be racers?” […]

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Hammer Time: Memories of Metros http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-memories-of-metros/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-memories-of-metros/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 04:01:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834201 There it stood, right next to the Michael Jordan Wheaties display. A brand-new 1992 yellow Geo Metro convertible. Price Chopper, a local New York supermarket chain (think Pathmark or Albertson’s on crack) was opening up a brand new location in Saratoga Springs. The Metro would be the perfect vehicle for upstate New York’s salty roads […]

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There it stood, right next to the Michael Jordan Wheaties display. A brand-new 1992 yellow Geo Metro convertible. Price Chopper, a local New York supermarket chain (think Pathmark or Albertson’s on crack) was opening up a brand new location in Saratoga Springs. The Metro would be the perfect vehicle for upstate New York’s salty roads […]

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Hammer Time: Are Shareholders Worth It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-are-shareholders-worth-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-are-shareholders-worth-it/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 14:20:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448804 Capitalism has no loyalties. Everybody is replaceable. Products. Employees. Employers. Services. Alliances. Joint Ventures. Financiers. Even the executives of multinational firms along with their board of directors are only as good as whatever quarterly numbers can be cooked up by their ‘independent’ auditing firm. Capitalism is the ultimate “Let’s go!”, “Do it!” and “Screw you!” […]

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Capitalism has no loyalties. Everybody is replaceable. Products. Employees. Employers. Services. Alliances. Joint Ventures. Financiers. Even the executives of multinational firms along with their board of directors are only as good as whatever quarterly numbers can be cooked up by their ‘independent’ auditing firm. Capitalism is the ultimate “Let’s go!”, “Do it!” and “Screw you!” […]

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