The Truth About Cars » Matthew Guy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:30:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Bad Decisions: From Auction Lot to Demolition Derby Ring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/bad-decisions-from-auction-lot-to-demolition-derby-ring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/bad-decisions-from-auction-lot-to-demolition-derby-ring/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:35:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325170 Note: I’ve mentioned my one-time demo derby experience in the comments on a few occasions, so here’s the full story. This piece originally ran on Autos.ca and was later republished on autoTRADER.ca. It’s republished here with permission. I hope you enjoy it. —MS Public auctions are usually a sea of bad decisions waiting to find a home in […]

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Note: I’ve mentioned my one-time demo derby experience in the comments on a few occasions, so here’s the full story. This piece originally ran on Autos.ca and was later republished on autoTRADER.ca. It’s republished here with permission. I hope you enjoy it. —MS Public auctions are usually a sea of bad decisions waiting to find a home in […]

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First Annual White Knuckle White-Out Challenge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/first-annual-white-knuckle-challenge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/first-annual-white-knuckle-challenge/#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:45:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478652 Most harebrained ideas are hatched under the influence This was no different. A thousand miles removed from Canada’s largest city, two freelance automotive writers were guzzling beer and bandying about ideas for potential stories. Most of the concepts were actually elaborate ruses designed solely for gaining access to OEM press fleets. “Let’s drive to Toronto!” […]

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Most harebrained ideas are hatched under the influence This was no different. A thousand miles removed from Canada’s largest city, two freelance automotive writers were guzzling beer and bandying about ideas for potential stories. Most of the concepts were actually elaborate ruses designed solely for gaining access to OEM press fleets. “Let’s drive to Toronto!” […]

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Light On Top: VW Golf Carbon GTI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/light-on-top-vw-golf-carbon-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/light-on-top-vw-golf-carbon-gti/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:04:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478195 Shuffled off to the side of the Volkswagen display at the Canadian International Auto Show was this Golf, sporting a carbon fibre roof and side mirrors. Back in September, VW announced a planned Golf ‘Carbon’ GTI that intends to use these carbon fibre bits plus fashion its front bulkhead and floorpan out of lightweight aluminium. […]

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Shuffled off to the side of the Volkswagen display at the Canadian International Auto Show was this Golf, sporting a carbon fibre roof and side mirrors. Back in September, VW announced a planned Golf ‘Carbon’ GTI that intends to use these carbon fibre bits plus fashion its front bulkhead and floorpan out of lightweight aluminium. […]

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SUV Onslaught Continues: Honda Urban SUV Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suv-onslaught-continues-honda-urban-suv-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suv-onslaught-continues-honda-urban-suv-concept/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:40:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478205   Feeling the need to build a segment vehicle that slots below the CR-V, both in terms of size and price, Honda showed its Urban SUV Concept at the Canadian International Auto Show. To drive home the point that they are marketing this at young’uns, Honda amped up the hyperbole while Skrillex blared out of […]

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  Feeling the need to build a segment vehicle that slots below the CR-V, both in terms of size and price, Honda showed its Urban SUV Concept at the Canadian International Auto Show. To drive home the point that they are marketing this at young’uns, Honda amped up the hyperbole while Skrillex blared out of […]

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Lumina APV Redux: Fiat 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/lumina-apv-redux-fiat-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/lumina-apv-redux-fiat-500l/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:40:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478217   Our own Alex L. Dykes postulated that the 500L is what happens when Fiat stays in America for awhile – and he’s right. The feature that stuck out immediately are the massive side windows between the front doors and the windshield, looking for all the world like that area of the original GM Dustbuster […]

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  Our own Alex L. Dykes postulated that the 500L is what happens when Fiat stays in America for awhile – and he’s right. The feature that stuck out immediately are the massive side windows between the front doors and the windshield, looking for all the world like that area of the original GM Dustbuster […]

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The Car Salesmanuscripts: Bounty Hunters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/the-car-salesmanuscripts-bounty-hunters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/the-car-salesmanuscripts-bounty-hunters/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 05:04:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465767 A wad of hundred dollar bills flew through the air, landing in the center of the conference room table. It was the start of a new month, and the Dealer Principal was making what was to be our main focus quite clear. “You’ve got an entire row of used cars out there that hasn’t moved […]

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A wad of hundred dollar bills flew through the air, landing in the center of the conference room table. It was the start of a new month, and the Dealer Principal was making what was to be our main focus quite clear. “You’ve got an entire row of used cars out there that hasn’t moved […]

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I’m No Dummy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/im-no-dummy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/im-no-dummy/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:33:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465778 Statistics Canada reports that there are more than 26 million registered vehicles deemed fit to ply our 900,000km of Canadian roadway. Not bad for a group of souls who wear wool socks for six months of the year and feast on poutine. Transport Canada sets regulations for such things (the cars, not the poutine) and […]

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Statistics Canada reports that there are more than 26 million registered vehicles deemed fit to ply our 900,000km of Canadian roadway. Not bad for a group of souls who wear wool socks for six months of the year and feast on poutine. Transport Canada sets regulations for such things (the cars, not the poutine) and […]

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The Car Salesmanuscripts: Here’s My Card http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-car-salesmanuscripts-heres-my-card/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-car-salesmanuscripts-heres-my-card/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:30:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451681 There’s not really any sense, I’ve learned, in trying to be subtle in this business. Bull in a china shop, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes is the modus operandi – at least when handling the antics of competing dealers. Fresh out of business school, where my head was crammed with strategies and theories whilst my appetite was […]

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There’s not really any sense, I’ve learned, in trying to be subtle in this business. Bull in a china shop, full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes is the modus operandi – at least when handling the antics of competing dealers. Fresh out of business school, where my head was crammed with strategies and theories whilst my appetite was […]

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The Car Salesmanuscripts: Rewarding Bad Behaviour http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-car-salesmanuscripts-rewarding-bad-behaviour/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-car-salesmanuscripts-rewarding-bad-behaviour/#comments Sun, 08 Jul 2012 10:17:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449963 “This place smells like a distillery!” roared the Dealer Principal, hurling a previously useful phone book across the office. The veins in his neck popped out like redwood trees and I thought he was going to have a coronary right there on the spot. “Clean yourself up or you’ll be looking for another job by 5 […]

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“This place smells like a distillery!” roared the Dealer Principal, hurling a previously useful phone book across the office. The veins in his neck popped out like redwood trees and I thought he was going to have a coronary right there on the spot. “Clean yourself up or you’ll be looking for another job by 5 […]

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The Car Salesmanuscripts: The Car That Got Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/449361/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/449361/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:58:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449361 First in a series by car salesman Matthew Guy. Trying to eke out a living in your early 20s is rarely an easy task. Compounded with fresh debt and a lack of solid work experience, I decided to parlay my knowledge of cars into making money, taking a job selling cars. It was intended to […]

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First in a series by car salesman Matthew Guy. Trying to eke out a living in your early 20s is rarely an easy task. Compounded with fresh debt and a lack of solid work experience, I decided to parlay my knowledge of cars into making money, taking a job selling cars. It was intended to […]

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