The Truth About Cars » Steven Lang http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:05:59 +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 » Steven Lang http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com New or Used?: Should This Mustang Man Get a Minivan? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-used-mustang-man-get-minivan-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-used-mustang-man-get-minivan-2/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259457 Hi folks, I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang. My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable since there’s no middle seat and zero space behind the […]

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Hi folks, I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang. My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable since there’s no middle seat and zero space behind the […]

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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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Steven Lang And Doug DeMuro Debate Carmax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/steven-lang-doug-demuro-debate-carmax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/steven-lang-doug-demuro-debate-carmax/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1246026 Earlier this week I wrote about how CarMax is heavily constrained by a market that has flip-flopped between six years worth of heavy car sales and about 18 months of resurgent truck and SUV demand. Long story short, CarMax’s acquisition costs for trucks, SUVs and crossovers has gone up considerably, and the supply of this […]

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Earlier this week I wrote about how CarMax is heavily constrained by a market that has flip-flopped between six years worth of heavy car sales and about 18 months of resurgent truck and SUV demand. Long story short, CarMax’s acquisition costs for trucks, SUVs and crossovers has gone up considerably, and the supply of this […]

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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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Is America’s Last $15,000 Midsize Sedan Worth It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/americas-last-15000-sedan-worth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/americas-last-15000-sedan-worth/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1232913 Volkswagen has recently confessed admitted to a steep decline in sales this past November thanks to a 25-percent decline for the Volkswagen brand and a mind bending, 60-percent cliff dive for the soon-to-be replaced Volkswagen Passat. Apparently, there are still plenty of 2015 Passats and Jettas available to loyal would-be owners along with a variety of other weird […]

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Volkswagen has recently confessed admitted to a steep decline in sales this past November thanks to a 25-percent decline for the Volkswagen brand and a mind bending, 60-percent cliff dive for the soon-to-be replaced Volkswagen Passat. Apparently, there are still plenty of 2015 Passats and Jettas available to loyal would-be owners along with a variety of other weird […]

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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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Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216177 Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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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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Hammer Time: How Old is Too Old? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-old-old/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-old-old/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207841 She seduced my soul. She is a a 1989 Jeep Wagoneer with just over 200,000 miles and a fantastic maintenance history. With beautiful, thick leather seats and a working A/C system which is a huge deal here in Georgia, the old woody Jeep could only have been better if it had a stick and a four-wheel drive system mated […]

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She seduced my soul. She is a a 1989 Jeep Wagoneer with just over 200,000 miles and a fantastic maintenance history. With beautiful, thick leather seats and a working A/C system which is a huge deal here in Georgia, the old woody Jeep could only have been better if it had a stick and a four-wheel drive system mated […]

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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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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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The Deeper Dive: Catering to the Keepers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/deeper-dive-catering-keepers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/deeper-dive-catering-keepers/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091969 Automakers have collectively spent tens of billions of dollars trying to concoct schemes sales campaigns that make consumers perpetual debtors instead of long-terms owners. $129 a month. 0-percent financing. Move the decimal point here and the first payment there. Sprinkle a healthy amount of small print, toss in some advertising that pushes the right buttons, and […]

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Automakers have collectively spent tens of billions of dollars trying to concoct schemes sales campaigns that make consumers perpetual debtors instead of long-terms owners. $129 a month. 0-percent financing. Move the decimal point here and the first payment there. Sprinkle a healthy amount of small print, toss in some advertising that pushes the right buttons, and […]

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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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The Warren Buffet Way To Buy And Sell Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/warren-buffet-way-buy-sell-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/warren-buffet-way-buy-sell-cars/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097681 The august founder of TTAC, Robert Farago, asked me to shop around for a Lexus IS F nearly seven years ago. Those were bad old days. The “Fall of 2008″ was a brutal, hopeless, and downright dire time in the American retail car market. Nobody was buying $50,000+ sports cars like this Lexus, and the few […]

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The august founder of TTAC, Robert Farago, asked me to shop around for a Lexus IS F nearly seven years ago. Those were bad old days. The “Fall of 2008″ was a brutal, hopeless, and downright dire time in the American retail car market. Nobody was buying $50,000+ sports cars like this Lexus, and the few […]

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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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