The Truth About Cars » Thomas Kreutzer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +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 » Thomas Kreutzer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Lemon or Lemonade?: A Visit to Yokosuka’s Vehicle Resale Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:35:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279890 I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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Swimming Upstream: VJ Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218297 It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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Swimming Upstream: The Final Hurdle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1212913 Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Swimming Upstream: 30 Day Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203185 It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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Swimming Upstream: Steps, 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Pre-Shaken http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197242 The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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Swimming Upstream: Step 1 – Japanese Emissions and Noise Testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189986 The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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Swimming Upstream: Importing a Car Into Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187810 Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Motorist Faces $48,000 In Fines For Mounting Cellular Signal Jammer In Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/motorist-faces-48000-in-fines-for-mounting-cellular-signal-jammer-in-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/motorist-faces-48000-in-fines-for-mounting-cellular-signal-jammer-in-car/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:02:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813049 Network World is reporting that a Florida man who installed a cellular telephone jammer in the back seat of his Toyota Highlander is facing $48,000 in fines levied by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC alleges that one Jason R Humphreys of Seffner, FL regularly used the device during his daily commute and that he […]

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Network World is reporting that a Florida man who installed a cellular telephone jammer in the back seat of his Toyota Highlander is facing $48,000 in fines levied by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC alleges that one Jason R Humphreys of Seffner, FL regularly used the device during his daily commute and that he […]

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Town And Country Update: Road Trip http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/town-and-coutry-update-road-trip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/town-and-coutry-update-road-trip/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=808074 I last wrote about my 2013 Town and Country S at the end of November when it was just three months old and had only 1500 miles on the clock. At that point the big van had yet to be used for anything more than ‘round the town mommy duties and a single jaunt up […]

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I last wrote about my 2013 Town and Country S at the end of November when it was just three months old and had only 1500 miles on the clock. At that point the big van had yet to be used for anything more than ‘round the town mommy duties and a single jaunt up […]

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At Toyota, Craftsmen Get Hands-On In Search Of Innovation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/at-toyota-craftsmen-get-hands-on-in-search-of-innovation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/at-toyota-craftsmen-get-hands-on-in-search-of-innovation/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:17:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=801290 Twenty years ago, as a young Merchant Mariner, I was sent to Japan where the ship I was assigned to, the Sea-Land Spirit, was undergoing a major refit. The ship had begun life as a LASH ship, a vessel that carried cargo-filled barges which it offloaded from its stern via huge, rail mounted cranes that […]

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Twenty years ago, as a young Merchant Mariner, I was sent to Japan where the ship I was assigned to, the Sea-Land Spirit, was undergoing a major refit. The ship had begun life as a LASH ship, a vessel that carried cargo-filled barges which it offloaded from its stern via huge, rail mounted cranes that […]

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Tesla Fires Back Against Accusations Brought By Lemon Law King http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/tesla-fires-back-against-accusations-brought-by-lemon-law-king/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/tesla-fires-back-against-accusations-brought-by-lemon-law-king/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793490 Tesla has fired back against the accusations brought in a lawsuit filed against the company earlier this week by a Wisconsin attorney and self-described “Lemon law King” Vince Megna. Mr. Megna’s client, a physician who took delivery of his Model S in March of last year, alleges that he has had repeated problems with the […]

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Tesla has fired back against the accusations brought in a lawsuit filed against the company earlier this week by a Wisconsin attorney and self-described “Lemon law King” Vince Megna. Mr. Megna’s client, a physician who took delivery of his Model S in March of last year, alleges that he has had repeated problems with the […]

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Smart Cars Damaged In Stupid Prank http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/smart-cars-damaged-in-stupid-prank/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/smart-cars-damaged-in-stupid-prank/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:33:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=790201 San Francisco’s NBC affiliate is reporting on a new wave of vandalism sweeping the City by the Bay, car tipping. At least four Smart cars were flipped over Sunday night, by what one hooded-sweatshirt wearing witness described as a group of six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts. The case has drawn national attention, sparking […]

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San Francisco’s NBC affiliate is reporting on a new wave of vandalism sweeping the City by the Bay, car tipping. At least four Smart cars were flipped over Sunday night, by what one hooded-sweatshirt wearing witness described as a group of six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts. The case has drawn national attention, sparking […]

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Final Fight Of The 300 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/final-fight-of-the-300/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/final-fight-of-the-300/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:56:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=787817 At the big blue water tower, Interstate 90, known locally as the New York State Thruway, sweeps in from the east and turns sharply southward to skirt the city of Buffalo. The main interstate is joined there by I-290, one of the loop roads that comes in from the north, and although the roads are […]

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At the big blue water tower, Interstate 90, known locally as the New York State Thruway, sweeps in from the east and turns sharply southward to skirt the city of Buffalo. The main interstate is joined there by I-290, one of the loop roads that comes in from the north, and although the roads are […]

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Rental Car Review: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/rental-car-review-2013-chevrolet-camaro-ss/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/rental-car-review-2013-chevrolet-camaro-ss/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:30:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=784609 The Victory Red 2013 Camaro Super Sport that awaited me on the third floor of what I still think of as the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s “new” rental car facility was not my preferred choice. It was, instead, the vehicle that had appeared at that perfect intersection of my desire to drive something fun during my […]

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The Victory Red 2013 Camaro Super Sport that awaited me on the third floor of what I still think of as the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s “new” rental car facility was not my preferred choice. It was, instead, the vehicle that had appeared at that perfect intersection of my desire to drive something fun during my […]

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The Manly Art Of Stick Handling http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:02:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=778449 I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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Still Thinking About A Small & Sporty Car: On To Something http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/still-thinking-about-a-small-sporty-car-on-to-something/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/still-thinking-about-a-small-sporty-car-on-to-something/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=776041 I’ve spent the past few weeks examining the possibilities. Some of you might remember an article or two that I wrote back in January about my desire to find something sporty and fun to drive once the family and I get safely relocated to our new digs down Leavenworth way. A few folks who read […]

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I’ve spent the past few weeks examining the possibilities. Some of you might remember an article or two that I wrote back in January about my desire to find something sporty and fun to drive once the family and I get safely relocated to our new digs down Leavenworth way. A few folks who read […]

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Alternative Technologies: The Power Of Steam http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/alternative-technologies-the-power-of-steam/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/alternative-technologies-the-power-of-steam/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:58:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=771434 The verdict is in. After two popular articles on the inner workings of the transmission, it is clear that TTAC loves technical articles about complicated mechanical devices. Always one to try to get into the middle of the latest fad, I thought that maybe I too could use my own hard won technical knowledge to […]

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The verdict is in. After two popular articles on the inner workings of the transmission, it is clear that TTAC loves technical articles about complicated mechanical devices. Always one to try to get into the middle of the latest fad, I thought that maybe I too could use my own hard won technical knowledge to […]

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Strict Enforcement of NY’s Parking Laws Affects Official Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/strict-enforcement-of-nys-parking-laws-affects-official-vehicles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/strict-enforcement-of-nys-parking-laws-affects-official-vehicles/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:08:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=753065 The New York Times reported Sunday on how strict enforcement of parking violations in Manhattan is causing problems for government agencies as they are forced to reclaim official vehicles that have been towed. In most cities, official vehicles are kept immune from the effects of parking enforcement by dashboard placards that allow government officials to […]

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The New York Times reported Sunday on how strict enforcement of parking violations in Manhattan is causing problems for government agencies as they are forced to reclaim official vehicles that have been towed. In most cities, official vehicles are kept immune from the effects of parking enforcement by dashboard placards that allow government officials to […]

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Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/do-you-remember-rock-and-roll-radio/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/do-you-remember-rock-and-roll-radio/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=749065 In my office is a clock radio and, if you are a child of the ‘70s or ‘80s, you already know which one. Made by GE, it has a red LED display, a plastic wood grain case and mounts one tinny speaker on top. It runs all day long, playing the greatest hits of the […]

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In my office is a clock radio and, if you are a child of the ‘70s or ‘80s, you already know which one. Made by GE, it has a red LED display, a plastic wood grain case and mounts one tinny speaker on top. It runs all day long, playing the greatest hits of the […]

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Testing The Limits Of Civil Obedience: An Experiment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=740529 Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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A Testament To The Urealized Dreams Of My Youth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-testament-to-the-urealized-dreams-of-my-youth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-testament-to-the-urealized-dreams-of-my-youth/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=739513 According to the clock, it would still be more than an hour before the sun slipped over the Western horizon and sank into the Pacific, but from my place behind the wheel of my 74 Nova beneath the leaden November skies and running through the steady drizzle, the dark of night was already beginning to […]

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According to the clock, it would still be more than an hour before the sun slipped over the Western horizon and sank into the Pacific, but from my place behind the wheel of my 74 Nova beneath the leaden November skies and running through the steady drizzle, the dark of night was already beginning to […]

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True Confessions: Revealing My Secret Crush http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/true-confessions-revealing-my-secret-crush/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/true-confessions-revealing-my-secret-crush/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=734625 I was about eight years old when I fell in love the first time. She was a long, lanky and curvaceous piece of work, sexy and sophisticated, and I knew the moment that I first laid eyes upon her, her and her sister for there were two parked alongside one another in the driveway, that […]

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I was about eight years old when I fell in love the first time. She was a long, lanky and curvaceous piece of work, sexy and sophisticated, and I knew the moment that I first laid eyes upon her, her and her sister for there were two parked alongside one another in the driveway, that […]

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EU Secretly Planning To Add Police-Controlled Kill Switch To All Cars By 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731658 The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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Up And Out Of A Hopeless Situation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/up-and-out-of-a-hopeless-situation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/up-and-out-of-a-hopeless-situation/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=729754 Sometime in the middle of the night, while I was hard at work moving pallets, opening boxes and arranging Christmas merchandise on the sales floor of the giant wholesale buyers’ club, the clouds moved in and it began to rain. The earth was cold and as soon as the first drop hit the ground it […]

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Sometime in the middle of the night, while I was hard at work moving pallets, opening boxes and arranging Christmas merchandise on the sales floor of the giant wholesale buyers’ club, the clouds moved in and it began to rain. The earth was cold and as soon as the first drop hit the ground it […]

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Rolling History Or Rolling Junk Pile: Which Would You Own? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/rolling-history-or-rolling-junk-pile-which-would-you-own/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/rolling-history-or-rolling-junk-pile-which-would-you-own/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:51:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726058 Last week, I wrote a short article about my impending relocation to Kansas and asked for your input on my plan to purchase some kind of an old car to play around with while I am there. I got a huge response and, thanks to so many people’s thoughtful responses, I’m already considering cars I […]

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Last week, I wrote a short article about my impending relocation to Kansas and asked for your input on my plan to purchase some kind of an old car to play around with while I am there. I got a huge response and, thanks to so many people’s thoughtful responses, I’m already considering cars I […]

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