TTAC Rewind: The Six People You Meet in the Car Business

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's reading is an interesting feature from a few years back on who meet in the car-dealership business.

Some of what's written tracks with my own experience, though I'd probably add a few more. Whatever the case, thanks for spending a part of your Sunday with us.

Now, go read the feature.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Apr 30, 2023

    That is a nice 2017 writeup by Steve Lynch. Here is a current link to his book (I just spent big bucks to obtain a copy and might let you know what I think).

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on May 01, 2023

    Tool: No family. 1 acre on a large lake in GA. If i need my speed fix - I go to a pro level race track with rental Karts ( no sense buying a Mustang GT that you really cant 'run' on the streets). I Do zero towing. CUV fits my life style and age. So, a smaller one. > Of the highest rated 3, the Forester still has real knobs for HVAC, radio and still has a CD player ! Add in crash ratings, resale, and tall windows - No brainer. PS- Was supplier to Subaru Lafayette Plant. They put a lot of $ in my pocket.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on May 01, 2023

    Six people :

    1. Mustang, Camaro, Challenger Yellow Lip people
    2. Tesla jackasses
    3. Miata dickwads who think they drive a Porsche or Lotus
    4. Camry, minivan, SUV people
    5. JDM import guys
    6. the Undead
  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 01, 2023

    Six people you meet buying a vehicle from a dealer? Lying azzholes 1 to 6?