Tag: dealers

66 Posts

Ending relationship with car dealer
Sep 21, 2016

Say Anything: Breaking Up with Your Car Dealer

Craig Fitzgerald

Car dealers communicate like high school boyfriends desperately trying to save a relationship.

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Advice on buying from a used car dealer
Feb 09, 2016

Man Seeks Subaru

Dear Car Talk

Jay is hoping to buy a used Subaru but the local car dealer who specializes in Subarus has made some suspicious claims. Can Jay trust him? Car Talk's advice right here.

buying used cars dealers Subaru

Vintage Volkswagen book
Oct 15, 2015

Found at a Thrift Shop: The Origins of Car Talk

Craig Fitzgerald

This past weekend, my wife Lisa hit a couple of thrift shops in suburban Boston and came home with a bunch of stuff, including this book called "Think Small, What's So Funny About a Volkswagen," and in its pages, I think I found the origins of Car Talk.

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do i really need synthetic oil in my turbo engine
Jun 05, 2012

Today: Did Craig's Nissan Dealer Bait and Switch?

Dear Car Talk

Craig's dealer offered him a lifetime of free oil changes for his new Nissan Juke. But when he showed up for the first oil change, it turned out not to be quite as "free" as advertised. How would Tom and Ray handle this slippery dealer? 


Should I get a used car inspected
Jan 01, 2011

Is it really worth the money to get a used car inspected?

Dear Car Talk

I love your show and column, and am a longtime listener and reader. After all these years, I finally have a question for you. I know you guys recommend having a used car inspected by a trusted mechanic prior to...

buying used cars dealers

Dec 01, 2009

Should Rachel pass on that new Mazda 3, after the dealership snafu?

Dear Car Talk

Last week I bought a used 2007 Mazda 3 with 43,000 miles for 10,800 dollars at a dealership. I went through the financing process, signed the final purchase papers and called my insurance company to transfer my plates. As I hung up the phone...

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Proper tires for BMW 3 series
Sep 01, 2009


Dear Car Talk

My friend has a fancy-shmancy 2007 BMW 3 Series. Recently, one of his tires blew out through the sidewall and left a gaping, scary-looking hole. That tire and the other three all have plenty of tread, so the blow-out seems troubling to...

tires dealers

Mar 01, 2009

Today: dealer or independent shop for routine service?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I disagree on many things, but with this one, we both think you can help! We have a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and it's time for its scheduled 30,000-mile checkup. Because we still have the warranty, I prefer we...

dealers mechanics maintenance warranties

Oct 01, 2008

Was Mike on the verge of losing a boat payment to a crooked dealership? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

We have a 2001 Honda Civic that was just serviced at the dealership for its routine 90,000-mile service. During the checkup, they strenuously suggested that we replace the front-end lower ball joints, as they were worn out and had too much...

dealers scams

May 01, 2008

Is it ever okay for a dealership to "cannibalize" a brand-new car for parts?

Dear Car Talk

On Saturday I selected a brand-new Honda Accord from a local dealer here in Hawaii, and gave them my down payment. I was to pick it up last night. But as I was on my way over to get it...

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