Category Archives: Consumer Advice

Commentary: Resolving The Not-So Graceful Entry

Tweet Photo by Victory & Reseda Ow! You know what that sound is? That’s the sound of my head meeting the driver’s side A-pillar when I’m climbing into the car. It’s a weird sound – to you, perhaps. And, I … Continue reading

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Why Certified Pre-Owned Sales Programs Work

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern One of the biggest suggestions I received by anyone associated with me has to do with car shopping. She suggested that I look into a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. In her case, it’s usually Certified Pre-Owned … Continue reading

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Color Wars!

What color speaks to you?

It depends on your mood really. Your personality, above all. How you view the world – or how the world views you. But, ultimately, color comes from your life – from the clothes you wear, the colors you choose for your home, etc.

There are arguments over colors – and the psychology of them. Perhaps if you’re into the Green Lantern series, where there is a battle amongst the colors of Lanterns or factions, then you probably understand these arguments over the importance of color in our lives. (I suggest listening to the 619 Bearcast, Episode 38 from last year’s ComicCon to get the entire scoop of what I’m on about)

When it comes to automobiles, we often think in two terms about colors: How individual we are and how much we care about or car. An individual thinker would rather pick a color that speaks to them. If it looks great on a car – and both the car and color reflects the personality of the owner – then, you can see where the relationship between car and owner will go for the term of the car loan. Continue reading

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Commentary: Is A “Good” Car Hard To Find?

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What is a good car? That is a question that takes on individual meaning since not everyone agrees what a good car really is. Lots of consumers rely on pundits, enthusiasts and the Consumer Union to help them determine what a good car really is.

“So, Randy, what is a good car?”
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Commentary: The Challenge of Mobility…and Then Some

Tweet A temporary mobility fix – All Photos by Randy Stern Let’s talk about mobility…again… I spent the week of the North American International Auto Show without working with a vehicle for publication. I figured I would utilize the entire … Continue reading

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Saving “Big Money” and Making Life Easier

Tweet What’s that jingle, again? – Photo by Randy Stern You’re a car guy or woman. You have a project you must do at your home, townhome, condominium, mobile home…so forth. Yet, you need to get stuff…a lot of stuff. … Continue reading

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Small Car vs. Cold Temperatures

TweetCan you drive a subcompact car in the dead of winter? This is a legitimate question to ask for those of us living in the northern climes. It is perhaps why we often look at this neck of the woods … Continue reading

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Storing Your Car This Winter (Again)?

Tweet Living in the northern climes has is challenges. If you are an automotive enthusiast in these parts, there is a question one must face: What are you going to do with the car you only drive between April and … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy If He Had…Money

Tweet I get a lot of questions. Sometimes, they end up being a game of 20 questions. Sure, I’ll comply. I’m not complaining, but I’ll comply and provide you what I know. That is until I hit a wall of … Continue reading

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The Incredibly Shrinking Crossover

Tweet We are now seeing the birth of a new vehicle segment in America. Are you afraid now? You could be, but understand where this was coming from. It has been brewing for while – vehicles about 170 inches in … Continue reading

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