Category Archives: Consumer Advice

Choosing a Great Truck

Tweet 2018 Ford F-150 SuperDuty 4X4 Platinum – All photos by Randy Stern Needless to say, the current generation Ford F-150 is enjoying a great run. For example, the mid-cycle refresh has been well received, with its cleaner look and … Continue reading

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Car Shopping on Black Friday?

Tweet “We’re just looking…” – All Photos by Randy Stern What did you do on Black Friday? Did you go straight from your Thanksgiving feast to the early openings of your favorite retailer? Or, did you wait until the wee … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Risks This Work and The Privilege of Driving

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern We talk so much about safety – vehicular safety, mostly – that we often have to remind ourselves of the factors that lead towards making our vehicles sage. One of those factors is the human … Continue reading

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“What Would Randy Buy?” – 2017 Edition

Tweet Cover photo by Rick Mudge/Audi Richfield. All other photos by Randy Stern This is becoming an annoying tradition. This is where I do an annual “What Would Randy Buy if He Won The Freakin’ Lottery, Paid Off His Creditors … Continue reading

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An Entry Towards Fulfilling the Dream of a Sports Car (or Better)

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern We all cannot be like Tim Burton. That name might not ring a bell, but over a million subscribers to his YouTube channel know him by his handle: Shmee150. Burton is a likable fellow. Very … Continue reading

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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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