Category Archives: Consumer Advice

My Favorite Vehicles That Make You Scratch Your Head and Wonder “Why Did You Buy This?”

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Have you ever looked at a vehicle out on the road – or in a parking lot – and wondered “why would anyone own such a thing?” Sounds judgmental, right? It is…or, not. The … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy…the 2018 Edition

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Welcome to my annual tradition of self-indulgence and absolute pining for the day I can buy a vehicle that I would truly enjoy and own. But, how? And, who’s money? Understand that for the … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: My Partner and The Car Buying Experience

Tweet All Photos by randy Stern My partner bought a car recently. As much as I try not to embarrass Jason, I figured I’d discuss the happiness he has with this purchase, but also some cautionary tales regarding the car … Continue reading

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Visiting The Service Department

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Service. It is the most important part of the automobile ownership experience. If something is wrong with your vehicle, you want it fixed. If you are unable to do your own maintenance, the service … Continue reading

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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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