Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to buy a car online and not get burned!

Buying a car requires effort and research.
Sometimes it is better to find a dealer for the car you want, or you can do a Google search for cars - Locally or nationwide. Collectable cars are even more difficult to hunt down, depending on whether you want one already restored or not.
50 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car:  How to Get a Great Car Instead of a Lemon
If you are in the automobile business, wholesale auction houses do a lot of sales online, and there are opportunities to make good buys.  A Guide to Buying Vehicles at Auction - Successfully!: Top 20 Tips, Amazon Kindle book.
The most difficult part of buying a car is choosing the make and model (or type) of car you want.  Once you know what car you want, (or even type of car: sedan, pickup, etc.) the rest of the search becomes easier.

Make sure you factor mileage, condition, vehicle history, and any disclosed issues with the car before you make that buy decision.  Have your mechanic or a "go-to" friend you can talk to about the car you are looking at. This can  validate your thinking and get suggestions on the best options for you, or help you realize which car is best, based on your needs.  
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Picture of happy car buyer; Image from Clercscar, via google search
Remember to get your car checked out by a mechanic before you take possession, and review the CarFax or maintenance records. It can save you a lot of aggravation!

If the car is not in your local area, make sure you factor the cost of shipping, or flying to the car's location and driving it home on a "shakedown" ride.  Some companies, like Carmax, will bring the car you want to their local dealer for you to test drive before you buy.  They also offer warranties.
These sites are helpful:


American VIN Check (Car history report) - American Vin

Buying a new car can be exciting, as it is one of the larger purchases (in dollars) by most consumers, next to a new home.  I hope you will be careful and make good choices!

Being a "car guy" most of my life, I have bought and sold numerous cars.  I hope that my modest suggestions will help you make a better deal on your next ride!  
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Can you trust car companies? which ones?

Car companies are hard to trust.
I have had bad experiences with planned obsolescence, failures due to poor design, dealer behaviors, and paying for repairs covered under “secret warranties”. While I have never owned a Volkswagen, the top-down conspiracy to cheat at the emissions controls demonstrated that the company has had an ingrained culture of deceit that is, to me, unconscionable. And VW is not the only emissions-scamming car company. Fiat, Renault, VW scams will hasten rise of electric car
I currently own a Nissan quest Minivan, and scrupulously avoid the dealer for repairs because of upsells and ludicrously expensive parts. (I just replaced a solenoid, it cost me $15 and 20 minutes of my labor. I was quoted $340). I put in powerstop high-performance brakes because the vehicle is seriously under-braked, most noticeably with a few passengers aboard.
I used to have a Ford van, “Betsy”, which was killed by a Ford Dealer. After a recall repair, I let the dealer change the oil. The highly trained mechanic stripped the oil plug bolt, and put in the wrong size rubber stopper. Most of the oil leaked out in a few hours, and I had to get the right stopper, ruined a blanket with oil so I could get under the truck, add more oil, and pray it was not beyond repair. The dealer was apologetic and told me it was an “old truck”, and tried to sell me a new one. I had to sell Betsy a week later, with an engine rattling on 30 weight oil. I still own Ford Stock, but am not happy with the recalls that just bring you back to the dealer, and the dealers who feel the only way to fix a car is with a new one. This is not unique to Ford, and is a reason why Tesla is not sold through a dealer network. Not all dealers are unscrupulous, look at this example: Calif. dealer won't sell some Priuses, citing safety concerns - CBS News - I would bring my car to that dealer.
LEADERSH!T: A Look at the Broken Leadership System in Corporate America That Accepts Leaders Who are Really Good at Being Bad
There are big picture issues here too - Look at Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations ! The Alliance of Automobile manufacturers is working to roll back mileage and emissions standards. Collectively. I find this as reprehensible as when the CEO’s of the auto industry took their corporate jets to Washington when they were begging congress for financial bailouts. Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money - CNN.
I have been a despairing consumer of automobiles all my life, and find it hard to trust car manufacturers who appear to have corrupt and unethical practices “hard-wired”into their business model, just to milk more profit off of us consumers, while trying to build “brand loyalty”.
The most promising car manufacturer, in my opinion, is Tesla - a newcomer on the market with a well made product and transparency into the company that we normally do not see in large manufacturers. I am hoping my Nissan can be kept going until I can get a model 3! (Disclaimer: I own Tesla stock). Time will tell with Tesla. But the rest of the Auto Manufacturers? Let’s wait and see.
Focus On: 60 Most Popular Corporate Scandals: Wells Fargo, Enron, Sinking of MV Sewol, Madoff investment Scandal, Volkswagen emissions Scandal, Avon Products, ... Management, Barings Bank, Lucent, etc.
General Motors ignition switch recalls - Wikipedia (10 year story on how not to run your company)
Edit: Take a look at these two pieces on Tesla, highlighting the difficulty in disrupting the current practices in the automobile industry:
How "corrupt" is Tesla? - Quora answers, (I especially enjoyed the one by Kathiravan Jayachandiran)
Being a "car guy" most of my life, I have a lot of optimism that these problems can be replaced with good management and customer focused production.  Thank you for taking the time to read this, and feel free to share your thoughts.
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Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors  Link is to her Wikipedia page.
In my opinion, she is working hard for responsible and positive change at GM.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

What is Car polish - and do I need it?

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When you wash and wax your car, you sometimes can wax dirt onto the finish, especially if your car spends a lot of time outside.  Polishing smooths out the contaminants and residues that are stuck to the paint finish on your car.  Polishing is a step for car's paint BEFORE you wax. Not all finishes need polishing (or fine compounding, which should be done before polishing).  if you run your hand over the freshly washed car, and you feel imperfections and particulates (or if the finish is not smooth at all),  your car is a candidate for a polishing.  You don't always have to polish your finish, and you can just spot polish areas like the front of the hood, which get the brunt of road grime and crud.
When your car finish gets older, and suffers from dried bird droppings, tree sap, light oxidation, brake dust, etc., a polishing will help restore the smooth finish and look to your car. Make sure you don’t “overdo” it, especially if you use a rotary or random orbital buffer. You don’t have to polish your car very often, it depends on the finish - is it becoming rough? Not smooth when you wax? No more than once a year, if it needs it. If your car is garaged or covered or waxed regularly, you may never need to polish your car, unless you are doing a super-duper detailing job on the finish.

WEN 10PMC 10-Inch Waxer/Polisher in Case with Extra Bonnets
Available corded or cordless.
Once you have polished your car, all the wax is pretty much gone, and I would recommend a good hand-applied paste wax and buffing out with an random orbital polisher. (Put on a good base coat, and put another coat on in 2–3 weeks, your car will look sharp).
Mothers 05500 California Gold Brazilian Carnauba Cleaner Wax Paste - 12 ozMeguiar's G7014J Gold Class Carnauba Plus Paste Wax - 11 oz.Formula 1 Carnauba Paste Car Wax High-Gloss Shine - 12 oz.
Here are some popular car waxes.  You will love the way your car will shine!
You can also get liquid waxes too.
In between waxes you can use a spray on "show car" finish detailer, that will re-activate the wax:
Meguiar's G14422 Ultimate Quik Detailer - 22 oz.Mothers 08216 California Gold Instant Detailer - 16 oz.Griot's Garage 11146SP Speed Shine (Quick Detailer) 35oz
If you are saving water, these "waterless car wash" products get your car clean without using gallons of water and suds.  
Meguiar's G3626 Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax - 26 oz.Mothers 05644 Calif. Gold Waterless Wash & Wax 24oz, 24 oz, 1 Pack
Look at the shine on this Tesla Model 3:
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Or this 1963 Split window Coupe corvette:
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Whatever your ride, Shine it up and Show it off!
My 14 year old Nissan Quest. Note the shine on the hood, as noted by the reflection.

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Gotta keep it clean!



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blooming in Bethesda

Blooming in Bethesda, a smorgasbord of Lillies, Foxglove, and Clematis.







Pictures taken by Alan Chenkin with a Canon Powershot SX730HS Digital Camera.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Would Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, make a good presidential candidate in 2020?

If you are asking me if a well respected CEO with integrity, who pays his contractors, doesn’t tweet a never-ending stream of falsehoods, takes steps to denounce and speak out against inequality and racism, would make a good presidential candidate? -Absolutely.


It is too early to bet on any contenders, but I see Howard Schultz as a viable candidate who already has expressed his concerns and views. If he treats his constituents the way he treats his employees, and runs the budget responsibly, there is tremendous hope for the future of the United states.
Disclaimer: I own Starbucks stock and drink their coffee.  I admire Mr. Schultz, but have made no contributions to him or any potential candidate.
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