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#93 of 1558 Re: BMW Geniuses [uplanderguy]
Feb 20, 2013 (3:56 pm)
A good truck salesman really has to know what's right for his customer...or more likely, the customer has to know.
The guy I know who sells Chevy specializes in trucks. He definitely knows Chevy trucks inside and out and all of the different configurations along with capacities etc. It may depend on the dealer and location too. I'm sure here in central Illinois, truck sales are large enough to justify a specialized truck sales staff.
But yeah, in general trucks are far more complicated to sell than cars these days. Heck, I know what I'd want and I sometimes get confused. Different cabs and beds, along with other options have a big affect on cargo and towing capacity.
The customer needs to know what they want or need and the sales man needs to understand what questions to ask.
You can't just ask "how much does the trailer you tow weigh?". It's more complicated than that. Towing a 26' 8k lb boat is a lot different than towing a 8k lb 30' box or travel trailer. Many people don't understand that. Sure my Expedition is rated to tow 9k lbs. But it really isn't if I have 8 people in it and a weeks worth of gear on the roof rack. If I attempted to pull a 9k lb trailer with 15% tongue weight, it wouldl be severely overloaded and unsafe due to exceeding the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) and possible the GCWR (gross combined vehicle weight rating), not to mention being over the rear axle weight rating.
#95 of 1558 Young Car Buyers Favor Import Compacts
Feb 22, 2013 (2:52 pm)
Young new-car buyers--those between 16 and 35 years old--continued to be attracted to import brands in 2012, and higher percentages of them selected compact, sporty car models, according to data collected by J.D. Power and Associates' Power Information Network(R) (PIN).
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#96 of 1558 Re: Young Car Buyers Favor Import Compacts [circlew]
Feb 22, 2013 (3:39 pm)
I find it amusing that after our kids finish college and start working they often start to better appreciate their parent's life experiences and decisions. I will say however, that I don't think everyone is against Detroit product per se, it's just that they need to prove they have a better offer for our purchase, regardless of which generation is doing the buying. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Detroit is really acomplishing that right now.
#97 of 1558 Re: Young Car Buyers Favor Import Compacts [berri]
Feb 23, 2013 (4:13 am)
Unfortunately, I'm not sure Detroit is really acomplishing that right now.
Unfortunately for them...fortunately for the other brands.
Toyota and its luxury Lexus brand topped the charts again in J.D. Power’s vehicle dependability study while Ram climbed into the top 10.
The Asian automaker’s Lexus brand ranked first and Toyota was tied with Lincoln for third in the study which measures problems owners report in their 2010 model-year cars after three years of ownership.
Porsche was ranked second and Mercedes-Benz was fifth.
While the Detroit Three continued to narrow the gap on quality scores in the study, seven Toyota and Lexus models had the best scores in their segment awards — more than any other manufacturer in 2013.
“More so than other automaker, when they have choices to make, they almost always make the choice to maximize the dependability of their vehicle,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates. “It’s something they have been doing for 30 years.”
Feb 23, 2013 (10:01 am)
Maybe it's just me, but that is ugly.
#99 of 1558 Re: Interesting [dieselone]
Feb 23, 2013 (10:11 am)
Wow - that anime is worse than some of the recent Asian stuff! It just looks angry and ugly.
#100 of 1558 Re: Interesting [dieselone]
Feb 23, 2013 (10:36 am)
I think it looks better than the Ford fish mouth on the Fusion.
#101 of 1558 Re: Interesting [berri]
Feb 23, 2013 (12:34 pm)
Nah, just needs a little make-up!
#102 of 1558 Re: Interesting [berri]
Feb 23, 2013 (5:18 pm)
I was shocked, and Jeep is usually conservative with styling.
All it needs are round headlights (one set, not two), and maybe a tamer lower grille.