Tag: dealers

70 Posts

Proper tires for BMW 3 series
Sep 01, 2009


Dear Car Talk

My friend has a fancy-shmancy 2007 BMW 3 Series. Recently, one of his tires blew out through the sidewall and left a gaping, scary-looking hole. That tire and the other three all have plenty of tread, so the blow-out seems troubling to...

tires dealers

Mar 01, 2009

Today: dealer or independent shop for routine service?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I disagree on many things, but with this one, we both think you can help! We have a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and it's time for its scheduled 30,000-mile checkup. Because we still have the warranty, I prefer we...

dealers mechanics maintenance warranties

Oct 01, 2008

Was Mike on the verge of losing a boat payment to a crooked dealership? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

We have a 2001 Honda Civic that was just serviced at the dealership for its routine 90,000-mile service. During the checkup, they strenuously suggested that we replace the front-end lower ball joints, as they were worn out and had too much...

dealers scams

May 01, 2008

Is it ever okay for a dealership to "cannibalize" a brand-new car for parts?

Dear Car Talk

On Saturday I selected a brand-new Honda Accord from a local dealer here in Hawaii, and gave them my down payment. I was to pick it up last night. But as I was on my way over to get it...

dealers ethics auto parts

Feb 01, 2007

Is the "free tires for life" program at Shelley's Honda dealer all it's really cracked up to be? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

Am I being taken for a ride? I bought a brand-new Honda CR-V and was enrolled in a "free tires for life" program with my dealership. The catch (isn't there always?) is that I have to have my tires balanced...

dealers maintenance

why is my steering wheel locking up for no reason
Aug 01, 2005

My steering wheel locks and the dealer won't fix it. What do I do?

Dear Car Talk

The steering wheel on my Acura RSX has locked on me while driving three times now I took it in to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong and thus were unable to fix it I have to...

safety steering dealers Acura

is it common to charge for more hours of auto repair labor than was actually spent
Jun 01, 2005

Did this dealer double-bill for a timing belt change?

Dear Car Talk

This has been bothering me for years Back in I took my Toyota Tercel in to a Toyota dealership at 60,000miles to have the timing belt replaced.

mechanics dealers garage policies

why does the coolant system already need to be flushed at 30 k miles
May 01, 2005

Does "acid in the coolant" a reasonable diagnosis for a car with only 30,000 miles on it?

Dear Car Talk

We recently had our family's Honda Odyssey in for the -mile service at a Phoenix Honda dealer During the visit the service adviser counseled us that the coolant system contained acid and would require a complete flushing at a cost...

fluids maintenance dealers

why do the car talk guys tell buyers to use the dealer invoice number as a fair price to negotiate for
May 01, 2005

Come on you guys I just read your most recent...

Dear Car Talk

Come on you guys I just read your most recent column about buying a new car I sell cars for a living Although I realize everyone wants that good deal out there why do you advise people that the dealer...

dealers selling buying

is there a big mark-up or profit margin for add on packages for new cars
Mar 01, 2005

What can you guys tell me about dealer markup on cars and their aftermarket packages?

Dear Car Talk

I am in the process of negotiating the purchase of a new car I understand that the difference between dealer invoice and MSRP is the dealer's markup or profit on the car Is there a similar markup for the add-ons...

dealers buying