Tom McParland
tommcparland
Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)
1/22/20
1:13 PM
112

You can love a thing, be enthusiastic about it, and write well about it but find it inconvenient or find a lack of desire or ability to do basic things with it, especially if it’s your appliance.

Foodies are enthusiastic about food, but many don’t like dealing with the dishes that come with cooking their own.
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1/16/20
12:57 PM
71

The only right answer (ok the Kia is a good one too)

1/14/20
11:48 AM
77

Maybe not an american owned company, but many of those are built in North America.

1/10/20
3:11 PM
6

I’m 100% on board with using a buying service. I just used Tom’s service on the last new car I bought. It was great, we got a very fair price, and I did not even set foot in a dealership to close the deal. Came right to my house. I love cars, but hate the buying process. Tom’s service saved me 4+ hours of my life Read more

1/10/20
2:03 PM
37

I’ve worked in car sales. If a prospect a) makes an appointment and b) actually shows up on time that’s an excellent indicator of strong interest.

1/9/20
1:51 PM
19

Last Gen Saab 9-3 2.0T - still good mileage, similar size & quirky like your French cars.

1/7/20
11:25 AM
38

Profit is not correlated to sales volume. There is also the cost of the money. Let’s say the Fusion has a 6% return, if Ford can shuffle that money into something else and make 8%, they should do that rather than make the Fusion.

1/3/20
9:39 AM
90

A lemon-law attorney is a good idea, but you can do other things, too. A strongly worded letter to the right people at Honda Corporate might implore them to buy the vehicle back as a goodwill gesture. Express how you bought the car based on Honda’s stellar reliability reputation and how disappointed you are that it Read more

12/27/19
2:11 PM
64

I think Hertz sales let’s you rent before you buy. So you get a 3 day test drive of the actual car you are considering and it’s free if you do end up buying

12/23/19
9:34 AM
5

It’s worth mentioning that almost every car will have a FB group which are great resources of info for potential car problems.

12/21/19
7:50 PM
8

Reminds me of an old military joke - “Is 4 a lot?” “Number of DUI’s for a Lieutenant? No. Number of minutes late for a Private First Class? Yes.” Read more

12/20/19
4:37 PM
62

Depends on the car? Does it have a rotary? 20,000. Is it a mid 90s Lexus with a Read more

12/20/19
3:33 PM
70

and I would like a small saloon, but need to ensure the kid has enough room in the back, Read more

12/20/19
3:23 PM
44

Easy. The answer is about 50 miles more then whatever miles are on the car you’re looking at. Because that is about when you’ll figure out exactly what is wrong with it unless you get it inspected. Seriously, just do it.