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139Secret Car-Dealer Dictionary Is Filled With Hilarious Terms

Gold balls, green peas and other jargon used by sales peoples

Given the less-than-sterling reputation that car salesmen have among many consumers, it should be no surprise that they also have their own insider jargon. Much of the lingo is now finally coming to light in one place thanks to an Ohio lawyer specializing in 'lemon law' cases who keeps a dictionary of the terms on his website.

82Car Dealer Charged For Selling Cars Damaged In Hurricane Sandy

Avoid buying flood-damaged cars with a few simple tips

A car dealer in Manalapan, New Jersey pled guilty Monday to theft by deception after he manipulated the titles of cars damaged in Hurricane Sandy and sold the cars to unsuspecting customers.

487Dealership Pays Customer It Wronged With Pennies

Insult added to injury for broke college student

A woman in Florida is livid after a car dealership sold her a lemon and attempted to make restitution by paying her with two bags full of pennies.

AddWhy can't Tesla sell directly to consumers wherever it wants?

Our friends at Engadget, tech-obsessed sister site of Autoblog, have taken an in-depth look at the reason why it's so difficult for Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers, the same way that Apple, for instance, can sell you an iPad at an Apple Store. As you're probably aware, the whole sordid affair can be traced back to dealer franchise laws, which vary dramatically state to state, all with the stated goal of protecting your local neighborhood car dealers from unfair competition.

197San Diego Car Dealer Guilty Of Breaking Campaign Finance Law

Funneled $500,000 in foriegn money into local election campaigns

A high-end car dealer in San Diego, Calif. pled guilty in federal court Thursday to eight misdemeanor counts of breaking campaign finance law.

AddAudi exec says industry can learn from 'cool' competitor Tesla

Fascination with Tesla Motors' role in the luxury electric vehicle market continues, even among the competition. Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America recently told Bloomberg that, Tesla is "cool" and "the talk of the town," and that, "what the industry as a whole can learn from them is continue to push innovation, continue to have the challenger spirit."

3Car Dealers Group Warns Industry Changes May Increase Prices

The chairman of the industry group said customers need dealerships in order to keep prices down

The head of the national car dealer's industry trade group warned Wednesday that if automakers start selling directly to consumers -- rather than through a middleman, like today's dealership system -- car makers will jack up prices and ignore customers.

477Protect Yourself From Yo-Yo Financing

Dealership sell cars, and then take them back when the loan falls through

When dealers allow cars to roll off lots when financing isn't complete, customers can be on the hook for hundreds in extra fees or have their cars repossessed if loans don't come through.

26Automotive Gripes Top List Of Consumer Complaints

Towing disputes are fastest-growing complaints in U.S.

Complaints about unscrupulous practices conducted throughout the auto industry reached a dubious milestone last year.

8Car Dealership's Lawsuit Against Government Over Pill Requirement Backfires

Joe Holland claims Plan B conflict with his religious beliefs

The owner of a car dealership in Charleston, W. Va., sued the federal government over a mandate in the Affordable Health Care Act requiring employers offer the Plan B pill, only to realize his insurance policy already covered the emergency contraception. His lawyers just missed it.

194Luxury Car Dealership Sued Disgruntled Customer

Customer won the right to continue online attacks on dealership

On its website, Chicago Motor Cars promises customers a memorable experience and repeat service for those looking to buy luxury cars. One customer had a memorable experience, it seems, in all the wrong ways.

138Car Buying Tips To Outsmart Dealerships

Simple steps to save you money

Buying a car is one of those huge occasional purchases that can get any consumer's blood pressure rising. As with buying any big-ticket purchase consumers can avoid bad deals and financial distress by being empowered with the right information.

19Don't Pay Car Dealer Fees Without a Fight

Being a smart, prepared shopper can save you big money

Airlines cleared $3.5 billion in baggage and seat fees in 2012. Fees are practically a hidden economy across all industries. And buying a car is no different. But there are ways to be tough with a new or used car dealer in the negotiations. And going after some of those pesky fees on the invoice is one of them.

336Scam Car Dealership Website Steals Thousands

Make sure to do your homework on your dealership as well as your car

A website posing as a car dealership scams 15 people out of thousands of dollars in New Mexico

93Car Dealership Nearly Surrounds Hawaii Man's House

Despite odd circumstance, he's in no rush to change environment

At first glance, it appears a Hawaii man lives at a local car dealership. Look a little closer, and you'll find that Bishop Kamahiai and his family don't actually live there. His house is just engulfed by the dealership.

1Car Dealers See Sales Boosts Through Subprime Lending

Higher-risk loans rose 11 percent in 1st quarter over last year

Subprime lending is on the rise throughout the auto industry, up 11 percent from the first quarter of last year. From the perspective of many auto dealers, that's a good thing.

102Beware Of The Following Car Dealerships When Seeking A Loan

Federal Trade Commission increases enforcement of dealerships that make deceptive promises

The sales pitch goes something like this on the showroom floor: A car salesman makes an enticing promise. "We'll pay off your car loan, no mater how much you owe!" Or "upside down on your current loan? We'll pay off your trade."

32Tight used car supply has dealers looking in their own service bays

Used vehicle prices have been on a tear for over a year now, as slow new vehicle sales during the financial meltdown of 2009 have created a dearth of available used models today. Yet the sluggish economy means demand for used vehicles is high, so dealers are going to ever-increasing lengths to acquire inventory.

18Spike TV readying reality show about turning around car dealers

Automotive News is reporting that Spike TV is planning to roll out a new reality TV show that orbits around struggling car dealerships. The premise has the show's two hosts, Tom Stuker and Roe Hubbard, swooping in with just five days to turn lackluster sales into a success story.

55REPORT: Rejected GM, Chrysler dealers telling their story on YouTube [w/VIDEO]

Holdiman Motor terminated dealer plea - click above image to watch the video

18REPORT: Credit lines increasingly hard to come by for auto dealers

Like him or loathe him, George W. Bush's clearest, most salient speech came almost a year ago on September 25, 2008 when our Harvard MBA president explained to the nation and the world exactly how bad the economy had gotten and why so much federal money ($700 billion-ish at the time) was being hurled at America's banks. The full speech can be found here, but one little section bears quoting:

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