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In some ways, doctors and mechanics do similar work: they keep a system running as best they can, and most people only visit their doctor/mechanic when there's a problem. There are good reasons to go before you have a problem, though, and both mechanics and doctors use the same words to describe this visit: "check ups." The National Automobile Dealers Association launched a new check up service this week that is supposed to make your car not only run smoother but also "save on gas and improve fu

Say hello to the newest government lobbying group: car salesmen! The AP is reporting that GM CEO Rick Wagoner asked car dealerships to lobby their state and local governments to not regulate tailpipe emissions. Here is exactly what Rick said in a speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) meeting in San Francisco attended by about 10,000 dealers and their spouses: