The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom for August 14, 2023

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 7 months ago

    If you buy a new car you save money, Brutus.

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    C  7 months ago

    Funny, they don’t look like McLarens

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    Baarorso  7 months ago

    At least he’s honest, Brutus! ;D

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    Ahuehuete  7 months ago

    Wait until Brutus sees the MSRP sticker and the mark ups. Got 50 grand, Brutus?

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    jmworacle  7 months ago

    Repairs is how the car dealers make their money.

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    Zykoic  7 months ago

    FORD

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    GROG Premium Member 7 months ago

    Chose an auto maker that’s much less prone to be sent back to the shop.

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    preacherman  7 months ago

    Heads up, Brutus. A new dealer that makes money in repair may be a lemon shop. Now, a new EV is a different matter, if nothing else ’cause of greatly reduced number of parts.

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    Chris  7 months ago

    how’d you get the presidents in the money to do that? :D

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    [Traveler] Premium Member 7 months ago

    They make it with volume

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    Gina Carson  7 months ago

    A 2-4 year old car is the best economical position. Pay cash and keep it 10 years. You’re welcome.

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    Just-me  7 months ago

    Don’t fall for it Brutus! Isn’t the dealership name Lemons Automotive?

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    General Trelane (Ret.) Premium Member 7 months ago

    Decision time Brutus .

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    ladykat  7 months ago

    Check out the recall notices and the warranty, Brutus.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 7 months ago

    Dealers here make money on both..

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    jasonsnakelover  7 months ago

    Give me a free car.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 7 months ago

    And there you have it, Brutus!

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    saylorgirl  7 months ago

    Nice to meet you! I’ll be leaving now.

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    hooglah  7 months ago

    Their is a lot of truth to that.

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    raybarb44  7 months ago

    Brutus, Brutus , Brutus! Did you count your fingers after you shook hands with him? They always make a profit when selling a car regardless of who services your vehicle. Might be a good price for the car but check around……

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    Medtech4  7 months ago

    This reminds me of the “Seinfeld” where he buys a car from Elaine’s boyfriend, “Puddy”. Puddy lists all the extra fees added on at the end….“taxes, registration, tires, keys…additional overcharge!” I fell off the couch laughing at that last one.

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    jerry  7 months ago

    Bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2010 and was able to purchase a lifetime warranty. Any repairs cost only the $100 deductible!

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    cuzinron47  7 months ago

    Excellent selling point.

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    Moonkey Premium Member 7 months ago

    Brutus will probably buy one, even if he only went in the dealership to use the restroom.

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    bobwigg761  7 months ago

    Just wait until they tell you about the additional subscription fees for all of the options you want.

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    T...  7 months ago

    Brutus utters “Cost, there is a cost and there ils a cost, but the cost of the price is still too high”. Or something like that; hard to hear himself muttering…

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    Chris Sherlock  7 months ago

    I’ve always suspected as much.

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    Brian G Premium Member 7 months ago

    Most dealerships make a fair amount on brokering the financing, whether the customer can make the payments is no problem to them as they bundle it off to an investment firm anyway. If you are paying cash or have outside financing, don’t mention that until you have an agreement on price in writing or the price magically rises.

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    nottaTrueBeliever  7 months ago

    Funnily (sort of), this is pretty accurate. Most dealerships make very little on the sale of new cars, their service departments are the profit centers. If you look at their charges you’ll see why. For example, in 1988 I bought a new Chevy Corsica. Not long after the warranty expired the alternator went bad. I contacted the dealer about repairing it. I still remember the quote $550, ($110 for the part and 8 hours labor at $55/hr). That was a fair amount of money back then and I am slightly mechanically inclined, so I decided to take a shot at it myself. I bought the (remanufactured) alternator at an auto parts store for about $45 and it took me about three hours to remove the old one and replace it. After I did it the first time and learned how to remove a few tricky bolts, I probably could have done it in half the time. How their trained “professional” mechanic could have taken 8 hours is a mystery. Second instance on the same car, I did a lousy job of parking and broke the little Chevy “bowtie” on the hubcab. A piece of plastic about the size of a quarter. The charge for the part (no labor, I did the “install”), $17.

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member 7 months ago

    Weird! Those cars don’t look like Teslas!

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    Kjvman1   7 months ago

    Yep. That’s what Yugo did.

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    Brent Rosenthal Premium Member 6 months ago

    Brutus had better read the warranty very closely

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