Author Archives: Geoffrey Jerome

About Geoffrey Jerome

I am a 35 year veteran of the automobile and motorcycle industry, author of seven books, soon to be nine, Both fiction and nonfiction. I have three super kids, actually adults, and a wonderful Jack Russell Terrier named Lucy Lynn. I am Formerly from upstate New York, Ithaca. I ride a Harley, like photography, technology and I know climate change is the worlds biggest problem.

What to expect from F&I plus a LEASE ALARM

  Leasing treachery by the manufacturers Everyone call the FTC Help is on the way for kids and pets left in a vehicle Lots of other help is coming Smart headlights F&I as a conversation Business office money Myriad of … Continue reading

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What you should know qbout your automobile insurance

Facts to know about your automobile insurance   Should you buy a loaner vehicle? No real Care Savings would have to be big Rental if you must Extended service is a policy Gap insurance is a policy Car, truck, motorcycle, motor-home … Continue reading

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What to do if there is a problem with your deal

What to do if there is a problem with your deal or the vehicle Watch out for the problems lists on the net They either suggest the wrong thing or can’t explain it If your deal has a problem Factory … Continue reading

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What are CPO – Factory certified preowned vehicles?

What are CPO – Factory certified preowned vehicles? Episode 300, lots of subjects and lots of ideas Look through the list and pick out what you need CPO vehicles and value Read all the material for a specific certified unit … Continue reading

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What to do about upside down aka: Minus equity

What to do about upside down: Minus equity Electric maintenance is very similar Power train repairs are fewer but larger Ford blue advantage is the bull advantage Get a mileage statement signed Resale support Aka, under water and minus equity … Continue reading

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Don’t be fooled by automotive ads

Don’t be fooled by Automotive ads Crazy ads all year Rebate vs 0% Disclosures that don’t disclose Radio, TV, newspaper, socials Vague at best Bait and switch is everywhere Finance with us Crazy trade values Employee pricing Surprises can be … Continue reading

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Two big and different questions

Repair or trade tips Know your repair shop Fix or trade Do you have the cash? What does the track record say? What does the budget think? Trade in fixed or not? Once fixed, what do you have? Due diligence … Continue reading

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Covid, destination, electric and shop before price

Covid, destination, electric and shop before price Fifteen minutes, twice a week anyway  The dealer must sanitize after being inside your vehicle Destination charge isn’t part of used Destination charges are crazy and add nothing to resale Electrics are still … Continue reading

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The lease language

The leasing language Average used price Another 10% A little more elbow Stick to a short term Research is key Leasing terminology Closed end Open end Divide or multiply by 2400 Acquisition, inception, termination Guaranteed resale value Capitalized cost Residual … Continue reading

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One last list

One last list Noise in the vehicle? Assume the worst Always check before you buy CR repairs 5 and 10 years, the best and the worst In the first 5 often a warranty 5 to 10 are the expensive years … Continue reading

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