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.

The F&I experience

Finance department tales Reserve payments from finance is world wide Buying a vehicle is 2 or 3 times the stress There is more than the vehicle Business office is about $ Bank commissions are huge Shop all the products Don’t … Continue reading

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Minus equity, why it happens and what to do

Minus equity, why it happens and what to do Multiple lease deposits Credit approval help Stick to sign and drive Minus equity, under water, upside down Why does it happen? Know where you are Type 1, type 2 and type … Continue reading

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Certified used

What about factory certified preowned Careful with what you read online. Read all the material for a specific certified. Check points sound huge. Just another way to sel.l Bank rates with CPO. Certified can cost several thousand more. Is it … Continue reading

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The language of automotive leasing

Language of leasing We all need a ride Subprime are tougher terms Better than buy here pay here Cosigner trumps everything Dealer secondary Credit score first Know the leasing terms 14 key phrases What can you negotiate? 6 you can … Continue reading

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Servicing, maintaining and resale value

Servicing and resale Reminder of repair vs buy Pre-approved or approve After you take delivery Consider the maintenance Resale vs up keep Service is all about money Synthetic oil has a purpose Clean, not replace Tuning maybe Brakes and hoses … Continue reading

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Deal Talk fix or buy, finance a new or used

Fix it, buy it, finance it Be aware of the recall law A year old demo is another name for used An auction vehicle is just another used Fix the old or buy a new? Compare ALL the facts A … Continue reading

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Deal Talk 190 Dealer ads everywhere

Dealer advertising Oh, by the way CR 2019 auto issue Brand matters Trade ready TV, radio, newspaper, social media New ways to bait and switch Trying to help Old story More cons then pros Disclosures Head for the country Radio … Continue reading

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My leasing adventure

My leasing adventure Cash reporting Preparation What vehicle Quote Persistence Current lease or trade Where’s the lease email? Dealers try to control Get an email Go up the ladder! Shop your trade and bump it Factory programs aren’t always available … Continue reading

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Luxury highline buying

luxury highline Brands are up to you Test drives are paramount What are Luxury vehicles? Safety is key High tech Resale is #1 Power, quality, technology More affordable Resale leases best Other things affect resale Big price-big savings CPO no, … Continue reading

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Deal Talk After you buy

After you buy Rebate vs Finance 7% of the used vehicle buyers Be careful dealing with individuals Where did the internet department go? Review the Monroney Label Review all the numbers Read the manual Register your tires Used must register … Continue reading

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