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 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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Truck buying considerations

Truck buying considerations Classics are condition awareness Huge truck rebates, questionable results Now trucks are more than trucks Resale and discounts The market remembers huge discounts The box size Transmission and resale Engine, bigger is usually better 4×4 = $x$ … Continue reading

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Buying a luxury vehicle

Luxury buying considerations Formula One Miami Sport model search,  buy now Resale update When buying some factors aren’t numbers Good buying requires a little elbow grease   What qualifies as Luxury ? Safety is paramount The latest High tech Resale … Continue reading

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The Monroney and other dealer labels

Window stickers and dealer labels Buying from Craigslist Monroney is the one that matters Get the right info Labels Watch out for double label look a like What the label can tell you Comparing your diligence Additional Information Addendum label … Continue reading

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Deal TalK F&I (buisness office) What to expect

F&I, (business office). What to expect Electric vehicle new model 233 miles  60,000 dollars….Volvo Forced pitch from F&I, get up and leave What to do with F&I  aka business office Business as usual in sales CPI to stop payment packing … Continue reading

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