Alan welcomes Lauren Fix, Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. Lauren shares that in her area of Buffalo, NY, gas jumped overnight from $5.85 to $6.09. Who’s to blame? The GOVERNMENT! Lauren says that oil manufacturers are in the business to make money. However our president stopped the pipe lines AND stopped the banks from loaning money to oil companies. Inflation is out of control! Alan and Lauren both say that car dealers don’t have much stock. Every vehicle that comes in is ‘presold’. Parts are hard to get as well and that’s where most dealerships make their money. Manufacturers like Ford are cracking down on dealerships that are selling vehicles over the sticker price. Market adjustments! The manufacturer says they will have the customers buy direct from them instead of at the dealership if they continue to do that. Alan shares that he is test driving the new Kia Telluride. He exclaims that it’s hard to get your hands on one. Lauren drove one and she loved it. The dealers call it the Kia “Sell-U-Ride for as soon as it hits the floor its sold. Lauren shares that she’s been driving some of the coolest technology vehicles. From the 2022 Hyundai Palisades to the 2022 luxury electric Genesis GV60 as well as the 2022 Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. Facial recognition to open the door to fingerprint start, these vehicles have it all. Lauren suggests that before you go and buy an electric vehicle, to call your insurance company and find out what the rates are, then find out what a charger costs to have a certified electrician to install. Alan feels this is not sustainable. Brian Moody – Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com joins the convo as Alan reiterates what Lauren say’s about electric cars, for there are expenses that go beyond just a car payment. The duo discuss the myths and fears of owning an electric car. Brian say’s you don’t have to buy a charger to adapt to your home. You can use the outlets that you have, however you will end up charging your car between 12 to 18 hours. Brian goes onto say that people assume electric cars are ugly, not true, the 2022 Genesis GV60, the 2022 Lucid Air, the 2022 Mercedes Benz EQS, and the Kia EV6 are just a few electric beauties. Next Brian shares 10 best used convertibles for under 20k. The 2013 Audi TT, 2014 BMW 4 Series, 2015 Camaro, 2014 Ford Mustang, 2016 MX5 Miata, 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK Class, 2016 Mini Coupe, 2013 Nissan 370Z, 2005 Porsche Boxster, 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, and the GM Saab 9-3 Arrow. Alan shares that he has a 2003 SL500 AMG Mercedes Roadster that he’s getting rid of for $20k. Brian ends his ride with Alan as the duo discuss financing vehicles. Brian says that the average car payment is around $712 a month as credit is becoming less available. He goes onto say if you’re going to finance, try to do it for a short period as possible, put as much money down as you can, and know your credit score before buying. Taking the next lap with Alan, is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports. Steven sheds light on the 24 Hour Le Man Race winning team Toyota Gazoo taking first and second place. Glickenhaus took third and fourth place. Stephen say’s 12 million dollars went in to develop and build the engine and the car for these top 2 winners. They are hyper cars, built with one purpose – to win! Stephen feels that they kind of ‘bought’ the win by pouring money into the technology. The RedBull team took first and second in the Grand Prix in Bach Khoa. Daniel Suarez #99 won the NASCAR cup series in Sonoma. NASCAR is excited about this win for he is the first Mexican national to win NASCAR which opens a whole new window of opportunity. Coming up next is the Thunder Valley Nationals in Tennessee. On Father’s Day, this 11,000 horsepower drag race features top fuel cars, funny cars and pro stock cars. Bringing in the rear and closing the show with Alan is George Kennedy III, Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. The gentlemen discuss the new 2023 Cadillac Escalade SUV. George say’s it is the most of everything, a Supercharged 6.2 liter V, 680 horsepower, 650 ft of torque, and goes 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Absolutely Bonkers! The Brembo brakes give the feel of driving a performance car with additional magnetic ride control, massive 38″ curved LED dash, touch screen, heads up display, night vision, augmented reality display, heating/cooling massaging chairs, and more. The new Escalade is estimated at $149k to start and will be released this year. George is driving a 2022 Ford Bronco and like his previous owned vehicles the 1986 Toyota 4 Runner and the 1999 Jeep Cherokee, he loves it. Anything that can take you off the road, he’s all for it. Alan shares that he is about to head out and pick up his 2022 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon in Salt Lake City, he’s been waiting awhile for this and now it’s but a few miles away from his reach. Tune in next week as we bring on more on what’s new and cool in the auto world.
[00:00:00] – Who’s Fault?
[00:06:25] – No Stock
[00:12:30] – Sell-U-Ride
[00:19:52]– Myths and Fears
[00:29:26] – 10 Best Convertibles Under 20k
[00:35:53] – Foot Work Before Financing
[00:42:14] – Winning By Investing
[00:48:51] – NASCARS New Winner!
[00:54:45] – Thunder Valley Nationals
[01:02:06] – Absolutely Bonkers!
[01:11:35] – 2023 Cadillac Escalade
[01:18:06] – Salt Lake, Here I Come!
Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: Lauren Fix
Contributor: Brian Moody
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
Contributor: George Kennedy III
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- Contributor: Lauren Fix | Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports
- Contributor: Brian Moody | Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com
- Contributor: Steven Cole Smith| Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, grassroots Motorsports
- Contributor: George Kennedy III | Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report
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