Archive for January, 2010


Fun Friday- Bear vs. Cat

Who do you think would win?  Check it out and see for yourself.


Ohio Man Stays in the Auto Business for 60 Years with No Plans of Retirement

Bob Thompson has pretty much sold it all- from a Ford Model T to a German made Porsche. At the age of 90 years old Bob Thompson has been in the auto business for 60 years. Thompson has never taken a sick day off work and has only taken a short 4 day vacation once. His drive comes from making money and from truly enjoying selling cars. Bob said that a job in the auto industry has “combined two of my loves- cars and talking to people.” Thompson has said that throughout his years in the business he has made many good friends and has had fun buying and selling cars. He takes pleasure in his job so much that he has said, “I have no retirement plan and I am going to die on the job.”

Thompson started off his career in the auto industry at Bob’s Used Cars in Newmark, Ohio (his hometown). Then in 1949 he went on to open a T and T Motors store with his business partner, Bill Targett. Bob then changed partners and eventually went on to go into business for himself. Currently he is working with his son Larry.

Thompson said that the reason that he has been successful is honesty. When people ask him about problems with a vehicle he tells them straight out and this is why he gets such a good reputation with customers. Through a strong reputation he is able to get many referrals and this has brought about his dealerships slogan, “Buy where Dad bought.”

Throughout his 60 years in the business Thompson has seen many tough times. Bob said that, “No matter what the times bring you must stay with it. When the customer asks a question, you must have an answer whether it’s right or wrong.”

I really like this article because of the message it sends to the reader. It shows the importance of enjoying what you do for a living. And that through these rough times in the auto industry Bob illustrates that when the going gets tough the tough keeps going.

To read more about the article on Used Car News, please click here.


Fun Friday- Piano Stairs

This video was done by Volkswagen and it shows that having fun helps with good behavioral changes. It made the 2009 Creativity top ten list.


Consumer Brand Perceptions of Auto Makers

Chevrolet, Ford, and Subaru have had an increase in brand perception among people. The Consumer Reports 2010 Car Brand Perception Survey stated that they all received at least a 30 point increase in their scores from last year. The brand perceptions were determined through these 7 categories: safety, quality, value, performance, design, technology, and environmentally friendly. Below shows the overall scores of the brands total perception across all seven categories.

2010 Overall Brand Perception

I think for every person brand perceptions are pretty different based on personal experience, marketing, news, and even purchasing factors. For me, I agree with Toyota being at the top of the list. I am a big fan of Toyota vehicles because I think of them as reliable and affordable. I think that Audi should be at the top of the brand perception list as well; I like Audi’s car designs and quality. What are your thoughts? Do you think this list is pretty accurate? Let me know!

To read more about the Brand Perception Survey on Yahoo Autos, please click here.


Fun Friday- Volks Wagon Bug

How come they don’t make cars this durable anymore?  Even one of the most expensive cars in the world, the Buggati Veyron, isn’t as durable.


Used Car Online Website Scam

The scam artist used the identity of an Auto dealer called the Summit Auto Sales in Pontiac, Michigan. The online scam site had the Summit Auto Sales business name and address in order to scam numerous people into buying vehicles online. The unsuspecting customers would purchase the vehicle through the phony site and be told that the vehicle would be shipped to them directly. The consumers thought that the reason why the vehicles were at such a bargain prices was because the vehicles were repossessed. When angry “customers” called to complain about not receiving the purchased vehicles a voice recoding would direct the callers to the phony website’s contact form.

Approximately 20 used car buyers where scammed out of lots of money. A Connecticut consumer lost approximately $4,000 in cash due to wiring the money to the phony online site.

The owner of Summit Auto Sales found out about the scam website when he got numerous calls from people complaining about vehicles that were bought and never received. The owner did not have a clue what these people were talking about.

This story is a prime example about how important it is to do your research before giving out your credit card information or money to an online website.  These days with the internet it is very easy for scam artist to build phony websites with fake products.  Always make sure that you use secure payment systems such as Pay Pal when handing over your credit card information.  In addition if you see something online where the price is far below market value than be cautious about buying that particular item.  As I always say it is better to be safe than sorry!

To learn more about this story on Hartford Business Journal online please click here.


Fun Friday- Winter

Winter is upon us and I know this means a lot of fun trips to the mountains. Be careful while you are skiing or you could end up like this guy!


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