Archive for February, 2010

26
Feb
10

Fun Friday- Car Cartoon

23
Feb
10

What are the Most Stolen Cars for 2009?

The 1995 Honda Civic is the number one stolen vehicle for 2009. Most of the vehicles that were stolen for 2009 have remained pretty consistent throughout the years. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that the 1991 Honda Accord comes in second place followed by the 1989 Toyota Camry. The NICB says that thieves tend to steal these older model vehicles because they provide a great market for stolen vehicle parts.

The NICB suggest having an approach to automotive theft protection through employing warning immobilizing, and tracking devices with a touch of common sense. The common sense means to use standard methods such as locking the doors and taking the keys.

The NICB study is based on information from the National Crime Information Center.

Here is the list of the top ten most stolen vehicles:
1. Honda Civic (1995)
2. Honda Accord (1991)
3. Toyota Camry (1989)
4. Ford F-150 (1997)
5. Chevrolet C/K 1500 (1994)
6. Acura Integra (1994)
7. Dodge Ram Pickup (2004)
8. Nissan Sentra (1994)
9. Toyota Pickup (1988)
10. Toyota Corolla (2007)

So dealers be careful when buying and selling these vehicles and be well aware that they are a hot commodity for thieves.

To read more about this study in MSN Auto News, please click here.

19
Feb
10

Fun Friday- Seagull Win

18
Feb
10

Top Ten Professionals That Are The Most Dangerous Drivers

An insurance rating agency ranked the each profession to see which proffesion had the most dangerous drivers. Well it turns out that lawyers aren’t as good with driving as they are with the law, they topped the list, On the contrast the least dangerous drivers are athletes and homemakers. Insurance.com believes that working professional with stress filled careers spend more time in the car and more time doing distracting things like talking on the telephone; this may lead to them being dangerous drivers.

Top Ten Most Dangerous Drivers

1. Attorney/judge
2. Financial professionals
3. Government worker (GS6)
4. Bartender or waiter
5. Business professionals
6. Dog groomer
7. Marketing/advertising professionals
8. Barber/stylist
9. Coach
10. Nurse

So dealers make sure that your customers have insurance or sell them an insurance binder to protect you and the investment.

12
Feb
10

Fun Friday- Valentines Weekend

It is Valentines Day weekend and there are bound to be some marriage proposals.  If you are planning on proposing, I just suggest you don’t propose at a nationally televised sports game and here is why….

08
Feb
10

Tracking Vehicles Through Social Networking

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to find a vehicle after a customer has bailed out on his or her payments. Thus a new technique has emerged and that is the use of social networking. Currently social networking is primarily used for marketing and advertising, but now it can be used as a great tracking tool to find vehicles that need to be reposed.  Most dealerships ask for a customer’s email address during the transaction which is helpful in tracking that particular person on Facebook or Myspace.  Most people do not realize that the information they put on these sites is public unless they change their personal privacy settings on these sites.  An office manager in Burlington N.J., Drew Pellegrini, said that using these social networks to find vehicles works better with the younger generation. Younger people are more likely to move around thus it is hard to find their new address.  Pellegrini describes one incident where they were unable to find a vehicle for one year after a woman had bailed out on the contract.  So he went online and befriended one of her friends on Facebook using a different identity.  Through doing this he discovered that she was at a local nursing school and he went that day to the school’s parking lot and repossessed the vehicle.

This story demonstrates two lessons.  The first one being that you need to treat your Facebook and MySpace page as a source for public information and protect your privacy.  And secondly this story demonstrates the use of social networking for businesses is emerging in different directions than just marketing and advertising.

The story and picture from Used Car News.

05
Feb
10

Fun Friday- Brett Favre Super Bowl Commercial

Well Super Bowl weekend is finally here! So enjoy…