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250,000 miles and counting

By DAVID THOME Special to ADAMM Today’s cars and trucks prove they’re in it for the long haul Today’s cars, like these 2016 Honda Accords, are built to last. Cars are lasting longer. That includes pickups, sedans, SUVs, compacts, crossovers, minivans – you name it. Luxury and budget models. American, European and Asian. Ten years ago, Consumer Reports estimated a buyer could expect a new vehicle to last eight years. In 2015, the research firm IHS Automotive reported that the actual average was just shy of 12 years — 50% better than predicted. Automotive experts list reasons ranging from intense free-market competition to stricter government-imposed standards, from tougher cylinder linings to computers doing jobs that used to belong to mechanical parts, and from high-tech rust-resistant paint to electronics that allow vehicles to send oil-change reminders to their owners. Local experts from SCHLOSSMANN’S Honda City in Greenfield, WILDE Toyota in West Allis and SCHMIT Ford in Thiensville say improved design and production techniques get a lot of credit. They also say that the bottom line is that buyers of new and pre-owned vehicles can expect a big bang for their buck in terms of longevity. “Every new car today,” AAA manager of technical services Mike Calkins told CBS News last fall, “is built to last a quarter of a million miles.” A week later, IHS executive Mark Seng told the...

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Jim Griffin aims high, achieves goals

Jim Griffin aims high, achieves goals By DAVID THOME Special to ADAMM Not everyone can be No. 1 — especially if Jim Griffin’s in the game. Two of his dealerships — GRIFFIN Ford of Waukesha and GRIFFIN’S HUB Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Milwau­kee — have been certified as Wiscon­sin’s sales volume leaders for 2015. You can excuse his other dealership, GRIF­FIN Chevrolet of Milwaukee, for not be­ing similarly honored: He’s only owned it since the middle of last year. Griffin cites the usual reasons for his stores’ success, like hard work (“I’m al­ways doing something, even when the doors are closed and the lights are turned off”) and starring in his own high-profile TV ad campaigns, but he also credits the will­ingness to adapt to changes in how cars are sold while also remaining focused on fundamentals that never change. “People used to come in and say, ‘Tell me the difference between such-and-such car you sell here and one of these or one of those from the guys down the street’,” Griffin said. “You’d talk about the product and the price and interest rates, but today there’s so much information on­line that people come in knowing all about the vehicles, the options, the price, how much their monthly payment should be. It’s not just about how you get people into the store, it’s how you treat them.” Griffin...

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Car Buying Tips

NEW AND USED CAR BUYING TIPS 1)  Determine your NEEDS before your WANTS There is a big difference between what you need in a car or truck and what you want.  You need to determine your needs first since that is the essential reason you are purchasing your new vehicle.  Once you determine what you really need in your vehicle, you can then list the wants in your purchase and prioritize them from high to low.  This will keep you focused on purchasing the right vehicle for you. A needs assessment should include not only the features you need/want, but you should also look at the broad appeals that really are important to you.  They can include;  Safety, Performance, Appearance, Function, Resale, Luxury and more.  If your sales professional knows these things, they can better assist you in selecting the vehicle that meets your needs.2) Prepare a BudgetWhen preparing a budget you need to take into consideration several factors.  Think of it as a Transportation Budget.* Is this vehicle replacing an existing vehicle or is it in an additional vehicle* If this vehicle is replacing a vehicle, take into consideration maintenance, fuel use increase of decrease, warranty.* Insurance costs – increase or decrease Sometimes a range is a good way to look at budget.  Give yourself some flexibility to arrange your budget. 3) Research the vehicles you are considering. There are many ways to research the vehicles you are looking at. First of...

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Service Tips

WHY YOU ARE BETTER OFF AT AN ADAMM NEW CAR DEALER REASONS YOU SHOULD SERVICE YOUR VEHICLE AT A NEW CAR DEALERSHIP New car techs are required to receive ongoing training to diagnose and repair existing products and new models coming to the market with new technologies Special tools and diagnostic equipment is needed to repair today’s complex vehicles. These tools are designed by the manufacturer for use on the ever increasing high tech vehicles of today and the future Access to manufacturer service and repair bulletins at the dealership service center – information is gathered from around the country on many service issues related to the brands the dealer sells A greater chance a new car dealer service department will fix the car right the first time because they are more likely to have encountered the problem in the past or have been notified of the problem via the network of dealership service centers. Direct access to auto manufacturer engineers and service training staff for diagnostic assistance Use of OEM (Original Equiptment Manufacture) parts designed specifically for your vehicle Competitive pricing on routine maintenance for your car  –  oil changes, brakes, tires, coolant and more Immediate access to outstanding factory recalls on the vehicles the dealership sells Warranty histories on the vehicles they sell new Most dealership Service Centers have both specialists, ie. Electrical, Transmissions and Drivability specialist and...

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