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RE: Rental Car Question

The consensus seems to be it is a waste of money and your credit card will cover any problems or your car insurance. I can give you an example where that was not the case. A tourist from Japan ran a stoplight near Disney World hitting my rented Lincoln between the doors on one side. It was totaled. A few weeks later I received a notice from the rental car company that I owed for the loss of use and the value of the Lincoln. I called both my own insurance and my credit card company who both stated that they would investigate but that it was an "at fault" incident and there would be costs involved. I called my Attorney, which cost far more than the $12.00 a day, and turned it over to him. The tourist from Japan had stated I ran the light and then he left the Country. A couple of months went by and the rental car company filed paperwork to put a lien on my home. My Attorney said we would need to have additional representation in Florida as we were out of State...more expense. Luckily, my wife found a business card from a person who witnessed the collision and had told her the tourist ran the light. We supplied his information to the proper people and ultimately we were absolved of any expense. I would only suggest you make sure you really know what you think you know! Sometimes the actual incident becomes more complicated than the advertisement you read.
JALLEN4 10/06/21 06:49am Around the Campfire
RE: New vehicle - MSRP?

I am a retired new car dealer. I have sold tens of thousands of cars and trucks. You can do it one of two ways. You can spend hours and hours on-line researching prices, hours in showrooms haggling, and listening to hundreds of amateurs all of whom bought the car or truck much cheaper than you ever will. Or, you can go to Costco and get their list of participating dealers of the make you wish to purchase after you have looked at a variety of them. They will give you a reasonable price that will not be the cheapest in history but will be very competitive. It very much depends on what your time is worth! Remember...many people will always tell you they got a much better price even if the dealer decides to give it to you!
JALLEN4 07/28/21 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck pricing

I was thinking that exact same thing seeing pictures of rows incomplete vehicles waiting for chips/etc. With the end of the model year approaching and knowing Tesla has over a million preorders for their fast coming Cybertruck (maybe not something us RVers would want but still digging into truck sales overall), it seems like the legacy manufacturers will feel the need to chop prices dramatically to move the backlog once they obtain parts to finish them. I kind of doubt finishing those trucks is only a matter of plugging in a part and shipping them. I would think the vehicle would still need final inspections back on the line and then need to be loaded and shipped. I wouldn't think those trucks would be at dealers until at least September when buyers would be expecting to see 2022s. With GM and Ford teetering, this might be the end of one of them. GM is "teetering"? Nobody knew that. First Quarter earnings crushed expectations, sales volume was up, and projected earnings for the year are up. I think expecting one of those two to fail and expecting the supposed million Tesla truck reservations to become real are certainly fools errands.
JALLEN4 07/24/21 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: rent a car

Wouldn't a perfect world be nice. There have been dozens of articles about the rental companies having no cars. The virus hit... they had no customers...they sold much of their inventory. Rental cars come back in need and they now can't buy new cars because of chip shortages. Many of them have gone so far as to buy used cars for their inventory and now used cars are too expensive to buy. Sometimes businesses just can't accomplish what they would like to make happen simply because it is beyond their ability and control to do so. But, the customer is always right and always perfect...LOL!
JALLEN4 06/22/21 06:32am Around the Campfire
RE: What constitutes a "new" tire?

I'll tell you what doesn't make sense...this ridiculous misinformation that keeps getting spread about tire age on forums. If I still owned a tire store instead of being retired I would love it! At the current rate of travel, people on here will be advocating yearly tire replacements sometime in the near future! The 5-6 year window is a myth to begin with. No less than Michelin, probably the worlds most trusted tire company, says 5-6 years is when tires should have a yearly INSPECTION. They state tires can last ten years but should be inspected for tread separation, bulges, etc annually after five years. The reason tires deteriorate is because of UV exposure and exposure to the elements while in use. Tires stored in a warehouse certainly are not aging at the same rate as tires traveling down the road. Tires stored on a vehicle parked in a garage are not aging at the same rate as those sitting uncovered in a wide open parking lot. Tires fail most often because they have been damaged while in use or because they are run at improper air pressures for their use. There is simply no reason to worry about a few months old new tire being installed as the aging process is no where equivalent to one in use. There are a ton of logistical reasons why tires are not immediate production line to mounting on a vehicle. By the same token there are a ton of reasons tire aging is not linear from the production line to the end of usability. People would be much better served to be concerned about tracking tire air pressures, weight load, and annual inspection instead of these amateur "the sky is falling predictions" you find on forums such as these.
JALLEN4 02/27/21 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
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