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Auto Correct: New Cars in Pandemic

Our guest: Ivan Drury from Edmunds.com


Discussed: 2020 and 2021 vehicle manufacturing and car sales, end of year car buying, Honda 2022 Civic


Calls and emails:

  • buying a 2019 new car
  • buying fleet vehicles
  • GMC transmissions
  • new SUV without 3rd row
  • new fun to drive
  • wants little truck
  • thanks
  • audi trouble
  • communer car suggetions


Here are the recalls for the week:

 Nearly 51,000 2017-19 Chevrolet Bolt EVs Recalled for Fire Risk – Until the cars have been repaired, NHTSA advises parking them outside and away from homes to avoid the potential spread of a fire. Owners looking to keep track of the investigation’s progress can visit Chevrolet’s dedicated site, call 833-382-4389

You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: nhtsa.gov/recalls and inputting your VIN number. Or find their SaferCar app.


Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Mini Coopers. Used car shoppers should basically write off Mini Coopers from the past decade. Consumers Reports named every model between 2007 and 2011 (plus 2015) as way below average in reliability. You can take your pick when it comes to this car’s problems. The laundry list of recalls from the era includes turbocharger failure (2010), slipping clutch (2006 through 2013), exhaust rattle (2011-13), and a defective tailgate (2012). Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/

https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.        

If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI in Indianapolis, he’s also on You Tube: AutoCasey. His review this week is on the Chevy Blazer RS, Toyota Camry TRD  https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams



What’s in the news:  Mississippi now has highway signs pointing to the site of a 1977 plane crash that killed some members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The state Department of Transportation unveiled exit signs not far from the crash site in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi from Interstate 55 near McComb and state Highway 568. They help visitors find a remote monument commemorating the crash. The monument was dedicated in 2019, but people have had trouble finding the site. Of the 26 people on the plane, 20 survived. Those killed included singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines. Lynyrd Skynrd is famous for the songs “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

https://apnews.com/article/alabama-transportation-mississippi-e98ba0cd861dfd10e377936747798cd9




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