I was conversing with a friend about possible next cars. He recently became a dad (for the second time) and needs something big enough to fit a rear-facing car seat and a regular car seat. Naturally, I recommended an SUV for their practicality and versatility. He, on the other hand, wants a sports car. Since he likes his marriage, he will probably smarten up and abandon any thoughts of doing something for himself for the next 20 years or so.
It is that time of year again when I start doing lots of “first cars” for new drivers and lots of cars for children who are going back to school. I would like to quickly touch on some do’s and don’ts when shopping for a vehicle that will help your child get from the school that will take forever to pay off, back to your basement – that they will never move out of.
A lot has been said of recalls in the automotive business of late. This is not a new phenomenon. For those that live under a rock, here’s a quick re-cap: Takata is an airbag manufacturer that produces the majority of airbags used in cars today. Something like 60 million have been recalled because they were deemed unsafe. The Volkswagen Audi Group has had their diesel engine sales suspended completely because apparently they pollute more than the Donald’s hair and tanning products (sorry, too soon?). In both cases, the manufacturer is accused of knowing there were faulty parts in the components.