Midget For Sale - Yes, its an art car

This King Midget Model II, Micro art car is for sale now on ebay down in Long Beach, California with a only 1,600 miles. I guess with tiny little wheels you cant get far. I think this might be the upgrade you were looking for to replace your kids battery powered plastic toy car, that makes that very annoying crunchy sound of hard plastic wheels on pavement. Your in-laws or your parents decided to get this for your kid and your life has been a living hell ever since. Unfortunately batteries were included this time, Christmas is just around the corner.


This article by Steven Calabresi got me thinking today. It's an examination of Obama's past comments on his criteria for selecting judges.

I don't think it's too off base, really...nothing atypical for a right-leaning publication. Especially when viewed in light of the very real possibility that Congress could be more than two-thirds Democrat come January, as well. Obama's comments do reflect a troubling bent, one that flies the face of the entire concept of the judicial check and of democratic reason.

However, Calabresi is a bit inflated and hysterical in his analysis of some equally typical Democratic rhetoric, for several reasons.

First, again, this is pretty standard Democratic rhetoric. Stuff that people, who've endured eight years of Bush and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Enron, Guantanamo Bay, The Patriot Act, etc. want to hear. It differentiates, it takes a stand...and a lot of people have been saying things like it ever since Bush and Cheney came into office on a platform of deregulation and unilateralism. The little guy has gotten the shaft for the last eight years, and the guy running against Bush's legacy is going to exploit that.

But the fact is Obama, and his fellow Democrats - any politicians - are still beholden to lobbyists and corporate donors, as well as their constituents. Obama certainly isn't going return Welfare - not less than 15 years after Clinton practically abolished it. The country has undeniably moved to the moved rightward - right center is the new center. Much as a real move around Roe v Wade would galvinaze the pro-choice crowd, if Obama tries to make real steps toward renewing Welfare and the independents who put him in office would send him packing in 2012.

And really, when in history hasn't a presidential candidate caused consternation about his potential judicial picks? It's inherent in the two party system, especially in times of crisis - the consequences seem that much more dire. In the 1930s, Republicans thought the world was ending when Roosevelt was elected. We certainly persevered throughout that time. The expansion of American power and foreign policy weight had a much greater effect on our world fortunes.

Indeed, we all recall how much debate went on over Bush's potential picks during the 2000 election. Yet, the damage his presidency caused did not come from that constitutional power at all. Instead, it came from powers he gave himself not imagined by the constitution at all: further eroding Congress' war-declaration powers, as well as legalizing torture and domestic wiretapping.

That is why I am willing to look past Barack Obama's disconcerting criteria for picking judges. It's just talk, and presidents always select judges based on their how their records meshes with their own ideology. The checks and balances in the system, and his accountability to the voters, will counterbalance his views and keep our judicial system impartial.

It is Obama's commitment to rebuilding our domestic agenda - education and healthcare first and foremost - while reigning in executive expansion of power and privilege - that I trust. We can no longer afford to literally print tons and tons of money to give to defense contractors waging war for their own benefit. Using our tax dollars for such a purpose should be grounds for prosecution of the Bush Administration under the RICO statutes. Our education system is a disgrace - on its way to certain destruction under No Child Left Behind, which is nothing more than a typical CEO's bullshit of charts and numbers, quantifying everything and qualifying nothing. Bush has not lifted a finger to begin reforming our heathcare system.

Obama will no more let his ideology guide his judicial nominations that Bush did, and the Framers anticipated that. What they did not anticipate was the level of corporate influence on the elected branches of government. It is my hope that Obama - if elected - and the other ins will take a different path and turn a greater ear to the people and our future.

Welcome Back, Christopher

Please take minute to welcome Mr. Hitchens back to the fold.

Christopher Hitchens pissed off millions of lefties, much to Matt Drudge's, William Kristol's, John Leo's, Tucker Carlson's, etc. etc. pointed delight, when he crossed over to Bush, and leaving The Nation, after the terrorist attacks to 9/11. The author of "God is not Great" was able to look past Bush's cynical piety and his puppet status on national policy - an empty vessel to be filled by advisers - for the sake of National Security. In fact, he used his book as an argument for it, even as Bush boasted the Lord was on our side.

Yet he is no longer able to look past such empty-headed posturing, even with the Republican pedigree on nation security. Even he is agast at Palin's boastful ignorance, her "I don't know, and I don't wanna know" illiteracy. And even more offended by McCain's (mis)calculated selection of her as VP in order to out-historic and out-Woman's-vote Obama's candidacy.

McCain couldn't run on the issues - by his own words he voted with Bush 90% of the time - so he and Palin had to rally the republican base. And what the world saw was a disgusting and ignorant display of xenophobia and race baiting. It was no coincidence that as soon as McCain went negative, his numbers started going down. The independents, such as Hitchens, were embarrassed by and hated what they saw.

I used to like McCain, I voted for him in the 2000 primary, as I can as an Illinois independent. Yet, now it is wholly apparent his character hasn't withstood the ultimate test. Put more realistically, I realize Obama is no saint. Yet his campaign has been able to deflect the negativity to proxies, to stand from the high ground the entire time, and present himself as dignified, open-minded and pluralist.

That's the leadership I want.

WTF of the Day

A minor working the checkout line at the grocery store isn't allowed the touch the unopened, sealed alcohol you are trying to buy (as if merely touching the bottle would corrupt their young, open minds...making her completely lose self-control and run down the liquor aisle, smashing open Miller Lite Bottles and ripping open boxes of Franzia) yet an 8-year old (EIGHT!) is allowed to fire a fully automatic Uzi at a gun show, with tragic results.

Not sure I understand the core-values that lead to that, but I know it's what you get when you replace judgment and moderation with knee-jerk fanaticism.

God Bless the U. S. Fucking A.

Photo Dump

Katy and I...apparently we've just put new batteries in the camera

A view of the city during my last sprint workout.

Apple Cider Century Weekend, Three Rivers MI

Katy and Henry in the row boat at Mark's Cottage

Baby in Sunlight with Warning Sticker

Mark, Jamie, and Stocky...w/ accommodations

Mark's backyard, lucky bastard.

One of my earlier attempts in the day at a backwards shot. Note the jackass who still makes the picture interesting. I have no idea who this person is.

Ah, there we go.

The guys.

The gals.


Mark and some grapes. They smelled exactly like Kool-Ade. I don't recall California smelling like that. Is that why nobody buys Midwestern wine except Republicans?

Talking with his mouth full.

Team Kenda came along for the ride.

Confusion reigns.

100 miles later.

Birthday at Kit Kat and Azucar

My present from Katy...there's a bike in it!

Katy and Debi

Jeff and Me

Halfprice 'Tinis

Jeff, Me, Mark

Drag Queen.


Drunk and Happy

El Jefe.


Now I Understand...

...why people become Republicans.

I really do.

Saturday night, while mine and Katy's bikes were locked up outside of a friend's condo, her saddle and seat post were stolen, and my headlight was broken in the attempt as well. Even the headset on her bike was loose after they tried to take the handlebars and fork off, too.

Just the thought of some asshole with his hands on my property sent me into a frothing rage. Realizing he'd probably get less than five dollars for the seat post that I'd spend more than $50 replacing - including the saddle - induced a torrent of profanity to explode from my face as I threw the broken headlight down the alley, ricocheting off the wooden fence and splintering into pieces on the orange, streetlight-bathed pavement.

A group of people leaving for a party scooted past us, regarding me warily.

I'd barely lost $300 dollars worth of property and I was having fantasies about catching the motherfucker in the act. Angrily whipping my telescoping truncheon out, its malicious clacking sound - as it locked into place - would alert the thief to turn around just before it's hard black metal smashed into his jaw. His teeth would barely have time to hit the ground before I grabbed a handful of hair and dragged him out of view behind the dumpster where his pleas for mercy - bubbling through his own blood - wouldn't be heard by anyone else.

Even as I recognized the genuineness of my visceral reaction, I took a deep breath. Embarrassed, I realized I am of course better than that. Reaction is the dominating driver of people who don't or refuse to account for any of their own actions. I should've remembered the quick release on Katy's seat post and removed everything else that could've been stolen. Of course anything you leave out will get stolen. In fact, I needed to assume it would have and acted accordingly.

In other words...I should've acted proactively.

I'm not saying that Republicans are violent, of course. But I am saying the reactionary response that is typical of that line of thinking only gets us in more trouble. By simply cracking down on people stealing easily accessible property without addressing why the property is so easily acceptable or why they need to steal it to get a few dollars will never fix the problem. Shit will continue to get stolen and people will continue to react violently about it, police sanctioned or otherwise while nobody is any better off (except seat post makers and prison guards).

Along the Republican line of thinking, however, this is all fine, as long as we are not wasting time and money to remove the need to steal or blaming ourselves for why it got stolen.

This could really turn into a book, I suppose, so I will close with this: I can see why people identify with this ethos. Completely. I don't agree with it, yet I recognize the need for it as well. The essence or Republicanism is reaction - certainly an outlook that clarifies any situation and can be a way to reach a quick resolution - yet, unchecked and allowed to grow unabated, it becomes fascism. On the opposite end of the spectrum is pro-action, the essence of Democratic thought. It's dark-side is social-engineering, unchecked it becomes Communism. Both ironically find kinship in totalitarianism.

It is important to use both to play against each other, to counterbalance the system and keep it upright and strong. Truly great leaders recognize this principal and uphold it, at the expense of their own power and advancement.

"Nihilism? Fuck, Dude. Say what you want about tenets of National Socialism, but at least it's an ethos."
--- Walter Sobchek

Credit Crunch; How To Get A Car Loan?

National Credit Crunch upon us, can I get a Car Loan? This is the question among Car Dealers and customers across the country!

Is this a real crisis? Is this cause for concern? Yes, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We need to take a look at what caused the problem and why it is so important to get out the right way.

The houseing and Mortgage crisis has gained media attention because of the election, but what about the car loan crisis? I believe the Auto Industry and its problems are closely related to the Home Mortgage Crisis. I use the word Crisis because this is the word used in the media.

The Auto Lenders are having the same problems as other banks. They have limited reserves to loan money to buy a car, so are now being very selective on who they give a loan. In the past, it has been very easy for someone to walk into a dealership and drive away 30 minutes later with a $40,000 car. Before the "Crisis", you could have a 620 Equifax or Transunion, and you were pretty much ready to go!

Now, lenders are actually looking at length of Employment, Residence, Previous Address, Employment, Income, Stability, Past Loans, and most importantly; Proof Of These items! This may not be a bad idea because bad loans cost all of us money.

Things to remember and consider when going to buy a car.
1. Take proof of your employment like a check stub to show how much you make.
2. Take an Electric bill and phone bill to show proof of residence.
3. Make sure you have some references in case you need them.
4. Most important--Pay some Money Down--even if a small amount! Banks want some type of initial investment from the customer because these loans are less likely to go bad historically.

5. If you have a job that you get paid cash--see if the dealer can use bank statements showing regular weekly or bi-weekly deposits.

6. Remember there is an Auto Loan For Any Credit

7. If you are a New Car Buyer, now is the time to make sure you are getting the best price possible. Get A Quote. Quick. from dealers that are motivated to sell. Click on all dealers to create competition!

Thursday Hate - Planet Earth

Our universe is so big that light from one end has not yet reached the other.

When the Hubble telescope peers deep into space, it is literally looking back in time billions of years so far away are the galaxies and nebulae it is aimed at.

So broad and massive are the matter and mysteries spread about over space and time, so isolated are we in our little corner of the galaxy, that we will never begin to unlock even a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of what it all means. That our unlikely progression through evolution to conscious questioning of those very mysteries that will go unsolved, as we die out alone and unknown in our provincial little corner - either by choking to death on our own pollution or by nuclear annihilation - the equivalent of a 3-year old burning the house down playing with matches - is of sickening irony.

You know what makes it worse?


M. C. Escher Art Car - Good Childhood Memories:)

When I was a kid my dad got me an M.C. Escher book and took me to see Woody Allen movies and haven't been the same since. I used to spend hours staring a those amazing mind bending images, so in memory to the good childhood memories, here is the M.C Escher Art Car.

Painted Mini Art Car by Alan Aldridge

Mini Cooper painted by the artist Alan Aldridge, a graphic designer known for his work in the 1960s on album covers and posters. (Design Museum)

By coincidence, another painted car went on display on Oct. 10 at the Design Museum in London, as part of an exhibition called “The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes,” devoted to the work of Alan Aldridge, an artist and graphic designer known for his work in the 1960s on album covers and posters for the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who and other groups.

Mr. Aldridge has painted a new Mini. It is divided down the middle with male images on one side and female images on the other. It is the driver’s side that is the blue male side and the passenger side is the pink-themed female side.

The new Mini recapitulates an earlier project by Mr. Aldridge, carried out in 1965. Mr. Aldridge painted an original Mini for The Sunday Times Magazine in London to illustrate a story called Automania, contrasting the auto lifestyles of a boy racer and a suburban housewife. The Design Museum show continues through Jan. 25.

Article via wheels blog NYTimes

Donut Art Car a Bit Tricky to Eat - SF Soapbox Races

This video was sent in by my father-in-law which I might add is a great cook. Erik Glass and Richard Kirby recently participated in the Red Bull Soap Box Derby in San Francisco with their bright pink donut race art car with sprinkles and a spoiler on top. Its your typical keystone cops scene, robber steals donut from cops, cops tripping over themselves, robber takes off down the hill, cops chase in hot pursuit. Very Funny.

Ode to a Ride in Milwaukee on a Sunday Afternoon in October

Their fiery colors warmed the day just born
And ashes just as bright as flames
Gave a way forlorn
New life, new light. A voice exclaims,
"The warmth is gone, but summer I don't mourn!"
The visions of those days still give me pain
A sweetish breath of agony
a mem'ry again
frozen there, tart and wry
To tease me out of thought and to remain.

7 things I missed at Burning Man - But Mutant Vehicles Rock!!!

In spite of being denied entry into this years Burning Man with my Mercedes Pens Art Car for not being "mutant" enough, I will post this video about mutant vehicles on the playa. These Mutant Vehicles are amazing and wonderful and a big thumbs up for all who make them possible. The time and dedication that goes into these creations is commendable. On the other hand being denied entry by the "DMV Hotties" probably was a blessing in disguise because I was able to:

1) Not have to go into debt to finance the trip and entry into Burning Man
2) Not have to look at naked people
3) Not have my bike stolen
4) Not have to use a portable toilet
5) Not have to deal with yahoos (of the obnoxious variety)
6) Not have to eat dust
7) Not have to spend a month cleaning my art car

Overall I stayed home, had fun, took lots of showers, got lots of rest, spend valuable time with my family and my car wasn't ruined by playa dust. If your like me and have had enough with "burn-a-man-ia" you might find this article called 10 Things I Hate About Burning Man a good read. I also found another event called Burning Toast Man, that might be the answer to the Burning Man dilemma.

Pedal Powered Buick Art Car gets puled over by cops

Artist Michel de Broin, is the creator of this pedal-powered 1986 Buick Regal art car, outfitted with 4 independent pedal and gear mechanisms. This was an art piece that was being exhibited at the Mercer Union Gallery (24 October - 8 December).The video was taken in downtown Toronto, Canada, when they decided to take to take out for a spin. All was going well until the cops pulled these guys over for dangerous pedaling. The funny part is that the cop wanted to look under the hood for some strange reason, unfortunately for them they could not produce an engine and the right paperwork. And in the end were stuck with an expensive towing bill

Two Very Funny Cardboard Art Car Videos

With the price of gas what it is I think cardboard art cars are the future. Very cheap to make, easy to paint, repairs are a snap with a bit of duct tape and you are off and running again. A bit tricky when it rains, but once you get to work, you just make another one for the commute back. Safety is an issue, basically you die even if you get hit with a bicycle. These two cardboard art car videos are funny, well done, and a great overview of life with one of these cardboard vehicles.

via Dark Roasted Blend

Cardboard Car video fun and artistic

Cardboard Car from England driven by four ladys, very very funny

Can't Sleep...

(Cloud Haiku)

Floating in darkness
Underneath that watchful eye
Metallic giants


Remember Shakey's Pizza?

Man, as a kid I used to love that place. I remember walking up - in the frigid, dark air, my breath a frozen cloud around my head and my parents telling me to slow down - to the huge wooden door with the wrought iron frame - old world style - and excitedly pulling it open and immediately being enveloped in warmth and a sensory explosion that almost made me stop in my tracks, unable to react to any of it because I wanted all of it.

Impossibly high ceilings supported by great rustic planks of deep, rich timber supports. The laughter, the cigarette smoke, deep pitchers filled to the rim with root beer - my favorite - being sloshed over the hightop tables from glass to glass. The sound of another round of PacMan or Moon Patrol starting up from the arcade by the restrooms.

And pizza everywhere.

Pizza back then was simpler. Wasn't it? Wolfgang Puck may have been avant-garde down in California back then, but in Alaska we're at least 15 years behind the times in food trends, 5 years for a new hairstyle, minimum. Back then, good pizza still smelled like an armpit. Loads of onions, canned mushrooms, and pepperoni sliced so thin when it cooked it got crispy and crinkly, like dried parchment. The edges of the crust bubbled up in mountains, volcanos with magma chambers of hot air beneath, watching to be released by an errant bite, and erupt and burn your upper lip.

Occasionally I'd grab a slice of hawaiian - the canned pineapple was the extent of exotic in 1979 Alaska, or a hand full of Mojos (batttered cottage fries) - but mostly I just wanted more cheese and the bubbly hot crust.

Giant gulps of that root beer in the pitcher to wash it down.

I'd burp the loudest, impressing all of my friends as those huge balloons, wider on top than on the bottom, floated and bounced around on their strings above us like fat, pink elephants. Then we play Tank Commander - with green-line graphics and the periscope view finder that got all sweaty and chafed a ring around your face after a solid hour of playing.

When my parents finally told me I had to leave, they got no real objection from me, for by that time I'd eaten so much pizza and drank so much root beer I was feeling kinda sick to my stomach. But of course, I did have room for an ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins next door.

Back out though the wooden and iron door I went, and the cold, frigid air slammed down on top of my senses like a heavy, steel gate.

Clean Russian in a Bathtub Art Car

I was minding my own business surfing the internet when I run into this busy Russian taking a bath on the way to work. Unfortunate he was late to work that day because the cop had zero sense of humor. Here is what I think the dialogue went like:

via Jalopnik

Cop: May I see you license and registration please.

Driver: Sorry I left in my pants, hanging up at home.

Cop: Do you know how fast you were going?

Driver: about 7 m.p.h.

Cop: I had you doing 9m.p.h. in a 5m.p.h. bath zone.

Driver: I am sorry, my speedometer had soap on it.

Cop: And another thing, I saw you weaving a bit, have you had any thing to drink this morning?

Driver: I was scrubbing my back and dropped the soap in the tub.

Cop: OK I am going to let you off with a warning this time, make sure you scrub before you get on the road and keep both hands on the 10 and 2 position at all times.

Driver: Thank you, it wont happen again.

And others like him

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2005 Houston Art Car Parade

Thursday Hate - Early Edition

But first, a hump day link:

I find new things on repeat viewings of this more than on my Spinal Tap DVD.


I had to turn off the debate after less than an hour in. I couldn't take McCain's soulless, constantly blinking face and his condescending, "I'm not attacking you while I attack you" attacks, or Obama's soft-pedaling, punch-pulling, yawn-inducing answers.

Just once, I wanted to hear Obama throw all that shit back McCain's face with, "5 words, John...'Joe Vogler. Alaskan Independence Party.' If you want to continue casting these aspersions and guilt by association, please explain your running mate's judgment in marrying a guy who was a card carrying member - until 2007! - of a secessionist group founded by a guy who was murdered in an illegal plastic explosives deal gone bad in 1993."

Or, "John, what about your support of the Contras in the 80s - with personal donations?"

And then to McCain's inane posturing about never having been south of the border during their NAFTA-renegotiation argument: "Really, John? What does that have to do with anything? If it did, why did you choose a running-mate who just got her passport in 2007?"

I had to shut it off when I wasn't hearing anything new. Which included Barack Obama not standing up for himself.


I ate some jalapeno-flavored potato chips the other day, and got one stuck in my throat. Mucus membranes do not like the spicy.

Mercedes Money Art Car - The art of inflation

When you see the Europeans cover a car in money and especially this Mercedes Money Art Car, it probably means that the economy is tanking and inflation is now here. This art car is brought to you by the criminals on Wall Street and their buddies in the government, that wasn't too bitter and cynical was it:) Next up the Bentley covered in $100 bills.

by karenrobinfrey

Tuesday Cinquains

Light fights to break
Into thickening ink
Sadness grows like snow yet to fall

Dried husks once live
Hide the only way through
Home is behind me, death ahead
Out there

Friends gone
Alone and blind
The path out is all mine
One step at a time, through the black
Self trust

Faith, love
Lust and laughter
Melts the ice every time
And visions of a warm sunrise

The Ultimate Taxi Art Car- Totally Crazy Disco Ride

The Ultimate, Ultimate Taxi Art Car award goes to Jon Barnes from Aspen Colorado who transformed a "Plain Jane" checkered taxi cab in 1996 into a " Rock & Roll Concert, Roller Coaster/Movie Ride, Laser Light/Magic Show with a Photo Shoot and Store to boot" experience of a life time. (take a breath). The only way to do justice to this ride is to watch the video, so watch it all ready.

The Ultimate Taxi Art Car- Totally Crazy Disco Ride
The Ultimate Taxi Art Car- Totally Crazy Disco Ride
The Ultimate Taxi Art Car- Totally Crazy Disco Ride inside

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PezCar Art Car Project - How Sweet the Ride

The PezCar Art Car Project begun with a dedicated PezHead named Cliff Lee back in 1997, who was also featured in Harrod Blank's Art Cars book. He bought a 1977 Dodge Apsen for $500 with the words "Runs Good" on the windshield and thus begun his journey into pezmania. Today, Gary Plunkett has taken on the responsibility of restoring this art car, making sure many more will be able to enjoy it for years to come. This art car has also been used in many charity events so be sure to go to their web site and support this worthy cause.

The Famous PezCar Art Car

Pez Heads Unite

Porche 911 Funny Car Commercial Video

This is one of the funniest Car Commercials I have seen. I can almost see this actually happening. They say a Porche 911 will fly!!!

10 Steps Road To A Sale - Salesman Tips

This is a tip for my Car Salesman readers, but also to let customers know what goes on behind closed doors in the sales meetings. All Car Salesmen are taught "10 Steps The Road To A Sale" on their first day of learning at the car lot. You had better remember them too. There are different variations of the 10 steps, but most are very similar.

1. Meet and Greet
This is where the salesman meets the customer at the car and says "Welcome to XYZ Auto, my name is John, and yours? Are you here to see someone specific? The customer responds by saying no, I am hear to look at your small cars. etc. This is one of the most vital steps as you have always heard, You don't get a second chance to make a first impression!

2. Fact Finding
This is where you get some preliminary information for what the customer is looking for, if they are financing or paying cash, trade or no trade, etc. The one thing most salesman do not take into consideration at this point is what the customer is driving now. Why is this important? Because past purchases mimic future purchases. Also, you can ask questions about the car the customer is driving now without getting too confrontational about what they are looking for. For instance, "Mr Customer, you said you are trading your van, have your needs changed or do you still need the room you have in the van." Most customers will open up at this time and tell you their life history and why they do not need the extra room now.

3. Select a Vehicle
This is where you have narrowed down what the customer is looking for and is ready to select a vehicle. You have narrowed down to car, truck, SUV. You have narrowed down to what is important, fuel economy, roominess, safety, etc. Pick the vehicle you want to explore further. Read more about Selecting the Right Car.

4. Presentation and Demo
First and Foremost, you want to get this vehicle away from the other cars. You do not want to do a walk around with other cars to distract the customer. Pull the car to the side of the building, back of the building, off the lot, whatever works for you. When doing your presentation or walk around, always start at the sticker. This will give you a cheat sheet and will not look like you are hiding price. After you leave the sticker go under hood, to the rear of vehicle, to passenger side--have customer sit in passenger seat to go over inside features. You get behind the wheel and after going over features, start out the demo drive with You (The Salesman) driving. Predetermine a good location for you to swap up to let customer drive. Check out more Walk-Around Tips.

5. Trial Close
The trial close could be actually anywhere in the process, but is just a subtle question to find out if you are on the right vehicle. It could be something as subtle as "Can you see this vehicle parked in your garage or driveway?" Or could be as bold as, "If terms and figures are agreeable, will you buy this car today?" I sometimes skip the trial close because too many things can change. I always assume the customer is buying until they tell me they are not ready. This may not come up until we are closing the deal, but I have sold more cars by assuming all customers are ready to buy today or they would not be there.

6. Trade in Evaluation
This is where you write up the trade for the used car manager to appraise. This is a step that you can actually gain some ground on. Where do most fights start on your sales process, The TRADE! Have your customer tell you about the trade and even take a test drive in the trade in. Touch spots and scratches on the trade without saying a word. As you are driving the trade, notice everything the car does wrong and make notes. This will give you ammo and also will bring down expectations of how much the customer wanted for the trade.

7. Write Up
This is where you get all pertinent information from the car customer is buying, trading info, don't forget to get an email address. Your write up should be so complete that a sales manager should not have to ask you anything about the deal.

8. Negotiate and Close
This is the fun part of the process. This is where you come together on numbers. I just have one suggestion at this point. The less times you go back and fourth to your sales manager, the more money you will make! Check out some specific Closing Techniques For Car Salesmen designed to make you money.

9. Proper Turn to Business Office
This is where you introduce the customer to the finance manager. Tell the customer that the finance manager will go over extended warranty info., gap insurance, etc.

10. Delivery
This is where you make sure the car is clean, full of gas. Go over warranty info., owners manual, tour of dealership, service department. You go over the car to make sure the customer knows about all gadgets. Get more in depth information on the Delivery Process.

I will be going over some of these items in more detail so if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will elaborate. This is just a quick guide to the 10 steps-road to a sale. Realize, this may not be the order you learned them in and that is OK as long as you touch on them all.

Day In The Life Of a Car Salesman

How Do You Make An Art Car?

Today Art Car Central got a link from a blog called ILUSARTCAR which is dedicated to documenting the creation of an Art Car Van by a group of artists from beginning to end. If you have ever wanted to know what goes into making an art car, I think this blog could be a good place to start. I cant wait to feature this car on ACC when its done. Have Fun!!!!

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