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I am the Internet Sales Manager at Matthews-Hargreaves Chevrolet. I saw the article about this site in the Macomb Daily. I would like to be certified as a "female-friendly" dealership. What can I do to start the process? Thanks, Matt
What do you do when an independant Ford dealership returns your vehicle in worse shape than you gave it to them. When we spoke to the Service Manager, he offered absolutely nothing. Ford said that they couldn't do anything to help us, because the dealership was independant. What recourse does a consumer have? Thanks, Amy
I own a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. After my last oil change when I start the oil light stays on for a good five seconds then goes out. The only time this light comes on is at start up. Is this something I should take into the dealership to check?
I really like the new Hummer H3. I want to buy one, how should I approach the dealership to ensure I get what I want and get the best deal?
How do I get the lowest interest rate possible with purchasing my used car? Are there any lenders you may know of, besides going through the dealership's financing? My credit score is 680, and the salesman says he can give me 7.5 on a 4 year loan for a 2003 vehicle. Thank you!!!
I will be buying a car soon. I have been driving my current car for 8 years. I have a credit score of 775. How can I make sure the dealership does not send my application to 10 different banks. They will pull my credit and my score will be reduced greatly. I do not want that to happen. Thanks
Hiand thanks for your help in advance. We have a ford focus 2003 with 31,800 miles and we got it Dec 2003 brand new. Up until Oct, no problems. car jerks 3-t times a week lights do on on dashboard, we had it in for service many times over 3 months, first ring sensor broke than pistons wore out. service advisor is pissed car is having alot of problems. I ...

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