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Megan and Keith beginning their journey together

<strong>Megan and Keith beginning their journey together</strong>
Photo Courtesy of Richard Perry FamilyMegan and Keith. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy We just got the news from Massachusetts that our beautiful daughter Megan is engaged to Keith Collings, a wonderful young man who is well liked in our large expanding family. If you’re getting married, it doesn’t mean you need to run out and get a new car. I’m sure Megan’s Mini Cooper is just fine for now. But I’ve had young couples walk into the dealership where the wife is eight months pregnant and they’re in a panic because they just realized that the husband’s two-door Civic coup isn’t (more…)
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Vehicle modifications exist for older drivers and those with special needs

File PhotoRichard Perry ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Not long ago, a friend from my church came to visit me with a difficult situation. She bought an expensive van, before she knew me (of course), that was not adaptable for her special-needs son’s wheelchair. Recently, we had a couple trade in a truck, and we noticed the passenger side had pillows situated to bring the person higher and an upside-down metal pot used as a stool to help climb in. Many times, people buy a vehicle only to find out later it just doesn’t meet their individual needs. They wind up selling (more…)
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Getting your car stolen can be a real drag

<strong>Getting your car stolen can be a real drag</strong>
File PhotoRichard Perry ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! No matter what you drive, having your car stolen is bound to ruin your day. And even though some vehicles may not top the “most-commonly-stolen” list, they get stolen anyway. Thieves frequently pick older-model Accords, Civics, Camrys, and F-150 pickups. However, today’s drivers can learn from the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s recommended “layered approach” on how to protect your vehicle. The layered approach consists of four components: common sense, a warning device, an immobilizing device, and a tracking device. Common sense is pretty straightforward: park in a well-lit area, close your windows, lock your (more…)
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Maintaining correct tire pressure helps keep you safe

<strong>Maintaining correct tire pressure helps keep you safe</strong>
File photoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Many drivers understand it’s important to monitor the pressure in their tires. Improperly inflated tires hurt fuel economy and cause irregular or rapid tire wear in addition to posing safety problems. It’s best to check your tire pressure once a month and certainly before any long trip. But who among us really marks the monthly calendar with a reminder to check our tire pressure? I’ll plead guilty that I don’t. However, I do check mine each time I wash my car. The most common question people have is, “How much air should I (more…)
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Erratic, dangerous driving is alive and well in Hemet

The first step to get control of road rage is to check our own driving File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Driving along Florida Avenue, every so often I experience drivers who drive so aggressively that they are a clear danger to themselves and others. I don’t know if they are on their way to a fire or just having a bad day. Wikipedia defines “road rage” as aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle. Such behavior might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making (more…)
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The warranty is a key factor when evaluating a used-car dealership

If the dealer doesn’t have confidence in his product, why should you? File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Everybody wants a good and cheap used car. The problem is, by the time a car has been on the road long enough to be “cheap,” there are too many things that may be wrong with it. That’s why many good dealers do a complete safety check and reconditioning of the cars they take in. At our dealership, we certify our vehicles and typically carry an inventory of later-model used cars. When you’re shopping for a used car, look over a dealer’s (more…)
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The challenge in finding a used car is finding a good dealership

As with every occupation, there are both good and bad used car dealers File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, A couple times in my life, I’ve had the opportunity to fly first class. I discovered that people in first class always ask what I do for a living. Of course I say, “I’m a used car salesman.” Invariably they reply: “Funny, you don’t look like a used car salesman!” I think to myself, “What does a used car salesman look like?” Then I hear about their bad experiences. Let’s face it, TV evangelists, lawyers, and used car salesmen have been (more…)
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Getting a Carfax report can protect you from being scammed

A couple bought a car from a ‘curbstoner’ and wound up with a salvage title File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! A couple wanted to trade in their 2008 Honda Accord that they had recently bought. They still owed money on it but thought they were OK, because it had low mileage, yet believed they might not have any equity yet. Unfortunately, they were correct. They believed they had bought the car from a private party who had placed it for sale on the street corner. As it turned out, they bought it from a “curbstoner. “ An unlicensed car (more…)
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Let your car save you money at tax time

There are numerous ways you can deduct auto expenses File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy When we think about cars, we usually think only about its costs. But at tax time, the dollars you spend on your car can actually end up saving you money. According to the IRS, there are five major areas that qualify for deductions if you use your car for business, and you can lower your taxes by deducting expenses from your taxable income. The only catch is you must itemize deductions, not use the short forms. Following are the main areas to consider for tax deductions: 1. If you use your (more…)
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Your vehicle has a recall… now what?

<strong>Your vehicle has a recall… now what?</strong>
Metro ServiceRecalls can affect any vehicle. Follow the instructions on the recall notice and have the problem addressed promptly. ■ Metro service Vehicles are expensive. When motorists drive their vehicles away from a dealership, they hope to travel many miles before they need to come back for maintenance. But manufacturers sometimes issue recalls that can affect drivers of both new and old vehicles. Recalls are safety precautions taken should a portion of a vehicle or the entire car or truck not operate in the manner it was intended. In many instances, auto manufacturers will directly contact customers who are affected by a recall via a letter, email or both. Individuals also (more…)