Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

January 17, 2013

Where do I find a owner’s manual for my car?

1934 Dodge Truck Shop Manual CoverHelp, where can I get a replacement owners manual for my car?

When you buy a used car or if you lost the manual to your new car, there used to only a couple of solutions. You could go order one from the dealership and pay a bunch of money and wait weeks to get it or your could try to find a used one at a salvage yard or garage sale or the like.

Today that is not the case. If you want a replacement manual, you can still attack if old school style or you can move into more current times.

1) there are a few printers that produce most of the new car manuals and they have replacement manuals available as well.

http://www.techauthority.com is available online or by phone at (800) 890-4038
This is the website to order the printed versions of all Chrysler owners manuals

http://www.helminc.com/helm/welcome_select_oem.asp?Style=helm
Helm, Inc. offers paper manuals for Acura, Ford, all GM brands, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercury and Mitsubishi, Toyota and Scion — for a fee. 

2) Besides the printed versions, many manuals are available online. Here are several links that allow viewing, printing and even downloading manuals for free from online sources and in some cases they offer the ability to purchase some as well. It is amazing how many manuals there are access to in these links.

http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-find-your-car-owners-manual-online.html
http://www.manualsforcars.com/     Manuals that are not available online, like VW, can be found here in many cases.
http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/manual.html

You can purchase paper manuals for Audi and VW at the links above as the mfg. does not make them available online at all at the time of this writing.

And if a used owner’s manual is OK, or you’re after the manual for an obscure model, eBay, Amazon or other sources for used merchandise are always worth a shot.

I am always glad to help if you are looking for new or pre-owned car. Please give me a call at 503-708-7269.

Randy May
Fleet and Internet Sales Manager
503-708-7269

November 9, 2012

Obama Spin Doctor on Bail Out

Filed under: Automotive,Chrysler,Dodge,Fiat,Politics — rmay4 @ 1:01 am
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I am not saying the bail out was wrong. There was definitely some good to be realized but at least be honest and do not politicize it. Bush was going to do it as well. The handling is Chrysler’s bail out went much better than Government Motors!!!

Obama finding what’s good for GM not so good for taxpayers Keith Naughton and Mark Clothier Automotive News | November 8, 2012 – 12:20 pm EST

DETROIT (Bloomberg) — The General Motors bailout played an important role in the re-election of President Barack Obama, who stumped on the issue in Midwestern swing states.

Now comes the hard part: unloading the government’s stake, probably at a big loss.

GM received $51 billion from the U.S. Treasury in 2009. Taxpayers have recouped $24 billion and still own 32 percent of the company. The problem is that GM shares are trading at less than half the price the government said it needs to break even.

Selling the shares was politically precarious before the election because that would have locked in a loss — $14 billion at yesterday’s closing price. Now that the election is over, cutting the stake could be good for GM’s image and its stock.

The question is how and when. With GM suffering as much as $1.8 billion in losses in Europe this year and Chinese economic growth slowing while the U.S. accelerates gradually, prospects are dim for a doubled stock price.

“They can’t wait for the shares to turn a profit because they know it’s not going to happen,” Phillip Swagel, assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy under President George W. Bush, said in an interview. “They will wait a reasonable time period after the election, as people focus on the fiscal cliff and tax reform. Then they’ll start to sell off the shares.”

Obama is unlikely to sell all 500 million shares at one time, as Republican candidate Mitt Romney had suggested he might, Swagel said. That will reassure investors concerned that GM’s largest shareholder would batter the stock with a share dump.

Likely seller

“You have one shareholder who is a likely seller and owns a third of the stock,” said Matthew Stover, an auto analyst with Guggenheim Securities in Boston. “Investors see that and think, ‘Look out below!”‘

Rather, Treasury will probably engage in a measured sell-down over time, much like it has in exiting ownership in banks and insurer American International Group Inc., which received taxpayer rescues from the Troubled Asset Relief Program that also funded GM’s bailout.

GM’s $51 billion was part of the government’s $79.7 billion 2009 rescue of GM, Chrysler Group LLC and lender Ally Financial Inc.

“Treasury has done a very good job of disposing of shares of TARP banks and that provides a pretty good road map,” said Swagel, now a professor of economics at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. “Treasury has taken some losses on the TARP shares on individual banks. But they said the best thing for us to do is to sell these off and get the banks back into fully private hands.”

‘Own Timetable’

GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to speculate on the government’s plans.

“Nothing has changed from our perspective,” Cain said. “Treasury will act on its own timetable.”

Timothy Massad, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial stability, said in an e-mailed statement: “Going forward, as with all our investments, we’ll continue to balance exiting as soon practicable and maximizing value for taxpayers.”

GM has the liquidity it needs to buy back government shares after securing an $11 billion revolving credit line on Nov. 5, Brian Johnson, a Chicago-based analyst with Barclays Plc, wrote in a note that day. If Obama were to announce an AIG-style wind-down of the government stake in GM, it could help both sides, Johnson said.

‘Government Motors’

“Announcement of a sell-down plan, combined with a coordinated share-repurchase plan by GM could actually boost the stock,” Johnson wrote. “Announcement of such a plan would help the Treasury’s cause, as the stock could see a boost from investors appreciating the signal that the Treasury overhang is coming to an end.”

If GM were to buy back 40 percent of Treasury’s holdings for as much as $5.6 billion, that would add 12 percent to the value of the remaining shares, according to Johnson.

The “Government Motors” tag that dogged GM throughout the presidential campaign is depressing its share price and has hamstrung the company, said Jim Kee, president of South Texas Money Management in San Antonio, which bought 500,000 GM shares in February, expecting a 30 percent to 50 percent gain as the economy recovers.

“GM has still got the dead weight of government involvement limiting their flexibility,” Kee said.

Half step

Even chopping the government’s ownership stake in half might move the share price up, Stover said.

“If they get it to 15 percent or below, I think people will stop talking about it as much,” Stover said. “One of the reasons the stock price has come up recently is people are looking at it and saying, ‘Europe is bottoming and it looks like the U.S. Treasury is going to do something.”‘

Obama may want to wait to start selling until the Detroit auto show in January, when GM plans to display a redesigned version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, its top-selling model. That news could move shares in the direction of GM’s November 2010 initial public offering price of $33.

GM shares closed at $25.03 on Wednesday.

“Housing data points continue to improve and pickup demand is increasing,” said Peter Nesvold, an analyst with Jefferies & Co. “GM has brand new product in that category for the first time in five years and the appetite for shares is actually pretty strong.”

Strong Fort

Other than its European losses, the news on GM is mostly good. The new revolving line gives the automaker $43 billion in gross liquidity, strengthening what CEO Dan Akerson calls “our fortress balance sheet.”

GM’s third-quarter earnings last week beat estimates by 55 percent and automotive profit excluding Europe rose 4.3 percent to $2.63 billion, before interest and taxes, as it commanded higher prices for its models and expanded in emerging markets in Asia and South America.

“As we’ve said before, we believe the company’s made real progress, but we don’t think that the market has given the company as much credit as it might,” said the Treasury Department’s Massad.

Frank Brosens, a founder of Taconic Capital Advisors, agrees.

“This stock still trades like the old GM,” Brosens said Wednesday at the “Invest for Kids” conference in Chicago to benefit youth charities. “The stock can triple from here.”

Brosens said the government “would like nothing better” than to get out of GM stock. Taconic owns 9.03 million shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Brosens said he expects the government will sell its stake in the next six months to a year. GM may buy 200 million to 300 million shares from the government, he said.

Million jobs

To Obama, the most important outcome of the bailout is that GM and Chrysler are healthy and hiring. Without government assistance, “we would have lost a million jobs,” the president said in the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

The controversy of using taxpayer dollars to save individual companies is unlikely to ever go away, said Swagel, who helped start the auto bailout as part of the Bush administration. Eliminating government ownership of GM, though, will go a long way toward closing the book on that intervention, he said.

“The administration has spun the bailout into a success story, so they’re not going to suddenly admit, ‘oh, no, now we’ve lost money,”‘ said Swagel, who contends labor unions received preferential treatment in GM’s bankruptcy. “Everyone understands they’ve lost money, but, in their mind, they’ve saved all these jobs.”

President Obama, pictured driving a Chevy Volt during a June 2010 event in Detroit, is unlikely to tell the U.S. Treasury to sell all 500 million GM shares at one time, experts say.

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April 4, 2011

Chrysler and Fiat Producing Growth and New Models!

Filed under: Automotive,Chrysler,Dodge,Fiat,Jeep,New Models — rmay4 @ 10:09 pm

As a guy who works at a Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealer and lived through the Mercedes Chrysler fiasco, I was not excited about a Fiat version of that.  As I have watched the 2011 models come out and all the immediate improvements and the commitment to quality, even if it meant delaying the release of a new model and I do have to say that I am excited for the future. I saw the article below online today and re-posted it below.

It looks like we can expect some really cool stuff soon.

Randy May

503-708-7269

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Located in Hillsboro and servicing the Portland and Beaverton Oregon areas for new and used cars trucks and vans.

 

Fiat to launch two Dodge-based sedans in China, Russia
Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe | April 4, 2011 10:06 CET

TURIN — Fiat plans to launch a compact sedan in China and Russia based on the Dodge Caliber replacement that launches in North America next January.

The sedan will go into production in China in the second half of next year. Fiat has not yet announced timing for the Russia launch.

Fiat will also launch a mid-sized sedan in China and in Russia in late 2013 based on the replacement for the Dodge Avenger that will debut in the United States the same year.

Both sedans are based on a 40mm-widened version of Fiat’s new Compact architecture, which Fiat and Chrysler call Compact Wide. The Compact architecture debuted first on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta compact hatchback last year.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the sedans are the first clear example of the global reach of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, adding that the Compact Wide architecture will become “truly global” because it will also underpin future Jeep compact and mid-sized SUVs. He was speaking at Fiat’s annual shareholders meeting on March 30.

Fiat has not yet decided whether to sell the compact sedan in western Europe, where buyers prefer hatchbacks and station wagons over sedans.

The mid-sized sedan could possibly come to Europe badged as a Lancia. Later this year, Lancia will start sales of its first rebadged Chrysler models — the Thema large sedan, a rebadged Chrysler 300C, and the Grand Voyager minivan.

Fiat will open a new China plant in July 2012 in the Changsha Economic Zone in Hunan province with joint venture partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Guangzhou Auto has joint ventures with Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Fiat is also looking for sites and potential partners for a 300,000-capacity factory in Russia after a planned joint venture with Russia’s Sollers collapsed in February when Sollers instead teamed up with Ford Motor Co.

In Russia, in addition to the two sedans, Fiat also plans to build two Jeeps — the Compass/Patriot and the Liberty/Cherokee successors.

In China, Fiat will build the mid-sized sedan, as well the two Jeep models also planned for Russia.

At full capacity, envisaged for 2014, Fiat-Chrysler plan to build a million vehicles a year underpinned by the Compact and Compact Wide architectures for the Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Jeep brands.

SOURCE

November 27, 2009

The New Chrysler is on the Move!

Filed under: Chrysler — rmay4 @ 8:51 pm
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After months of quietly working behind closed doors to formulate a plan, the new Chrysler Company is on the move.  They have announced plans through 2014 that are bold and exciting.  They are addressing many of the concerns our customers have had and the driving public in general have had.  Chrysler is now on the move and in the right direction.  Right now it is all about attracting new customers.  Their latest offering is sure to do that.  See below:

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New Chrysler,Chrysler 2014 plan

Chrysler offers new deals for buyers
Chrysler Group LLC is offering discounted financing or cash rebates on most 2010 models through Jan. 4. Buyers of any Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge car vehicle can get interest-free loans of up to 60 months, or cash rebates of up to $3,000 for Chrysler, up to $4,000 for Jeep and up to $2,500 for Dodge cars, the Detroit Free Press reports. There are other choices in lieu of the cash-back or interest-free loans. For example, buyers of a Chrysler Town & Country van can have a DVD system for no extra cost. Dodge is offering all-wheel drive on the 2010 Charger for no charge.

For Questions on program rules, prices and availability, contact:

Randy May
503-214-5014
rmay@dicksautogroup.com

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