Who's listening to women?
Use Your Five Senses for Vehicle Maintenance
GRAND BLANC, MICH. —
Mothers teach their children that the five senses – hearing, sight,
smell, taste and touch – are important for learning about the world
around them. These same senses can also help moms – and women in
general – with vehicle maintenance
According to the
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), women
now represent 65 percent of the customers who take their vehicles in
for service and repair. Women also influence more than 89 percent of
vehicle service purchase decisions, and oversee the spending of more
than $300 billion annually on used vehicles, maintenance, service
Because more women
than ever are not only buying their own cars, but taking care of
their families’ vehicles as well, what can women do to make more
informed choices regarding their vehicle service?
From GM, read more...
I know how many women out there
are interested in pickup trucks. I get a tremendous amount of e-mail from
women wanting advice on which truck they need. I'm going to try and track
what's new for you.
I know manufactures spend millions on focus groups about minivans, but what
about trucks? The earlier hydraulic clutches behind the diesel helped women
handle pickups easier. If you look at the "over the road rigs," you will see
a lot of women. I know women can handle trucks very well.
This month's stand out for making pickup trucks easier for all of us,
focus's on Ford. Ford came out with the "adjustable pedals" a couple of
years ago. The adjustable pedals are the brake pedal and accelerator pedal.
They both move about 3 inches. So now you can adjust the tilt of the
steering wheel, the seat and the floor pedals. The idea is to have the
controls come to you and get your best position as far away from the air bag
as possible. None of us are the same size. Shorter folks had a disadvantage
of being too close to the air bag. The adjustable pedals are an option on
the Ford Windstar, Taurus, 2002 Explorer, F150 Lariat and standard on Ford
Expedition and F150 Super Crew. Good job Ford!
I think the general consensus
is that women are taken advantage of at car dealerships. I use to think
that. What I see now is determined women armed with knowledge and
persistence getting the deals they want. Women in general will do more
research than men on autos, they read more, ask more questions and put up
with less baloney. I wish more women would stay in the auto business. They
usually do very well, saleswomen are more believable, less confrontational,
pay better attention to detail and do better follow up.
article "Pickups get women's touch,
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Truck terminology for loads and pulling.
2004 Ford F150 spring
loaded tailgate making lifting the tailgate easier and power windows in
the Super Cab doors.
Weight: the empty weight of a vehicle including all standard
equipment and a full tank of fuel. Does not include cargo, options or
Base Curb Weight plus
Cargo Weight plus Passenger Weight equals Gross Vehicle Weight.
Cargo Weight: includes all
weight added to the Base Curb Weight. When towing , trailer tongue
weight is included in Cargo Weight.
Payload: the combined maximum
allowable weight of cargo and passengers that the truck is designed to
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating minus the
Curb Weight equals Payload.
GVW: Gross Vehicle Weight - the
actual loaded weight of your vehicle, the Base Curb Weight plus
actual Cargo Weight plus passengers.
Gross Vehicle Weight plus Loaded
Trailer Weight equals Gross Combination Weight, GCW must not exceed
GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating - the maximum allowable weight of the fully-loaded vehicle with
axles (including passengers and cargo).
The GVW must never exceed the GVWR.
GAW: Gross Axle Weight- the
total weight placed on each axle, (front and rear.) The easiest way to
get this number is to drive just the front axle of the loaded truck with
the loaded trailer on a scales and then drive the all the loaded truck's
tires on the scale with the loaded trailer still connected but not on
the scale. Subtract the front axle weight from the total loaded truck
weight and you have the rear axle weight.
GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating-
the maximum weight to be carried by a single axle, (front or rear.)
The total load of each axle must never
exceed its GAWR.
GCW: Gross Combination Weight-
the weight of the loaded vehicle, (GVW) plus the weight of the fully
GCWR: Gross Combination Weight
Rating- the maximum allowable weight of the towing vehicle and the
loaded trailer, including all cargo and passengers.
The Gross Combination Weight must never
exceed the GCWR.
GTW: Gross Trailer Weight - the
actual total weight of the loaded trailer. Trailer-
Gross Vehicle Weight not to exceed the GVWR of the trailer.
TW: Tongue Weight - refers to
the amount of the trailer's weight that presses down on the trailer
hitch, whether a bed mount hitch, (mini- fifthwheel or ball) or a
receiver hitch attached at the rear of the truck.
Trailer and Receiver Hitches
Classes and Types. Mounted to the trucks frame.
|Class I-Light Duty:
2000#'s maximum trailer weight. 200# tongue weight,
300 #'s with weight distributing hitch.
Class II- Medium Duty:
3500#'s maximum trailer weight. 300# tongue weight,
500#'s with weight distributing hitch.
Class III- Heavy
Duty: 5000#'s maximum trailer weight. 7500#'s
trailer weight with a weight distributing hitch. 300 -
500# tongue weight. Up to 750# tongue weight with weight
IV-Extra-Heavy-Duty: 10,000 to 12,000#'s and above
maximum trailer weight depending on the manufacture.
1,000# tongue weight with a weight distributing hitch.
Class V receiver hitch can be over 12,000#'s.
Caution: Always read the label
on the hitch including factory equipped receivers. Some hitches are
rated their maximum capacity only if you use a Weight Distribution
Trailer brakes and cab controls are
needed on trailers weighing over 1500#'s. Surge brakes used commonly on
boats will not have a manual control in the cab, but rely on the
movement of the tow vehicle to activate the trailer brakes.
Here's another story
from ABC News.com about women and trucks,
If you know of a good idea
that a manufacture has come up with or should do about what women want in a
pickup, please email me.
Below is a
product with women in mind. I found it at the SEMA convention. And it makes
"Love your web site and the article about women
and trucks. I have an older vehicle, 1988 F-250 Diesel purchased in
Tampa, Florida in 1995 (feel comfortable with it as I'm an older model
myself...almost 70), along with a 1985 5th wheel RV. Miss Sadie is my
German Shepherd and only companion, but we travel all over the western
states now and still have a good time. I have been using Amsoil products
in my vehicle since the week after I bought it, and am very happy with the
results...wouldn't use anything else. I was introduced to owning a diesel
(and using Amsoil products), by a friend and Amsoil Dealer, Tom Gundecker
of Tampa. I can't thank him enough. I love my diesel and it's
performance. I bought the shop manuals after the truck purchase...and
do the maintenance and most of the repair work myself...love learning
about my truck. Thanks for a great web site...will ad it to my
Finally you can stop wrestling your saddles in
and out or your trailer and lifting them over your head.
Saddlematic will bring your saddles to you. See the whole story
and how they work.
Should you buy a used truck from a New Dealer or a used
There are several great used car lot's, ones
that have been in families for generations. And there are several that are
high pressure, and target you for one big sale. I've known used lots that
send buyers all over the country buying the last flood, hurricane, hail,
tornado damage vehicles at auctions and ship them home for the repaint and
rebuild. Ever wonder how used lots have the latest model year vehicles?
Manufactures also sell the lemons they can't fix at those auctions. Watch
out for the newer models with low miles thinking there is still factory
warranty left. They don't all have it. If you live in a small town, usually
the used lots can't be too bad and have to stand behind what they sell or
they get escorted out of town, either financially or otherwise.
I've known a lot of car salesman in my 10 years of being in the business.
They make more money working for the used lots. The problem with new lots
is, the big ones with the most inventory, have the most "new green pea
salespeople". Which naturally don't know much about trucks. What do you do?
I suggest you do your own homework. Go to the manufacture's web sites. Go to
my web site of course! New dealers have the manufacture behind them on new
and usually on the used inventory also. With the factory certified
mechanic's close by, it's easier to have the vehicle checked out and if the
vehicle you are looking at is the same brand they sell new, it can be traced
on the factory computer for recalls and repair history. AND you can find out
if there really is factory warranty left! Used lots of ill repute will watch
you drive away hoping to not see you again nor will they be your friends
when the truck brakes down. If the New Dealer is well established, they have
considerably more invested in their franchise than the used lot with a 2
year lease on their property. The better auctions that sell the factory
program cars from the manufactories lease returns and executive cars usually
sell these vehicles to the franchise dealers first at special monthly sales.
Guess who the auctions sell the lemons and wore out trade-ins to? We know
that there are good and bad dealers of both new and used. But since the
prices are comparable between the two, which one wants your future sales and
service business? And if you find unbelievable deals somewhere, what does
common sense say? Good hunting!
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Being a Farmer for Decades gave me a Natural Distrust
I Love Giving them Competition!
I've been working on this
project for some time. I finally hired myself fulltime in March. Tuff boss
but fair! There are so many truck and truck related issues and products on
the market, and of course the marketing of those products are intentionally
confusing. I'm on a mission to sort threw the best of it and give you my
Cars and trucks are the most
complicated consumer product you can buy! With dozens of computers, sensors,
crush zones, chemicals and miles of wire, the owners manual should be the
size of a shop manual, but they are not. Do you think the manufactures want
all you future service business too? I look for the suspicious, illogical,
hidden issues that are not generally explained to consumers.
But it's no different than the
pizza commercials on TV wanting to make you hungry. Products need sold and
you are told and sold just enough information to buy, but not always know
why. I appreciate the experience I've gained from the selling side of
trucks. My decade plus on the other side of the desk, gives me an unusual
view of what you as the consumer can't see.
When I left dealership sales
and went to auto broker sales for AAA Auto Club, I discovered more of the
wild tales that were drilled into me by training from auto manufactures.
Then when I transferred to fleet/internet sales and worked all my own deals,
(no more puppy dog shuffle to the tower and back to the customer,) more of
the nasty side of the auto business raised it's ugly head.
I'm still connected to the
auto world, which I need to be, to keep an eye on them. Over the years I
have seen too many folks not get their questions answered, get pushed into
the wrong truck and the wrong price. I learned early that repeat customers
would make us both happy. So doing my best for the customer to sell them the
right truck and the right price was my career. And now with the Internet, my
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Just found your web site and I love it. I'm a military man
and move around A LOT. I have a wife and a 6 year old son. we are first time
buyers for a pickup truck and i am, like everybody else, are sick of the
sticker shock. I want a truck that is safe, will last a long time and have
enough room for the three of us. right now I am looking at the dodge 2500
quad cab diesel with a 6speed tranny. I'd rather have a crew cab but dodge
doesn't make them. the Ford/Chevy crew cab are great but I like that Cummins
engine. everything I have read about the Cummins/6speed set up is very
positive. good gas mileage, plenty of power and will last a very long time.
I don't tow much and what I do tow is very light so that is not the issue.
the little woman will be driving the truck so she has to be happy as well,
any feed back would great, thanks for the time.
Ray G. Newburgh, NY USA
I am so glad I've found your site! I'm looking at buying a
truck hopefully next year, so that I can take myself and my horses to shows.
I'm trying to get some information and do some homework to help me make a
better and more informed decision. Thank you!!
El Paso, TX USA
I stumbled across your website on accident and ended up reading every
word. Great website...keep the information coming!
Jason, WI USA
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