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Haggling at the Car Dealer: Why Does it Have to Be that Way?

Posted on · Since we discussed whether Texas could change the dealership model of how it allows cars to be sold in Texas, we decided to talk about what some see as the most onerous part of that model: the back-and-forth negotiations between the customer and the car salesman. Why is it we buy and sell cars this way, […]

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Will Texas Ever Allow Car Makers Like Tesla Sell Directly to the Consumer?

Posted on · Elon Musk’s auto company Tesla Motors sells electric cars directly to the public through self-owned stores, not dealers. It’s a shift in approach for the auto industry, which has operated for a century with dealerships serving as the middle man between automakers and consumers. But Tesla can’t open stores in Texas, or four other U.S. […]

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What’s the Best Car for Houston Driving? Discussing Houston Car Sales

Posted on · In the coming months, the auto industry will roll out its 2015 model year. We talk with Jessica Caldwell, Senior Analyst for Edmunds.com, and RoShelle Salinas, Public Relations Director for the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, about new cars and models from the major auto manufacturers in the U.S. and imports from abroad. We discuss what impact, if any, the high number of […]