Roadside Service Differences

Last week I had done something I hadn’t done in over 10 years. I had left the headlights on in my car for over 6 hours. Of course when I discovered that fact the battery was dead.

I told my friend who I was to pick up what had occurred. They offered their AAA card and I declined as I told them I had a National Auto Club card. My friend had never heard of this other company, what did I expect my friend is Canadian.

I called National back and was told it would be within the hour to ‘jump’ my car battery and was given a reference number. It sounded good so I waited and waited for the hour to pass. It did and I called after over an hour of waiting. The tow truck finally showed up after almost an hour and a half.

I was a little irritated and asked if it would have been quicker if I had used AAA. The tow driver looked at me as if I was crazy and I felt like it after he shared some facts with me which I appreciated after I had heard them.

First he told me that AAA paid $21.25 for a service call and that National Automobile Club paid $18.25 for the same call. All others were the full price customers; accidents and people with cash and no card came first, of course I thought. That pretty much capped my thoughts and feelings. After all, the tow operator, was in business to make a profit not provide a community service for anyone. Had I forgotten that I lived in America, home of the free? Free is not what makes the world go around nor unfortunate experiences like my dead battery.

In the aftermath of this interesting unplanned conversation as the result of one forgotten habit, I learned a valuable lesson. When I go to renew my auto club card, my business goes to the company that ‘pays up’ for the best service for their members and at this time it is not my current company.

John (Car Gurus Sr)

Cars And Gas

A sea change is underway. The kind of vehicle we buy and drive will change in the next few years as larger budget sucking models are side-lined in favor of the roomy, more gas efficient designs that are coming to the scene. In regards to the type of vehicles we choose and drive will actually change our oil use, to some degree. The ‘fuel cell’ vehicle should truly move us ahead. Then the other oil using segments of our society will need to be rendered more efficient, also.

From what is already being reported, “… analysts are already warning of higher prices at the pump next spring.” So be forewarned, plan and prepare for this to be as much of a fact as the current discomfort with all the recent changes. After all change is the only constant.

John (CarGurus Sr)

Car Buying, The Reality

Whenever I speak with friends or acquaintances about car ownership, the investment angle rarely comes up. When it does come up it is usually after I share the fact that I’ve owned or leased more than 22 cars. I love cars, to say the least, and there isn’t a week that goes by without my youngest child asking me what my favorite car is. That’s a hard question to answer. I usually answer with a Toyota Echo for commuting, a VW Camper for weekend ‘get-a ways’ and a Porsche for driving pure enjoyment, though a Lamborghini Gallardo SE would be my ultimate.

Consider the fact that it’s figured that for most people, I’m the exception, will own or lease approximately 10 or so cars in their lifetime and thus will be quite an investment, which few people truly believe, yet is quite true for most in the U.S. at least. The price of an average new car being $15,000 -$20,000 times 10 at a minimum works out to be $150,000 to $200,000. In some areas that’s almost in the range of a home or a goodly portion of one for sure.

Which is all the more reason to do the necessary homework and research to achieve the best value for our automotive needs and car buying requirements. Having good tools when determining a car selection and its fair value is possible with our FREE ‘buying-carguide’. Try it and see if you aren’t better prepared and spend less. Let me know how it works for you.

John (CarGurus Sr)

Is 14 Billion Barrels In 38 Years A Lot?

I asked myself ‘Is 14 Billion Barrels In 38 Years Alot?’ last week the last time I posted on the Blog. At the time I was preparing the Press Release that has had 1,000 reads according to PR Web as of tonight. Pretty good for no interest. Haven’t received any responses, additional information or corrections to date. Perhaps the thinking process has begun, which is a great way to start in the solution of any problem, especially this one.


Well, perhaps when anyone does the math, Middle School level that is, not ‘Rocket Science’, then taking the figure published on the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company website stating “Since pipeline startup in 1977, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the operator of TAPS, has successfully transported over 14 billion barrels of oil.” becomes somewhat more real than the appearing size of the number they state, which obviously is correct since they posted this around mid-September of this year. Using only a little common sense and some basic critical thinking, one asks some basic fundamental questions to come up with what this means today.

First, how many gallons of oil per year is that? How many gallons of gasoline are in a barrel of oil? 44% of a barrel of oil becomes gasoline approximately, according to EIA.

Second, how many gallons of gasoline is that since 1977? Using the EIA relationships and figures that would be approximately 6.1 billion gallons of gasoline in 38 years. So that becomes 162 million gallons of gasoline per year.

Third, how much gasoline does my car take when I fill it up and how many tanks per month?

Hmmm… what other questions can this bring to the surface of this interesting and core issue in our national energy policy?

What do you think Mr. and Mrs. America? Let me know whatever your thoughts are. Let’s be part of the solution this time.

…to be continued.

John (CarGurus Sr)