An all new “Storage Wars” debuts on April 12th on A&E, so we get to get the inside scoop with auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson!! The fun couple joined us at Crevier Classic Cars in Irvine, California where Randy interviewed them in a classic 1962 Chrysler Imperial!! We also were able to get the background on Laura’s experience in a punk rock band, and why it took Dan THREE YEARS to ask Laura out after they met!! Don’t forget….SUBSCRIBE ON YOU TUBE, iTunes, Facebook and Soundcloud to our video and audio podcasts….AND FOLLOW US on Twitter and Instagram!! Also…we’d love to hear what you think about our podcasts!! Write us a review….and rate us (on iTunes!)
Check out our brand new Talking About Cars interview with Dave Kindig of Velocity TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides”!! We caught up with Dave inside a ’55 Nomad wagon Dave and his crew spent a LOT of time on (Dave never says how much it cost the actual owner to make this car….but it’s wasn’t as much as the “Copper Candy”….and the GM “Carousel of Progress” truck!) Click below and get Dave’s stories of the first car that put him on the customizing map in his home state of Utah….his tips of beard and goatee care….and can he do better at our TAC trivia than Wayne Carini!
Last time we were lucky to get Wayne Carini on Talking About Cars, not only was he a great interview, but TAC 44 actually was honored with two ISVP awards from the International Automobile Media Competition …..but we were also nominated for a best audio podcast award by the Motor Press Guild in California!! Now with our new video format, and Wayne being at the inaugural “Classic Auto Show” in Los Angeles in January, we had to have him back! Check out our video podcast with Wayne as we sit INSIDE his “built from scratch” 2 seat roadster!! You can WATCH our video by clicking below OR you can always LISTEN to it on iTunes Podcasts!!
Check out our brand new TAC 87 with Mecum Auctions CEO Dave Magers! Dave went from the insurance industry, to the “used car business”! At least, that’s what he told his wife. Join us as Dave talks about his first car…and the car we are sitting in…an amazing Porsche 918 hybrid!! On a personal note, I look forward to the day we have a budget where we can actually take one of these cars on the road!! Or maybe….they don’t trust me with the keys….hmmmm! WATCH US on YouTube and Facebook, LISTEN TO US on iTunes and Soundcloud, Please SHARE, RETWEET, COMMENT, and if you go on iTunes, give us a review!!!
To pay tribute this year’s Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, we offer a “Throwback Thursday” interview with Richard Rawlings of “Fast and Loud” and “Gas Monkey Garage” fame, INSIDE the “Smokey and the Bandit” promo car that sold for $500,000 in 2016! Richard shared with us what his first car was before he managed to buy his second car….a Firebird Trans-Am. It’s a car that not only does he regret selling….but would buy it back if anyone out there knows where it is!
Click below to watch our interview with Richard! Also on our audio only TAC 85…bonus TBT interviews with Bo Duke himself, John Schneider, Golf’s Bubba Watson, Velocity’s Rick DeBruhl and Mr. Barrett-Jackson himself, Craig Jackson. Click above to listen on iTunes or Soundcloud!
a brand new TAC 86 comes up on February 6th!!!! Tell your friends and share and retweet us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!
We are starting off 2017 with a big bang! Car stylist and builder Chip Foose joined our Talking About Cars crew at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa, CA where we sat in a 427 Cobra and Talked about Cars!!
Watch our youtube interview (it’s also available on Facebook) and you can listen in your car on iTunes!! (click the “guests” tab or Listen on iTunes or Soundcloud tabs)….then SHARE and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!
Happy Holidays from Talking About Cars!! A brand new TAC 83 is online with two special guests!!
First, our new Talking About Cars VIDEO Podcast with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson!! We caught up with C.J. at the recent Mecum Auction in Anaheim, California! Check out the car we did the interview in…a BENTLEY!! WATCH IT by clicking below!
and our other guest, an iTunes podcast EXCLUSIVE……C.J. and the First Lady of Motorsports, LINDA VAUGHN!!
To hear both Linda, talking about her new book, her first car and her love of everything automotive, and CJ Wilson…click below on the link and listen! Perfect for when you are on the road and just want to give your eyes a rest and your imagination a workout!
Recently here on Talkingaboutcars.net, I detailed my adventure with my exploding Takata Air Bag recall which claimed “shards of metal” would be flying in my face if I continued to drive my “daily driver” 2011 Honda Insight. So, I parked the car for what turned out to be nearly 5 months before the replacement air bag arrived. Honda was great, and rented me a car through Enterprise Rentals that entire time!! I even got to know the “kids” at Enterprise at the El Camino center in Woodland Hills so much, I actually learned their names!
I always thought about how I would rank the rental cars if I had a chance, so, without further ado I bring you, drum roll please!
My…. Randy Kerdoon, Talking About Cars.net….Top 10 car rentals
10. 2016 Chrysler 300 M
a descriptive word no one ever wants to hear out of your rental car. Painful. …to your back. I normally love Chrysler 300’s….in fact I just recently swapped my 2003 Chrysler 300 M to my sister for her aging ’99 Grand Cherokee so I could send that to a charity for a write off. (Meaning I needed to thin my car “herd”). This particular rental 300M was a nice riding, smooth car with one glaring issue. The low back support wasn’t adjusting well enough to support my low back. It was either too much or two little….I call it the “Princess and the Pea” syndrome. Kept the car only a couple of days and swapped it out again….
9. 2016 Dodge Dart
I so wanted this car to be a great driving, spunky set of wheels. Frankly I love the flowing lines….and didn’t expect much from the power plant of a economy rental car. But some of the touches left me kinda cold. I’m a big fan of Miles per gallon (MPG). In every car I drive (‘cept the classics), I like to see what kind of gas mileage the car is getting. Good or bad. For some crazy reason, the Dart’s onboard display didn’t have that option. Sure it showed me my mileage for that very SECOND….but an overall mileage? No. Odd. I hoped I just missed it. Because if I didn’t….well, that just reeks of being cheap. Rental or not. Other than that…it ran well, kind of underpowered, but again, it was a rental Dart.
8. 2016. Chevy Camaro hardtop
I call this the “Claustrophobia mobile”. For some, this iconic car is a sporty way to travel. But the overall “chopped top” look, with not much window to stare through, while dynamic and great on first look….is a bit confining on the inside. Nothing like driving to work at 430 in the morning and thinking about what it would be like to drive a Rose Parade float down Colorado Blvd having to peer thru a small hole in the front and side of the vehicle. That was a bummer
7. 2016 Nissan Altima
A nice car with nice handling, nice comfort and….nice appearance. Nice. And Vanilla. But nice!
6. 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback
the first car I rented, and certainly a nice set of set of wheels. Great Handling…responsive steering…and I enjoyed it and kept it for almost a month when I thought to myself….”Geez am I going to have this car for 5 months? Wait a minute, why couldn’t I trade this in for another car?” And the rest is history
5. 2016 Nissan Maxima
Think upgraded Altima. This car felt like what the 300M was supposed to feel like. Comfortable, agile, solid and the closest thing to a luxury sports car on this list. It even had a dial for “sport” performance. Gotta like that.
4. 2015 Chevy Camaro Convertible
This had everything the Camaro hardtop had, great reactive steering, a good road vehicle around the turns, and the extra joy of, no hardtop, thus, more headroom, thus….no Claustrophobia. And if I even THOUGHT about that word….the convertible top would go down and wallah!! During the time I had the car, a raging heat wave hit Southern California, to the point where on my way to work at 430am…I put the top down. And it was comfortable. And I didn’t have to wear a coat. Nice!! Made me almost forget that the truck lid latch was broken and wouldn’t open. (Yes, Enterprise advised me of it before I rented the car, and I STILL wanted to rent it. I had Triple A…don’t need to stinkin’ access to a spare tire). Altho’ I kept wondering if I had a body back there and I just couldn’t smell it because it had been in there a long time.
3. 2016. Jeep Grand Cherokee
The final rental. One of my most favorite daily drivers ever was my ’94 Grand Cherokee….which was comfortable, great looking, had a nice stereo system and with the “Up Country” 4 wheel drive package could be driven practically anywhere. It’s only problem was the one time I accidentally knocked a coffee mug out of it’s center console holder and it hit the gear lever at 70 mph on the 57 Freeway on the way to an Angels game, and knocked it into reverse. It never had a reverse gear again. As for THIS rental Grand Cherokee it was pretty pedestrian but still nice to drive and just driving a Jeep adds to the amount of testosterone flowing thru your veins by default. Wish it had better gas mileage though.
2. 2016. Dodge Ram 1500 Truck
Step behind the wheel of this truck and you suddenly feel like Tim Allen’s character in the old TV show “Home Improvement”. Ho! Ho! Talk about Testosterone flowing through your veins! and with that ride height it’s easy to think….Wow….I’m on top of the world!! Extra Cab, 5.7 liter Hemi (like my old Dodge Magnum)….that engine rumble sounded great!! I was a little surprised by the truck having a “dial” gear selector instead of the column shift or floor shift, which kinda reminded me of a Prius, but, THIS IS ONE FINE MANLY RIDE!! If I wasn’t 4 months out of having a heart attack, I’d be lifting heavy objects and throwing them in the bed of the truck…just because I could.
And the number 1 ranked Enterprise Rental Car I drove thanks to the Takata Air Bag recall IS…..
1. 2015 Dodge Challenger
short of having a Hellcat, THIS is the car I want in my driveway! It looks great, I look great in it, and being of a certain age, I don’t have to worry about taking my kids to school and cheerleader practices anymore so I don’t need a 4 door car (aka Charger). This is great! Admittedly this was a 305hp, 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder engine, NOT a HEMI, and thus picked up nearly 30 mpg, but it still had some kick to it. Altho’ “punching it” on the freeway reminded me this is nice…but NOT a Hemi. Soon after I traded it in….I started looking at 392 Dodge Challenger R/T’s with a Shaker hood because a Hellcat seemed so….over the top. Let’s face it, do I really need a 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter monster in Challenger trim? Does anybody “NEED” a 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter monster in Challenger trim? Probably not, but….if you have the big enough pocketbook, it sure would have been fun to find out!
POSTSCRIPT : Altho’ Honda has since replaced my driver’s side Takata air bag, it has YET to replace the PASSENGER side airbag….now expected to happen for another 3-4 weeks. For now no one can set in my Insight’s passenger seat, making every trip with someone in the car feel like…
by Randy Kerdoon (Talking About Cars podcaster and website editor)
First, let me say…THANK YOU HONDA for making this entire story possible. (Don’t want to appear ungrateful or anything). Now, my story
Once upon a time I drove a 2007 Dodge Magnum R/T. Black on black, it was car the I was dreaming about for years. But as often happens, when my daughter joined a travelling cheerleading group, I knew driving her all over the Western U.S. in a 21 MPG car was going to hurt the wallet. So, I decided I needed a car that had mileage beginning…with a 4.
Being 2011, and loving “different” cars, I checked into the popular Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and new Chevy Volt. Rented them, drove them. Loved the Volt, but this was 2011, before Chevy lowered the price, realizing people weren’t going to buy a $60,000 car just because it was all electric. The Prius was everywhere (to me a negative). Didn’t see many Insights and liked the look, liked the spaceship like dash and the average mileage began with a “4”. One night, while my daughter was practicing her cheer moves, I zipped over to the nearby Honda dealer. Due to some fire in Japan, stock was low, and there was ONE Insight left on the lot. After about a week of phone calls and the usual haggling, I grabbed it. It was fun at first drive. Usually the mileage was 45+…..sometimes even 50 mpg! Then when my daughter started driving and went to college in San Diego, I handed her the keys. She would get 54 mpg!! (that’s my conservative driving girl!!)
Eventually I got the car back…and received a letter in the mail. RECALL…TAKATA AIR BAGS need replacement. (okay) METAL SHARDS CAN FLY INTO YOUR FACE IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT (geez) AIR BAGS WOULD BE AVAiLABLE THIS SUMMER. (wait, what?) This letter arrived in FEBRUARY. So what the hell am I supposed to do with a hybrid that can shred my face if some bozo drifts out of his lane for 3-4 MONTHS? I called Honda. I was told, don’t worry, we’ll rent a car for you….AND PAY FOR IT!! (Yay Honda!!) My free ride in the candy store was about to begin!
As of this writing, in about 4 months, i’ve rented no less than SEVEN cars. From a Ford Focus hatchback to a Dodge 1500 Hemi Truck….from a Dodge Challenger to a Chevy Camaro Convertible…the kids at Enterprise Rent-a-Car know me by my first name (and not because I’m an LA Sportscaster in my real job). An Enterprise executive once noted a twitter post I tweeted about Enterprise and the car menagerie i’m driving, wrote me back and offered to help me locate the cars I really wanted to drive next!
All this, while my Hybrid Honda sits outside the house forlornly covered in dust (I have to promise Honda I will not drive the car)…the batteries are dead, dead, totally dead, waiting for that replacement Takata Air Bag to arrive. I charged the car up a couple of times….revved the engine a bit, turned it off, and two days later the car was dead again. I called a couple of times….and I was told…”another 7-10 days”. That was 3 weeks ago, and strangely, I’m not ticked off!
I’m not alone here. There must be a million other stories out there of people waiting to get their Takata Air Bags replaced, and renting cars until that happens. I’m just having more fun than most!
Once the call comes in that it’s time to bring in my car for it’s replacement air bag and my car rental fun ends, i’ll post a review of the cars I drove, and the rankings I’ve given them. Oh, and likely the car i’ll be trading that Insight in for…..about the time gas shoots up to $8 a gallon and I beg to get my Insight back!!
NOW AN UPDATE!! Apparantly Takata is having some problems getting the replacement air bags made. Now Honda tells me my car will not have it’s replacement part until late August or early September!! That’s 6-7 months of my car sitting on the side of the road. Looks like my review of rental cars will be longer and later than expected. Stay tuned!!
At the risk of sounding like a really old episode of “Highway Patrol” or “Adam-12″…..BE ON THE LOOKOUT….for a red 1967 Chevelle SS formerly owned by Erica Enders-Stevens’ dad!!! In our new Talking About Cars #53, the two time NHRA Pro-Stock defending champion talks about looking for the car she and her dad used to work on but had to sell (this car pictured is NOT the actual car, but to simply illustrate in a general way what she’s looking for). She wants to find it…fix it…and give it back to her dad. How cool is that? Also in this week’s TAC 53, Erica hears what race legend Shirley Muldowney REALLY thinks of her, and we hear about her first car (or in her case, a truck) and looking at her bid for a 3rd straight PRO STOCK title!! ALSO, we hear from our pal Chris Jacobs from Velocity and that new show on TLC “Long Lost Family”….as we talk about “Bandit” Trans-Ams! Yep, Talking About Cars is back!!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS and listen here or on I-Tunes!!! (and please rate us and comment on I-Tunes as well!! Thanks!!!