AD #1542 – Honda Dumps Takata, Musk Appears On The Simpsons, Manheim Creates Mobile Auctions

January 26th, 2015 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 7:06

- Honda Dumps Takata for New Accord
- Automakers Agree to Remove Copper from Brakes
- Detroit Carmakers Shine at 24 Hours of Daytona
- New Study Says Millenials Like Driving
- Elon Musk Appears On ‘The Simpsons’
- Dealers Look To Cut Car Buying Time
- Manheim Creates Mobile Auctions

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31 Comments to “AD #1542 – Honda Dumps Takata, Musk Appears On The Simpsons, Manheim Creates Mobile Auctions”

  1. Bradley Says:

    Honda’s Takata move just may be good business. No sense having all your airbags come from the same basket.

    I know financial people would prefer to have one supplier, but the reality is having more than one supplier of a similar part is better.

  2. HtG Says:

    I’m guessing my stick shift subcompact would be part of that 14% that even Mannheim can’t unload.

    It’s mine, all mine.

    Is Mannheim responding to CarMax doing weekly dealer auctions from their own stores?
    btw, that fancy pants blizzard hasn’t shown up yet.

    Famous last words

  3. Dave Says:

    Maybe the time to buy a car is so long due to the fact the salesperson wants to sell you stuff you don’t want or need and that takes time

  4. Jon M. Says:

    One suggestion for speeding up the paperwork on a car deal would be to ditch the credit life, window etching, and every other grab bag option the finance dept. loves to up-sell (yeah, I’m laughing too even as I write this). For my part, I discuss that during negotiations just prior to agreeing to a deal. But you are right, John, in terms of the regulations that necessitate so much paperwork. The more regulation there is, the more the paperwork you have to sign. Remember when you closed on your house–even if it went smoothly!?!

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Dave, that is part of it. The last two new cars I bought, it took an hour or less to do everything, as far as the paperwork. I told them up front that I didn’t want to buy a service contract, expensive Scotchguard, etc., and they understood that I meant it.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 HtG, your Honda might sell well at an auction, as a collectable car.

  7. HtG Says:

    That was an interesting survey by Mtv. While Mtv (Viacom)certainly has a vested interest in getting more advertising from carcos, it’s hard to believe their figures are unreliable.

    I like this sentence from the press release, “Millennials want flexibility to create customized interiors that best represent them.” -Now, that I would never have thought about. So, superhero theme seat covers to match their underwear?

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    The other day I saw on Autotrader an old Camry with over 600k miles and they were asking a lot of money because it was a “rare” 600k mile sample in good condition, that is why the seller expected more money than the $200 it’s probably worth due to its rarity! some people got a lot of nerve, for sure.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I wonder if millennials would like interiors in colors other than grey and beige. I liked colorful car interiors when I was that age, and I still do. Unfortunately, the only cars that offer interior color choices are pricey, and they don’t offer much choice, maybe red if you are lucky.

    As recently as the ’90′s, you could get a blue interior in a Chrysler minivan, but no more.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 It’s well broken in.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    7 no longer appears there, either sold it to some sucker or pulled out due to not being able to sell it. Maybe in another 5 yrs and 200k miles I can get some dummy to pony up big bucks for my 500k mi. Vibrolla

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    9 it went from broken in to just plain broken.

  13. Duke Says:

    There is this thing . . . it’s called the aftermarket. Low and behold, you can purchase just about anything that you want from: custom seatcovers (like Katskin, Coverking and many others) which are really good idea even when brand new, as they preserve the OEM upholstery for when you want to sell/trade-in, dash trim kits, bezel replacements, all sorts of electronics, wheels . . . in fact, you name it and someone probably makes it.

    You can do all sorts of customization. I don’t blame the OEMs for narrowing their offerings. Far too many peeps only want to buy silver/gray appliances nowadays. And then are too lazy to do what they claim to want to have.

    When you’ve got (3) of our so-called trading partners (Japan, S.Korea, & Germany) that all want to highly protect their own markets but have complete access to ours . . . OEMs have got to make smart decisions as to profitability. The number of choices declined when the foreign OEMs were allowed (unreciprocated) access to our market.

  14. RumNCoke Says:

    Another successful campaign starts. Go Corvette Racing!!!

  15. Mike Says:

    Relative to Takata, Diamond Electric, Yazaki, Firestone and others: If we keep killing off our suppliers like this, there won’t be anyone left to make “parts”. At greatest issue are the margins the suppliers are “allowed” to make. You start off with 5% and then have to deduct from that the costs of recalls and rejections. The only way to survive is to cut the edges by “iffy cost reductions” or possibly even collusion. This lose-lose proposition is in no one’s best interest.

  16. cwolf Says:

    I don’t understand how it can be profitable to have auctions at a dealership. From my experience, 3-10 cars are sent to auction each week or so. And what are the smaller dealerships supposed to do when they may have only one or two? Combining several at one location is the only way that would make sense.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 I’d think it would work only for very large dealer operations, like Hendrick.

  18. HtG Says:

    BP gas in North Jersey, $1.86.

    #watchingTV #priorities

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 Are they having a blizzard sale on gas?

  20. HtG Says:

    actually, I saw people lined up at gas stations last night, mobbing grocery stores. NJ has cheap gas because of low state taxes.

    Streets are being shut, mass transit discontinued. The big stuff’s supposed to arrive later tonight. Smells like a fluff out to me.

    People are making a meal of it, though

  21. pedro fernandez Says:

    HtG Fl is very nice this time of the year, you need to do like Kit does, become a snowbird!

  22. Dan Clemons Says:

    Good show John!!

  23. pedro fernandez Says:

    Only thing I used to like about it was getting the day off, both at school and later in life, at work, otherwise, it sucks big time!

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 It was windy today, though.

  25. HtG Says:

    24 That’s hardly the best way to enjoy one’s Chef Boyardee and PBJ sandwiches, now is it? ;)


    seriously though, I’m not moving

  26. HtG Says:

    Here’s a link to Autoline at NADA talking to the Manheim boss about those mobile auctions.

  27. HtG Says:


    It’s interesting what John was talking about with Ford’s SMARTT program for sales, because a few weeks ago I got an email from Honda about their Online Service Scheduling. You can book a service slot online, but also have access to your car’s service records at your local dealer. Plus you can choose to receive reminders for upcoming maintenance.

    Personally, I like calling up my service writer who has taken care of the car for years, and doesn’t have any patience for my whining.

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 I keep getting reminders about service from Toyota dealers, when I’m not due for service. GM was good on that when I had my last new GM car. Whatever communication Onstar uses kept them informed of miles on the car, remaining oil life, and probably how much speeding I had done. I got email reminders of service due, based on official recommendations.

  29. kurt w Says:

    nice report as usual. meanwhile an air hybrid system you reported on seems to have bit the dust (pity – sounded promising):

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The air hybrid technology would seem to be most applicable for garbage trucks, or rural mail delivery vehicles, where stops are very frequent and you only need to store energy to go a few hundred feet.

  31. pedro fernandez Says:

    So Fl weather report: Sunny, windy, in the 50′s; a lot of women are wearing jackets, scarves and boots.