The Straight Shift with The Car Chick

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In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the affect of the current, global shortage of computer chips on the automotive industry. How much will this hurt new car production? How will it affect people who plan to buy new cars in 2021? Why is there a shortage of computer chips in the first place?!?
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the right (and wrong) way to buy a car long distance, including how to buy a new or used car from a dealer out of state as well as how to buy a car from a private party. She also covers how to identify scams and fake car ads on Facebook Marketplace and whether to use an escrow service to facilitate the transaction.
In Part 2 of this two part episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to find a good, trustworthy mechanic and shop to service and repair your vehicle. She talks about the benefits of using an ASE certified or manufacturer certified mechanic as well as the pros and cons of taking your car to a dealership versus an independent shop.
In this 2 part episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to find a good, trustworthy mechanic. Part 1 talks about what is wrong with the retail automotive service industry that makes finding a good mechanics so darned difficult in the first place.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks holiday car shopping deals, incentives and strategies - 2020 style! Is the end of the year still a good time to buy a new car? How has the global COVID-19 pandemic affected the new car market and the traditional end-of-year deals? How should your car buying strategy change for 2020? The Car Chick will tell you what to realistically expect and how to still get a great deal on a new car (while staying safe) this 2020 holiday season.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks with special guest, Jordan Huibers of Stacauto, about a new way to test drive cars without the hassle and pressure of a pushy sales person. Stacauto is a cool, new technology platform that allows car shoppers to schedule a contactless test drive of new and used vehicles! Learn more about Stacauto at www.Stacauto.com (This podcast is NOT sponsored in any way by Stacauto or any car dealership. I just think it's cool!)
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks with special guest, Lindsey Easterling of Easterling Family Law, about the most common problems people encounter during and after a divorce. Who gets the cars in a divorce? What if you can't afford the car payments? How do you preserve your credit? How do you get the car retitled in your name? What should you do about insurance? Tune in to learn how to protect yourself and your car during a divorce. Learn more about Lindsey at www.EasterlingFamilyLaw.com
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to save money when ordering a car. Most dealers say you have to pay full sticker price if you order a car - not true! The Car Chick gives away her secrets on how to negotiate the price, even if you custom order a car, so you can still get a great deal.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to name your car, and WHY you even should. She shares the long history of naming vehicles, as well as her personal reasons for why everyone should name their car. She also shares her personal methodology for deciding on the perfect name for your car that she has used to name her cars, like Maggie!
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about 7 new vehicles (all SUVs) making their debut for the 2021 model year, including the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the 2021 Toyota Venza, the 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Genesis GV80, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick discusses 5 of her biggest car shopping pet peeves that will cost you valuable time and money. If these things annoy HER, you know they will drive you crazy. Worse, they can cost you to lose thousands of dollars when buying a car. So tune in to learn how to avoid these car shopping frustrations!
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks with automotive writer and educator Chaya Milchtein, the Mechanic Shop Femme, about how to know if a mechanic is lying to you, how to buy a used car and car care classes for teens and young adults.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick dishes out some tough reality checks about buying classic and vintage cars. She talks about what to buy, what NOT to buy, what to look out for, where to buy them, and how avoid being killed by your spouse for buying one.
What can (and does) happen to your car when it just "sits" for extended periods of time? How do you store it properly, so it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg when you are ready to drive it again? Tune into this episode of "The Straight Shift" to learn the most common problems that occur when cars are stored improperly, even for a few weeks, and how to avoid them.
Let's face it - boys like their toys. In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick shares her picks for the best cars, trucks and SUVS for dad, in honor of Father's Day, including the fully redesigned 2020 Corvette Stingray!
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick gives you the scoop on the upcoming, fully redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan. Why is this minivan a game changer? Why does it look like something out of the Jetsons? Is it really a hybrid? What first ever feature will make parents' lives easier? And why is The Car Chick so excited about a minivan?
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick explains what your car's VIN number means and how to decode it to discover hidden information about your vehicle. Did you know that some VINs contain real words? The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid's VIN spells out "FART"! Yeah, we laughed too.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick gives her top picks for the best cars for moms that are NOT a minivan, including the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, 2020 Toyota Highlander, Audi Q7, Subaru Foreser, Mazda X-5, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick answers YOUR car questions, including - is NOW a good time to buy a car during coronavirus? Is it safe to drive with the check engine light on? Why are my tires slipping?
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how to stay home and stay safe and still buy a car during Coronavirus. She also talks with auto detailing expert, John Stephens (a.k.a. Swirl Killer) of Carolinas Finest Detailing, about how to clean and sanitize your car.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting the US automotive industry now, and how it may impact it over the next several months. What is the impact to the availability of cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and hybrids as well as the availability of car parts? How will new car and used car sales be affected? And what are the Big 3 automakers (GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler) doing to help slow the spread of the virus and keep their employees and customers safe?
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the most ridiculous, crazy and downright stupid traffic laws that are still on the books in many states across the US. Including, how to legally drive with a gorilla in your car.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the difference between women and men in the car buying process. Using deeply researched industry data, she shares statistics on the different ways in which women and men approach car research, buying decisions and deal negotiations. What brands of vehicles are more popular with men vs women? What features are more important to each? Who pays more for cars? Are men or women more emotional when making a car buying decision? The answers may surprise you!
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about how those new, online-only and car "vending machine" dealerships really work, the pros and cons of their car buying experience, and the risks of buying a used car completely sight unseen.
In this episode of "The Straight Shift", The Car Chick talks about the best (and most economical) ways to protect the interior and exterior of your car from environmental hazards like salt, tree sap, bird poop and your own children.
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Podcast Details

Created by
LeeAnn Shattuck
Podcast Status
Potentially Inactive
Started
Nov 14th, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 30th, 2021
Release Period
Monthly
Episodes
76
Avg. Episode Length
36 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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