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    The Sunday Column - April 19th

    Being an automotive writer brings its own set of traps and obstacles that you deal with on a daily basis. Such items include 'What do you think of x car?' (good car) and 'What has been your favorite car you have driven?' (Chevrolet Impala or Lexus IS 350 F-Sport at the moment). But if there is on question that strikes fear into any writer, it's this - I'm thinking of buying 'x type of vehicle', what would you recommend?

    Why does this question strike fear into us? It could go one of two ways: a person could ignore or go a completely different direction from what was recommended, or the person could follow it to a T and end up disappointed. I think some of this comes down to writers and enthusiasts putting ourselves in a position of knowing what this person needs. That is truly bad idea because you can only know so much about the person. The person you're trying to help has the full picture of their wants and needs.

    So what do I do in this situation? Before, I would run away screaming. But this got old pretty quickly. Instead I follow this course of action:

    1. Ask a lot of questions: I begin with a question period with such things as, What do you during the week? How much are you wanting to spend? Is there a brand you want to avoid? It may seem like an interrogation, but the more information I have, the better I can help out.
    2. Make a set of recommendations that I think someone should check out.
    3. Wait and see what happens.

    Other thoughts from the week:

    • New spy shots from this week show Chevrolet is giving the Silverado a refresh late next year.
      • The report says the truck will boast some aluminum - fenders to be the mostly likely candidate. Wouldn't be surprised by this and if GM has any other tricks up its sleeve with fuel economy.

      [*]This week also saw a report come out that Sergio Marchionne wants to have one more big partner for FCA before he retires.

      • Reportedly Marchionne has his eye on GM for this partnership, although a source has said GM is passing on it.
      • My guess to who might be interested in a partnership with FCA - A Chinese automaker.

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    It's always amusing to me when someone asks "What do you think I should....?" ... without giving details surrounding the decision to consider buying something in the 1st place.  So, I can imagine how much you automotive writers fear that particular query.



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    I hate the question "What's the best car?".  I get it frequently.


    The best car for what?  Hauling hay? Driving through the twisties? Saving on fuel costs? Long distance commuting? Living in the city? 

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    Exactly true everyone, Auto questions are all about qualifying what they are expecting to use it for. Many awesome high quality auto's out there but it is the wrong solution when you get an auto that does not meet the needs of the end user.

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