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About carmacarcounselor

I'm one of those people that friends call "that car guy," except I've made it into a profession. Since 1988 when a friend found my help in choosing, finding, and negotiating for a new car was worth a fee, I've helped countless people, listening to their car questions and challenges, and helping with their car purchases, insulating them from the adversarial process that is the new car retail model today. Their word of mouth is my only publicity. My newsletter CARMA won the description "The clear crystal ring of truth" from award-winning automotive journalist Denise McCluggage. Now I'm going global!

2019 Monterey Auctions – Collector Cool

Market Malaise? Reports show that sales at the auctions in Monterey 2019 were 34% lower than 2018. Those that did sell mostly brought less than their estimates. You could look at that both ways. On the one hand, owners of … Continue reading

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August Elegance – The Flying “B”

The Suspense is over. If you haven’t heard yet, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has selected one of the Bentleys from their huge contingent of entries celebrating the marque’s 100th birthday as the 2019 Best of Show. The last Bentley … Continue reading

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Concorso Coincidence

Saturday’s Concorso Italiano Is the first event we ever attended on Monterey Week, and it’s a Must See for the car-obsessed. Continue reading

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Rookie RV Drive

Our nominal two-week trip bracketed the Fourth of July Holiday. As you can imagine, everyone in the US is vacationing around then. We began reserving both the RV and places at all the stops we’d be making back in late April. Continue reading

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2020 Porsche 911

My How You’ve Grown! The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will be winding down it’s Porsche Effect exhibit in the next few months, and Porsche just introduced the 2020 911 at the LA Auto Show, so now’s a chance … Continue reading

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018 II

Pretty, Fast I Manufacturers of automobiles learned early that there was a market for cars that allowed the driver to “choose the people who pass” them. A Rolls-Royce might appeal to prestige car buyers on the basis of quiet operation, … Continue reading

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018

The Best of the Best – I All right, we’ll admit we’ve never been to Villa d’Este or Amelia Island, but we will defer to the opinions of the vast pool of automotive journalists who are paid to know this … Continue reading

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