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Can you get a car for $5,000?

“I’m going shopping for a car.”

For many of us out there we hear those words and we think of things like going to the dentist, attending a funeral or maybe sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. In this day and age, shopping for a car has become a complicated process that can leave your average consumer feeling overwhelmed and at a loss. We can search on the Internet, look through the classifieds or do it the old fashioned way and stop by an actual dealership. With so many options, where do we even begin? Then you add in the other dreaded word: BUDGET. I mean, let’s be honest, if we all had millions of dollars at our disposal, this whole car buying thing would be a lot less complicated. Of course, this is not the case for the majority of us out there. So here’s the challenge: Is it possible to find a quality car when you’re shopping on a budget? Let’s say a budget of $5,000? This seemed to be a respectable amount so I set out on my journey with the hopes of proving to your average American consumer that their piece of that automotive pie in the sky is attainable.

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What Bob Lutz can teach brands about success

Bob Lutz Cigar Mojo MotorsBob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.

The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.

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