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May 10, 2024

Dear CarPro Family,

We have another jam-packed newsletter for you today, starting with our annual Tribute To Special Moms, including a very touching video.  I hope all of you Moms have a wonderful day this Sunday, know we love you!

I have the April 2024 sales numbers for you from the automakers that report monthly.  We also salute the men and women in blue as National Police Week is starting.  A couple more May reminders:  Pets & kids left in hot cars are a killer of the innocent, and it is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so watch for those on two wheels.

In late-breaking news, General Motors announced they were killing the venerable Chevy MalibuI have some strong words for them below you won’t want to miss.

In the bizarre story of the week, the Founder of a chain of Austin, TX-based dealerships has been arrested for arson of all things, I have the whole scoop for you. A report from our friends at iSeeCars shows electric cars are driven the least and cost the most, no surprise to me, it makes sense, sort of.  One of my favorite features each year is below:  Things people leave in the back seats of Uber cars and the most strange things, also.

As promised, we have Kim Komando’s Tech Tip of the Week.  This week America’s Digital Goddess offers up tips on electric car batteries.  I also encourage you to sign up for her informative and entertaining newsletter, I learned a lot of new things this week.

In my review this week, I have the 2024 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV with 710 Horses, and yes, I was smitten with it as always.  For the more practical, our Amy Plemons has for you the 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a beautiful plug-in hybrid that so many are looking to purchase. 

In advice today, I have tips for getting your car serviced in the summer and share some of the challenges dealerships go through when the temps get hot.  This is something I dealt with every year in my car dealer days.

We have another True Story from a Former Car Dealer below.  This is a series of 40 stories written by me.  Some are really funny, some are incredibly sad.  I really peel back the curtain on my career highs and lows in the car business, and also share a lot of personal information.  I hope you’ll take a minute and read these each week, I truly believe you’ll enjoy them. #19 is titled: Lifts.  Hoisting vehicles six feet or more in the air is dangerous for all involved, and a car falling is something no dealership owner ever wants to happen, but it does, and it happened to me.  I tell you all about it and to make matters worse, the customer’s car was owned by a VIP. 

Plus, lots of other information you will enjoy, including our videos of the week we talk about on the air all the time!  If you have never been to our FAQ page, take a minute and peruse the categories, something there will interest you for sure.

You’ll find the following stories and more info as you scroll down the newsletter: 

rundown-national-may9plus-may-10We so appreciate all of you who take this newsletter and listen to the show every week.  We know that without you, there is no CarPro Radio Show.  So always let us know when we can help you. If you have not been there lately, take a look at our website,, it changes all the time!

Have a terrific week.  See you on the radio!

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  A Tribute To Special Moms

To all the Moms who listen to the Car Pro Show, and for all our listeners who are lucky enough to have their Moms still, we are pleased to pay tribute to her today, for this Sunday, a day to honor them and be thankful for them. 

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Food for thought:  Perhaps the best gift you can give your Mom is not flowers or gift, but instead just tell her how you feel about her.  That’s what these people did and I think you’ll agree, it is compelling:

Watch A Special Video →

  Salute! National Police Week Starts Sunday


At the Car Pro Show, we do our best to honor the police officers who keep us safe every day of the year. On this National Police Week, we thank you and we thank your families.  You leave your homes not knowing if you are coming home later.

In this age where people gun down officers for no apparent reason, we say THANK YOU for what you do.

On a personal note, I have put the black tape over my badge, and attended many officer funerals.  Unless you have done this, you cannot truly understand it.  Thank you for indulging me on this special week.

For the History of National Police Week,  A Special Video & Poem, click here →

  Car Pro Commentary 

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  New Feature: Kim Komando's Tech Tip of the Week!


Besides the Car Pro Show and our weekly newsletter, my other favorite radio show and newsletter is Kim Komando’s.  We are on many of the same radio stations across America.  She does for her listeners and newsletter subscribers exactly what I endeavor to do:  Give you useful information to keep you up to date on the latest in cars, only she does it with technology and there is nobody who does it better.  Not sure how she puts out a top-notch newsletter seven days a week, but she does.

I reached out to her and asked if it would be OK to share information with you once a week with a tech tip, and she agreed.  I read her daily newsletter from top to bottom, and when I see info I think you could use, I will put it here to try to make life just a little better for you.


Here’s a shocker you need to know. Replacing the battery in an electric vehicle can set you back up to $50,000. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s more than a brand-new Tesla Model 3. I’m not beating up Tesla; all EV carmakers hope you don’t figure this out.

OK, how long do EV batteries last?

Hmm, 10 years? 20? Nope. According to a Daily Mail investigation, the average EV battery lasts about eight years. After that, there's no hard-and-fast rule for knowing how much time you have left.

Many EVs lose up to 12% of their charge capacity by the sixth year, and some lose even more. Case in point: By the time a Nissan Leaf reaches eight years old, it may have lost up to 20% of its battery life — 99 miles per charge versus the 124 per-charge miles you got while it was new.

Why so pricey?

EV batteries use high-demand metals like nickel, cobalt, lithium and manganese, which are also used in phone and laptop batteries. Plus, you need a specialist to replace them. Most car companies only let you get a replacement at one of their dealerships.

EV batteries typically come with eight-year warranties — but beyond that, to replace it, you’re looking at $16,000 minimum.

If you’re considering an EV or already have one:

  • Charge at home. When you can, use a home-based, mains-connected charger (e.g., a wall outlet) compared to a high-speed charger.
  • Weather makes a big difference. EVs operate best between 77 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Colder temps slow down EV batteries. Frigid weather also reduces their charging capacity over time.

Buying a used EV

Most EV battery warranties cover the first eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Make sure you know exactly how much time is left on the EV battery’s warranty and how much it’ll cost to replace it.

Kim’s website is and if you want to get her newsletter daily:

   Enter To Win This 'Vette And Help Veterans!

VFG C4V CARPRO 12K Art copy (1)-1We're thrilled to announce a special offer as part of the | Vehicle for Good Sweepstakes, available exclusively from May 9th to May 16th! For just $60, you can secure 12,000 entries in the "Corvette for Vets" giveaway! Imagine driving away in a brand new 2024 Corvette Z51 for only sixty bucks! But act fast - there are only 500 entries available! Not only will your entries put you in the running for this incredible vehicle, but they'll also support vital veterans' healing and community programs. Plus, your entry costs are tax deductible! As an extra bonus, you'll be entered to also win $10,000 cash! Don't miss out on this opportunity. Click the button below to enter now!


DISCLAIMER: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Sweepstakes ends July 5th, 2024. Open to legal residents of the United States, EXCLUDING THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR WHERE PROHIBITED. Must be 18 years of age at the time of entry. See the official rules for more.

  Straight Talk and Honest Answers

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Don't schedule your summer service appointment without reading this.

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  U.S. Auto Sales

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April 2024 U.S. Auto Sales

Of automakers who report monthly, Toyota led U.S. auto sales in April, with sales up 15 percent year-over-year.

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  Texas Auto Group Founder Arrested For Arson, Again 

handcuffs-2The founder of a Texas dealership group with locations in Austin, Dallas, and San Juan, Texas has been arrested for a second time for committing arson.   75-year-old Dorsey Bryan Hardeman founded Continental Auto Group, which has seven dealerships, some representing luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In the interest of full disclosure, several of Hardeman’s dealerships were formerly Car Pro Show affiliated dealers some time ago.  He founded the company in 1966, but retired in 2017 and turned the businesses over to his children.

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  On The Road: Test Drives  

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Jerry calls the 2024 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat the most fun SUV he's ever driven! 

Read Review →

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The RAV4 Prime's plug-in hybrid powertrain continues to impress with its 302-horsepower.

Read Review →

  Bumper to Bumper: Industry Newse


Electric Cars: Driven The Least-Cost The Most

Read More →

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All New Cars & Light Trucks MUST Have Automatic Emergency Braking By 2029

Read More →


Kids & Pets in Hot Cars; NHSTA Launches New "Stop. Look. Lock." Campaign

Read More →


Always Fun: Uber Lost and Found List

Read More →


Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Read More →

  Weekly Recalls

  True Stories From A Former Car Dealer  

shutterstock_702203533-1A few years ago, I started writing a series of True Stories From A Former Car Dealer.  Over 40 weeks, I wrote about experiences I had from my days as a dealership owner.  Some will make you laugh, others will make you cry.  The reaction was beyond my wildest expectations.

For our new subscribers, and for those of you who may have missed one or perhaps simply forgotten the details, we’ll bring these to you in the order they were written.

In this episode, I tell you about an unfortunate incident at my large Ford dealership.  A fear of any dealership owner is the safety of your technicians when working under a vehicle lifter six feet in the air.  Every knows the risks, and as careful as everyone is, accidents still happen, and it happened to me.  As bad as a car falling is, WHOSE car fell can make it worse, as you’ll find out in this true story. 

True Stories From a Former Car Dealer #19→

  Miss the Show? Catch Our Podcast!

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Catch all three hours of the CarPro Show national podcast!  You'll find them posted Saturday afternoon following the show. 

Click here for the WBAP DFW podcast →

  Factory Incentives


Check out our vehicle incentives and lease specials page for information on understanding incentives, plus links to every major manufacturer's incentive page for the latest offers by zip code.

Incentives By Automaker → 

  Sell Your Car Through GiveMeTheVin!

givemethevinlogoAs I say on the air, a car is only worth what someone is willing to write a check for, and KBB doesn't write checks. I have set up an affiliation with an online car buying service called Give that DOES write checks - and you'll get a firm offer in under two minutes.

The process is simple:  Put your vehicle info in a That alerts them you are a listener of mine.

Visit GiveMeTheVin→


  Exclusive Approved Products & Services

CarPro Radio Show host Jerry Reynolds can count the number of products he's endorsed on one hand. He's had many opportunities, but after much due diligence, he usually ends up saying no. 

Jerry won’t recommend a product or service unless he's tried it himself and feels good about recommending it.   

Here are the companies Jerry endorses and personally uses: jerry-approved-canvapro-march-31

FAQ: Research Your Questions Before You Shop

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Our FAQ page offers answers to questions CarPro Show host Jerry Reynolds is asked most frequently.   

Visit our FAQ Page →

  Searching for a New or Used Vehicle?

If you are searching for a particular new or used vehicle, we can help you!  The best news is, if you use CarPro to search, when you find the car of your dreams it will be at a CarPro approved dealership.Screen Shot 2023-07-13 at 9.41.44 AM

Best of all, it’s simple to use.  Choose new, used, or certified.  You can select the make and model, or find a price range you are looking at.  Choose the number of miles you are willing to travel and enter your zip code.

From there, you can look through all your matches, knowing you are shopping at a dealership I have handpicked that adheres to the high standards I require.

Start your search on the front page of If you don't find the car of your dreams, check back regularly.

Classic Car Contest: Win An AutoHeatShield!

winner-may-8We have had a lot of fun with our classic car contest on the CarPro Show Facebook page. Kevin posts the photo of a classic vehicle every Saturday morning, and we invite people to guess the year, make, and model.   The prize: An Auto HeatShield! Official rules

CarPro listeners receive a 10% AutoHeatShield discount with the code "CarPro10"

Click here to visit AutoHeatShield →

    Videos of the Week


First, please accept my apology if your name is Karen.  I am in shock watching this, that someone would actually do what this “Karen” did.  She pulls her Tesla into a private residence driveway and starts to charge her electric car!  I have to commend the homeowner in this short video who videotaped everything, he was WAY more patient than I could have been most likely.  Her excuse?  She’s pregnant.  The world has done gone crazy!


I was a big fan of the Jetsons cartoon show when I was a kid and have said several times that I thought we’d all be using personal air cars to get back and forth from work to home by now….well, not quite---but take a look at this “Jetson” from 2 weeks ago…we’re getting closer!

  Subscribe to the Free DFW Newsletter


Live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and haven't subscribed to the DFW edition of the CarPro Radio Show Newsletter?

Just click here or on the left for a link to subscribe. You'll see it in your inbox every Friday morning. 

  CarPro Guide To Online Car Buying

Buying a vehicle online has never been easier.Our step-by-step guide will help you buy a car from the comfort of your living room, starting with selecting your CarPro Friend.

Guide to Buying A Car Online

On The Air 


You have 5 hours to call the show!  From 9AM- 2PM Central, 7AM-Noon Pacific, and 10 AM to 3 PM Eastern, the phone numbers are:

DFW Show: 9 AM to 11 AM Central,  1 (800) 288-9227
National Show: 11 AM to 2 PM Central,  1 (800) 926-7777 

Add the numbers to your cell phone; you never know when you are going to need straight talk and honest answers about everything automotive.

So, what is the CarPro Radio Show?

Confused about the car buying process? Worried you won’t get a fair deal? Wondering about which vehicle is best for you? Then tune in to the CarPro Radio Show every week where Jerry Reynolds and Kevin McCarthy will guide you through the car-buying process with confidence. 

No matter where you listen to the show or which station you listen to, you have five hours to call in and ask your questions. We take calls every Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM Central time, 7 AM to Noon Pacific. The phone number is different the first two hours, then changes, so keep that in mind.  

We would love to help you in any way possible!  Keep in mind, we don’t take mechanical questions, but everything else is great!

 On the Air 

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The CarPro Radio Show is heard every weekend all over the United States, and every weekend we deliver straight talk and honest answers about everything automotive. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment and tell a friend about the show.


We've recently welcomed some new markets to the CarPro Radio Network:

Other additions to the CarPro Show family in 2023:

  • B103 WOWS Indy,  Indianapolis: Sundays from 7PM-10PM ET (replay)

  • KFIR 720 AM , Albany, Oregon: Sundays from 4PM -7PM PT (replay) 
  • News Talk 98.9 The Word, Greenville, South Carolina region: Saturdays 12PM-1PM (live), Saturdays 3PM -6PM (replay), and Sundays 11AM -4PM (replay)
  • WQXL AM/FM 1470 AM and 100.7 FM , Columbia, South Carolina: Saturdays from 12PM-1PM ET
  • News/Talk 103.7 FM WEEO, Hagerstown, Maryland: 12PM -3PM ET Saturdays WEEO covers parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Washington D.C. area.   
  • Talk 1370, Austin: Saturdays from 11AM -1PM CT

Most of our listeners tell us that they never thought they would look forward to a show about cars.  You may have friends or relatives who feel the same way in the cities below, please make them aware.

WBAP 93.3Here are the DFW markets the show airs in, times, and stations, and don't forget you can now listen to WBAP on the FM dial at 93.3 FM!

  • Dallas, TX:  WBAP 820 AM/93.3 FM/99.5 HD 2, Saturday 9am to 11am Central
  • Dallas, TX:  KRLD 1080 AM, Saturday 2pm to 4pm Central (replay)
  • Granbury, TX:  KPIR 1420 AM, Saturday 11am to 2pm Central 
WBAP DFW Podcast Here →
FOR ALL OTHER MARKETS, CLICK HERE→ radio-schedule-button

 Closing Message From Jerry Reynolds

Thank you for reading this edition of the CarPro Weekly, recommending it to your friends and family, and for listening to the CarPro Radio Show. 

We hope you found it to be informative and entertaining. Remember we're always here for you at

Until next week, stay safe, don't drink and drive, remember our Troops and public safety officers, and may God Bless.

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