Jim Brooks owns Approved Autos Bakersfield, California. It’s a used car business, a constantly changing segment of the automotive landscape.
Brooks worked as a new salesman at a dealership for two years. But he didn’t like the sales practices and decided his own business was a better option.
Fifteen years later, Brooks has witnessed lots of industry changes, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brooks is this week’s guest on The Weekly Driver Podcast.
The used cars sales market has changed
Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia talk with Brooks about all aspects of buying and selling used cars, live and online auctions to financing, price negotiations to paperwork.
Brooks also discusses some of the unusual vehicles he’s bought and sold. We also talk about thr influx of national companies selling new and used vehicles online and without a customer “kicking the tires” of a vehicle before it’s purchased.
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Article Last Updated: December 29, 2020.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.