#196, Bruce buys a truck, letters and buy us a cup of coffee

James Raia

A 2021 Ford F-250

Driving a new car is generally enjoyable; the process of acquiring it? Not so much.

Bruce Aldrich, the co-host of The Weekly Driver Podcast, hadn’t purchased a new vehicle in more than a decade. His Subaru Outback will soon approach 200,000 miles, and it’s doing fine.

But Bruce and his wife, Alene, decided a new Ford F-250 pickup truck is the vehicle to get. It’ll tow an RV just fine, which is a good thing since the couple is planning to do more traveling with friends who are also RVers and who also own a pickup truck.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discus the process of buying a new truck.
Co-host Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss the process of buying a new truck.

Bruce “built” his new truck online from the Ford website, and now he’ll wait for the truck to arrive. Delivery could take months.

The process of buying a new vehicle is the first of three topics this week on The Weekly Driver Podcast. I interview Bruce about his experience negotiating with dealership personnel and what he expects from the sales department when the truck arrives.

Buying A New Truck Isn’t Easy

Bruce’s purchase is also timely with the current chaos in the truck segment. Inventory is still slim because of the microchip shortage. If he didn’t want to wait, Bruce could have purchased a recent-year used truck. But it would have cost more than a new truck.

In the second portion of the podcast, Bruce and I discuss two recent e-mail letters I received from the readers of my new car reviews. The Weekly Driver began in 2004 and I recently received that could have motor

One letter writer provided overt praise about a piece I wrote on Charlie Watts, the deceased drummer for the Rolling Stones. Within a few hours, I also received a harsh letter about my recent view of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. The letter pretty much said I’m in the wrong line of work.

Bruce and I discuss the letters and have some fun doing do.

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Article Last Updated: September 13, 2021.

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