Earl: I should not be banned as a consumer advocate because I eventually own a car dealership. I totally divorce my “car seller persona” from most of my consumer advocate rolls. My book, Confessions of a Recovering Car Dealer, my weekly blog, my weekly column for Hometown News, my constant speaking tours at open public libraries, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs, Condo Associations, academic institutions, churches, synagogues, and my previous radio show. I ever point out my car dealership and rarely, when I do, it’s only when asked or even to give full disclosure.
I never, ever try to sell anybody a Toyota while I wear my consumer advocate hat. The press widely allows my consumer advocate move. Week I appeared as a consumer advocate on national TV Lost, ABC News regarding unethical and illegal car practices by car dealers. Over time I’ve been quoted and appeared in any variety of national medium…CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Today US News, and World Report USA, The Geraldo Rivera Show, as well as local TV and radio. You say “there’s a difference between an investigative reporter and a personality that own a business”.
I totally acknowledge, one difference is that an investigative reporter who also offers owned and controlled a business for 46 years knows a lot more about this business than an investigative reporter who never sold an automobile. That’s why is me unique because I know where “all the physical systems are buried”.
In fact, I buried a …