Category Archives: Car Information

Ford and Walmart Partnership to Reduce Dealership Usage

I just read an article on Car and Driver that it is still taking me a bit of time to process. Maybe I’m getting slow in my old age, arghhh.

Walmart and Ford Help Car Buyers Steer Clear of Dealerships – was if anything an interesting read.

The article first points out the obvious – and that Ford paid people some good money to do a survey to find out that 83% of people want to spend less time in stealerships, I mean dealerships.

This statement – well, I have to say is really obvious. What the survey didn’t say was why people don’t like spending time in the dealerships.

You know, I think it is because everyone who works at Ford no longer has to go a dealership to buy a car. My family has bought two cars in the past three years. The problem is not the place of the dealership. It is not even the car salespeople. It is the “Finance Manager” – who came in both times with a hard sell for everything that wasn’t the car. “Nitrogen”, “Extended Warranty”, and who knows, maybe they will bring back “undercoating”.

I don’t want to see this person. You have after products you want to potentially sell? Give me a sheet of paper with a grid. Name of product, description of production, cost of product and a check box or two. You know what, not a piece of paper. Screw paper. A tablet. And every time I add something or remove it update the price and the payment per month.

And do us all a favor and fire all the “Finance Managers” at all the stealerships and make something that should be enjoyable as buying a new or new to me car – be just that – enjoyable.

Or you know what – people might welcome renting driverless cars instead of every owning a car again and your car sales functions at the dealerships can go suck it. I mean be unemployed.

A 2009 JCW Mini Review

Arrrgh, mateys…  The first week of owning the 2009 JCW Mini Cooper Clubman!  It has been a week of ups and downs.  In the end it is all good.

I found this video review of a 2009 JCW Mini Cooper that is almost identical to TPKoC’s car!  From a technical perspective this is a great review.  Unfortunately, it is really boring.  TPKoC couldn’t imagine the great god Jeremy Clarkson’s review of a JCW Mini Cooper being boring.

Perhaps The Pirate King of Cars can take a stab at a video review of his car!


The youngest male pirate in the household called the Mini “The World’s smallest Limo!” and loved the door that opened just for him to use.

Why The Pirate King of Cars and other useful sites

Are there not enough web sites on the topic of cars?  Why create another?

Well, me hearties, The Pirate King of Cars believes there is more to offer in terms of information available about cars – but it is hidden like me treasure chest.  (Do people even use treasure maps anymore? Or is it all just Geocaching?)  Me and the crew are just getting started but over time we’ll be showing off our data and what it tell us – and you about cars.

Shit stinks and wafts in the air, but goes unseen even though it is in the ground by your feet.  The data is out there to tell us about this stench, but sometimes it takes a pirate to see a trick.

A lot of sites out there are great and don’t misinform; however, they all have weak points and The Pirate King of Cars views this site as an enhancement.  Even a small expansion on a weakness of one site is helpful to aid a pirate on their journey to find their next new car.

Specific NOTE: This website has not taken any money from any site to be featured in the car information links.  These are car resources that The Pirate King of Cars or his crew have found and found useful, dreadful or just exist across the web.

Second NOTE: If you find a site out there and like it and want The Pirate King of Cars to take a look and reveal his thoughts – let us know – leave a comment on any posting and we’ll check it out.

Final NOTES: The focus of The Pirate King of Cars (TPKoC!) is on new cars.  These cars have the most easily accessible information on the web where it can then be analyzed.  We are grateful to any helpful hints anyone has to offer on our website.  Let us know – and we’ll see what we can do.