Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cheap Cars

Looking for a cheaper car? You're not alone. Many of us love the idea of being able to have low monthly payments or simply pay cash for a vehicle. Unfortunately, cheaper usually means old with high miles, or something made entirely of cardboard. Hey, at least it's eco-friendly.

At LeSueur Car Company we have 45 cars priced under $14,000. Most used car dealers don't even have 45 cars on their entire lot! And the best part is that most of those cars under $14,000 are 2007 or newer, including a number of 2009 models. Being that new, these cars still have factory warranty, and a majority of them have low miles, and by "low" I don't mean high like some people. I'm not going to falsely claim that they're all "highway miles" like everyone else, but I can say they're in great shape, and you'll be surprised just how much car you can get for such a low price.
For example, you can get a 2008 Kia Optima (same size as the Camry and Accord) with a V6, leather, Infiniti Sound System, moonroof, alloy wheels, spoiler, 6-Disc changer, steering wheel controls, and only 10k miles from LeSueur's for $13,695! On top of that, you get the remaining 5 year/60k mile bumper to bumper AND powertrain warranties! More features than standard Camry's and Accords, a better warranty, and a fraction of the price.

Cheap cars never felt so expensive.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year, New Car!

Start the New Year in style! Put on your new clothes, spray on that new cologne, and get yourself a new set of wheels (not just tires or wheels, I mean a new car).

I can't help but think that I'm beating a dead horse on this, but yes, we do have 300 cars in stock with tons of Mini Coopers, Volkswagen Beetles, and Toyota Tundras. We have over 40 different models from Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Infiniti, BMW, Mini, and more! Only the best names at the best prices in the Phoenix Valley and beyond!

Not satisfied with your Christmas "re-gifts"? I don't blame you. Get something for you, for your wife, or for that straight A child of yours. It's still the season for giving and recieving. Instead of waiting for change, go out and make that change happen today. Just don't come by on Sundays, as we're closed to be with family. Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The 35 Year Revolution!

That's right, you heard it. There's been a revolution, and it's been happening for almost 35 years. We're revolutionizing the way car sales are handled. Think of us as your friendly neighborhood Che, Martin Luther, or Ghandi. We're questioning the status quo, and we invite you onboard.

Don't worry, we're not violent. But we are taking a stand against pushy sales tactics, deceitful internet ads, and astronomical car prices and fees. Who wants to pay $500 or more for window tint, or $1,000 for mud flaps and floor mats?
Join us in our fight to make the car industry the best industry. It should be fun to buy a car, not a migraine-inducing experience that you vow to never undertake again. On second thought, just let those other dealers continue down their slippery slope, and come work with us. Maybe we'll keep the revolution on the down low. Besides, that's why we have such great customers. They know what to expect, we respect them, and they respect us.
Car buying is a mutual experience(you know, like those mutual breakups you had in high school), and here at LeSueur Car Company, we live by the Golden Rule. That's the one that says you should treat others the way that you want to be treated. Personally, I'd love to get a good deal on a car, so why shouldn't I help someone else achieve the same?
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Turns out, like most places of business, that LeSueur Car Co. will be closed on Thanksgiving day. If only we could have Black Friday sales like Wal-Mart, offering half off our cars or something....That would be pretty awesome, wouldn't it? People stand in line for hours for a TV, imagine the number of people in line for a half-priced car!

Anyway, from us at LeSueur's, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Be careful when deep frying them birds, will ya?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Now Selling Porsches and Ferraris!

Oh boy, do I wish!

While we might not be selling high end supercars, we're not selling junkers either. On any given day, LeSueur's is packed full with about 250 or more cars, though you wouldn't think so if you saw us from the street. Our lot is more hotdog style than hamburger, for those of you who still think of food items when folding paper.

We have anything from a Toyota Yaris to BMW 5-Series Sedans, Toyota Tundra Crewmax's to Mini Coopers. We carry an extremely large variety of nearly 20 makes and more than 60 different models. Unlike other places, we're actually taking trades now, because unlike the others, we can actually sell our cars. We're out buying new cars every week, and our website is updated daily (http://www.usedvwaudi.com/).

With the way business has been for us in the past few years, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few Porsches rollin' around in the future. Either way, keep an eye on our website (http://www.usedvwaudi.com/) and a bookmark on this blog for updates and the latest deals and news.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Are we human, or are we car salesmen?

I haven't found a way to get people to believe that we're better than any other dealers anywhere. I know what you're thinking, it's a bold statement, but it's not as bad as the whole Republican vs. Democrat battle that's been raging for half a century.

But still, I talk to people on the phone, I send them emails, I even make conversations with friends, but they don't seem to believe me. Then again, there is that statement "Seeing is Believing." Although, I don't really believe that.

Where has all the trust gone? Why do we think of scum sucking sleaze balls when we hear "car salesman?" Don't get me wrong, I get it, I'm not offended. But it doesn't apply to us at LeSueur's. Not even by a long shot. Don't believe me? Come and see and experience it for yourself. We've been around for almost 35 years now, and frankly I'm surprised that all of Phoenix doesn't buy from us.

Now, for once, you can have it your way somewhere other than at Burger King. Did you ever think that buying a car could be as easy as buying an appliance, a piece of furniture, or a cell phone plan? At most dealerships there is no possibility of that. But here....oh yeah, here, things are different. There's no push to buy (I mean, obviously we want you to buy, so try not to hurt our feelings), and at LeSueur's we don't even know how to play games...except video games. We're all young, give us a break. We figure that if you want a headache and a stress-induced inner explosion of self, there are other car dealers for that.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Toyota Tundra Madness!!

It's Toyota Tundra Madness at LeSueur Car Company!
Okay, that totally sounds like something a sleazy dealer would say on a cheap television commercial. But seriously, we've loaded up on Toyota Tundras, the hottest truck on the market, in order to pass on savings to you!
We have the lowest prices around, including the lowest tax rate, which means we have the best prices on nearly 20 Tundras. You can find the Crewmax, the doublecabs, and even single cabs, with a long bed, a big 4.7L or a bigger 5.7L, and even four wheel drive! (4x4 for ya'll who love offroadin' and stuff)This is the largest selection of Tundras we've ever had. In case you didn't know, the Tundra blew the competition away when it launched the new model in 2007, earning the majestic title of "Truck of the Year." More like "Truck of Human Existance," really. It's that awesome.

Zombie Survival Vehicle Survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in the zombie survey!

The majority of you decided that a simple bicycle would be the best way to escape a hungry horde of zombies, and as silly as that may seem, it is probably your best option. It doesn't require gas, it's quiet, it can go almost anywhere, and it's easy to maintain.

I'd like to think that we are now just a little more prepared for a zombie apocalypse. Oh, and be sure to give zombies the right of way at zombie crossings.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Consumer Confidence is Down for October

Well, those consumers (or media, for that matter) have obviously never been to LeSueur Car Company, where confidence is always priority.

I've said many times, and each time it's true, that LeSueur Car Company is a completely different car buying experience. An entirely different and new flavor, if you will. But we're not new. No, no, definitely not. We're not even small. I guess people just aren't confident that there are actually honest, hardworking, and down-to-Earth car dealers.

We've been around since 1975, and I might as well add that we're here to stay. Since Warren started the place, thousands upon thousands of cars have been sold from a humble office made out of a porch. It's been added to and changed little by little, but it's time for something new. In fact, in the middle of all of these troubled economic times, LeSueur Car Company is about to begin construction on an all new facility, starting within the next month, and scheduled to be completed by next summer. We'll finally have parking spots for customers, and a nice clean bathroom!

So get ready folks for a whole new era of confidence. Sure, we may not look like much right now, but we're getting there. And besides, looks aren't everything...but I guess they can't hurt.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Future of Hybrids

If you've been to LeSueur's before, you already know that we have a lot of hybrids and a few diesel cars to choose from. In fact, we might be one of the largest hybrid retailers in Arizona.

But are hybrids here to stay, or are they merely a passing trend?

In a nutshell, it's likely that hybrids are taking over the world. Automakers are planning on hybrid sports cars, and a few companies like Volkswagen (one of our favorites) and Volvo plan on creating a Diesel Hybrid system, capable of acheiving more than 70 mpg.

If you'll remember from my Jetta TDI (diesel) and Toyota Prius (hybrid) comparison, you know that both are capable of better fuel economy when compared to gasoline. Instead of using gasoline in a hybrid, it's only logical that a diesel hybrid will be even more efficient.

Right now Toyota has a huge lead in the Hybrid market, having sold over 140,000 hybrid units since the beginning of the year. Honda comes in around 29,000, and Ford in third place at over 26,000. More and more companies are producing hybrid vehicles, and it doesn't take a fortune teller to know that this is the future of the automotive industry.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Need a Minivan?

If you need a Minivan, look no further!!

We've got lots of 2009 Volkswagen Routans and a 2008 Honda Odyssey, all with very low miles! It's the season for sports and fall getaways, so you'll need a vbehicle that will be up to the task. Entertain your rear seat occupants with dual DVD and keep them comfortable with roomy seating and multiple air conditioning vents.

If you're the SUV loving, anti-minivan kind of person, you might want to rethink some things. Better fuel economy, better seating, more gadgets, and tons of interior space are just a few advantages of the Minivan.

Check them out at Www.usedvwaudi.com, swing by, or give us a call 480-968-6611. It's time to expand your seating capacity.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Economic Downturn? I think not.

Is anyone else sick and tired about economic complaints? "This economy... it's the economy's fault, the economy is the reason we're doing so bad...." People, we are the economy!
Besides, the economy isn't hurting everyone. In fact, "tough economic" times have helped individuals and families to see the benefits of buying used vehicles instead of overpriced new ones. It just doesn't make sense to lose thousands of dollars as you pull out of the pretty new car dealership.

LeSueur's hasn't been hit by the economic boogie-man. We're chugging along, strong as ever. And, believe it or not, August was the all-time record setting month for LeSueur Car Company since we opened in 1975.

In a world full of bankrupting dealers, and with Pontiac and Saturn becoming extinct, being wiped off the map, it's easy to feel confused and lost. Don't be lost anymore, nor should you be confused any longer. Come to a place that's family owned and operated, a place that has proven itself over and over for nearly 35 years, and a place that will give you the best car-buying experience you've ever had.

Don't believe me? Third party reviews are always a good thing. http://www.dealerrater.com/dealer/LeSueur-Car-Company-review-8372/

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Check out the Poll!

It's just for fun, so don't be afraid...

The question is simple. What mode of transportation would you prefer should a Zombie Outbreak occur? I mean, Zombies are everywhere, and you need to get through a city or to a supermarket or up into the mountains....which vehicle, in your opinion, would serve you best?

Fall is Officially Here!

It's about time the weather cools off a bit! We now usher in the era where Arizonans far and wide bundle up tight in the chilly 60 degree weather. I know, our "winter" is brutal, but if you can bare the arctic temperatures, it's actually a good time to buy a car.

Autumn and Fall are the same thing, but I like Fall better, because I can say that our prices are falling too! Haha, funny, I know. I've been called a "Sit-Down Comedian" before. I stand up, tell a joke, and the crowd yells for me to sit down. That was a joke too, by the way.

All jokes aside, the weather is quite nice lately, and it's only getting better. Pretty soon we can shut off our air conditioners and open our windows, even the windows on our cars while we drive! How about moon roofs and convertibles! We've got three hard-to-find Mini Cooper Convertibles, perfect for experiencing the Autumn Air firsthand!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Low Overhead Means Lower Prices!

You got that right. You don't need a 34 million dollar facility to get a good deal on a car these days. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Surprised? I didn't think so. Imagine the mortgage payment! Well, so you don't have to imagine, it's right around $100,000 a month, and that's not counting interest. It doesn't take an accountant to say that's a lot of overhead.

Here at LeSueur's, we own our land and buildings outright. Sure, it may not be the prettiest of places, but our low overhead means lower prices than anyone else can muster. Don't be fooled by expensive ad campaigns on television or crazy promotions blaring over your radio. Those kinds of advertisement don't come cheap, and that adds more overhead to that hefty mortgage payment.

Another great thing about LeSueur's is, not only do we own our buildings and property, we also own all of our vehicles outright. That means there is no interest paid by us, meaning lower overhead. And you already know what low overhead means, don't you?

At 35 years in the same location, we've got to be doing something right. We have helped thousands of people find cars they love, and at great prices all along. You won't find any "dealer ad-ons" here, like the infamous "thousand-dollar window tint," and you'll be paying the lowest tax in Phoenix.

And if that's not enough to drag you down to check us out, may I kindly remind you how kind-hearted we are here. Being family owned and operated, the only bickering that goes on is amongst ourselves....haha, only kidding. We'll try and keep that to a minimum, I promise. But the great thing about us is that there's no fear of being pressured, pushed, shoved, pulled, duped, or succumbing to any other verb with negative connotation.

Come and try it for free. That's right, looking around and experiencing greatness at work is entirely free! You've got nothing to lose but those "dealer ad-ons" and absurd prices!

Friday, September 11, 2009

We Will Never Forget 9/11

People have said that it's better to move past it and get on with our daily lives. In a sense, they are right. We cannot dwell upon the sadness we felt eight years ago.

But to them, I say, we can never forget what happened that day. Thousands of people perished, our lives were changed forever, and our country united more than it had been since World War II. Freedom was challenged, and fear, something we've lived without for so long, became real to us again.

No matter where your political loyalties lie, this was a tragic event for everyone. Our country, our nation built upon a rock, was shaken and brought to its knees. But with each passing year millions forget. A new generation is rising, a generation too young to remember what happened that day. It is our fault that they do not remember. It is our fault if we ourselves forget.

It's too bad that patriotism only comes through on days such as this, only to go away and hide until our next national holiday. Let us turn off "Jon and Kate Plus 8," "American Idol," and meaningless celebrity gossip. It's time for a change, America. It's time to remember who we are and how we got here. Let us always remember.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Hours

LeSueur Car Company is celebrating it's 35th Labor Day this year.

We are closed on Sunday, in typical LeSueur fashion, but we'll be open on Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. What better way to celebrate Labor Day than by laboring?!

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the rain as much as we are. It's great weather for car shopping.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Honda Ridgeline

A Honda Ridgeline is to a garage what a swiss army knife is to your pocket. Think about that for a moment.
Swiss army knives are full of handy doo-dads and features to help you accomplish everyday tasks with ease. The Ridgeline does the same, only on a much larger scale. It's a toolbox on wheels, a rugged all-wheel drive workhorse, and an industrially styled people mover.

Although obscure and oddly shaped, the Honda Ridgeline is a truck above the rest. It's not a full-size truck, but it has an in-bed payload of similar capacity. Ridgeline has a first-ever dual action tailgate, opening like a conventional tailgate, and also being able to swing it out like a door. Underneath the bed of the truck is a seperate compartment big enough for multiple sets of golf clubs, which is lockable and waterproof, for the few rainy days here in Arizona. I guess it's probably dust/dirt proof, too.

Don't discount these trucks just because of their looks. They're roomy, functional, and reliable. Honda makes more engines than any company in the world. That would be a different story if their products weren't such high quality.

We had two Ridgelines, but one already sold. We're always trying to get more of them, but they go fast. Come check it out today, or tomorrow...but don't come in on Sunday. We also have Tundras and Tacomas on our lot, but hurry, they go fast too.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Come and See the Difference, but Come Before We Close, Please

While I love to sell cars, few things are worse than watching a few customers roll in just moments after we've closed. It can be frustrating even a few minutes before closing. Sometimes I think people have the idea that buying a car is as simple as swiping a credit card. We are very fast, compared to most places, but not that fast. Other times I have the feeling that people just hate us (car sales people) and wish to enact their own form of vengeance upon us by showing up at the close of business.

Might I offer a suggestion to people wanting to pay us a visit. Our sales guys get hounded all day long. By the end of the day, the average guy has been hung up on 7 times, completely ignored by customers on the lot 3 times, and had their mother insulted 38 times (figures may vary). The point is, by the end of the day, we get grumpy and grouchy. We want to go home. We want to give up and never come back. Being outside in the heat singes our fuses down to the point of combustion, and dealing with people who often want to steal our cars (by offering a price WAY too low) doesn't help either.

On to the suggestion: come and buy a car in the morning. Make our day a bright and happy one, and catch us when we're slow and groggy. We'll be much more upbeat, energetic, and friendly. However, wait until closing time, and I can't place a "Guarantee" sticker on that one.

Remember, we're just like you. We're not some wishy-washy, slick haired, gold totin' scum bags. Sure, they're out there, but we hate them just as much as you do, if not more! It's those cheating liars that give us a bad name, which in turn make us have bad days. It's all their fault.

Anyway, come down and see us, just not after closing. By that time we just simply can't stand being around each other anymore, and you might not enjoy watching us engage in epic battle, a family civil war (not actually, but it would be neat, right?). We are open Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 6:00pm, but we stay an extra hour from Tuesday through Thursday. On Saturdays we sleep in a little, and come to work from 9:30am to 5:00 pm.

We hope to see you sometime between open and close. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Come and See the Difference

LeSueur's invites you to experience car-buying the way it's supposed to be experienced.

We have people tell us over and over how easy and stress-free their purchase was. It's no coincidence that nearly every customer tells us so.

Don't be alarmed when people dressed like beach bums approach you and offer water or assistance. They're not the detailers, they're the sales guys. But why the flip-flops and shorts, and where are the ties and gold watches? Well, to be honest, we're just like you. We want you to feel at home, relaxed, and befriended.

We tell you how it is, without playing those silly games like you find elsewhere. I had a customer come in last weekend who told me her experience at one of those other places. She had called in, told them what she were looking for, and the guy on the line repeated back, work-for-word, the exact car she said she wanted. She was happy and excited, and hurried over to see that car. When she arrived, they didn't have that particular car, and the closest thing they had was 3 years older and had 30,000 more miles than the one they told her they had in stock.

(*Sigh*) Such are the ways of car salesmen (and women, of course). This little trick will get you in their doors, where their slimy hands and slick ways will keep you trapped in their labyrinth of lies. They know that once you're there, there's a good chance of you buying, and that if you leave, there's little to no chance that you'll go back. Basically they're trying to trap you before someone else does.

At LeSueur's, we're family owned and operated, and have been for nearly 35 years. We've never been one to follow the crowds at the sales seminars where conventional tactics are taught in abundance. We like our methods, and though many may scoff and laugh, we know it works, and so do our customers. It's no coincidence that most of our business is generated by word of mouth and repeat customers. We've had many people buy 4 or 5 cars from us over the years, vowing to never go anywhere else.

But, if stress is your cup of tea, and you love being lied to and treated like a toddler, then by all means go elsewhere. We'll treat you the way we'd expect someone to treat us. You could say that we live the golden rule. Where else in the car business can you find that? We're that Golden Ticket that Willy Wonka has hidden among millions of chocolate bars. It's a rare treat and an awesome experience that will keep you coming back, we promise.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Affordable Luxury: No Longer a Contradiction

Introducing the Infiniti M35. Well, actually it's been around a while, and you've probably seen them before without realizing what they are.

If you haven't sat inside the M35, prepare to be blown away. For the price ($45,800+ when new), few cars can approach the level of comfort and style of the M series. The V6 engine is potent, whipping up 303 hp and a healthy serving of 262 lb-ft of torque. It's not supercar territory, but those are very respectable numbers for any V6.

Though it does get up and "scoot," the Infiniti M35 seems to focus more on comfort. The leather in these cars is my favorite. It is soothing in it's feel, it's appearance, and oddly enough, it's smell. It's like a love potion in the form of upholstery. In addition, the redwood trim is warm and inviting, giving the car a feel of true elegance. But my favorite feature, of all time, actually, is the climate control integrated within the front seats. Say good-bye to sweaty-back-syndrome for time and eternity.

With a soft ride, a supple interior chalk-full of comfort features, and room for tall people, both front and back, the M35 is the daily driver we should all aspire to buy. Personally, it's my favorite car on the lot, and it's one that I will hold in high regards for a long time.
Come and check them out while they're still available. We have six to choose from, with options, miles, and price that are sure to fit what you're looking for. Starting for around $29,000, that's a fraction of what they sell for new. So get over the "cash-for-clunkers" trend and buy a used one, saving you $16,000+ compared to a measely $4,500, which you're providing with your taxes anyway. Oh yeah, and our tax is the cheapest around too. Think of it as your own personal tax bailout.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tiguan: A New Breed of Crossover

Are you looking for something a little bigger, but you still want a fast, fun, fuel-efficient car? Then the Volkswagen Tiguan is for you!

If you're at all familiar with the VW GTI, you'll love the Tiguan. The "Tiger Iguana" shares the same 2.0 liter turbo found in the GTI, and has a similar feel on acceleration and cornering. Think of it as a grown-up GTI. It looks great, handles great, and comes with optional 4Motion (all wheel drive) and a panoramic sunroof.

The sunroof, speaking of which, is absolutely fascinating! It's just like being in Chase Field (formerly known as Bob), as the gigantic roof opens to reveal purple skies and passing planes. So, too, does the Tiguan open up to the sky, and with the nights getting cooler, nothing beats the view and feeling found in the Tiguan.

Get yours here at LeSueur's, while supplies last. We have five 2009 models to choose from, with panoramic sunroof or without, and even some with Volkswagen's signature 4Motion. The Tiguan says no to boring, gas guzzling SUV's, because, that's simply not what the people want. Make the people happy.

Friday, August 7, 2009

School is Back, Back Again.

That's right, it's time to get back to learning!

Come and get all your necessary school supplies at LeSueur's!

Ok, maybe not all of them. We might have an old trade-in with melted crayon on the seat somewhere....

But on a serious note, college-goers and high school upperclassmen will be in need of some wheels to get them to and from their classes...and parties.
But SERIOUSLY, if they haven't bugged you yet, I'm sure they will soon. Don't say I didn't warn you.

We've got an excellent assortment of cars of all makes, models, and colors that will make a giant box of crayons turn green with envy.

So get on over here and get your school supplies while supplies last. Oh yeah, and don't forget our low sales tax and fees (we're the cheapest around).
Go online at www.usedvwaudi.com or give us a call 480-968-6611.
If you're really brave, swing on by. You'll be glad you did.
We wish you the best with your classes or whatever you pursue this fall. Remember us, the nice guys, here at LeSueur's.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Poem for Fun

A roaring rumble
I dare not even mumble
The landscape blurring by
Holding my breath
For fear of death
While crusing at one twenty

The miles pass
Faster than fast
And in a moment I'm gone.
The whoosh of the air
and without a care
I pass a cop going one twenty

The red and blue
"Oh no, I'm doomed!"
The siren growing louder
And in a flash
I bang my dash
"I should have gone one forty!"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beat the Heat!

Here are some tips for keeping your car cool(er) during the Arizona summer, in order from least expensive to some more pricey options for the desperate.

Here's a freebie for everyone: park in the shade. Temperatures are 20 degrees cooler in the shade. Don't believe me? Try it. It might be worth walking the extra 50 yards.

In addition, when you start up your car, don't engage the "Recirculate" button on your A/C. Instead, take in the outside air and roll down your windows a few inches. In so doing, your car actually pushes the hot air out as it attempts to pressurize within the cabin. After a few minutes (or as soon as your A/C begins to blow cold), switch from outside air circulated air. Follow this advice from a master technician and merge onto the expressway to colder air.

One of the least expensive buys out there is a $15-$25 windshield shade. You can find these nearly anywhere, and they help prevent you from burning your hands on the steering wheel or dash controls.

Window tinting, as nearly everyone knows, is a somewhat inexpensive way to keep your car a little cooler. Here at LeSueur's, we can help you get your windows tinted at wholesale prices. We tint nearly all of our cars with limo tint in back, and the Arizona legal limit in front.

Another option is installing a remote start in your vehicle. By so doing, you give yourself the option of starting the car before you get in, allowing the A/C some time to cool down. Often times, they have a significant range, allowing you to turn on your car from the checkout line in the grocery store. At $400-$500, it's not the cheapest option out there, but many people swear they won't ever drive a car without it. We can help you get one installed, if that's something you seek.

And for the desperate in search of that oasis in the desert, sell your dark colored car and buy a white one. After having a little fun with a laser thermometer, I was able to record some interesting data.

It really is about 20 degrees cooler in the shade. White cars are not nearly as hot as black cars.

I tagged a black colored car in direct sunlight, and found it to be more than 170 degrees Fahrenheit, which is enough to cook a steak to well done status (I prefer medium, personally). The white car right next to it, in the same direct sunlight, was only 125 degrees. That's a difference of more than 45 degrees!

On the inside of the car we find a similar story unfolding. By measuring the headliner inside the car (the fabric above your head), there was a noticable 10 degree difference when comparing a black and white car. The benefit to having a white car? Personally, I think it looks better, and second, it cools down faster than a darker car.

Whatever you decide to do, take action NOW! It's too hot in Arizona not to try one of these methods. Save yourself the sweaty clothes, the heat wave headaches, and utter frustration. Don't wait until desperation sets in; get out there and do your part to stand up to triple digit temperatures. Tell them, "Keep the heat, I don't want it."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cash for Clunkers?

Here's the deal with the Cash for Clunkers stimulus that the government has passed.

First off, it begins today. It serves as motivation for Americans to get rid of their old, gas-guzzling cars. The motivation? Anywhere from $3,500 to $4,500 in government (aka your) money, taken off the immediate price of the New vehicle. In a nutshell, your "Clunker" must be rated at 18 mpg (miles per gallon) or less, and the new car you purchase has to achieve at least 22 mpg. Meet that requirement and you're eligible for $3,500 bucks. If your new vehicle surpasses the old car's mpg by 10 or more, congrats, you get $4,500. Different but similar rules apply for SUVs and trucks.

But is it really as good as it sounds? Sure, the money is there, ready for the taking. $1,000,000,000 of it (that's a Billion). But does that really make it worth it to you? Not necessarily. Think of it as Uncle Sam sending 250,000 referrals to bankrupt dealers across the country, and paying for it. But we know who really pays for it.

When you "trade" your clunker in the "Cash for Clunkers" deal, you are not getting a trade-in value for your car. Instead, your car is to be scrapped, never to see asphalt again. Your trade, if the dealer is honest enough to do so, will earn you a few hundred bucks for the scrap metal. When you trade in a car, you save money on the tax value for the said car, but in "Cash for Clunkers," you miss out on that opportunity.

New cars depreciate exponentially within the first couple of years, and depending on the car, that depreciation will be much more than the $3,500-$4,500 that you "saved" when rolling off the lot.

Instead of being allured by promises of "free money," be smart and save even more money by purchasing a pre-loved vehicle. Save yourself the stress-induced headache as well by coming to LeSueur's.

"New car standards, used car prices," is our standard. Not only are you saving thousands on a used car, you're also getting a real trade-in value for your clunker (but we won't offend you, so we'll call it a car, instead). On top of saving more than $4,500 on a used vs new, and getting money for your car (plus the tax you save on the trade), you also save by paying the lowest tax in the valley, and fees so small your wallet won't scream at you from beneath your bum.

But, in the end, it's your clunker (I meant car, sorry). If you can send that poor car off to be flattened, and still sleep at night, more power to you. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mini Cooper Pop Culture

Since the release of the Italian Job remake in 2003, Mini Coopers have grown in popularity in a new niche of the car world. Highly customizable, Mini Coopers are about as diverse as Harry Potter's every flavor jelly bean: you never get the same one twice.

The Mini Cooper is like In-and-Out Burger: there are few menu choices, but veterans know that behind the scene, there's a secret menu. There are only the Cooper S and "non-S," and convertible versions of both. But ask about color combos, racing stripes, interior trims and colors, and accessories, and you'll feel like you're drinking from a fire hose.

There are 10 Million possible configurations, according to Mini. And that's just what you can get from the manufacturer. The Mini Cooper is one of the smallest cars out there, and appropriately achieves phenomenal gas mileage, 37 on the highway. The Mini Cooper S is the turbocharged menace of the family. Rated at 180 horsepower (for a small 4 cylinder, that's a lot), the S feels like a go-cart on steroids. It's an absolute kick to drive.

If customization is your thing, forget the Scions. Sure, they're cheaper, but....well, they're cheaper. Scions are cool and all, but they don't come close to the Mini Cooper when it comes to expression of self. If you're really looking to stand out, wanting to be noticed, craving some serious personality projection, then the Mini Cooper is for you. There is nothing like it out on the road today.

If you haven't experienced the Mini Cooper, swing on by LeSueur's. We have over two dozen of the things lined up, looking shiny, begging for a driver as unique as they are. You won't find a selection as large as ours anywhere else....ok, except maybe at a Mini Cooper Convention.
They're cute as a button, and bad to the bone at the same time.
Ironic? Yes.
Impossible? Nay.
Chances are, we have your flavor. Unless of course you like the booger or vomit flavored ones....yuck.
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's Convertible Season!

Get a tan while driving, what an exciting prospect!

Whether or not the weather is good, your kids are moving on to college this year, or you just want to get out and enjoy the thrill of a roadster, we've got what you're looking for.
Here at LeSueur's we have a diverse and exciting inventory, and we pick and choose our cars carefully to get the best cars at very good prices. Whatever you're looking for, chances are we probably have it.
Starting off the top-down lineup is a 2007 Volkswagen Eos. Not necessarily a Roadster, the Eos is a little more refined and spacious. It shares many components with it's cousin the Audi A4, including the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine and the groundbreaking DSG (dual clutch) transmission. The engine shifts so smoothly that you hardly notice it, and neither will your three friends who are along for the ride.

When conditions don't allow for the top down, the car transforms with the push of a button and produces a hardtop seemingly from nowhere. If you don't want the top down but prefer extra sunlight, the large panoramic moonroof is there for you when you need it.

Next up is our 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5. Famous for it's "zoom-zoom" capabilities, the Miata is a favorite among car testers and reviewers. Like a true roadster, the Miata is rear wheel driven, powered by a peppy 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. It's go-cart like handling is possibly the best characteristic of this loveable car. If you love twisty roads and carefree pleasure, this is the car for you!

But if power is your thing, consider the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire. Don't let the manufacturer fool you; this bad boy is a Mercedes wolf hiding in sheep's clothing. Its 3.2 liter V6 puts out 215 horsepower and nearly 240 ft/lbs of torque, enough to get those rear tires nice and smoky.

Being built hand in hand by Chrysler and Mercedes, the Crossfire (funny, almost sounded like cross-bred in my head) is a fun and exciting roadster sure to put a grin on anyone's face. At speed, a spoiler rises from the rear end of the car, giving the car additional downforce which sticks it to the road and improves handling. In a straight line, the Crossfire will outrun both the Eos and the Miata, but if pure performance is what you're after, check out our last contender: the 2006 Honda S2000.

The S2000 is the only car of the bunch that comes with one transmission option: the 6-speed manual. This car is for the purest, the thrill seeker, the wild one. You feel it in the first push of the ignition button, colored Red for good reason, as if asking "Are you sure you want to push me?" It's 2.2 liter four cylinder engine produces the highest output per liter than any production car. At nearly 240 horsepower, giddy-up is an understatement.
Though tight on interior space, the S2000 is excessive in it's performance. It has been heralded as one of the best performing roadsters of all time, acheiving remarkable balance and stunning track times that few in it's class come close to matching. The engine revs to an astronomical 9000 rpm, singing sweet exhaust notes more enthralling than the Sirens in ancient Greek mythology. Can track ready and street legal really coexist? You bet. You getting excited yet? You should be.
The S2000 launched in the year 2000 and has been relatively unchanged since then, proving that perfection cannot be perfected. With 2009 being the last year of production, you should grab yours before it's too late. With a price tag of $35,000 new, you might hesitate. Let someone else pay for the depreciation: buy used.
All of these fantastic cars have low miles and manufacturer warranties to accompany them. If your desire is to experience them, then get over here before they're gone. Like I said, it's convertible season! Time to get that golden brown tan from your aviator sunglasses as you cruise around. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Meet the Gang...er, Staff.

Well, by now I'm sure you've figured out that we're family owned, run, and supervised. Here's a little more information about us:

Warren LeSueur started the business back in 1975, and has been in the same place since then. Having restored over 5000 classic Volkswagen Beetles, Warren knows his Volkswagens well. He is always out buying cars, and leaves the lot in the hands of his sons. When he's not working, Warren enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and seeking after anything good or praiseworthy.

Leading the team at the lot, we have three LeSueur sons, Kris, James, and Steven.

Kris, the eldest, is very active in running, swimming, and biking. He participates in all kinds of triathlons and races, and consistantly finishes in the top of his age group. At the lot, Kris is the "go-to" guy as well as the one who is usually buying cars at local sales. He is married with two young daughters.

James, also known as Jimmy, takes care of nearly everything "behind the scenes." He is instrumental in keeping the business running. James is also extremely knowledgable on obtaining financing for customers, as well as being familiar with the ins and outs of registering and titling a vehicle. Recently married, James enjoys spending time with his wife and two fast-growing puppies.

Steven is in charge of the inventory and is responsible for most of the sales here at LeSueur's. He keeps his eye on market prices and everyone else's prices in order to assure some of the most inexpensive cars in the valley. Steven has nearly the entire inventory memorized, from stock number to mileage. He speaks a really well known language in these parts called Visayan! It is a Filipino dialect in the Visayas island! When he's not selling, Steven is raising his two young kids with his wife and enjoys paying for doctor visits when his children have ear infections....no, not really.

Also working in the sales office are Ryan LeSueur (nephew of the owner), David Tracy, and Ryan Biggs. Ryan LeSueur helps Steven keep the inventory updated and detailed and is an experienced sales consultant. He loves to learn and speak languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and currently sign language), play soccer, and skateboard.

David Tracy probably knows everything there is to know about Volkswagens and Audis, having personally owned more than 30 VWs (he's only 29) in his lifetime. His current restoration project is the yellow 1973 Karmann Ghia which is the very same car that brought him home from the hospital the day he was born. He just picked up a classic 1966 Porsche that he plans to fully restore as well. He has been working for and with LeSueur Car Co for several years, and has been involved in many aspects of the car business, from sales and service to aftermarket modification.

Rounding off the sales consultants is Ryan Biggs (a.k.a. me) as the newcomer. Though I've known the family for 13 years, I've only been at LeSueur's for about 5 months. When I'm not working I write short stories and articles, speak Portuguese, enjoy spending time with my wife, and day-dream about my future Porsche which will be funded by hopeful best-selling novels in the works.

In addition to our office staff, LeSueur's boasts an expertly run service department with some of the best technicians in Arizona. Doug, Jack, and Rob are each experts in their fields with dozens of years of combined professional experience. Lavery and Sean are both great service writers and excellent mechanics. We also have a crew of great lot attendants who actively detail, organize, and maintain our inventory of nearly 300 cars.

Now that you've met us, we'd love to meet you! Come and get to know the family, and make yourself at home! We're not like the other guys... just ask any of our thousands of pleased customers. It's definitely a new flavor of car buying. Give us a call! 480-968-6611

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What you may not know about the Car Market

Talk about the New Car market to anyone and they know that New Car sales are down, and have been for more than six months. New dealers are going out of business left and right, and even car makers are dropping like flies.

But what about used cars? Often times people assume that we're in the same boat as the new guys. Actually, we're in Noah's Arc, and they're....well, they're not really in any boat at all. The truth is that auctions have reported a steady increase in used car wholesale values for the last six months. But wait, prices going up? That's bad, right? Rest assured, it's not because dealers are trying to gouge you on used car prices; it's actually a simple case of supply and its sidekick known as demand.

According to New Car dealers, nearly 2/3 of all new cars sold have a trade-in attached to the deal. With new car sales plummeting, there is a dramatic reduction of trades entering the used car market. As the supply decreases, dealers must fight more fiercely to purchase these cars at auctions. Remember when the Nintendo Wii came out? There were not enough Wii's to go around, not even close, and some people were desperate enough to pay twice what they were worth on sites like eBay and Craigslist. It's a similar situation here, and at times, dealers are buying cars for MUCH more than normal wholesale prices.

During times like these it becomes difficult to purchase cars at auction and still maintain prices low enough to compete or beat the competition. While other dealers out there are paying too much and selling for WAY too much, we have kept prices as they were more than 6 months ago. We're not rising with the tide; we're firmly anchored at where we believe prices should be, not where other dealers are pricing their cars.

So, if you think that the Used Car market is suffering, think again. Our sales are actually up from last year. Why? Well, we refuse to raise our prices like everyone else. We never liked the "cool crowd" anyway. Why would we want to be like them? So if you're looking for deals, look no further. We have some of the lowest prices in the Valley, and we sell many cars to buyers from other states (I guess they can see the good prices, even from far away). Our fees are lower, our tax is the lowest (only 6.3%, compared to 8.1%+), and we're the most laid-back, friendly environment you've ever experienced. Come try this new flavor for yourself....you'll be glad you did. Thanks for reading!
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Closed Sundays.....what? Why?

Why are we closed on Sundays? Well, believe it or not, we're human, and we need time off, too.

I remember telling a customer we were closed on Sundays, and with a smile he said, "Just you guys and Chik-fil-A." It made me laugh. He was right; there aren't many places out there that close on Sunday. For most places, its the busiest day of the week, and the third and final day to the all-important weekend.

For us, we like to follow the small-town rule of thumb. Visit just about any smallish town in America and you'll find that everything but the gas station is closed on Sunday. In the olden days it used to be a family day, and since we're all family here, we need our day too....away from each other. Haha, only kidding.

We enjoy family values here, and one of those is our conviction that Sunday is a day for families, not for working. But don't worry, we'll be back bright and early on Monday morning. I know, we missed you too.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big Guys and Little Guys

Having worked at both "Big" dealers and "Little" dealers, I like to think that I'm informed enough to write an article on both of them. I've also purchased my own personal vehicles from large and small dealers, and I'd like to dive into my related experiences. (Photo is for humor only)

First off, I ask that we give the white-shirt-and-tie wearing salesmen a break. Their hungry stares, pushy attitudes, and abilities to stick to you like velcro are mostly products of the sales managers and other people in high places. Sales managers will put on a show, making it seem like you can make tons of money and live a great life, only to turn against you once you're hired, when they demand one thing from you, and one thing only: numbers. All they want to see are the numbers which make it to the whiteboard, the cars sold. They don't accept excuses, and they want you to push the customer into a sale any way you can, which often frustrates Mr. Customer. If you can't get them to commit, you "turn" the customer to the "turn guy" and have them bombard the customer anew. The salesperson will do this out of fear; fear that his boss will yell at him, tell him he's no good, or even threaten to send him home. If a salesman goes home, there's no money to be made.

The problem is, Mr. Sales Manager, that people are tired of being treated like they're stupid. The average Joe is likely to be just as educated about cars as his salesman. Sales tactics that these Managers were taught back in the 1970s don't really work nowadays. With Al Gore's invention called the Internet, people are now extremely well informed, and frankly, people just don't like being herded around like cattle.

It's thanks to these "Big" dealers that we "Little" guys get a bad rap. Thankfully, LeSueuer's rescued me after two weeks of horrible servitude at a large Japanese car dealer. During my stay there I met a number of good, genuinely nice people. In hindsight, these people were the newer salesman who hadn't been selling long. You could tell they were new to the industry like I was. I watched as they struggled to be friendly yet forceful into making a sale, and I'm sure I looked just as awkward, chasing Mr. Customer and doing everything short of begging at his feet. The tactics they taught us were splitting us down the middle; common sense told us to be nice, but our boss was beating up common sense on the playground after school.

I understand what buyer's remorse feels like. It's one of the worst feelings in the world when you find out that you've paid too much for something, or you come to learn the fine print, nitty gritty details weeks or even months later. My wife and I bought her car from one of the big guys, and boy did that leave a bad taste in our mouths. We were suckered in by the "Certified Used" warranty and ended up being pressured to pay too much. I would never recommend that dealer to anyone, nor would I ever return, even for service or warranty work.
When I bought my car from LeSueur's (before I started working here), it was the easiest and most pain-free experience I've ever had. I love my car, I enjoyed the experience, and I'll recommend everyone to come here. And when I'm done working at LeSueur's, I don't think I can muster up the courage to buy anywhere else.

I was so relieved to be able to switch to a place that appeared to be allergic to pressured sales. The great thing about LeSueur's is that people can feel at ease, and walk and explore at their leisure. We just barely sold a customer his first car, even though he'd been coming here every month for the past 3 years, having driven one or two cars on each visit. Most people tend to give us funny looks as we approach in our t-shirts, khaki shorts, and sandals, trying to decipher whether or not we even work there. Our place isn't much to look at, but it sure beats being hunted by a pack of piranhas and pulled into the sales office with forces comparable to black holes.

Compared to the "Big" dealers, we're actually not small at all. The Japanese dealer that I worked at had an inventory of 500-600 cars, which is quite large. Here at LeSueur's we strive to keep an inventory of 300 cars, and for a used car lot which feels small and down to Earth, that's a BIG used car dealership. Just yesterday I stopped by an American new car dealer and the salesman was shocked to hear we had such a large inventory, especially since his was only around 200 or so. He actually asked for my card after talking about our place for a few minutes.
Fact is, we probably have the largest inventory at one location within the Phoenix Valley, and possibly, the state of Arizona. Another fact: our tax rate is one of the lowest in the Valley! Oh, and another fact: unless you've been here before, you've never experienced car-buying the way it was meant to be experienced. The overwhelming majority of our customers tell us, after visiting dozens of other dealers, that their experience with LeSueur's was "A lot better," when compared to previous experiences. But don't just take my word, check out our perfect rating on Dealerrater by following this link http://www.dealerrater.com/dealer/LeSueur-Car-Company-review-8372/.

We may look and feel small, but truth is we're one of the biggest used car lots in the state. Give us a chance, check us out, and don't run away at first glance, it gets better... trust me. There are no sales managers behind mirrored glass, and no pushy salespeople; just friendly, young men who are as laid back and genuine as they look. There's really no comparison. Come try this new flavor of car buying for yourself.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BMW 335i, the Ultimate Driver's Toy

Currently, LeSueur's has a collection of six BMW 335i coupes and sedans. The BMW 3-series is envied and beloved by many, and is often the mark that other car manufactures attempt to match. Within that series, the 335i is the top of the line, and swats the opposition aside like the gnats they are.
Powering this beautiful bimmer is a new 3.0 liter, twin-turbocharged six cylinder engine, which produces 300 horsepower and a staggering 300 ft/lb of hefty torque. It has the subtleness of a refined daily driver, and raw raging power sufficient enough to throw even the most stubborn cowboy off its back. Truly, the 335i is in a league of its own, and if you can pay the $50,000 for a new one, it's arguably the best car for the money. However, you need not worry about that astronomical new car price when you come to LeSueur Car Company. We have three sedans and three coupes, priced from $29,895 to $36,995. These prices are a fraction of not only retail values, but thousands below wholesale values!
Two of our coupes are fitted with the sickly 6-speed transmission, allowing enthusiasts to find pure elightenment and become one with the car. Some have navigation systems (for those of you who are prone to be lost forever, fear no more!), and all have both Premium and Sport Packages, which include things like upgraded wheels and sport seats with the famous thigh-supports. Give us a call or stop by for a visit; you won't be disappointed.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

The United States of America turns 233 years old this weekend! We are thankful for those who have served, as well as those who currently sacrifice much in order to preserve our nation and our freedom. This Saturday, on the 4th of July, LeSueur's will be closed in commemoration of America's Birthday. Long live the land of the free. Have a great week everyone!


Going Green: Good for Nature and Your Pocket!

If you're out to save the Earth like Captain Planet, or if seeking revenge on the gas-gouging fuel pumps is your cup of tea, today's "Green" cars are your trusty sidekicks. Hybrids and Diesels are the most popular gas-saving and mileage-enhancing tools out there. The future holds concepts like Fuel Cell vehicles, whose only emission is H2O, also known as water. However, those pricy cars won't do much to save the green in your wallet, and with today's economic mishap, that's no bueno.

So, on to the comparison. The Toyota Prius is, undoubtedly, the world's most famous Hybrid car(of which we have 11). The term "Hybrid" signifies the joining of two different things whose purpose or intent is the same. Hence, cars that support both a gas engine and an electric motor are dubbed "Hybrids," since the two different motors work in harmony to get the car going. Diesels, on the other hand, run strictly off diesel fuel. Invented in 1892 by a German fellow named Rudolf Diesel, the diesel engine uses a fuel which is easier to refine than gasoline, and uses compression instead of spark plugs to ignite the fuel(also, diesel prices at the pump don't typically fluctuate as fast as gasoline). The result is more fuel economy than gasoline powered engines, and because they are simpler than Hybrid systems, they cost less to build than Hybrids. Often times, a diesel engine will have a turbocharger which increases the amount of air entering the engine, which boosts fuel economy and power.

In recent reviews by famous automotive magazines, they pitted the Toyota Prius against the Volkswagen Jetta TDI (stands for Turbo-Diesel) in a mileage showdown. The Prius, which uses primarily batteries to propel the car around town, achieves a better fuel economy rating in the city, reaching upwards of 45 mpg. The Jetta TDI, on the other hand, earns a highly respectable 32 mpg around town. On the highway is where the story turns slightly. The Jetta beats the Prius on highway testing, earning at least 45 mpg (and rumors claim even higher numbers) on the highway, with the Prius coming in just below at around 44 mpg highway. Overall, the Prius remains the most fuel-efficient car out there, but reviewers praise the Jetta TDI (did I mention we have a few of those as well?) for providing a more enjoyable and refined driving experience.

Whether you're looking to save the planet, your wallet, or both, the Toyota Prius and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI are great options. The Jettas are harder to find, but less expensive than the Prius, saving you more green. Either way, why spend more to purchase a new car, when you can buy a pre-loved vehicle for thousands less? If saving those Green Benjamins is important to you, then listen up! Everyone knows that new cars experience a massive drop in value as soon as they are driven from the dealer's lot. With used cars, that drop is much less, if it drops at all! That means you're not upside down like everyone else, and being right side up is usually a good thing. And if you're really interested in saving the planet, buy a used car. For each new car produced, tons of emissions are dumped into our atmosphere, and for each used car that goes to the dump, our carbon footprint on nature and our environment grows bigger.

Here at LeSueur Car Co, we're trying to save you green while you go green. As of today, we have 11 Prius's to choose from, 3 Jetta TDIs, a Camry Hybrid, a VW New Beetle TDI, a VW Passat TDI, and 4 Honda Civic Hybrids! Our Green lineup is priced with competitive care, and are among some of the lowest prices in the Valley! Not only that, but our low 6.3% sales tax saves you more money, and our family (literally) staff is friendly and is allergic to pressured sales, ensuring that you don't go green in the face with frustration. Check us out at http://www.usedvwaudi.com/, or call us at 480-968-6611 with questions, concerns, or comments. Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 22, 2009

One small step for a Salesman; one Giant leap for LeSueur's

Well, sort of....

Alright, we've known that Blogs have existed since the dawn of this century, but here at LeSueur's, we can be old fashioned. If you've been here before, you know that. We enjoy treating people with respect, using honesty instead of sales tactics, and allowing people to actually enjoy purchasing a car. Go ahead, call us old-fashioned; we like it that way, and so do lots of people.

With the way internet dominates business, it seems silly for us not to jump in and stake a claim, so to speak. We already do much advertising online, but this is our chance to reach out to our valued customers, has-beens and have-not-yet beens. This is for you.

For those of you who have done business with us, we thank you, and we look forward to helping you in the future, either with purchasing a vehicle or having service work done. If you haven't heard of us or paid us a visit, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity. Our place doesn't look like much, but in our case, beauty lies beneath our skin.

Since September of 1975, LeSueur Car Company has been the place to visit for genuine, friendly service. We've been at the same location since birth, lying off the beaten-path, and flourishing like an oasis by word of mouth and repeat customers. Our business is not simply selling cars, but establishing friendships and confidences by way of our moral standards and integrity. Not much has changed since 1975. You may consider us old-fashioned, but that's ok with us.