Car Lot Rescue

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Biz reality drives home hard work messages; lots of curses.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Hard work, respect, professionalism, and other important lessons are featured. Some sexism in the idea that attractive women on cars is a good sales tactic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tom Stuker is blunt and rough talking, but his intention is to help these small businesses succeed in a difficult economy. Many of the staff members he deals with are resistant to change; most seem to turn around by the end of the show. The majority of car sales team members are male.

Violence

Staff members fight with each other, as well as argue with customers. One dealership features staff members boxing in the lot during lunch breaks.

Sex

Occasional images of women in sexy clothing sitting on cars and being photographed.

Language

Words like "d-bag," "d--k," "piss," "damn," "ass," and "hell" are audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Dealerships from all over the country are featured; their logos and contact information are often visible. Car makes like Buick, Audi, Infinity, Camaro, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc. are prominently visible. The series is also a promotional vehicle for Stukor's consulting work, although his company is not specifically discussed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality show Car Lot Rescue features lots of strong language ("piss," "hell," "damn," "d--k," "d-bag"; plus bleeped curses) thanks to heated exchanges between car dealership staff and a consultant. Heated exchanges, threats of violence, and the occasional boxing match is also featured. Women in skimpy clothing are sometimes shown being photographed on cars. Dealerships from all over the country, as well as car makes like Buick, Audi, Infinity, Camaro, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc. are prominently visible. Despite all of this, it contains some important messages about professionalism, respect, working hard, and taking pride in doing a good job.

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Adult Written byMarrisaW February 11, 2013

Just bad all around.

Another horrible "reality" show. Obvious set up drama and scenes. Some violence and bad language.

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What's the story?

The reality series CAR LOT RESCUE stars global automotive sales and management consultant Tom Stuker as he travels to failing car dealerships and puts them on the right road before they drive themselves straight into ruin. The Texas-born Stuker takes over each dealership for five weekdays and uses his strong personality and unique training and mentoring style to help managers and sales staff improve their sales, management, and service techniques. Assisting with the process are fellow car experts Roe Hubbard and Stuker's sister, Roxy. On Saturday, the busiest car selling day, he observes the dealership team employ the techniques they have learned in an attempt to make their business profitable again. It isn't easy, but Stuker is committed to help revitalize the automotive business one lot at at time.

Is it any good?

Car Lot Rescue underscores the three areas -- selling, managing, and offering fantastic customer service -- that dealerships must excel at in order to have any hope of success, especially in today's economic climate. It also reveals some of the tricks of the trade, like keeping potential customers on the phone, in order to make a sale.

Granted, some dealerships feature behavior so bad that you have to wonder if it is scripted in order to make the series more entertaining. But the show's overall messages about hard work, professionalism, respect, and taking pride in what you do, are valuable ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why would businesses that are facing problems like the ones featured here want to be featured prominently on a reality series? Is it for money? To promote their businesses? Or for something else?

  • When watching reality shows, can you point out the different ways that products and/or services are being marketed to you during the presentation?

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