Automotive news is a field that has seen more than its fair share of scammers, and I don’t think that any of us can blame those people for resorting to this unethical practice. The automobile industry is an expansive one, and it is often the case that a reputable news story will be shared by one publication, be picked up by another and then become circulated all over the place. Since there are so many publications that run automotive news every day, there has to be some way for these items to get across the net.
The fact that there are websites that specialize in gathering, aggregating and distributing this information makes the job that much easier. There are websites that offer a service that acts as a reporter on every story that is related to automobiles. The reporter’s job is to find out whether or not the information is credible and whether or not it should be taken seriously. If the story is considered to be newsworthy, the writer will find out what sources are available for that information. From this point the writer will compile this information and publish it to the readers.
This brings us to the main point of this article, which is the need to be careful about the information you take on the internet. What is often referred to as "news" on the Internet is just that: news. It’s simply information that has been reported and is being spread due to one of several reasons. Sometimes the rumors are started by someone in the auto industry so that they can have an excuse for launching a full scale misinformation campaign against an auto company. Other times the rumors are started by an ordinary consumer who is curious and wants more information.
Regardless of the source, automotive news is not the place to get started when it comes to forming an opinion. The information in any article that is printed about automotive news should always be verified. While there have been instances where rumors have been able to be proven correct, this has usually been in cases where the manufacturer has done something wrong (i.e. faulty product) or if their service has been poor (i.e.
It goes without saying that before sharing any rumors you should find out all the details. If you don’t do this then the information could have some false information in it. This is why doing your own research is so important. Not only is it important for you to find out if the information is true, but you should also verify it for yourself before using it.
Another reason that the information shouldn’t be trusted blindly is because it comes from a person who doesn’t know much about the auto industry. Just like many other things in life, the best advice is to go with your gut. Don’t listen to someone who has never owned a car or hasn’t done any research on it. This type of information is always wrong and leads to poor decisions. On the other hand, if someone has tons of experience in the industry and is telling you how to run your business, then listen to them.
In some cases people will pass on incorrect rumors just to try to get more customers. The problem is that many people will tell their friends or family about an automotive company and when word gets out, everyone who works for that company will be under a threat of being laid off. While most people understand the importance of saving money now, the last thing they want to do is lose their job when they have been doing everything right. Many automotive news stories are just the hope for the auto industry which is what keeps lots of people working.
Take the time to research any rumors that you read and make sure they are true. If the information is wrong, call the source and ask them why they are saying it. If you don’t get a straight answer, ignore the story. There are plenty of stories out there about how people were hurt by rumors and it doesn’t help anyone when the rumors are completely wrong. Stay away from any automotive industry news that comes from un-named sources and only listen to the news that is named in the article.