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Roald Dahl must have had a really bad experience buying a car. How else do you explain the extremely unflattering depiction of auto dealers in two of his children's books. First there is Sam Beauregarde in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Beauregarde is the obnoxious father of Violet, the vulgar girl with a chewing gum addiction who turns into a blueberry. Then he makes a shady dealer a main character in "Matilda." Chapter two is actually titled "Mr Wormwood, the Great Car Dealer."

Dahl's poor opinion of car dealers occurred to me the other night when I was watching "Willy Wonka" with my daughters. But during this showing, I saw this commercial from State Farm and I was reminded what car sales are really all about

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Ted Craig

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