It'll Cost You $17,000 To Add A Fire Extinguisher To Your Corvette Z06

A Corvette Z06 is a pretty good deal for what it is, but it's not exactly cheap. It starts at about $80 grand, and as you can imagine, there's some pricey options: racing stripes are $950, a carbon fiber ground effects package is $3995, and a fire extinguisher is as much as a Chevy Cruze. What, what? » 2/23/15 11:17am 2/23/15 11:17am

How To Buy A New Car Without Getting Ripped Off

So you've finally made it to the point where you can treat yourself to a new car. But you're past the point of searching Craigslist for thousand-dollar beaters; it's time to put the big-boy pants on and head to the dealership. Here's how to go car-shopping without getting taken for a ride. » 1/29/15 4:53pm 1/29/15 4:53pm

The U.S. auto dealer model isn't going away anytime soon. Here’s why.

Disclosure: I've been working in the car business for over seven years now, though I'm not in sales anymore. I've learned a lot about how the auto business operates during that time. This article isn't intended to glorify car dealerships. It's to explain why today's auto industry can't just up and change to a… » 1/28/15 3:43pm 1/28/15 3:43pm

Here Is How You Can Spend Less Time At The Dealership

Even in the age of internet car shopping, I still hear stories from people who spent half their day at a dealership to purchase a car. Cars are one of the few purchases that take a marathon to buy. According to a recent study, once a customer is at the dealer longer than 90 minutes, satisfaction rapidly declines. » 1/24/15 11:00am 1/24/15 11:00am

Hip MTV Study: The Youths Don't Hate Cars After All 

At last, sweet vindication. For years I've been fighting against the myth parroted by terrified industry types and lazy Boomer assholes that young people don't buy cars, don't want cars, and only ride buses and their super-cool Razor scooters. Young people DO want cars! How do I know? Because of a new study by the hip… » 1/23/15 6:45pm 1/23/15 6:45pm

Proof: Pickup truck prices have gone insane

I spent some time last week cleaning out and moving my home office (thanks polar vortex 2!). In a flurry of old papers and diecast cars, I found the window sticker for my 2006 GMC Sierra. My apologies for the potato pic, the scanner and I went 12 rounds ... I lost. Looking it over, I was reminded just how cheap it… » 1/13/15 11:51am 1/13/15 11:51am

This Viper-Powered Dodge Challenger Is A Hellcat Killer On A Budget

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever made by the American manufacturer, and it currently commands quite the premium at dealerships - but what if I told you that you could save tens of thousands on a bona fide Dodge muscle car that had more power potential for less money? » 1/08/15 4:11pm 1/08/15 4:11pm

Help Car Buying Make 2015 Awesome

Back in July, Jalopnik launched a new sub-blog with a very simple goal: "Give car-buying advice that doesn't suck." While Tavarish and I have very different perspectives on how to buy cars, we feel that we provide a great balance between used car values and practical purchasing advice. So how did we do so far? » 1/05/15 8:39am 1/05/15 8:39am

The World At The End Of 2014: A 2CV Costs More Than A Rolls

I'm not exactly sure what this says about our world, but I feel like it's an indicator of something important. Right at this moment, the current state of human life on Earth has progressed to a point where a 2-cylinder Citroën 2CV costs $10,000 more than a long-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. This is meaningful,… » 12/29/14 9:40pm 12/29/14 9:40pm

Military Will Finally Sell You A Surplus Humvee Starting At $10,000

Starting December 17, 2014 the general public will able to buy trucks from a surplus of "as many as 4,000 Army Humvees" being shifted out of government service. Bidding starts at $10,000, and the 20-year-old-trucks look like they're in good shape with low miles. There are a couple catches though. » 12/16/14 2:30pm 12/16/14 2:30pm

Is This Ridiculously Cheap Toyota Supra Worth Saving?

The Toyota Supra is one of the most, if not the most desirable '90s Japanese cars on the market today. Its insane potential for supercar-crushing power and speed are largely unmatched to this day. Here's a great example of what not to do with this iconic grand tourer, but the good news is that you can save it, for a… » 12/16/14 1:44pm 12/16/14 1:44pm

How To Buy A Unicorn In Five Easy Steps

Every so often, I get a wild hair up my ass and set out to find the impossible: The car that isn't supposed to exist, the variant that they were never supposed to make, in the rarest color, owned by a grandmother who only drove it to church: A Unicorn. Mercifully, my friends (and now my wife, hi honey!) tolerate these… » 12/13/14 12:11pm 12/13/14 12:11pm