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Determined Maniac Thinks He Can Win A Tug-Of-War With A Tow Truck

A perverse part of me sort of admires this idiot. Firstly, because this guy seems to actually own a grape-soda-colored Honda Pilot, and secondly because you have to admire the power of rage-thinking when it can make a presumably mostly-rational human think they can win a tug-of-war with a tow truck and somehow all… »8/28/15 1:07pm8/28/15 1:07pm

What To Do If Something Gets Stolen From Your Car While It's In The Shop

I have written previously about what to do if your car is damaged while in for service. The Garagekeeper Liability Act is the law in Michigan which shifts the burden onto the shop for damage that happens to your car while it is in their possession, and many states have similar statutes. But what about stuff stolen… »8/26/15 10:25am8/26/15 10:25am

San Jose's Garbage Trucks May Do Police Surveillance With License Plate Readers

The government of San Jose, Calif. has come forward with a proposal to mount license plate readers to the city’s garbage trucks in an effort to expand police surveillance beyond department cruisers. Have no fear, innocent citizen, for the trash companies may be stepping up to help our friends in blue. »8/21/15 10:10pm8/21/15 10:10pm

Why Are We So Fascinated By This Video Of A Guy Keying An Aston Martin?

Over the past few days, an objectively very boring video has been getting a hell of a lot of views and attention. It’s a video of an unquestionably shitty act for a person to perform — keying a car. As far as shitty acts go, it’s hard to say it’s the most heinous, or even remotely engaging to watch. So why are we all… »8/18/15 5:49pm8/18/15 5:49pm

Faulty Inspection Leads To Manslaughter Charge For Vermont Mechanic

Steven Jalbert’s a mechanic at A.J.’s Sunoco in Barre, Vermont. Last year he put an inspection sticker on Donald Ibey’s 1992 Chevy Corsica. Two months later the car was involved in a crash that killed Ibey’s wife Elizabeth. As a result Jalbert’s been brought up on charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment and… »8/18/15 9:31am8/18/15 9:31am

Spoiled Kid Tries To Get New Ferrari By Setting Fire To Old One

It’s easy for all of us cash-deprived near-animals to judge the actions of our monied betters. So I’m asking you to keep an open mind when considering the tale of a 20-year-old son of a Swiss millionaire who deliberately set his Ferrari 458 Italia on fire in the hopes of getting a newer, better Ferrari. Just think… »8/11/15 10:10am8/11/15 10:10am

Terrifyingly Comprehensive Car Thieves Forge Docs, Then Take Firebird

Ever since the Great Beetle Recovery, we’ve been getting requests to run stories to help find stolen cars, and we try to, as much as we can. But this one about a lovely, stolen 1968 Firebird is different. Not just because of the striking car involved, but because of how the car wasn’t just physically stolen — it was … »7/22/15 10:00pm7/22/15 10:00pm

Confirmed: Drunk Driving A Mower Not A Work-Around For Suspended License

A report says Pennsylvania State Troopers (literally) lassoed a guy who was cruising down the street on his Cub Cadet lawn tractor with a suspended driver’s license and “three times” the legal limit of booze in his blood. So in case anybody was wondering, looks like “it’s just a mower!” is not a viable defense. »7/22/15 12:16pm7/22/15 12:16pm

Chrysler's Uconnect Vulnerable To Remote Hacking, But Don't Panic Yet 

As more and more cars become mobile, internet-connected appliances, they become more likely targets for remote hacking. Chrysler is hopefully realizing the seriousness of this, as a new Jeep Cherokee has been remotely hacked and pretty severely compromised, according to a story in Wired. But don’t panic just yet. »7/21/15 1:56pm7/21/15 1:56pm

Woman Takes Picture Of Asshole Parking Job, Ends Up In Jail In UAE

Based on what happened here, if Jalopnik was based in the United Arab Emirates, we’d be the only automotive website to be run from prison. That’s because a woman who took a picture of a some asshole’s car who parked across two disabled spaces and posted it on Facebook was thrown in jail for “writing bad words.” Ugh. »7/15/15 6:00pm7/15/15 6:00pm

Who Are The 'Vauxhall Cannibals' And What The Hell Are They Up To?

Right this moment, if you’re a Vauxhall around Bedfordshire, UK, you’re probably pissing your sump with fear right now. That’s because a mysterious criminal organization dubbed the Vauxhall Cannibals are around, and they’ve brutally stripped or stolen parts from over 500 Vauxhalls so far. Just Vauxhalls. What’s going… »7/14/15 9:57am7/14/15 9:57am

Probable Idiot, Possible Loon In Audi Drives Backwards Through LA

I was an LA driver for over 20 years. I’ve driven down twisty Laurel Canyon road, and always enjoyed it, in all kinds of cars. I never thought to myself “Gee, what good fun this is. I’d sure like to try it backwards!” Because, surprisingly, I’m not an idiot. I’m not so sure about our Audi-driving friend here. »7/13/15 9:25am7/13/15 9:25am

The First Car To Be Repo'd Was Also The First Car In A Police Chase

One of my personal crusades is to raise awareness of the fact that Mercedes-Benz did not invent the car like they claim to, and that automobiles have been around far longer than most people realize — viable cars have been around since at least the early 1800s. That’s why I’m so delighted to tell you about the first… »6/30/15 2:53pm6/30/15 2:53pm