Consumer Groups Petition FTC to Investigate CarMax

CarMax might just be our favorite dealership for shopping out-of-warranty and notoriously expensive European hardware. The dealership chain is known for their friendly no-hassle sales and excellent warranties. But not all is well in CarMax country...11 consumer groups are asking the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to… » 6/25/14 1:59pm 6/25/14 1:59pm

Automakers Say Franchise Laws Go Too Far

Automakers were once a neutral party in the Tesla vs. dealership fight. However, with more states trying to find a middle ground between allowing Tesla to sell cars and still keep the dealers happy, new laws are being drafted, like the one in Pennsylvania, that have automakers pushing back. The manufacturers are… » 6/17/14 12:16pm 6/17/14 12:16pm

Automakers Oppose Pennsylvania Tesla Bill

Tesla's battle to either open or maintain dealerships in certain states has been, for the most part, met with resistance from dealership groups. Now a new bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature on Monday has the automakers pushing back. The legislation proposed by Republican state Sen. John Rafferty Jr. , the… » 6/10/14 11:16am 6/10/14 11:16am

Bill Introduced To Protect The Blind From Hybrids

Despite how ridiculous it sounds, the above headline is absolutely true. A bill is being introduced in Congress that will establish some kind of safety standards to protect the walking blind from hybrids. Hybrids and other electric cars pose risks to the blind because they are too quiet. The blind listen for cars when… » 4/10/08 1:00pm 4/10/08 1:00pm

Hoons to Get Crushed in New South Wales?

New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma hasn't yet ruled out crushing the vehicles of practitioners of road-borne asshattery. Police Commissioner Ken Moroney proposed the plan, which has gained steam after a rash of street-racing incidents in the last few weeks. His solution is as direct and simple as a V-8, rear-drive… » 8/06/07 10:00pm 8/06/07 10:00pm

Illinois Town Enacts Lame Seizure Ordinance

Beginning next month the city of Oak Forest, IL will assert its right to appropriate your vehicle. Those accused of a number of crimes, including vandalism, shoplifting, armed robbery on down to forgetting one's driver's license will have their cars seized until a $500 bond can be posted. If the city-extorted cash… » 5/30/07 3:45pm 5/30/07 3:45pm

Cohorts of Count Grishnackh May Ban Norwegian Gas-Power'd Car Sales

Some Norwegian politicos seem to have let all of those Burzum records go to their head and are intent on killing the gasoline internal-combustion engine as dead as Mayhem frontman Euronymous. Ruling Labor, Socialist Left and Center party wonks are checking to see if a ban on gasoline-powered vehicle sales would be… » 5/24/07 11:45pm 5/24/07 11:45pm

Donut One: California to Go After Hoons

Street racers, beware, California State Senate Bill 266 is cumin' atcha live down at the statehouse in Sac, supported by an angry mob of parents, as well as the general anti-hoon contingent; lexicon devils with battered brains, etc. According to Rebecca Davis of Elk Grove, whose son was killed behind the wheel of a… » 4/10/07 5:45pm 4/10/07 5:45pm

Lemon-Scented Laundry: Consumers' Group Accuses Automakers of Reselling Faulty Cars

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and Democratic Senator Ellen Corbett of San Leandro are hopping mad that automakers are dodging California's Lemon Law by not covering military personnel transferred to the Golden State, as well as sending vehicles declared lemons to other states under the guise of "customer… » 3/07/07 5:15pm 3/07/07 5:15pm