​These Gorgeous Stones Are Actually Polished Chunks Of Car Paint

You won't find Fordite digging through your backyard. It's also called Detroit Shale, but it's not a mineral or a gemstone. It's actually dozens of layers of baked paint culled from auto factories and polished into everything from pebbles to earrings. It could be the most Jalopnik jewelry in existence, if there is… » 5/23/14 9:00pm 5/23/14 9:00pm

Nissan's Ingenious Plan To Eliminate Car Washes Just Might Work

I have mixed feelings on car washes. On the one hand, I like watching all the cool machines do their thing because I am a child. On the other hand, it's a pain to have to take time out of your day to clean your car, plus you have to pay money, because I am an adult. But Nissan might've just gotten rid of it. » 4/24/14 1:20pm 4/24/14 1:20pm

Survey Says British People Can't Stop Keying Cars

The worst thing in the world, on the list of inconveniences for a car owner, is when somebody scratches your car. It's worse than a flat tire or a dead battery. When you've got one of those, you can curse the fates that have struck you, and the hand that destiny has played you. But when someone scratches the very… » 4/20/13 3:00pm 4/20/13 3:00pm

What is the worst factory car color ever used?

Over the years car manufacturers have made some interesting choices when it came time to pick paint colors. Which choices were good and which choices were bad varies greatly on a person by person basis. This weekend we want to know which color is the worst to ever appear on a production vehicle. What is the worst car… » 8/06/11 5:00pm 8/06/11 5:00pm

BMW Owner Changes His 3-Series Color From Black To White... With Tape

This BMW owner decided he'd like his BMW 335i to be white rather than black, so he found a shop to wrap his bimmer in 3M shiny white tape. OK, so paint jobs aren't exactly dead yet, but it seems more and more people are choosing to wrap their metal rather than have it re-sprayed. We guess this way, if he feels like… » 8/06/08 2:00pm 8/06/08 2:00pm

What's The Worst Car Color Combination?

Not all of us considered the blue-and-yellow of Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche 911 to be quite so bad, though that put us in the minority. We're also totally smitten with the grey and red velour of the 1971 Fiat 130 Coupe, but that may not be a commonly held taste. The snakeskin green + black + red of the 2008 Viper SRT10 » 7/15/08 11:40am 7/15/08 11:40am

Paint Thickness Tester Can Bust Shady Craigslisters

We all know that Craiglist posters can be some of the most trustworthy individuals on this planet, but for those few occasions when you need to double check their honesty there is this great invention: the paint thickness tester. It's a keychain-sized device that can determine if a car has had any body work needing… » 4/22/08 10:00am 4/22/08 10:00am