A Fake Predatory Taxi Is Roaming NYC Streets And Stealing Your Money

At least one fake taxi has been prowling New York City streets, skimming and stealing credit cards. And while you think that you, the eagle-eyed observer, would never be caught dead in a blatantly fake taxi, you’re wrong. Because this fake taxi was damn near a perfect replica of the real deal. » 3/23/15 1:23pm 3/23/15 1:23pm

Police: Atlanta Gang Members Used Fake Craigslist Car Ads To Rob Victims

There was a time when if you wanted to get a nice cheap car, Craigslist was the place to go. You can still find good values on CL, but you need to be careful out there. Police say Atlanta area gang members were setting up fake Craigslist ads for cars that didn't exist, in order to lure people and rob them. » 3/04/15 12:10pm 3/04/15 12:10pm

Exclusive Video: The World's Shadiest 'Supercar' Company Exposed

Super Replicas' websites trumpet perfect copies of Ferraris and Lamborghinis powered by anything from Toyota V6s to BMW V12s, all depending on the size of your imagination and your wallet. The reality is far less glamorous, according to exclusive videos shot in secret and featured on Jalopnik. » 5/19/14 3:26pm 5/19/14 3:26pm

The World's Shadiest 'Supercar' Company Is Still Trying To Rip You Off

A year ago, Jalopnik delved into the seedy world of Super Replicas, the bizarre Panama-based company that claims to make perfect exotic car copies for as low as $20,000. We still get several emails a month from interested buyers asking if the company is really a scam or not. That's because Super Replicas is still out… » 4/29/14 4:00pm 4/29/14 4:00pm

Foreign Student Charged $4,240 for Taxi Ride

Free Uber this is not. A Chinese student was fleeced for $4,240 after a taxi driver at O'Hare Airport scammed the University of Illinois student (who spoke little English) by lying to him that there were no more buses heading to Champaign that evening. » 9/01/13 4:05pm 9/01/13 4:05pm

Why You Shouldn't Trust The Internet's Most Exotic Car Dealer

The 750-horsepower, $3.9 million Lamborghini Veneno is one of the most outrageous cars of all time. The only real problem with it is that there is only four of them, making ownership a pipe dream — unless you get with Refined Marques, who say they can hook you up with one. Here's why you shouldn't trust that claim. » 8/13/13 3:31pm 8/13/13 3:31pm

Tips To Make Me Want To Respond To Your Craigslist Ad

We all have been there; browsing the classifieds on Craigslist. You see a car that sounds pretty good so you click it. And then, it all goes downhill. No pictures. A specs sheet copied and pasted from Edmunds. A one sentence blurb saying “Call so and so for a showing at 555-555-5555.” The ones that speak no english.… » 7/19/13 11:39am 7/19/13 11:39am

Woman Used Ambulance Like a Taxi, Ignoring the Social Contract

The social contract is a sacred thing, and, in the vacuum of constant police surveillance in which most people carry on with their daily-chores, we count on strangers to follow a few unstated or quietly stated rules that help society run with greater efficiency. Don’t sneeze into a crowd of people with one’s mouth… » 4/28/13 9:15pm 4/28/13 9:15pm

Everyone In California Is Basically Sharing The Same Used Car

Selling used cars is a pretty good business: you buy crappy old cars at rock-bottom prices from desperate people; sell these crappy cars to desperate people at inflated prices; repo the cars when the desperate people run out of money; and then sell the same cars all over again. » 8/15/12 1:40pm 8/15/12 1:40pm

Don't believe classified ads selling supercars for $29,000

You know it can't be true. Your brain tells you that selling a 2009 Nissan GT-R for $25,500 anywhere outside a salvage yard should raise multiple questions. But you call the number anyway. And that's where things get weird. » 8/25/11 4:00pm 8/25/11 4:00pm

Why you shouldn't drive when you're gravely ill

After a 46-year-old Montana cancer patient died in a 2009 traffic accident, insurer MetLife ruled he had committed suicide — and therefore his wife and children couldn't collect a $224,000 life insurance policy. It's not a one-time scam. » 3/09/11 9:30am 3/09/11 9:30am

For $4,400, Wham-Bam-Z4 Scam?

The BMW Z4 took its predecessor's layout - twee two-seat roadster - and turned it up a notch. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe M-edition is even notchier, but is its price notchy or nice? » 11/29/10 8:00am 11/29/10 8:00am

Glenn Beck To Fans: "Oh Lordy, Won't You Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz"

Back in 2003 Fox News' chief-crazy-question-asker Glenn Beck asked fans to each send him a dollar towards his personal purchase of a Mercedes-Benz S600. Beck even set up a still-active-to-this-day PayPal account to facilitate donations. Whatever happened to that? » 12/22/09 3:30pm 12/22/09 3:30pm

Scammers Using Toyota's Name To Rip Off Consumers

By way of Toyota's own Open Road Blog is word of a new scam using Toyota's name in vain to obtain financial info for use in identity theft and raiding bank accounts. The scam involves a letter and sometimes an included check branded with Toyota's logo. A couple of different forms of the scam are circulating — one of… » 4/25/08 12:20pm 4/25/08 12:20pm

A Hummer Won't Get You The Love, Hummer You Really Want

As much as the Internet is powered by ads, you probably don't want to go too far down the Google AdWord rabbit hole because you might be frightened by what you find. In this case a search of Hummer served up a steamy ad claiming » 4/02/08 4:45pm 4/02/08 4:45pm

It's an excellent question. Is that what we want in our life? Maybe this site is offering…

Life Lesson #427: Don't Buy Parts From Registered Sex Offenders

Finding the right parts for your project car can be tough. Who can you trust these days? As we learned with the Unique Performance saga, even seemingly reputable businesses can turn out to be suspect. Things get even tricker when buying things over the web, as this horny car-jacking victim discovered. Thankfully,… » 2/28/08 12:40pm 2/28/08 12:40pm

Sub-Prime BMW Crisis?

Can't afford a brand-new BMW M6 Convertible? Neither can most people, as the car costs over $100,000. But a California woman thought that she could afford to lease one. She had a good credit history. She even plunked down her $30,000 life savings for a down payment. Trouble is that she's on a fixed income: a $2500… » 2/12/08 9:15am 2/12/08 9:15am

Rules of the Road: How Not to Get Dehorsed When Buying a Car

The purchase of an automobile is one of the major financial decisions you'll make in your life. And if you're a reader of this site, it's probably one of the major decisions you make in your life, period. Unfortunately, unscrupulous car dealers are waiting to prey on ambitious consumers. The most insidious way this… » 11/23/07 3:00pm 11/23/07 3:00pm