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. » 1/23/15 8:05am 1/23/15 8:05am

Some Dealerships Are Illegally Selling Cars Above MSRP

We all know that certain cars that are either limited production models or high demand will often be "marked up" above sticker price. In some states this is illegal if not documented correctly. But you could be paying too much for that car even if you are not buying a hot model. » 11/03/14 8:10am 11/03/14 8:10am

Beware Of This Dealership Jargon The Next Time You Buy A Car

Every profession has their own jargon or slang and automotive sales is no different. Most of the vocabulary is meant to streamline communication, but knowing these terms could make the difference of you being ripped off or not. » 10/30/14 8:03am 10/30/14 8:03am

Even If You Repair A Crashed Car, Your Resale Value Will Not Recuperate

You slow down for a red light and the moron behind you is texting. He doesn't stop in time and hits you from behind, not hard, but just enough to damage your bumper. You make a claim with your insurance and pay your deductible. Then you go to trade your car and find out that the accident has cost you in the way of… » 10/08/14 12:45pm 10/08/14 12:45pm

How Do I Buy A Car When I'm Upside Down On My Current Loan?

I desperately need a new car, the one that I have is becoming an unreliable money pit. The problem is I owe $4000 more than it is worth. I have no cash for a down-payment, but I can handle $350 per month. How do I get into another vehicle and break the cycle of being underwater on a car loan? » 10/03/14 12:48pm 10/03/14 12:48pm

Did Anyone Buy A Car This Weekend?

Labor Day Weekend is one of the most popular times to buy a car. Dealerships advertise "huge savings" and many manufactures have some great incentives in the way of factory discounts or super cheap financing. So how many of you have a new car in your driveway? » 9/02/14 2:45pm 9/02/14 2:45pm

How Negotiable Is A Dealership's Internet Price?

I am shopping for a new car and I keep seeing dealers advertise an "internet price." Often it is lower than the other dealers. Sometimes the ad says "call for internet price," but it won't say a number. Is it really the lowest price? » 8/29/14 9:30am 8/29/14 9:30am

You Don't Need To "Figure Out" Women To Sell Them A Car

The auto industry is constantly trying to capitalize on the next big "target market." Seeing as female buyers influence more than 80% of carbuying decisions, dealers and automakers are trying figure out what makes them tick, but it is really not that complicated. » 8/21/14 10:25am 8/21/14 10:25am

Hookers, Killers, And Spies: More Of The Craziest Car Buyers

Last week gave I you dealerships folks an opportunity to tell the most off-the-wall and unbelievable customer stories. What surprised me the most is the amount of criminals that make their way into the showroom. So I decided to dedicate an entire post to some of the more unsavory characters. » 8/18/14 12:00pm 8/18/14 12:00pm

Five Ways To Nearly Kill Someone While Trying to Be A Safe Driver

As a motorist, you are one of the good ones. You're part of the solution; you do the right thing. Alas, you have the situational awareness of a half-grapefruit, so you make moves in the moment that could get someone killed. Here's how not to let that happen. » 4/08/14 3:20pm 4/08/14 3:20pm

This Auto-Speed System Will Keep Trains from Going Off the Tracks

Last week's deadly Metro-North commuter train derailment was an undeniable tragedy. It's also one that could potentially have been avoided regardless of human error. An automated train speed control system already exists, but neither Congress nor the rail transportation industry has actually gotten around to… » 12/10/13 11:40am 12/10/13 11:40am

How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact.… » 11/26/14 11:55am 11/26/14 11:55am

Korean Urban Legend Goes Viral, Makes Taxis Scary

You've heard it before: Person wakes up in a bathtub of ice, only to find a kidney has been harvested. It's an urban legend that, according to Snopes, has been around since 1991. Now in South Korea, there's a somewhat similar story that involves taxicabs. And it's taking the internet by storm. » 6/26/13 6:00am 6/26/13 6:00am

What Biofuel Is (And Where It Comes From)

Cars didn't always run on gasoline. Henry Ford envisioned his Model T's puttering along with tanks fully of ethanol. Early diesel engines ran on peanut oil. Of course, the discovery of massive petroleum reserves at the turn of the 20th century quickly put the brakes on that notion—why bother creating biofuel when… » 6/12/13 4:00pm 6/12/13 4:00pm

Using Weed To Pay For A Cab Ride In Front Of Cops Is Never A Good Idea

Just, you know, FYI. Because Michael Medvec, a 23-year-old Philly resident, tried it last Friday night, when he didn't have the eight bucks he needed to pay the fare back to his apartment. Let's read along with the Philadelphia Daily News, which got the deets from Philly police captain Brian Korn: » 4/05/13 5:54pm 4/05/13 5:54pm

A Florida Woman Stole Tampons, Fled In An Explorer, And Hid In A Box

I know we ask this a lot, but where else but in Florida would something so absurd happen? The manager at a CVS in Port St. Lucie, Fla. saw Alyson Strosser stealing tampons, cheap wine, and other ingredients necessary for a romantic Florida evening, and called her out on it. » 2/06/13 2:40pm 2/06/13 2:40pm

Running From Cops With 15 Quarts Of Oil In Your Clothes Is A Bad Idea

Jorge Sanchez appeared to know exactly where he was headed when he walked into a Burbank, Calif. Costco last week: straight to the oil aisle. When he showed up at the register a few pounds heavier, Costco employees knew something was up. » 2/05/13 4:20pm 2/05/13 4:20pm

Trash Trucks Are A Terrible Place For Used Meth Labs

Attention meth cooks and Walter White wannabes: Please don't throw your used meth lab equipment in the trash. They've been known to start fires inside of moving trash trucks. » 2/04/13 5:30pm 2/04/13 5:30pm

The Ten Worst Traffic Cops In The U.S.

Ever gone through a state and wondered "what is shoved up the asses of every cop here?" Jalopnik readers know where the absolute worst traffic cops reside. » 1/31/13 11:00am 1/31/13 11:00am