A man in Washington state bought a used BMW that he thought was in good working order, only to have the engine completely fail on him three days later. Turns out he never saw the check engine light because that was covered up with duct tape.
Chinese car company Gonow (a sub-brand of Guangzhou Automobile Group) is in rough shape at the moment. How rough? They’ve stopped delivering cars to their dealerships, and the dealers themselves have marched on the company headquarters.
I always knew that it can be tough to get your car fixed by a reputable mechanic without any problems. I hadn’t realized it could get “bring a gun with you” bad.
As a car buyer, you can take all the necessary steps to make sure you are getting a deal you are comfortable with, but that doesn’t always mean things will go smoothly.
Most dealerships simply consist of a huge lot, a showroom, repair bays and a bunch of offices. They’re boring. But what if we switched it up and put vendors inside them, kind of like Whole Foods is doing with its new Millennial-focused stores? Here are some shops that should be in car dealerships.
Despite the fact that dealers are getting better at adapting to more savvy car buyers, some lots will still resort to all kinds of tricks to deceive customers. Would they stoop so low as to put a fake badge on a car, and falsely claim the vehicle is better than it really is?
Dealerships will try all kinds of things to convince you that they are offering HUGE SAVINGS. Some of them even resort to giving things away like free televisions, free maintenance, or even a free car. Usually, the deal isn’t so great once you run the numbers.
Looks like SOME people in Texas couldn’t wait for the inevitable Black Friday sales at their local Chevrolet dealership! Or they just needed some new wheels. More than 180 wheels, to be specific.
The salesman reportedly confused the clutch and brake pedals. That’s not something you want to do with a 650 horsepower Corvette Z06 on the showroom floor.
One of the things I love about writing for Jalopnik is that readers tell me stories - which are true and yet unbelievable. Like this auto repair contract, sent to me by Jeff in New Jersey. It is the worst. Contract. Ever.
Now that internet car shopping has become more commonplace, some dealerships are doing everything in their power to avoid giving you a written quote. One of the newest tactics is requiring you to submit a credit application in order to send you a price. Don’t fall for this.
I got an email from a gentleman who had a dealer try to jam some stuff down his throat while buying a new car. I had a dealer do the same thing to me, and it might have happened to you too. Let’s discuss these dealer “add-ons.”
With so many dealerships to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your energy to get your deal. There are many good dealers who will give you a great price with little stress, and then there are the others, whose only goal is to take every dollar possible. Here are some clues to pick out a…
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…
I have been filing lawsuits over defective vehicles — Lemon Law and others — for 23 years now. And one thing has not changed in all that time: I hear one dumb argument from manufacturers and dealers over and over again.
Cracked has taken the time to dump on car dealers and basically the entire process of buying a new car because, hey, it kinda sucks. Here’s what your local dealer’s commercials might look like if they were “honest,” had better lighting, and Steve Buscemi’s stunt double(?) as a spokesman.
There are several third party websites such as TrueCar and Edmunds, that offer an instant hassle free price based on the vehicle you want. You get a savings certificate that you take to the dealer and buy the car without the haggling. But what happens when the dealer doesn’t want to honor your certificate?
Tesla’s had a bit of a hard time selling its cars directly in certain states, mostly owing to the existing powerful dealership lobbies. The company’s had an especially hard time getting into Texas, and the state’s governor just gave an incredibly stupid reason as to why.
I joked in a previous post about the desperate salesperson who says “I’m losing money on this deal,” but sometimes it is true. If you ever wondered why some dealers refuse to work with Internet shoppers or why the turnover rate is so high, here’s an insider’s take on how dealers “protect” their profit at the expense…