Horrible Economy-Ruining Loans Are Being Handed Out On Used Cars Now

Remember that time that loans were being handed out like hotcakes to subprime borrowers, thus triggering one of the worst financial crises in human history, back in 2008? No? Neither do I! That's why it's great news to hear that loans are being handed out to subprime borrowers, again. » 7/21/14 1:09pm 7/21/14 1:09pm

Golfer Says Dealership Pulled Bait And Switch On Hole-In-One Prize

I'm a pretty lousy golfer so I don't even bother with the "Get A Hole In One And Win a Prize!" chances, though I do wish I could go all Tiger Woods and take home a new ATS or something. One golfer managed to sink his ball in one shot and thought he won a Kia K900, but the dealer won't give him the car. » 7/10/14 2:51pm 7/10/14 2:51pm

Crashed Connecticut Enzo Was Being Driven By Two Dealership Employees

When we first saw a crashed Ferrari Enzo on I-95 in Connecticut yesterday, we were understandably heartbroken. But today the heartbreak is even worse, since it's now come out that the occupants of the car didn't even include the owner, but two employees of Miller Motorcars, a local dealership. » 6/24/14 10:35am 6/24/14 10:35am

Dealers Want to Sell You a Car in 60 Minutes or Less

For many buying a car is all-day event. There is the test-driving the negotiating, and the waiting...and more waiting. Some dealerships use this waiting tactic to wear you down so that you will just accept whatever terms they give you in order get the hell out of there. Other dealerships are realizing that a customer… » 6/16/14 12:39pm 6/16/14 12:39pm

Dealership Employee Arrested for Stealing Repair Payments

I always feel a little bit guilty using the "stealership" tag because I know we have some readers who are legit Jalops who also happen to sell cars. I have had plenty of conversations with some of them, and I truly believe they do their best to sell cars the right way. I don't like to paint with broad strokes and… » 6/08/14 9:53am 6/08/14 9:53am

Dealerships Say Gov't Regulations Cost Billions, Raise Prices

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) recently published a report entitled, "The Impact of Federal Regulations on Franchised Automobile Dealerships." According to the findings, dealerships across the nation spent a total of 3.2 billion to comply with government regulations. Some dealerships claim that… » 6/06/14 12:49pm 6/06/14 12:49pm

Bill To Lift Ban On New Jersey Tesla Sales Moves Forward (UPDATED)

Two months ago, Tesla Motors lost one of the battles in their state-by-state fight against car dealers. The battleground was New Jersey, where a dealer-backed initiative led the state's motor vehicle commission to halt Tesla's car sales on April 1. Good news for electric car fans: As of yesterday, that ban moved to… » 6/06/14 12:24pm 6/06/14 12:24pm

Why We Hate Car Shopping

As we read yesterday, a good portion of the population would rather give up sex or do all kinds of unpleasant things rather than negotiate with dealerships to buy a car. With this type of aversion to the auto purchasing process it is no wonder Tesla's direct sales model has struck a chord with consumers, and faced so… » 6/04/14 12:00pm 6/04/14 12:00pm

Dealerships Making More Money Selling Warranties and Service Plans

Not long ago I wrote a piece called ,"Back Room Deals: Extended Warranties, Service Plans, and Other Extras." For the first time I started to get some nasty messages from car-dealers, specifically "finance managers." I was accused of "deceiving customers" and "giving bad advice." Now let me reiterate that at no point… » 5/29/14 10:14am 5/29/14 10:14am

GM Dealer Has "Quality Control" Vehicle Sale

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to buy a car; there are several factory incentives and many dealerships are offering serious discounts. If you are in the market to get a new ride, you can probably score a great deal, but be on the look out for sales that don't seem quite right. I heard this ad on the radio on… » 5/24/14 2:36pm 5/24/14 2:36pm

Proposed California Law Would Require Recall Fixes for Used Cars

In the wake of the massive GM recall that encompasses millions vehicles, dealerships are bound to take in a large chunk of these cars and resell them. The L.A. Times reports that a proposed law in the California legislature wants to be sure that those cars are fixed before they are sold to buyers. Sen. Hannah-Beth… » 5/17/14 3:16pm 5/17/14 3:16pm