In my line of work, I’m constantly told two things by the general public: All cars are nothing but money pits, and My uncle has a ‘65 Mustang that’ll be worth 200 grand in three years, but I’ll sell it to you for $6500. Both statements are obviously bullshit, but not because cars in general are bad investments—far…
Does writing whimsical posts about cars qualify one to buy a 17-year-old Japanese car in Eastern Europe? It does not! The true story of a doomed voyage to Armenia and my volatile love affair with a Subaru Sumo.
A lot of people who get fed up with their defective cars call the car’s manufacturer, hoping to get help. Don’t bother.
Good day, people of Jalopnik, and welcome to your latest round of Letters to Doug, which involves a) you sending letters to Doug, and b) Doug listening to Jimmy Eat World. Occasionally, I also reply to one of your letters.
From time to time I get calls from people who think they are about to get sued. It’s usually because they sold someone a used car and something went wrong. Here’s why they have little to worry about.
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If you ever thought that no good could come of a rap song that repeats itself so many times you lose count, you were definitely wrong.
In my 24 years of practicing law, I have spoken to thousands of consumers who were ripped off when buying used cars. There are a few themes I hear over and over again. I’ve condensed what I have seen to a few simple rules which will help you if you follow them.
Dave Ramsey is a financial guru to many people. His advice has helped millions get free from crushing debt. This is a good thing for those folks struggling to get by. Unfortunately, Mr. Ramsey, like many of his financial advisor colleagues, is a little too uptight about letting you buy a new car.
Craigslist is one of the best sources for amazing used car deals on the planet. It’s also a one of the best places for people to wildly overestimate their clunker’s value. Here are 10 examples of abysmally bad deals and misplaced hope.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent approximately 16 hours on commercial airplanes. This has given me ample time to read a wide range of automotive dealership complaints written by the kind of people who believe Applebee’s is fine dining. They seem to believe dealers are at fault for low trade-in offers. They’re wrong.
Last week, Tavarish explained how inexpensive sports cars may sound like a good idea at the time, only to realize later you probably should have bought something that won’t drain your wallet and your sanity. An owner of an E36 M3 wants to trade it for what may be the most disdained car in the Jalopnik comments. A…
When going through your recently purchased used car you’re bound to find some signs of the previous owner’s mess. Here are the ten weirdest things Jalopnik readers have found in used cars.
I’m not really a truck person. I respect trucks, but never had much of a desire to own one. Then I had to move a bunch of junk from my house when I realized my Volkswagen GTI and our Sienna minivan weren’t going to cut it. After borrowing my dad’s Frontier, I developed a new appreciation for the cheap pickup. Here is…
Oh, Carmax. You might not have the best deals on used cars, but you have some damn good marketing. So good in fact, that even a seasoned gearhead can get hypnotized by the desire to buy car “the best way,” even if it means overspending.
We’ve all been there... you’re searching for a pre-owned car when you come across an awesome deal on what looks like the perfect vehicle. Then you click on the Carfax report only to find that yellow triangle that indicates “accident reported.” Carfax is now offering an online search tool to help filter these cars.
There is something special about driving around in an Italian car. The build quality might not always be perfect, and the reliability may not always be Toyota-grade (read: never), but it makes up for those things with style and passion. Unfortunately for a brand like Maserati, most buyers want to stick with what they…
We’ve seen all kinds of ways people have tried to set their Craigslist ad apart from the hundreds of thousands of used car listings. While some have become Internet famous, they haven’t always resulted in a successful sale. This ad for a 1988 205 GTI might not be funny, but it is an excellent model to follow.
We all know CarMax is great for buying incredibly unreliable Range Rovers or fast, unreliable European hardware well beyond the factory warranty. But if you want something that’s not so old or not so rare, is the “no haggle price” really the best deal?
My PT Cruiser with 140k miles is becoming a money pit. I need another car, but due to some medical bills my credit score took a massive hit and I have no cash for a down-payment. I’m worried about getting a loan with a high interest rate, but I’m also hesitant to deal with the headaches of another used car.