If You Don’t Have Service Records, You Don’t Have Anything

I was recently sitting around in my underwear, browsing the Internet for used cars at 4 a.m. This will come as a complete shock to those of you who know me, because I’m usually in bed by three. » 3/31/15 2:37pm Tuesday 2:37pm

Should I Trade In My Car Or Sell It Privately? 

When it's time to upgrade your current ride, you're faced with the choice of trading it in to the dealership or selling it elsewhere. While a private sale can be a hassle, it often means getting more money for your car. However, it really depends on what you have and your local tax rates that determine the most… » 3/30/15 10:39am Monday 10:39am

Police Departments Offer "Safe Lots" For Craigslist Transactions 

You can find some great deals on bargain automobiles on Craigslist. However, recent stories about buyers and sellers being robbed or even killed illustrates the risk you take when dealing with an online stranger. Some police departments are responding by allocating a portion of their parking lot to ensure a safe sale. » 3/27/15 12:26pm Friday 12:26pm

Here’s The Problem With Owning An Unreliable Luxury Car

As you read this, I am currently on vacation in Europe, a fantastic continent that I visit every so often in order to see beautiful sights, and eat amazing food, and flee all of my Range Rover problems. » 3/25/15 2:30pm 3/25/15 2:30pm

These Are The Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

If you want to drive a luxury car, you have three options: buy new, lease, or buy used. Tavarish says the smart money buys used and buys on Craigslist for cheap, but if you want a little more peace of mind, certified pre-owned is the way to go. Autotrader ranked their top ten CPO programs, you might be surprised… » 3/24/15 10:06am 3/24/15 10:06am

Craigslist Is A Terrible Place To Actually Buy Anything

I am proud to announce that I recently discovered the magic of Craigslist. What I mean by this is: I recently attempted to buy something on Craigslist, which I discovered is a futile task that should only be attempted by the clinically insane. » 3/05/15 3:21pm 3/05/15 3:21pm

Here’s Why I Bought a Chrysler PT Cruiser

As many of you know, I've owned a series of remarkable cars in my lifetime. Porsche. Ferrari. BMW M. Mercedes AMG. Lotus. Land Rover. Cadillac CTS-V. And now, I'm adding another highly recognizable name to my unique car history: the Chrysler PT Cruiser. » 3/03/15 3:00pm 3/03/15 3:00pm

The Six Best Unreliable Cars You Can Buy From CarMax

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has come: it's time for a new list of unreliable CarMax cars. You know what this means: I'm excited. You're excited. And CarMax is probably going to raise the warranty prices on each of these by 50 percent the moment they see this list. » 2/24/15 3:05pm 2/24/15 3:05pm

What’s The Perfect Car For A Teenager?

Well, everyone, it's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday, and that means it's time for today's version of Letters to Doug, which is consistently Jalopnik's finest column each week, assuming you don't read any of the others. » 2/13/15 2:00pm 2/13/15 2:00pm

Would You Lease A Used Car? 

New car sales had a record year in 2014, this also means that dealers were taking in more trades than before. Now used car inventories are piling up and dealerships are looking for ways to put budget minded buyers in more expensive pre-owned cars. According to a recent survey, we could see the rise of pre-owned… » 1/21/15 11:38am 1/21/15 11:38am

The Air Conditioning In a Used Car Never 'Just Needs a Charge'

Today's topic is: How to buy a used car without getting screwed. It's brought to you by your old pal Doug DeMuro, noted Jalopnik columnist, who once purchased a BMW M3 from a shady used car dealer whose sales manager insisted that I make out the check to him personally. » 1/20/15 3:10pm 1/20/15 3:10pm

Here’s Why It’s Really, Really Hard to Buy a Rare Car

Recently, I've been getting a number of messages from readers inquiring about my next car. Dear Doug, these messages say. When are you going to get your head out of your ass and realize that the Lincoln Mark V is the car for you? Then they send me several grainy 1970s press photos of the Lincoln Mark V, which – for… » 1/06/15 3:50pm 1/06/15 3:50pm

Here’s Why The V8 Audi S4 Is An Awful Used Car

It happened about five months ago. I'm sitting around the house in my underwear, wondering how the hell Drew Carey puts up with all those aging Midwesterners who scream like an airplane-riding infant the second they win a bottle of Listerine. And I get a message from Jalopnik editorial fellow Chris Perkins. » 12/30/14 3:00pm 12/30/14 3:00pm

A Different Kind of Christmas List: 7 Best Unreliable CarMax Cars

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is upon us, and I've decided to celebrate in my own special way: by getting violently ill. That's right: for the last few days, I've been moving around the house with approximately the same level of energy as a three-toed sloth in a zoo enclosure. ("Look honey! There he is!! … No,… » 12/25/14 2:00pm 12/25/14 2:00pm

Here’s Why The 996 Turbo Is The Best Porsche 911 You Can Buy

Whenever people find out that I worked for Porsche, they always ask the same thing. They look at me for a second, then they think. Then they look at me again, and they think some more. And then they say: "Are you the asshole who designed the Panamera?" » 12/02/14 3:48pm 12/02/14 3:48pm

The Best Strategy for Buying a Used Car on Craigslist


When you're looking to buy a used car, Craigslist can be a great resource, but you need to keep your wits about you and approach all listings skeptically. And when you see the car in person, there are a few things you should keep in mind so you stay safe and don't get swindled. » 11/11/14 5:01pm 11/11/14 5:01pm

You Can't Get A Cheap CarMax Range Rover Warranty Anymore

Stop Blaming Used Car Dealers For Your Used Car Problems

Sometimes, when I'm bored, I like to go online and read angry customer complaints about used car dealers. Have you ever done this? I highly recommend it. Hearing from these people is fun, and it's entertaining, and it's a good reminder of why we have to put warning labels all over everything. » 11/05/14 3:15pm 11/05/14 3:15pm

This Is How You Find The Best Value When Buying A Pre-Owned Vehicle

For the longest time common knowledge said, "Dealers make all their money on used cars." While there is still profit to be had in the pre-owned market, the days of six or seven thousand dollar markups are gone. So when you are used car shopping focus on the value more than the discount. » 11/05/14 11:59am 11/05/14 11:59am

Maybe You Shouldn’t Buy A Used Luxury Car For the Price of a Kia

It happens every time I hang out with my car enthusiast friends: We're sitting there, chatting about cars, and eventually the discussion turns to the fact that you can buy a wide range of iconic used performance cars for approximately the same price as laundry detergent. » 11/04/14 3:10pm 11/04/14 3:10pm