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What Was Your Most Bizarre Car Buying Experience?

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I have been spending far too much time on Bring A Trailer and Craigslist lately. It’s time. It’s time I start carefully curating a garage of very terrible vehicles that only a mother (or me) could love. But, uh, folks—there’s some real weird buying caveats out there.

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Which reminded me of buying my Mazda 2. In the process of taking it out for a test drive, the sales associate started yelling “pull over pull over!” and pointing at a grocery store parking lot somewhere in San Antonio. Seconds later, he’s out of the car on the phone, calling in details to the dealership of a seemingly random car sitting in the lot. Turns out, it was one that had been stolen from the lot over a month ago. It just so happens that we found it while I was driving my soon-to-be car.

And that got me thinking—that’s gotta be pretty tame. With all these person-to-person car sales going on, there’s gotta be some weird shit going on out there. I know people will have weird terms of sale. I know some very sketchy human will have tried to do some very sketchy things. I know I can’t even imagine all the funky stuff that could go on.

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So, let me know. Tell me all of the weirdest shit that’s happened to you while you were buying a car.

Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.

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I bought a new Subaru a few years ago without getting jerked around by anyone at any point in the process.  It was bizarre.