As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. Let’s see what we have on deck for this week: We recently visited a dealership offering a too-good-to-be-true price on a Chrysler Pacifica Touring L ($23,500 after rebates). I texted with the dealership before visiting and they claimed it was the real deal. Then went to the dealership and was assured it was the real deal by a salesman, although I didn’t qualify for all the rebates. Good enough; we viewed a car that my wife liked, started working the numbers and got a price nowhere even remotely close to the advertised price. The salesman and manager’s first strategy was to suggest they couldn’t find the previously discussed special on their website, insinuating that the page I was presenting on my phone was … [Read more...] about How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising?
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CAR manufacturers using the word "autonomous" to describe new technologies could be confusing drivers. New research has found that the labelling behind driver assist technology could be giving motorists a false sense of what their car is actually able to do. According to a report by Thatcham Research and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), there has been a rise in the number of drivers crashing their cars because they have misunderstood the capabilities of driver-assist systems. The report calls for car makers to stop using words like "autopilot" and "propilot", as these give motorists the impression that the car is able to drive itself - or at least do far more than it is capable of. According to the research, many drivers are under the impression that their car can actually drive autonomously, but motors with this ability won't be on British roads for a number of years. Matthew Avery, Head of Research at Thatcham Research, said: “We are starting to see real-life examples … [Read more...] about How ‘autonomous’ cars are misleading motorists and making British roads dangerous
BRITISH drivers could save more than £1,000 just by sharing a lift to work. Around 18.6million Brits currently drive to work alone, seeing them fork out an average of £1,700 a year in running costs. But according to a recent study, motorists could more than halve their commuting bill by joining a car share. Conducted by Inchcape, the study found that drivers who shared their commute with another three Brits just three days each week could save an average of £791 each over the course of the year - with that rising to more than £1,000 in certain parts of the UK. And even those who shared just twice a week would save more than £500 over 12 months. Belfast was the city where motorists stood to save the most by car sharing, up to £1,200 in some cases. Cities where drivers were forced to fork out the most to commute alone were the locations that saw the biggest savings, with Plymouth and London also far cheaper to car share in. An … [Read more...] about You could save more than £1,000 a year just by sharing a lift to work
► BMW's 530d xDrive on CAR's fleet► Sporty, fast, awd and not an SUV► CAR's test diary with the latest 5-series 7.40amIf I'm half-asleep in the mornings, our teenage boys are firmly comatose. In this daze the 5-series is a joy, swaddling backsides in seats that feel like a lie-in and a cabin that, thanks in no small part to the Ambient Air fragrance system I initially disregarded as gimmicky, still feels special half a year on. Display key allows for climate pre-conditioning but I never, ever use it. 8.14amHandsome BMW treads the school-run car park line beautifully; handsome enough for the boys not to request a covert drop around the back, not so ostentatious as to raise eyebrows.While they're disembarking (the boot doesn't bat an eyelid at any amount of oversized luggage, even cricket bags), I can smugly watch my phone charge wirelessly and check the weather and news headlines via the 5-series' Connected Drive. Again, I never thought I'd use it; I was … [Read more...] about Life needs a little 5-series in it: our long-term test review
Veteran racer George Taylor is giving East Coast drag racing fans a retrospective look back while campaigning his vintage-appearing Super Stock 1967 Camaro. Taylor is the patriarch of a family orientated race team based out of Bel Air, Maryland, which spans three generations, including his son George Taylor Jr. (the driver) and his grandson George Taylor III. George Taylor Sr. is the original owner of this race car, purchased back in 1970 and initially raced in the NHRA Modified Production class. Now the Camaro, which was built by Wisecarver Brothers Race Cars and features its original and period-correct paint scheme, runs a high-winding 800hp, 297ci small-block assembled by Black Arrow Race Engines. The Camaro is now raced in SS/EM trim and George Taylor Jr. has run a best time of 9.16 at 146+ mph. Raymond and Christopher Valentine round out the race team’s crew.Racing a super reliable and very rare 1971 Chevy Vega, Ohio’s Rob Kropfeld is certainly one of the bigger … [Read more...] about COPO Camaro Drag Racers Make the Straight Line Spotlight