Disgruntled Former Dealership Employee Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely, Honks Horns

Disgruntled Former Dealership Employee Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely, Honks Horns

Some car dealerships and lenders have equipped cars with devices that disable the ignition or make the horn honk nonstop when payments are late. We wrote about this last year, but didn’t realize that the interface has fantastic potential for pranks. And that’s how a laid-off car dealership employee was allegedly able to disable the ignitions of more than 100 cars purchased from the dealership. Or set off their horns in the middle of the night. [More]

Beat The "Four Square" Dealership Ripoff

Beat The "Four Square" Dealership Ripoff

Former used car salesman Alan Slone grew a little Jimminy Cricket in his ear and decided to spill his guts on a classic dealership technique used to addle your mind and empty your wallet. It’s called “The Four Square” and the object of the game is to make you lose. Here’s how it works, and how to beat it. [More]

Dealership Ad Fail

Dealership Ad Fail

Bill found negotiating with the dealership to be a little one-sided. [Craigslist via Failblog] [More]

Buy A New Car Without Getting Ripped Off

Buy A New Car Without Getting Ripped Off

There is a rare breed of individual who enjoys shopping for a new car. Likening it to one of our last remaining instances of socially acceptable bare-knuckle-boxing, Rob Gruhl is one such person. He shares his tips for not getting screwed at the dealership in this fun and lively and short presentation. [More]

Need A New Car? Consider A Saturn

Need A New Car? Consider A Saturn

The Washington Post notes that although Saturn dealerships have until this time next year to close, many will be saying goodbye sooner due to low inventory, and that’s partly why now is a good time to buy a Saturn. That is, if you don’t plan on reselling it in a couple of years.

New Jersey Dealership Goes Under, Leaves Customers Without Titles To Their Cars

New Jersey Dealership Goes Under, Leaves Customers Without Titles To Their Cars

When Patrick Dunn’s auto dealership in New Jersey went out of business a few months ago, something weird happened to “40 or 50″ customers who had bought cars from him, writes Bob Braun at NJ.com. The company Dunn had taken out business loans with, Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), went to Arkansas and asked for reposession of the cars in New Jersey. The Arkansas department of motor vehicles assumed AFC meant for unsold cars on the lot, so they granted the request—and now AFC says it owns titles to cars that people are already driving and paying for.

Was Your Cash For Clunkers Deal Rejected After Being Approved?

Was Your Cash For Clunkers Deal Rejected After Being Approved?

Edmunds.com, the car info website, is asking people who participated in the short-lived Cash for Clunkers program to contact them if something went wrong. Although they can’t fix any problems, they’re trying to collect data on consumers who are being asked to pay back the government rebate after already being approved, which was forbidden under the rules of the program, so they can present the data to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Buy A Car, Get A Free AK-47

Buy A Car, Get A Free AK-47

The logo at Mark Muller’s dealership is… an old west caricature pointing two pistols at those who pass by. He said it’s a nod to what he calls “big city” ways. “We really are different than the big city dealers.”

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/02/know-your-financial-obligations-though/

Know your financial obligations: Though you let your car get voluntarily repossessed, you’re still responsible for the unpaid balance on the loan, plus any storage and transportation fees, plus interest charges. [Bankrate]

Customer Drops Off Car At Dealership For Repairs, Gets Tires And Wheels Stolen Instead

Customer Drops Off Car At Dealership For Repairs, Gets Tires And Wheels Stolen Instead

Before you drop off your car at your local dealership for any sort of repairs, make sure you’re clear on the chain of liability should anything happen to it—especially right now, when dealerships can barely afford those flappy air things, much less tires. A woman in Charlotte, NC was left with around $1,000 in damages when the tires and wheels were stolen from the 2005 Audi she’d left with the dealership over the weekend.

Chrysler/GM Car Glut: Savings Opp Or Nightmare?

Chrysler/GM Car Glut: Savings Opp Or Nightmare?

To add insult to injury, Chrysler and GM will NOT be buying back vehicle inventory from dealerships that recently received closing notices. Maybe we have two new candidates for Worst Company in America next year! On the other hand, maybe this is good news for consumers. Large inventories + need for quick cash = SALE!

GM To Close Up To 1200 Dealers

GM To Close Up To 1200 Dealers

The automotive bloodbath continues today as GM plans to eliminate up to 1,200 dealerships. The dealers could start getting notification as soon as Friday.

Chrysler Will Close One Fourth Of Its Dealerships Next Month

Chrysler Will Close One Fourth Of Its Dealerships Next Month

Mark Calisi, 47, who owns Eagle Auto-Mall in Riverhead, New York, says he was “devastated” to learn that his dealership would be closed. He said Chrysler accounts for a third of his business, which also sells Volvo, Mazda and Kia, and that on Thursday he had to sack 30 of his 100 employees.

Car Warranty Racket Exposed On Today Show

Car Warranty Racket Exposed On Today Show

The Today show recently aired a terrifically entertaining exposé of US Fidelis, one of the biggest companies behind the auto warranty racket that you’ve probably encountered via junk mail, telemarketing, or even on TV. They start by looking at an individual who spent $3,180 on one of their auto warranties only to be left stranded when her car overheated and they refused to pay.

Where Did The Cars Go? Manufacturers Are Confiscating Cars From Dealerships

Where Did The Cars Go? Manufacturers Are Confiscating Cars From Dealerships

Here’s a weird symptom of the disease that’s killing the auto industry — empty car dealerships, some of which are still open for business.

Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Yesterday we brought you the story of Vincent who got “gold misted” at a Chevy dealership. After his story went up he learned that his brother-in-law’s cousin works at a Chevy dealership and will get him the car he wanted. “Life is good :-)” announced Vincent.

Chevy Takes Time Away From Failing To Try To Rip Off Customer

Chevy Takes Time Away From Failing To Try To Rip Off Customer

UPDATE: Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Jeep Incapable Of Selling To Man With $24,000 In Cash

Jeep Incapable Of Selling To Man With $24,000 In Cash

It’s amazing the hassle Bruce went through trying to buy a Jeep with $24,000 cash. Even though he’s ready to buy the car outright, the car salesman almost convinces him to finance because that way you get $1,500 back. Total cost of the loan: $31,732…they wanted him to spend an extra $7,132 to “save” $1500. Luckily his mom steps in and saves him from getting taken for a ride. His journey doesn’t stop there, nor does it end with a successful Jeep purchase. They can’t even sell a car to a guy who shows up with cash in hand ready to buy… no wonder they needed a bailout. Full story inside…