The Truth About Cars » Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com And the Worst Car Seller Is … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/and-the-worst-car-seller-is/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/and-the-worst-car-seller-is/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:35:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259649 I buy a lot of cars, which means I often find myself thinking about car sellers and buyers. These are two interesting groups of human beings. In many cases, they’re openly trying to screw you. In other cases, they have no idea they’re screwing you, and you don’t discover they have until four days later […]

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I buy a lot of cars, which means I often find myself thinking about car sellers and buyers. These are two interesting groups of human beings. In many cases, they’re openly trying to screw you. In other cases, they have no idea they’re screwing you, and you don’t discover they have until four days later […]

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Is the Classic Sports Car Bubble About to Burst? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/classic-sports-car-bubble-burst/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/classic-sports-car-bubble-burst/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1245193 During the last week, much has been written about the “Driven By Disruption” auction Dec. 10 by RM Auction/Sotheby’s. Most of that reporting was about Janis Joplin’s Porsche, which sold for a mildly outrageous sum of $1.6 million (plus fees), which beat the estimate about 2.5 times. Other top-dollar cars were mentioned as well, especially the first Aston Martin DB4GT […]

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During the last week, much has been written about the “Driven By Disruption” auction Dec. 10 by RM Auction/Sotheby’s. Most of that reporting was about Janis Joplin’s Porsche, which sold for a mildly outrageous sum of $1.6 million (plus fees), which beat the estimate about 2.5 times. Other top-dollar cars were mentioned as well, especially the first Aston Martin DB4GT […]

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Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216177 Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Auction Prices for Volkswagen Diesels Are Dropping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/auction-prices-volkswagen-diesels-dropping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/auction-prices-volkswagen-diesels-dropping/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203497 According to Kelley Blue Book, auction prices for Volkswagen’s diesels cars are dropping faster than similar models that are powered by gasoline. According to auction data gathered before and after news broke that Volkswagen had admitted to federal investigators that their cars illegally polluted, prices for Volkswagen diesel cars dropped 16 percent. Prices for Volkswagen […]

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According to Kelley Blue Book, auction prices for Volkswagen’s diesels cars are dropping faster than similar models that are powered by gasoline. According to auction data gathered before and after news broke that Volkswagen had admitted to federal investigators that their cars illegally polluted, prices for Volkswagen diesel cars dropped 16 percent. Prices for Volkswagen […]

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I’m Wrong A Lot: Steve McQueen’s Porsche Fetches Nearly $2M http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/im-wrong-lot-steve-mcqueens-porsche-fetches-nearly-2m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/im-wrong-lot-steve-mcqueens-porsche-fetches-nearly-2m/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145617 Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera fetched $1.95 million at auction, according to Hemmings Daily. The specially ordered, air-cooled turbo Porsche had a few cool factory features including dual mirrors, limited-slip differential, black leather buckets and the original tag with McQueen’s custom-ordered slate gray color still riveted to the door jamb. Considering a fine 1976 Porsche […]

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Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera fetched $1.95 million at auction, according to Hemmings Daily. The specially ordered, air-cooled turbo Porsche had a few cool factory features including dual mirrors, limited-slip differential, black leather buckets and the original tag with McQueen’s custom-ordered slate gray color still riveted to the door jamb. Considering a fine 1976 Porsche […]

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Steve McQueen’s Air-cooled Porsche Turbo Up at Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/steve-mcqueens-air-cooled-porsche-turbo-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/steve-mcqueens-air-cooled-porsche-turbo-auction/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1121249 The last car the King of Cool custom-ordered will be up for sale next month in Monterey, California. Mecum Auctions (via Autoblog) details the 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (sold here with the internal type number — 930 — in its name) that McQueen ordered shortly before he died. The 3.0-liter, air-cooled turbo 911 will be […]

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The last car the King of Cool custom-ordered will be up for sale next month in Monterey, California. Mecum Auctions (via Autoblog) details the 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (sold here with the internal type number — 930 — in its name) that McQueen ordered shortly before he died. The 3.0-liter, air-cooled turbo 911 will be […]

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Will You Be Crockett or Tubbs Today? ‘Miami Vice’ Testarossa Up for Sale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/will-crockett-tubbs-today-miami-vice-testarossa-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/will-crockett-tubbs-today-miami-vice-testarossa-sale/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1110633 Dubbed the “most famous Ferrari known to exist” by Mecum Auctions, the white “Miami Vice” Testarossa will hit the auction block August 13-15 in Monterey, California. The amazingly entertaining history behind the car includes details about the Testarossa, which was repainted white, and its life after the hit ’80s show. With just over 16,000 miles […]

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Dubbed the “most famous Ferrari known to exist” by Mecum Auctions, the white “Miami Vice” Testarossa will hit the auction block August 13-15 in Monterey, California. The amazingly entertaining history behind the car includes details about the Testarossa, which was repainted white, and its life after the hit ’80s show. With just over 16,000 miles […]

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Piston Slap: The Importance of A Craigslist 3-Ring Binder http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-importance-craigslist-3-ring-binder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-importance-craigslist-3-ring-binder/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:57:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=991714 TTAC commentator dtremit writes: Hey Sajeev — Inspired by your recent Mazda3 Piston Slap, I thought I’d throw this question your way. Seems like something the B&B might have advice on. I have a 2005 Mazda6 that is a rather desirable used car…on paper. It is in excellent condition mechanically, and has fairly low miles […]

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TTAC commentator dtremit writes: Hey Sajeev — Inspired by your recent Mazda3 Piston Slap, I thought I’d throw this question your way. Seems like something the B&B might have advice on. I have a 2005 Mazda6 that is a rather desirable used car…on paper. It is in excellent condition mechanically, and has fairly low miles […]

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That Green Car: Winning And Losing At Your Own Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/green-car-winning-losing-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/green-car-winning-losing-auction/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:27:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=906721 Jack Baruth has a very thoughtful post on selling his green stick, apparently an Audi. (See No Fixed Above: Stick it to ’em.) Here I delve into his logic as a devil’s advocate. A key observation throughout his post is that most (newish) used cars move through dealerships, and for many there is an auction […]

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Jack Baruth has a very thoughtful post on selling his green stick, apparently an Audi. (See No Fixed Above: Stick it to ’em.) Here I delve into his logic as a devil’s advocate. A key observation throughout his post is that most (newish) used cars move through dealerships, and for many there is an auction […]

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New Or Used? : Try To Hit Em’ Where They Ain’t http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-try-to-hit-em-where-they-aint/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-try-to-hit-em-where-they-aint/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:24:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=856001 Hi Steve, I have been trying to find a Lexus GX470 for several months now. Either a 2012 or a 2013. What I have found is that these vehicles simply don’t exist here in Tennessee. I have gone through every Lexus dealer in the state, along with a few others that are out of state. […]

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Hi Steve, I have been trying to find a Lexus GX470 for several months now. Either a 2012 or a 2013. What I have found is that these vehicles simply don’t exist here in Tennessee. I have gone through every Lexus dealer in the state, along with a few others that are out of state. […]

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A Look At A Japanese Auto Auction And What It Holds For The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/a-look-at-a-japanese-auto-auction-and-what-it-holds-for-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/a-look-at-a-japanese-auto-auction-and-what-it-holds-for-the-future/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:17:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=842114 While we’re fortunate to be treated to a weekly look at American auto auctions courtesy of TTAC’s Steve Lang and his Hammer Time series, today we’re getting a glimpse of an auction on the other side of the world. Prof. Mike Smitka of Washington & Lee University posted an entry at his own Autos & Economics blog, detailing […]

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While we’re fortunate to be treated to a weekly look at American auto auctions courtesy of TTAC’s Steve Lang and his Hammer Time series, today we’re getting a glimpse of an auction on the other side of the world. Prof. Mike Smitka of Washington & Lee University posted an entry at his own Autos & Economics blog, detailing […]

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Hammer Time: Reversing the Clusterscrews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-reversing-the-clusterscrews/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-reversing-the-clusterscrews/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:54:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=660202 I admit it. Every once in a while I buy a vehicle that simply doesn’t work out. Everything checks out at the auction. But then, I get a birthday surprise. It could be a transmission that randomly goes out of overdrive after about 20 or 30 miles. Or an engine that has far too many […]

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I admit it. Every once in a while I buy a vehicle that simply doesn’t work out. Everything checks out at the auction. But then, I get a birthday surprise. It could be a transmission that randomly goes out of overdrive after about 20 or 30 miles. Or an engine that has far too many […]

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Piston Slap: A High Mileage Tale to TL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:15:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217 Dan writes: Hi Sajeev, I enjoy your columns and thought I would get your input regarding what I should do with my current vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL 3.2. I purchased the vehicle new almost 12 years ago. The Acura has about 200,000 miles on it and is still on its third-transmission. As we all […]

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Dan writes: Hi Sajeev, I enjoy your columns and thought I would get your input regarding what I should do with my current vehicle, a 2002 Acura TL 3.2. I purchased the vehicle new almost 12 years ago. The Acura has about 200,000 miles on it and is still on its third-transmission. As we all […]

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Thank You, Thank You Very Much http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/thank-you-thank-you-very-much/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/thank-you-thank-you-very-much/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:43:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493442 There’s been all sorts of interesting stuff on the auction block lately, but surely the car above has the Seventies lovers in the audience all shook up. General Motors never made a regular-production Cadillac station wagon, but when you’re the King you can get anything you want. The guys at Daily Turismo suggest that ASC […]

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There’s been all sorts of interesting stuff on the auction block lately, but surely the car above has the Seventies lovers in the audience all shook up. General Motors never made a regular-production Cadillac station wagon, but when you’re the King you can get anything you want. The guys at Daily Turismo suggest that ASC […]

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Finally, A Chevrolet Dealership Has Cars That Someone Wants To Buy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/finally-a-chevrolet-dealership-has-cars-that-someone-wants-to-buy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/finally-a-chevrolet-dealership-has-cars-that-someone-wants-to-buy/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:48:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493246 How’d you like to buy a new Chevrolet? A real Chevrolet. Not a Daewoo. Not a New GM assemblage of lowest-bidder Chinese electronics and focus-grouped inoffensiveness. A brand-new Chevrolet from the time when Chevrolet ruled the world with a cast-iron fist. A brand-new 1958 Chevrolet. With four miles on the odometer. Ray and Mildred Lambrecht […]

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How’d you like to buy a new Chevrolet? A real Chevrolet. Not a Daewoo. Not a New GM assemblage of lowest-bidder Chinese electronics and focus-grouped inoffensiveness. A brand-new Chevrolet from the time when Chevrolet ruled the world with a cast-iron fist. A brand-new 1958 Chevrolet. With four miles on the odometer. Ray and Mildred Lambrecht […]

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The Last Soldier Prepares To Cross The Block http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/the-last-soldier-prepares-to-cross-the-block/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/the-last-soldier-prepares-to-cross-the-block/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:30:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492628 The bare and plain fact that TTAC was, to some degree, built on the GM Death Watch series often causes our readers to think that we, as a group of writers, hate GM. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your humble author grew up thinking the “Mark Of Excellence” was a mandatory part of […]

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The bare and plain fact that TTAC was, to some degree, built on the GM Death Watch series often causes our readers to think that we, as a group of writers, hate GM. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your humble author grew up thinking the “Mark Of Excellence” was a mandatory part of […]

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Tales From The Cooler: Instant Karma Depreciation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tales-from-the-cooler-instant-karma-depreciation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tales-from-the-cooler-instant-karma-depreciation/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 16:02:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489797 During all the turmoil facing hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive recently, from closing its doors to a possible resuscitation led by Bob Lutz, one thing has remained constant: the rapidly collapsing values of the Fisker Karma cars themselves. It appears that Fisker dealers are starting to dump their new $102,000-plus MSRP Karmas through the auction network. According […]

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During all the turmoil facing hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive recently, from closing its doors to a possible resuscitation led by Bob Lutz, one thing has remained constant: the rapidly collapsing values of the Fisker Karma cars themselves. It appears that Fisker dealers are starting to dump their new $102,000-plus MSRP Karmas through the auction network. According […]

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Piston Slap: To Rent, To Own http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-to-rent-to-own/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-to-rent-to-own/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481559 Brad writes: Hi Sajeev – I’m a longtime reader of the blog, and also have been car less for the past 17 years. I live in a major Pacific Northwest city and haven’t needed a car. But I’m getting older, I’m partnered up and need to visit in-laws out in the boonies, and I just […]

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Brad writes: Hi Sajeev – I’m a longtime reader of the blog, and also have been car less for the past 17 years. I live in a major Pacific Northwest city and haven’t needed a car. But I’m getting older, I’m partnered up and need to visit in-laws out in the boonies, and I just […]

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Auction Day: Seconds! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/auction-day-seconds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/auction-day-seconds/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:36:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480779 There comes a time when the prices for used cars at the auto auctions go the way of an exuberant bubble. A small army of consumers get their tax refunds. The car lots wake up from their winter slumber, and values for vehicles go the netheregions of the human imagination. I sell cars during this […]

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There comes a time when the prices for used cars at the auto auctions go the way of an exuberant bubble. A small army of consumers get their tax refunds. The car lots wake up from their winter slumber, and values for vehicles go the netheregions of the human imagination. I sell cars during this […]

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Looking For an Engine Donor For Your ’53 Ford? Police Impound Auction! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-looking-for-an-engine-donor-for-your-53-ford-police-impound-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-looking-for-an-engine-donor-for-your-53-ford-police-impound-auction/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475889 Rich, the mastermind behind the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, just got hired to install a daily-driver-suitable modern drivetrain in a ’53 Ford coupe. The owner wanted to keep it all Ford, EFI makes for much better real-world drivability, and so a late 1980s or newer Ford 5.0 or 5.8 (aka 302 or 351W) […]

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Rich, the mastermind behind the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, just got hired to install a daily-driver-suitable modern drivetrain in a ’53 Ford coupe. The owner wanted to keep it all Ford, EFI makes for much better real-world drivability, and so a late 1980s or newer Ford 5.0 or 5.8 (aka 302 or 351W) […]

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Seven The Hard Way: Possibly The Coolest Auction Of The Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/seven-the-hard-way-possibly-the-coolest-auction-of-the-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/seven-the-hard-way-possibly-the-coolest-auction-of-the-year/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:51:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474907 H.J Mulliners gave this model design the name “Flying Spur” which is well documented as the heraldic symbol of the Johnstone Clan in Scotland. The “Flying Spur” was awarded to the Johnstone clan for their help in allowing Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape on horseback. That’s authentic British heritage, no Bentley-by-Breitling-by-Bentley-by-Brietling-by-Volkswagen needed. You’re looking at […]

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H.J Mulliners gave this model design the name “Flying Spur” which is well documented as the heraldic symbol of the Johnstone Clan in Scotland. The “Flying Spur” was awarded to the Johnstone clan for their help in allowing Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape on horseback. That’s authentic British heritage, no Bentley-by-Breitling-by-Bentley-by-Brietling-by-Volkswagen needed. You’re looking at […]

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Doug DeMuro’s Barrett-Jackson Roundup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/doug-demuros-barret-jackson-roundup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/doug-demuros-barret-jackson-roundup/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:54:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474754 With Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale over, aging hairy-chested executives are now returning to McMansions all across America, short seven figures but up one or two muscle cars.  Yes, there were some big sales this year, like the Batmobile that went for $4.6 million even though it’s based on a Lincoln and doesn’t have any rocket launchers.  But […]

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With Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale over, aging hairy-chested executives are now returning to McMansions all across America, short seven figures but up one or two muscle cars.  Yes, there were some big sales this year, like the Batmobile that went for $4.6 million even though it’s based on a Lincoln and doesn’t have any rocket launchers.  But […]

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Monday Mileage Midget: 2011 Honda Accord LX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/late-monday-mileage-midget-2011-honda-accord-lx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/late-monday-mileage-midget-2011-honda-accord-lx/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467470 Not too long ago (but in a galaxy far, far away) I wrote about the deals you can get on unpopular new cars that have brand new replacements waiting in the wings. Today we’ll examine what happens when those vehicles fall off the depreciation cliff. Again. This 2011 Honda Accord LX has only 8,900 miles on it. […]

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Not too long ago (but in a galaxy far, far away) I wrote about the deals you can get on unpopular new cars that have brand new replacements waiting in the wings. Today we’ll examine what happens when those vehicles fall off the depreciation cliff. Again. This 2011 Honda Accord LX has only 8,900 miles on it. […]

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Monday Mileage Midget: 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/monday-mileage-midget-2000-dodge-grand-caravan-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/monday-mileage-midget-2000-dodge-grand-caravan-se/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465930 11,285 miles. Or maybe not? This 12 year old minivan graced a fairly large audience of dealers that were long dog tired of all the minivans that were passing through. There were green ones that were as unloved as they were large. Purple ones that dated back all the way back to the Y2K era […]

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11,285 miles. Or maybe not? This 12 year old minivan graced a fairly large audience of dealers that were long dog tired of all the minivans that were passing through. There were green ones that were as unloved as they were large. Purple ones that dated back all the way back to the Y2K era […]

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I’m No Dummy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/im-no-dummy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/im-no-dummy/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:33:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465778 Statistics Canada reports that there are more than 26 million registered vehicles deemed fit to ply our 900,000km of Canadian roadway. Not bad for a group of souls who wear wool socks for six months of the year and feast on poutine. Transport Canada sets regulations for such things (the cars, not the poutine) and […]

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Statistics Canada reports that there are more than 26 million registered vehicles deemed fit to ply our 900,000km of Canadian roadway. Not bad for a group of souls who wear wool socks for six months of the year and feast on poutine. Transport Canada sets regulations for such things (the cars, not the poutine) and […]

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