Tag: john kucek

By on October 16, 2013

IMG_3282

As soon as I arrived at the rental counter in Stuttgart, I realized I’d made a fatal miscalculation. In the weeks and months preceding my trip, I thought the task would be easy – obtain two back-to-back rentals of vehicles that aren’t sold in the US. Simple. But that fickle foe of the flat-earth car enthusiast, globalization, had conspired against me. Turns out that despite my “premium class” upgrade, the EU-spec vehicles made from pure unobtainium that I’d reserved failed to materialize. Instead, my options in Dusseldorf – our first roadside waypoint on this European Vacation® – were limited to either a Toyota GT86 or an Audi A3 Sportback. Great, I thought. Two cars that, despite being sold in slightly different configurations abroad, were still known quantities back home. I went with the GT86 for the first leg because, well, I wanted to tear into it on the mother of all public racecourses, the Nurburgring. You can read how that went here. I also figured that in Stuttgart, there’d be a larger selection of rental vehicles to choose from, since the city’s slightly more populous and naturally the airport must be larger, too.

(Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    mankyman - Great story. These types of things do happen to young white dudes too though. It’s not just financial illiteracy that makes dealers happy. They also...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    bullnuke - Jeff Wyler…serving the credit challenged of Southwest and South Springfield for many years. Can’t afford our Toyotas? Take a 34-step walk over to...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    NoID - Well consider: Even if the dealer makes only one sale per working day, and captures that $700 doc fee: Figure 300 sales days in a year (52 weeks, minus Sundays...
  • Re: QOTD: What Should Replace the Chrysler 200?

    DeadWeight - No jobs will be lost (jobs will probably be added), as the all-new,upcoming 2017 RAM will be built at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (which built...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    Compaq Deskpro - Dealer sold me the lifetime warranty with $100 deductible for $2500, which can be bought on the internet for $2185, doc fee was $1000, interest rate was...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    NoID - I’ve heard of dealers baking in penalties for independent financing into the base price (so they can magically find money to take out if they finance...
  • Re: QOTD: What Should Replace the Chrysler 200?

    Compaq Deskpro - You think sedans are going to decline as fast as wagons in the 80’s or 2 door SUV’s in the 90’s? If that’s the case,...
  • Re: General Motors CEO Mary Barra Chosen for Trump Advisory Panel

    agent534 - Free trade deals with countries having insanely low gdp per capita have the obvious effect, the people there will never be a market...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    incautious - This is why I usually buy from a private party. Downside, you only get remainder of the factory warranty( you can purchase an extended now a days if you...
  • Re: No Fixed Abode: Dealers Gone Wild!

    Joss - + A car’s a chance. It can get stolen or wrecked in an accident that’s not your fault. Any dealer add-ons like rustproofing or extended warranty...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Seth Parks, United States
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Kyree Williams, United States