Should I Purchase A Manufacturer Buyback Vehicle?

Yes, folks, it's already Friday! And that means it's time for everyone's favorite Friday feature, Letters to Doug, wherein you write me a series of complicated, challenging letters that cover a wide range of pertinent automotive topics, and I cherry pick the one that's easiest to respond to! » 1/30/15 3:03pm Friday 3:03pm

Can We Please Stop Arguing About Music?

I recently sat down for lunch with an old friend. It was going well, and we were having a great time, laughing and catching up, until the discussion turned to music. That's when she released the kind of fury that you really only see in those old John McEnroe tennis videos, where the ball bounces out, and the judge… » 1/29/15 2:57pm Thursday 2:57pm

Here Are The Four Legal Ways To Import A Car To The United States

As many of you know, I am currently importing a 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R to the United States. Well, just to be clear, I am not importing it. That task is being handled by a bunch of sailors, and longshoremen, and dockworkers, and port employees, all of whom are currently taking a union-mandated smoke break. » 1/27/15 2:40pm Tuesday 2:40pm

I'm Bored With My Tesla, What Should I Do?

Good news, ladies and gentlemen! It's that time again: the exciting moment each week where I take a well-meaning, intelligently written letter from a reader and respond to it using flawed, manipulative logic that somehow always ends up with the advice: "buy my book." » 1/23/15 3:10pm 1/23/15 3:10pm

Can You Please Stop Talking On Your Cell Phone In Public?

Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! I recently learned a few highly important points that I'd like to share with you. First, I learned that Todd is doing great in college. Solid 3.2 grade-point average, just like his father. I also learned that Lucy is deciding between two colleges, and she's not quite sure which one she… » 1/22/15 3:02pm 1/22/15 3:02pm

I’m Importing A 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R From Japan

A little over a month ago, I asked you – the dearly beloved Jalopnik reader – to suggest a new car for me to buy and write about. In the days that followed, I received nearly 2,500 replies to my column and over 1,000 Tweets from interested readers — and I pored over as many as I possibly could. As I recall, they… » 1/21/15 3:28pm 1/21/15 3:28pm

The Air Conditioning In a Used Car Never 'Just Needs a Charge'

Today's topic is: How to buy a used car without getting screwed. It's brought to you by your old pal Doug DeMuro, noted Jalopnik columnist, who once purchased a BMW M3 from a shady used car dealer whose sales manager insisted that I make out the check to him personally. » 1/20/15 3:10pm 1/20/15 3:10pm

Here’s How To Deal With Someone Parking In Front of Your Driveway

I recently had an epiphany. Not a small epiphany, either, like the kind you get when you think there's no food in the house, and you're about to start eating notebook paper, and then you discover a lone bag of popcorn in the back of your pantry. I mean a real epiphany, like when you realize there's an eye in the… » 1/15/15 2:33pm 1/15/15 2:33pm

Letters to Doug: Should I Buy a Used European Luxury SUV?

Today, we're going to kick off a new Friday segment called Letters to Doug. Here's how it works: first, you send me a letter with some sort of automotive query, such as: "Dear Doug: Should I buy a used Saab 9-5 or just eat off my own face?" And then, every Friday, I will choose one letter and reply with a long-winded… » 1/09/15 1:20pm 1/09/15 1:20pm

Here’s What Happened When I Went On Australian Television

I recently became a bona fide television personality. A true, real-life celebrity, if you will; a world-renowned star of the small screen, known globally for my wit and charm. What I mean by this is: I recently spent three minutes on an Australian morning show, where I temporarily forgot the word "ramp." » 1/07/15 2:41pm 1/07/15 2:41pm

Here’s Why It’s Really, Really Hard to Buy a Rare Car

Recently, I've been getting a number of messages from readers inquiring about my next car. Dear Doug, these messages say. When are you going to get your head out of your ass and realize that the Lincoln Mark V is the car for you? Then they send me several grainy 1970s press photos of the Lincoln Mark V, which – for… » 1/06/15 3:50pm 1/06/15 3:50pm

Here’s Why The V8 Audi S4 Is An Awful Used Car

It happened about five months ago. I'm sitting around the house in my underwear, wondering how the hell Drew Carey puts up with all those aging Midwesterners who scream like an airplane-riding infant the second they win a bottle of Listerine. And I get a message from Jalopnik editorial fellow Chris Perkins. » 12/30/14 3:00pm 12/30/14 3:00pm

A Different Kind of Christmas List: 7 Best Unreliable CarMax Cars

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is upon us, and I've decided to celebrate in my own special way: by getting violently ill. That's right: for the last few days, I've been moving around the house with approximately the same level of energy as a three-toed sloth in a zoo enclosure. ("Look honey! There he is!! … No,… » 12/25/14 2:00pm 12/25/14 2:00pm

Here’s How I Once Bought a Rare Mercedes For Half Its Value

Gather 'round, kiddies, because it's time for a feature I've decided to call Story Time With Uncle Doug. Here's how it works: first, I spend hours writing an excellent, brilliantly researched story of great personal interest, possibly related to Land Rover. Then, you read the first few paragraphs and think: "Hmm… I… » 12/18/14 3:13pm 12/18/14 3:13pm

Mercedes And BMW Are Tricking People Into Buying Station Wagons

So I'm driving along the other day, and I get up behind the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA, which I'm calling the "Glaw" to rhyme with "Draw," or perhaps "Haw," as in: "Haw Haw, you bought a Mercedes-Benz that looks like a wheeled catfish!" » 12/16/14 3:00pm 12/16/14 3:00pm

Here's What It Cost Me To Own A Ferrari For A Year

I've owned my Ferrari for 329 days. In that time, it's travelled 5,022 miles in five U.S. states. It's been the subject of 24 Jalopnik columns, totaling 2,082,131 views, and 17 YouTube videos, reaching 4,424,998 plays. And now it's time for one last number: exactly how much has this car cost to own? » 12/11/14 3:00pm 12/11/14 3:00pm