Find a reputable, local new car dealer. Still go in with your eyes open, but realize that these dealers keep the best trades and wholesale out the rest. It’s in their interest to make you happy, so maybe someday you’ll buy new there. If you never buy new, they still get a loyal used car customer. Four of my last six… » 4/28/15 10:43am Today 10:43am

The first car I owned was an ’85 or ’86 Chevette—purchased new! I was living on an entry-level reporter’s salary, and these were prominent on the menu of Cars Entry-Level Reporters Could Afford. So of course one of my colleagues also owned one, with about 200 pounds of archival meeting agendas filling the back seat.… » 4/27/15 9:05am Yesterday 9:05am

For a few years, my son had a voicemail greeting that induced you to converse with it for several seconds before realizing he wasn’t actually there. I fell for it repeatedly. It was a series of carefully timed monosyllables and grunts indistinguishable from how he would actually talk to you. » 4/23/15 3:05pm Thursday 3:05pm

I am disappointed. They need to have a drone fly to your car, and have the trunk/hatch open automatically when the drone arrives. Package inserted, it closes the trunk with its little robotic arm. No grubby paws rooting around in the car. Problem solved. » 4/23/15 11:15am Thursday 11:15am

My father used to order the exact vehicle he wanted back in the ‘70s, and wait 6-8 weeks for delivery. The funny thing was, he was pinching every penny (6 kids without 6 figures), so he was custom ordering to get the cheapest possible vehicles. These included a base ‘72 Dodge Sportsman van, with the only option being… » 4/22/15 5:45pm Wednesday 5:45pm

I suppose you could name any premium SUV or CUV here, but I’ll go with the Escalade. Opulent but not tasteful in any enduring way, sure to be way too thirsty for our world 20 years from now. Depending on how many gizmos in a given exampkle, fiendishly hard or impossible to fix. » 4/21/15 12:18pm 4/21/15 12:18pm

Yes, yes, yes about the critical mass rides. Example: In my town there is a 1.5-mile stretch of country road—all of it twisting, narrow, blind curves, moguls, you name it. It’s also steep. Hardcore cyclists love to tackle that hill, but it is SLOW going up. Get several cyclists in a row, and it is impossible to pass… » 4/19/15 1:49pm 4/19/15 1:49pm

It’s hard to tell, but it looks like it might have had a panoramic roof, one-upping the Vista Cruiser. How excellent would that have been? I once owned the bitter reality of 1990 Oldsmobile—a Calais. Although, while crude, it was nigh indestructible. » 4/15/15 11:49am 4/15/15 11:49am