Weekend Car Buying Roundup December 16, 2023

Here we present our weekly Jalopnik series that recaps the latest in car buying. We’ve showcased our most read offerings as well as some you may have missed.


It Just Got Harder For Car Dealers To Scam You

Used cars are offered for sale at a dealership on July 11, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced new regulations, called the Combating Auto Retail Scams Rule, that are meant to stop car dealers from screwing customers with hidden fees and other bait-and-switch pricing tactics. Oh, happy days! – Andy Kalmowitz Read More


At $13,950, Is This 2005 Lexus SC430 An Early Bird Special?

Nice Price or No Dice 2005 Lexus SC430

Today’s Nice Price or No Dice Lexus has a cassette player in its dash and is notable for being one of the last models sold in the States with that old-school technology. Let’s see if that helps make its price music to our ears. – Rob Emslie Read More


At $7,500, Is This 3-Row 2004 Mercedes E500 Wagon A Triple Threat?

Nice Price or No Dice 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic Wagon

The seller of today’s Nice Price or No Dice E500 claims it to be the “last non-AMG V8 wagon offered by Mercedes” but has still festooned it with AMG badges and wheels. Let’s see if the price has escaped that “AMGification.” – Rob Emslie Read More


At $20,000, Does This 1991 Toyota MR2 Add Up To A Good Deal?

Nice Price or No Dice 1991 Toyota MR2

Today’s Nice Price or No Dice MR2 is claimed to be an Antique Automobile Club National Award winner. Let’s see if this impeccably clean coupe comes with an equally winning price. – Rob Emslie Read More


I Need A Small, Affordable Car That Can Haul A Lot Of Booze! What Car Should I Buy?

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Peter works in a liquor store in Queens, NY his bosses own an aging PT Cruiser that he uses to deliver the booze. He wants to help them find a new ride that is roomy enough for delivery purposes but isn’t too big for NYC parking. What car should they buy? – Tom McParland Read More


Millionaires, Go Bid On The Reddest Lexus LFA You’ve Ever Seen

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If you’re a millionaire, nepo baby, or sugar baby, you just happen to have a few million lying around and you love to actually drive the high-end cars you own, I need you to stop what you’re doing and check this Lexus out. It’s probably the reddest — and raddest — Lexus you’ll ever lay eyes on. – Lawrence Hodge Read More


At $55,000, Is This 1977 Porsche 911 Gemballa Worth The Gamble?

Nice Price or No Dice 1977 Porsche 911 Targa Gemballa

You don’t get much more ’80s ostentatious than today’s Nice Price or No Dice 911. Let’s see if this Gemballa-bodied Targa comes with a price tag that might be considered contrastingly less outrageous. – Rob Emslie Read More


At $4,995, Is This 1999 Land Rover Discovery A Real Find?

Nice Price or No Dice 1999 Land Rover Discovery

The seller of today’s Nice Price or No Dice Disco says they “just pulled it out of my warehouse to sell it.” That almost makes sit a barn find, but we’ll have to see if it will cost the farm to buy. – Rob Emslie Read More


I Need To Replace My Aging Mercedes-Benz | WCSYB?

This week’s reader has a budget of $30,000 for a something luxurious and sporty with good gas mileage.


This 1990 AWD Diesel-Turbo Toyota TownAce Instantly Turns VanLife Into RadLife

As I was scrolling through my local Facebook Marketplace car offerings (as I am wont to do) I came across something you just don’t see every day for sale in Michigan; a JDM camper van, lovingly restored and free from major rust. – Erin Marquis Read More


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