It’s true that Americans can legally import, own and drive any foreign-market car they want—so long as it is more than 25 years old. Sidestep the rules and you’re liable to have your car seized, and even destroyed, by United States Customs and Border Protection.In two memorable instances, the agency crushed an illicit late-model Land Rover Defender (in 2013) and 2000 Mini Cooper (in 2014)—never mind that these were newer, arguably safer and more efficient versions of cars once legally sold here without issue. Dramatic photos of the carnage were then shared, as if to serve as a warning for would-be automotive bootleggers. Clearly someone thinks this is a matter of national security—or acts that way for the cameras.The basis for this enforcement? The Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act, commonly known as the 25-year import rule. It prevents individuals from importing new foreign-market vehicles without undertaking a lengthy—and costly—testing … [Read more...] about Who really benefits from the 25-year import rule?
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2012 Ford Fusion At first glance, getting a driver’s license is not a primary concern of today’s younger generation. Nevertheless, a vast majority of them are eager to acquire their first vehicle to finally get the desired freedom of transportation and thus feel more independent. And if the choice of an auto does not seem really challenging to them, it might present some difficulties from their parents’ perspective, which is no wonder as caring moms and dads have plenty of factors to consider apart from the car being fast and cool. The first ones are terrified by the perspective of sleepless nights they might have if they worry too much about their fresh-baked drivers behind the steering wheel on a slippery road. The second ones are also concerned with the possibility to face too high insurance costs and other accompanying expenses, which will lead to emptying their pockets. So what we all are looking for here is a safe, reliable and economical car. Plus the price of … [Read more...] about Guest post: Top cars for Teenage drivers
Looking back at this year’s Jalopnik Reviews, we found that Miatas, McLarens and bi-turbo Mercedes-Benzes proved excellent as always. But we also discovered the sweetness of a $50,000 Subaru WRX and found out whether 1990s Hondas lived up to the legend. Since we’re committed to being an impartial outlet that covers every aspect of car culture, we don’t give out formal awards for best new cars the way most outlets do. After all, who gives a shit? Nobody buys something because it was the North American Car or Truck of the Year. We’ll all be dead eventually, so buy whatever you want and enjoy it as long as you can. But in lieu of that, we like to list the finest cars—old and new—that we drove between January and now. We hope you’ll find it useful, and we’re glad you were here with us on our adventures. Here are our favorites for the year. 1999 Honda Civic Si Nostalgia is a hell of a drug, and I am powerless against its influence. So many … [Read more...] about The Best Cars We Drove In 2018
I have a theory that we’re looking at city cars the wrong way. The ideal car for a dense urban environment isn’t some little hatchback with a tiny engine, like a Smart Fortwo or a Mini Cooper. No, what you really want for city living is a hulking, cushy luxury sedan. And to test this theory, I’ve recently acquired this evil crime lord’s car: a black 1984 BMW 733i, with a five-speed manual to boot. I’ve been living in New York City for a year and a half now, and I can tell you that two things truly define its driving experience: traffic and terrible roads. Parking is a challenge, too, but that’s not as bad as I expected. A bit of hunting and willingness to pay for a garage for a few hours (or a day) go a long way around here. But no amount of patience can cope with the fact that the city’s streets and highways are riddled with cracks and potholes and periodic cobblestones. Or that it can sometimes take close to an hour to creep just a few … [Read more...] about I Bought This 1984 BMW 733i to See If a Big Luxury Sedan Works as a City Car
"Muscle car" describes an American automobile with lots of power, modest weight, and blazing acceleration. The term was coined in 1964 for midsize Pontiacs equipped with a new performance option featuring a potent 389-cubic-inch V-8. The option turned a tame Tempest into a snarling GTO. Right off the showroom floor, a properly equipped "Goat" could run 0-60 mph in under 7.0 seconds -- awesome performance in 1964. Muscle Car Image Gallery ©Barrett-JacksonNostalgic Baby Boomers are driving up prices of classic muscle cars. This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Baldwin-Motion SuperCoupe fetched $486,000 at the 2006 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. See more pictures of muscle cars. America had produced fast, powerful cars since well before World War II. So had various European automakers. But most of these were expensive rarities, purchased by monied upper-crust types with a need for speed. The muscle car was a mass-market child of 1960s America, when youth was king and … [Read more...] about How Muscle Cars Work