Auctions are a great place to buy cars, if you know what you're doing, if you can tolerate a little risk, and if you have self-control.

I have no self control, so every trip to a motor auction leads to a glorious mistake. I always fall in love with cars that will break my heart. » 9/14/14 2:28pm Yesterday 2:28pm

Not hotwiring in the sense of just splicing a couple of wires together.

However, many cars have vulnerabilities that let somebody start the car (and do other things) if they can get access to the OBD port. People didn't worry too much about those vulnerabilities because adversaries would still need to unlock a door… » 9/11/14 10:52am Thursday 10:52am

Maybach. If you're trying to build the world's most luxurious car - with a price to match - don't just make it from parts of much cheaper cars. Customers won't pay colossal amounts of money for it, and your exciting new product will wither on the vine. » 9/08/14 1:14pm 9/08/14 1:14pm

Shaken has a reputation for being very demanding, but that's only by American standards. Checks like these are normal in most civilised countries. In the UK, the "MOT" test covers similar test points, it's annual, and the combination of a (relatively) efficient system, automated testing, high volumes &c mean that the… » 9/07/14 10:41am 9/07/14 10:41am

Portrait instead of landscape! There are so many other hallmarks of trolling, but recording in portrait and then posting on Youtube with huge black borders is the clearest possible sign that it's somebody on a mission to enrage every other person on the internet. » 9/03/14 4:32pm 9/03/14 4:32pm

It's convergent evolution. Carmakers are trying to solve the same problems - aerodynamics, weight, safety rules, visual appeal and fashion (ie. LEDs), and so on. So, cars trying to fit similar niches will often look similar, unless the carmaker deliberately adds extra styling which sets it apart in some way. » 8/30/14 11:55am 8/30/14 11:55am

Vans don't have a reputation for high performance - because the vast majority of buyers just want something with low cost per mile - but Sprinters do have the option of Mercedes' 3.0 V6 diesel. This has already made them popular with the kind of fleet buyer that installs flashing blue lights.

Brabus already offer an… » 8/27/14 12:15pm 8/27/14 12:15pm