A car isn’t a way to get from point A to point B, it’s freedom. The promise of an automobile goes beyond the thrill of the open road or being able to get a late-night pint of ice cream when you want. With a car, you’ve arrived. And with a car, you can always leave. Social mobility, a new life in a new town, used to be just a black ribbon of interstate away.
but that freedom is threatened as a new study finds in only 1 of the top 25 U.S. metro areas can median-income households afford an average-priced new car: D.C.
Something I particularly enjoy about my new gigs is using the full names of the people mentioned in the article and the complete names of the businesses we’re talking about. Stories have so much more impact when we know they’re about real people and places. My new story on Jalopnik has got that in spades. And it may result in the customer getting a new car as a birthday present for his mother.
My latest story for Jalopnik is about an elderly couple on Social Security that got talked into paying $15k over list price and $2,300 a month for a fancy new Cadillac.
The kicker is they only make $2,600 a month.
My latest feature for Jalopnik asks… is your new car trying to kill you… THROUGH YOUR NOSE?! A new study rates 204 2011-2012 cars for the presence of 11 different nasty chemicals. Turns out “what we know as that new car quintessence is actually a cocktail of cock-shriveling toxins.”
Is Your New Car Trying To Kill You? [Jalopnik]
Got 2.5 hours sleep last night and banged out my first feature for Jalopnik, 2,600 words. I was working on this for next week because everyone thought the decision wasn’t going to come until then, but then the decision dropped last night and I needed to quickly ramp up so we could have a nice topical how-to this morning while the story was still part of the newscycle. I consumed 2 red bulls and a packet of gummy bears in making it happen. I regret nothing! Really awesome to work with the Jalopnik guys. Super collaborative, smart, fast and pro.
Yesterday, Heather Peters proved one woman can strike a blow against a major automaker when she succeeded in a landmark California case against Honda for making false claims about fuel economy.The key? Take them to small claims court. With her help, we’ve created this definitive step-by-step guide to how she, like a modern-day David, took on Goliath — and how you can too.
[Jalopnik] (illustration: Jason Torchinsky)
I also wrote a followup post for Jalopnik to show how Honda tried - and failed - to destroy Peters’ case.
Jalopnik’s Ray Wert invited me to an advance screening at Gawker headquarters of “Revenge of the Electric Car,” the followup to “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Here’s my review. SPOLIER ALERT: In the end, the electric car gets revenge.