2015 AUTOS SPOTLIGHT

Selling It

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

Published: March 13, 2015 02:10 PM

Swerves, skids, and full-on fails

As serious as we are about cars, we can’t help but laugh when an ad or a sign veers off course. Luckily our readers keep us well-stocked in great fodder like this.

In this month's installment of Selling It:

Little shop of horrors? | Ignorance of iconic proportions | Not a luxury feature | Vanity (plate) meets reality | See more Selling It items

Show us the gaffes!

Send us the goofs and glitches you find. Submit them by:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


Postal mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703


Commuting zombies, rejoice!

This sign, spotted by Sandy Green of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, hints that the auto body shop is pedaling merchandise far more sinister than spark plugs.
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Desperately in need of GPS

The Porsche may be well-crafted, but not so the newspaper item, which name-checks the wrong country when describing one of Germany’s most famous cars.
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Strenuous start-up

Push-button ignition is a liability in this used car ad, which suggests that a buyer would get a great workout to get this car going. Sent in by Steven J. Street of Rochester, New York.
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License or reminder?

Proof that some fender benders have silver linings: Now this minivan, seen by a reader in Ohio, matches its license plate.
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Show us the gaffes!

Send us the goofs and glitches you find. Submit them by:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


Postal mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703


Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the April 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.



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