This Automotive Habit Of MineMy favorite car is always my next car. What will today bring to my automotive habit? There could be financial ruin, excellent deals, skinned knuckles, and epic mechanical resurrections. We can't save them all, but the cars that land in our driveway deserve a good ol' college try.   

The machines are taking over. The first step in their world domination is to pose as innocent enthusiasts selling unique and rare vehicles to scam us out of our hard earned money. What follows is one of the most ignorant text message dialogues I’ve ever had with a seller bot on Craigslist.

Many moons ago... my first, hopefully still out there some where, some how.

One of my many issues is an obsession with the Z32 300zx. I’ve had two, but neither were ever a Twin Turbo (TT). Sad, I know. I was slumming Craigslist one fine afternoon, when I saw a great deal on a “Turbo” model. I saw in the posted photograph that the front bumper did not have the signature gills for the side mount intercoolers, nor did it have a front mount. Curiosity got the best of me, and I began texting this glorified waffle-iron as seen below in our conversation.


How rude! Go back to welding pie plates together you damn crumb filled toaster! This type of attitude makes me want to fab up an EMP device just in case they actually take over so I can fry every single one of these robots in a 30 mile radius.


I guess I’ll have to buy some more study electronics if I do... maybe a 6.5l diesel former-military Blazer, a vacuum tube operated radio, and store the remainder of my electronics in a Faraday cage?

Seriously though, it pays to do some research, know your trivial facts, and make sure what is advertised is actually what is being sold. This example was a situation you could find yourself trudging though on Craigslist.


Luckily, I spotted the issue very quickly. I’d have been pissed off had I showed up to look at the 300zx with it not being as advertised. The only silver lining would have been to yell obscenities at the seller as he sped away much slower than he could, if he had a TT!

And for those of you who think I thought this was an actual bot... I don’t. I happened upon some scammer idiot. Nothing less. But if you’ve ever gotten a more generic response or read an unusually worded ad description - doesn’t it make you wonder? Why take over Craigslist? Shouldn’t the bots be focused on Skynet?


I’ve seen quite a few ads that appear to be bot generated and are very genuine. I’ve cross referenced zip codes, listed regions, and even to street signs in pictures! Even still, some of these have come back as ‘spam’ or ‘scam’ phone numbers when I search for them in Google. Even more they often are ‘flagged’ after only a couple days. The deals - too good to be true. An obvious old saying we all need to remember.

Worse still are the dealers that pose as ‘private’ party. They try to entice you into their pot lot in the middle of whatever crap hole commercial zone your city has set aside by the town limits by appearing as ‘one of us’. Don’t think you can fool us, be honest!


It’s getting scary out here people. Can’t we all just be genuine and pass along deals from one another? All I want is a used 4Runner... if I can’t find one soon, I’ll wait to buy a new one in a year or so...