This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
When an '01 VW Bug Bugs, Give it Away
This curious bit of info came to us via our tipline, and may merit the curious (or the foolish) to check it out: "Volkswagen made a car so bad, that Jennifer Boswell wants to take it out to a field and charge a dollar swing. Fortunately, NPR's famous Car Talk radio Tapert* [sic] brothers convinced Jennifer on air not to kill her car, but instead give away her green 2001 beetle to the most deserving stranger."
So what's the plan? Well, she's figured "where better to give a car away then right in front of the company who made it? So [today] from noon until 4pm Jennifer will be in front of the Volkswagen dealership on Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys doing the only thing she can do with a clear conscience...taking a lemon and giving away lemonade."
Expect encouraged cries of: "EAT IT" and "SHAME ON YOU" and "WE REALLY DON'T LIKE YOU" and "NEVER BUY A VOLKSWAGEN" aimed at the dealers. The car "totally runs." If you want to buy what Boswell says is a lemon, just "write a page about why you are the most deserving stranger." Strange, indeed!
Photo of a 2001 VW Bug (not Jennifer's!) by The Pug Father via Flickr
*"The hosts of Car Talk are brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers." [Wikipedia]