• Jan 31, 2013
Here's a chance to acquire a celebrity-owned vehicles, and this time at a discount instead of a premium. So the celebrity in this case is Consumer Reports, that magazine that could be equally adored and abhored by car enthusiasts. CR buys all of its test vehicles and usually finds willing second owners within its own ranks, but its opening its small used-car lot to the public. On the forecourt are four roadsters: an automatic 2012 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro S-Tronic with 6,600 miles for $36,500, a manual 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i with 8,400 miles for $45,000, a manual 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 for $39,500 and a manual 2013 Porsche Boxster with 7,000 miles for $48,000.

Those numbers mean a savings of $9,000 to $10,000 before haggling – each car is listed with an "Asking price" so there could be some wiggle room if you show up with pockets full of dough and eyes full of serious intent. Since the money CR earns from the sales go back into the magazine's budget to buy more test cars, however, it probably won't take any oddball trades, so you can forget about getting any purchasing help from that track-day AMC Javelin project on blocks in the back yard.

The vehicles have been taken care of and spiffed up for sale; buyers will take delivery at the CR test track in East Haddam, Connecticut and get a tour of the facilities. While you're there they'll even take you on a lap around the track so you can feel how your car handles when driven by one of its testers. They will probably not help you with advice on which toaster and dehumidifier to buy – you'll still need to get a subscription for that. Have a look at the video below to see a day in the life of a CR test car.


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      Mikeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how they sell the cars that they give awful ratings to. Has to be kind of awkward...
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mikeman
        Surely they have some people on staff that know better than to trust their ratings.
      KC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not English major, but it's either "....acquire celebrity-owned vehicles..." or "...acquire a celebrity-owned vehicle...".
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      3 manual trans cars? I am surprised considering the demographic to which they usually target their reviews.
      harolddundee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Consumer Reports, A rag mag at best anymore.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they come with a bias review saying how good Toyota is with out it being a toyota?
        schizzle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        That must be why Consumer Reports: (1) Gave the current Toyota Sienna a lower score than the last-gen, (2) Criticized the Scion iQ as “slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years.”, and, (3) Eviscerated the Toyota Prius C for "its handling, its power, its noise suppression, its interior materials, and the numb feel of its power steering."
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @schizzle
          seriously, what DID you expect for the IQ?....no one, even CR can deny that thing is a turd, if they did they would have been under the spotlight for the rest of their recommendations...which, by the way the Sienna IS......AND so is the Prius, which doesnt drive much differentlt than the C version...hmmm, makes you wonder no?
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Don't cry because Toyota makes more good cars than your favourite company. FYI, CR doesn't praise every Toyota model.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          sidenote, Toyotas also had more recalls than vehicles from your favorite company......ANYONES favorite company....
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      The story forgot to mention, "driven on wintry salt and sand road surfaces." That in itself is a big "no thank you."
        Ok
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
        Why? Are roadsters any more prone to rust than the car you drive on wintry salt and sand road surfaces every winter? (Maybe for some reason they are, but I can't imagine why that would be)
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
        Ok, there's a reason northeastern cars and UP Michigan cars have rust problems and ones in Nevada don't. You'd better believe it makes a difference.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Not to mention it is realistic that a car like this would be babied and left in a garage, sheltered from salt roads or even rain, while some beater is daily driven. Once you've run it in salt once, you have affected its longevity so yes, it is directly related to them being sports cars.
        chonnes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
        Are you suggesting that no other used cars are, "driven on wintry salt and sand road surfaces?"
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      CR loves boring and mushy riding, high MPG rated vehicles...I'm sure some of these have never seen anything north of 3,000RPM, I think it should be a safe buy...
        alistair.dillingham
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        Bullsheet. If they liked vehicles that ride like barges, they would always recommend the domestics. MORON.
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      so, let me get this straight, first of all they claim to be THE testing authority, and now they are being called celebrities?......Type your comment here
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      i will wait until they sell there tesla model S
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Here's a chance to acquire a celebrity-owned vehicles, " (SIC!) Can't you even write with half-decent Syntax? You need better writers, Autoblog. Calling CR "celebrity" is utterly ridiculous, they are as "plain Jane" as it gets. AND I am a big supporter of CR, not a hater like the assorted stoned-drunk UAW workers evident in some of the posts below.
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        @alistair.dillingham
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