Some people get socks, ties or cakes for their birthdays. Others get Fisker Karmas. They're a little different from the rest of us. Green Car Reports managed to track down two Georgia residents who recently threw a bit of caution to the wind and bought two new Fiskers despite the fact that the California-maker of extended-range plug-ins is in trouble and hasn't produced a car since the summer of 2012.

One buyer, who said she made the Fisker purchase as a birthday present to herself, cited the car's "elegance" and "beauty." And while the car's technical glitches include its touchscreen occasionally freezing up, the owner said the car's looks were enough to literally stop traffic.

The other owner, whose wife bought him the car for his birthday, also loved the car's styling, though he also noted that the price on the car was about $38,000 less than the $106,000 base price, so that could've been a deciding factor. And while he noted that the car usually goes about 25 miles on electricity before the on-board gas-powered generator kicks in, both owners made a bigger deal about the possibility of owning a collector's item than the car's fuel efficiency. You can read more over on Green Car Reports.

The US Department of Energy, which held an auction for the automaker's loan from the federal government earlier this month, reportedly choose an investment group led by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li. Fisker owes the Energy Department about $168 million.


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      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt either person paid $110K for their car. Looking around I see a new one goes for around $75K so you can probably negotiate one for $60K to $65K. That's not too crazy if you've got the money for a unique prestige car. That's a $40K+ discount to deal with whatever issues come up. I don't think that's unreasonable or crazy.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        >>>"he also noted that the price on the car was about $38,000 less than the $106,000 base price"
        Matt Mossberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        Agreed. I saw one at the caddy dealership a month ago. Wanted 69k for it. There's one that someone drives to the bay right next to where I live. They are gorgeous. And wonder how much tax credit you get when buying one which would make it even cheaper. Still don't know who can service this car, the caddy salesman didn't seem to know.
      Christopher Richards
      It's still a cool car. I saw a used one listed locally, for about 50k, which is still too much, but for something reasonable I'd totally consider it. It's very smooth, fast... if you want an eye catching, you could do worse. I'm sure if I had that kind of money (like, more than $35,000) to spend on a car, I'd opt for something else, but I would love to at least test one out.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 1 Year Ago
      Collector's item?!? I guess if you never drive it and hold on to it for another 40 years maybe. Wait a few more years and you'll be able to pick up a 'driven' model for a lot closer to $20k.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      People are jumping on it thinking they made a huge deal,
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's GREAT car. Too bad there won't be any more
      sgentilejr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thirty years from now they will very likely be collectors items and be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Back in 1965 many people though $6,500 was a lot to pay for a factory 427 Corvette with side pipes, yet today they are worth in excess of $100,000 if in mint condition.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sgentilejr
        That was a real car with real attributes. The Fisker has no real value even now and wont in 50 years either. Its heavy, slow, has old technology, and catches fire.
        sneakyp957
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sgentilejr
        "Back in 1965 many people though $6,500 was a lot to pay for a factory 427 Corvette with side pipes, yet today they are worth in excess of $100,000 if in mint condition." For the same money you could buy a new 427 Cobra street race car that would beat the Corvette like a rented mule,and are selling for up to 3 MILLION bucks today.
        Diane
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sgentilejr
        You have a point. I'm heading out to buy one now.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A stunningly beautiful vehicle......a real car business expert should buy the company and make it profitable.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have one Fisker Karma to sell, contact me at rajesh@altoukhi.ae
      Alex82
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Karma, since I saw it on www.fiskermiami.com i must have it.
      fredyacht1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just another Obama motors fiasco
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't forget Ford. They got $5.9 billion from the same program as Fisker.
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      A modern day Edsel...
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