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One Lap of the Web: Peking to Paris Rally, classic car inspection guide and pointless cars

Wed, 03 Jul 2013

We spend a lot of time on the Internet -- pretty much whenever we're not driving, writing about or working on cars. Since there's more out there than we'd ever be able to cover, here's our daily digest of car stuff on the Web you may not otherwise have heard about.

-- Join the Hooniverse debate as they ask: What's the dumbest car sold on the market today? While we like to give the benefit of the doubt to automakers, there are some cars that make us scratch our heads as to why they even exist. But hey, to each his own.

-- According to a report from the Detroit News, women are likely to pay more than men for repairs, but are better negotiators. Regardless, we know no one likes to get ripped off at shops or dealerships, especially when going for an oil change turns into needing a new engine. This is why we prefer to do our own work.

-- Buying a used car can be a daunting experience, especially a classic car. Ride along with the crew from Drive as they inspect a Porsche 911 and help you with some critical steps in buying a classic/used car.

-- In the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, two car enthusiasts managed to drive a 1913 Ford Model T 7,610 miles of the journey. The rally, in which travelers go from China to France, features all types of cars: classics, modern and exotics. Although the Model T didn't finish, the drivers accomplished an awesome feat by getting that far in a car that's 100 years old.

By Max Gilles