Tesla Opening Sixth Arizona Supercharger Tomorrow in Flagstaff

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Greg Gjerdingen

You can't buy a Tesla in Arizona, but you can get it charged here.

Despite Arizona's law preventing Tesla from using its sales model in the state, the company is opening its latest "supercharger" tomorrow in Flagstaff.

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10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

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Photo Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe.

Although Barrett-Jackson wasn't the only auto auction going down around Scottsdale this weekend, it certainly got the most attention and had the most interesting mix of vehicles up for auction.

Though no car fetched $4.6 million (as the original Batmobile did last year at the auction), several were sold for millions. Check out the 10 most expensive cars sold at Barrett-Jackson this weekend:

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Chop-Shop Owner Busted After Gearhead Recognizes His Stolen Engine in Another Car

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German Medeot via Flickr
1995 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

If your engine was ripped out of your car, would you be able to spot your engine if you ever saw it?

For one Peoria man, the answer to that question is "yes," and a chop-shop owner was busted after the victim recognized the engine from his stolen Ford Mustang had been placed in another Mustang, which was for sale on Craigslist.

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Phoenix Drivers Safer Than Those in Any Other Big City in America, Study Claims

Phoenix's allegedly safe drivers on Interstate 10 near 35th Avenue yesterday.

This might be hard to believe if you're a Phoenix commuter, but a study says Phoenix has the safest drivers among all the big cities in the United States -- for the ninth year in a row.

Phoenix drivers, on average, go nearly a decade between collisions, according to a study by Allstate (go ahead and read the rest of this in the Allstate-guy voice).

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McLaren Dealership Opening in Scottsdale

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McLaren MP4-12C

If your car-buying options in Scottsdale seem to be getting a little weak, don't worry -- McLaren's coming.

Consider the McLaren P1, a 903-horsepower hybrid. Of course, you'll need $1.15 million, which is a little on the high side.

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Phoenix Woman Tries to Steal Car, Gets Stumped by Automatic Transmission

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Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr
If you can't figure out how to get this car to move, auto theft is probably not the right career for you.

Every so often, you'll see stories from around the country about wannabe car thieves who don't make off with their new ride because they don't know how to operate a manual transmission.

However, police say a woman who tried to steal a car in Phoenix got stumped by an automatic transmission.

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Chevy Dealership Employee Steals New Camaro, Apparently Doesn't Know How OnStar Works

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro
If you're an employee at a Chevrolet dealership, you really ought to know that a stolen car can be tracked down to a precise location if that vehicle is equipped with OnStar.

Somehow, that point didn't register with a now-former employee of Courtesy Chevrolet, as police were able to locate a 2013 Camaro stolen from the dealership "directly" outside his apartment, according to police.

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Barrett-Jackson Bidder Wins Mercedes Auction, Discovers Odometer "Discrepancy" Weeks Later

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The 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Designo Launch Edition in question.

A Tennessee man who was the highest bidder at a Barrett-Jackson auction for a rare Mercedes-Benz claims he didn't find out the vehicle had an odometer "discrepancy" until weeks after the auction.

In response to a federal lawsuit filed by Gary Thompson, lawyers for the Scottsdale-based Barrett-Jackson say that window stickers on each car sold at its auctions say, in all-capital letters, "UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, BUYER SHOULD ASSUME VEHICLES ARE NON-MATCHING NUMBERS AND MILEAGE TO BE NON-ACTUAL."

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Top Gear Footage of Coolidge Helicopter Crash Released (Video)

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That helicopter ended up crashing at the airport in Coolidge.
The BBC has released the footage of a 2012 helicopter crash in Coolidge, which happened during the filming of a scene for the South Korean version of the automotive show Top Gear.

The crash -- which was not planned -- took place almost a year ago, and involved a military helicopter, the Bell AH-1 Cobra, which was racing a Chevy Corvette ZR1 at the airport in Coolidge.

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Ferraris Sold at Arizona Auctions for More Than $8 Million -- Millions More Than the Batmobile

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The $8.1 million 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was not the most expensive car sold in the Valley this weekend.
Remember that original Batmobile that was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale over the weekend for more than $4.6 million?

Forget about that, because two Ferrari were sold for more than $8 million each at two different, smaller, Valley auctions this weekend.

See also:
-Batmobile Sells for $4.6 Million at Barrett-Jackson; Man Gets to Shout "First" for $1.1 Million
-Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction: Some Awesome and Some Not-Awesome
-Slideshow: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale 2013

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