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fluff  n.— «At a recycling plant in San Pedro and five other similar operations around California, giant shredding machines annually reduce 1.3 million junk cars, refrigerators and other appliances into fist-sized chunks of metal...


capping  n.— «Taghizadeh allegedly paid people to bring him potential litigants to sue auto insurance companies—an illegal practice known as “capping,” said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Gregory Alker of the Automobile...

floor plan interest

floor plan interest  n.— «Dealers borrow money to pay for the cars that sit on their lots. For every day that the cars sit unsold, they accrue more of what the industry calls “floor plan” interest charges. According to the...


smog v. to certify that an automobile meets emission standards. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

ghost bike

ghost bike n. an entirely white bicycle left as a memorial where a bicycle rider has been killed or hurt by an automobile. Editorial Note: A loose coalition of “ghost bike” projects, including pictures of ghost bikes, can be found at...

tote a note

tote a note v. phr. to finance a loan; in automobile sales, used attributively to connote dealer-financed loans for used cars. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)