As the car got older the registration and taxes dropped lower so an incentive to keep it.
I wonder how folk would react to an old car tax. (no I don't wonder at all.)
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>>>But full-year sales at Ford and General Motors lagged. GM's rose only 3.7 percent for the year, while Ford edged up 5 percent. For December, GM sales rose 5 percent, while Ford was up 2 percent.>>>
>>>Demand was led by the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, Ram pickup and Chrysler 300 luxury car.>>> So much for the popularity of all those green battery POS vehicles.....which, BTW, the government is the biggest customer for, not the population.
>> She said Ford is more concerned about an increase in the payroll tax, which is scheduled to bounce up to 6.2 percent this year from 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012. That amounts to a $1,000 to $1,500 tax increase per household, she said.
"We will look at that closely because it will crimp spending in the months ahead," she said.>>> What for that downturn coming.
>>>December featured year-end deals on GM's big pickup trucks; the company offered discounts of up to $9,000 to help clear growing inventory. The move worked. GM cut its full-size pickup supply by more than 20,000 in December to about 222,000.>>> The only way they could get rid of them was to play "Huge Cash for Pickups" or they would still be sitting in the lots.
>>> The Polk auto research firm predicted even stronger U.S. sales for 2013, forecasting 15.3 million as the economy continues to improve. Polk, based in Southfield, Mich., expects 43 new models to be introduced, up 50 percent from last year. New models usually boost sales.
The firm also predicts a rebound in sales of large pickups and midsize cars. All eight of the top manufacturers are strong and introducing new vehicles, and that should bring competition and lower prices in those segments, according to Tom Libby, lead North American analyst for Polk.
But the firm's optimistic forecasts hinge on Washington reaching an agreement on government debt limits and spending cuts.>>>>
Polk is sitting around with their fingers crossed.........the CBO recently said that the deal that got put into place two days ago will actually cost 600,000 jobs. Good luck with that Polk wishful thinking.
e there's no demand for "Green" vehicles? Nah, they discount the vehicles on which their margins are largest, and for which demand is expected to be soft. I wouldn't touch anything that wasn't at least a hybrid, and I think that's true of anybody who didn't absolutely need a big vehicle, or who had money to burn because that's what you're doing every time you fill up.
Sorry Rob, not a reason for a hybrid.
Last numbers I saw, you can get a car of equal size that the gas milage is good enough so that the time require to save the difference is past the time you'd have to replace the battery, and that would push the break even time even further.
Doesn't mean hybrids are bad, just that you can't sell them on the average cost basis.
Well, that was the standard hybrid model. The claims for the newer ones if you "top" them off at home overnight are conflicting. Reminds me one coworker that said he'd buy a Volt if the company would put receptacles in the parking lot.
We'll need to deal with constructing and deconstructing the batteries. All of this requires energy we've not had to use in the past. If it adds to the total energy use in building and later disposal of the car, we need to add that into the algorithm for proper computation of savings. We can't look at this as just a money issue but must also look at resource use.
particularly in cities famous for smog problems due to traffic sitting snarled so much at commuting times.
I don't think they're better for all situations. I believe the current requirement that so much of our crop % wise must be used for ethanol is wrong. I agree that it's a wash as far as any savings, pollution or oil, when you're talking about traffic that moves along smoothly. Vehicles get less mpg on 10% ethanol than they do on 100% gasoline, so if there is no traffic stalling/jams there is basically no savings on pollution because you burn more. It's less pollution per gallon, but you burn more, so......
The hybrid cars with external charging capability are were I would see possibly more use. The unsubsidized cost is too high right now to claim much of a savings in shorter time frame. However, they supposely do eventually save money. For someone that believed they helped the enviornment, or those smog bowl areas, paying more up front and breaking even later at least gives the option.
I do understand that ethanol does burn cleaner, that's why I can see ethanol, as well as electric cars, may have a place in smog heavy cities and in inversion bowl type places. I understand that Phoenix Arizonia is one place that lack of replacement air moving into the region often creates a real problem.
I've read claims that in traffic that is moving without traffic jams and long delays that the lower mpg makes the pollution approximately equal. I can't quote the numbers. It would seem to be reasonable if it lowers mpg.
If and when they can come up with a better source than corn for the ethanol, it may be much more useful, even subsized to an extent. There has been reports from time to time that they could get ethanol from corn silage, stalks, etc rather than the corn itself. Hasn't seemed to work out.
I believe that sugar cane is an excellent source of ethanol, but the US doesn't grow that much of it.
and by their own numbers, sales have dropped off again as more people have been laid off and out of the workforce and unable to not only not get credit, but they couldn't make the payments. Would you rather they went into debt for something they can't afford like the government pushed for home loans to people like that?
Since the article that was in the news...YESTERDAY?
Sales HAVE dropped off OR they PREDICT they will?
more people have been laid off
The rebound has itself been good for the U.S. economy.
The most recent figures from the Labor Department show that employment at auto plants and their parts suppliers grew by 55,400, or nearly 8%, over the 12 months ended in November, and automakers have announced plans for more hiring in the months ahead. Auto dealers have added another 25,400 jobs over the same period.
And those 80,800 jobs don't capture all the additional hiring at other companies that benefit from auto industry spending, from makers of steel, aluminum, paint and carpeting, to advertising firms and other media companies.
missed the point of it.....it had nothing to do with saving the industry (that was done with the bailout). The whole idea of the Clunkers program was because BO wanted all the old 'gas' vehicles off the road and give incentives to people to buy the newer hybrids that ran on both gas and battery. His Executive Order to the car industry now is to get vehicles running a minimum of 50 MPG by 2015 or 2020 which will make them so expensive that people will start veering away from them and go to the battery tiny cars instead.
I'm not buying a new car that's for sure. Yeah, I know car sales have been pretty good lately. All that article mentions is probably true. However, besides having jobs and cash or ease of loans, the plain fact is buyers are in the mode to buy. That old car maybe asking too much to repair or become unreliable. However, in my case I'll buy a new car when prices aren't so high. Geeezz, a loan for 72mos(or less) maybe something in the $20K range and I get approved. NOPE!!! Little squirt cars for $30K+ easy and maybe save on gas but too little for me. SUV, forget that gas hog, but i still need a truck(p/u) but they will be used until I take a dirt nap. A car is going to be used and it better be US made(cross-fingers) or a huge chunk of it, if I get another one. Back to the auto auction. -----Willy
labor in it than most American made vehicles(much less pick ups) on the road.The Tundra even has more American content that the Chevy Corvette !
The figures in this table come from the govt,not Toyota.
While much attention is given to Detroit and MI as being the auto world of USA, alot of it is really all over the USA. Not just the manufacture as in building an auto, but all the "sub-parts" that get the made in USA label. Think of all the seats, cloth/vinyl, alternators, brakes, wiring and such and find much of is from the USA(Ohio?) or maybe not. It never ceases to amaze me that parts are brought because they can save $.01 per part by bulk and what have you. But, all too often it falls short. Items like brake parts come from Brazil, yet they rust so fast or breakdown too soon. Gawd, forget about UK made parts, they seem to forget its suppose to be used after manufacture. Maybe that axle is made in USA but all the bearing come from Canada. I've read in late '70's early '80's that many Nippon autos were build w/o AC or they awaited until they hit US shores, because US made AC was far better and "materials" were easier to get here(raw items). Doesn't anyone recall earlier Nippon cars just rusting away far too soon compared to US cars. Yet, I recall '80s US autos had many a bumper limping or barely hanging on, because they rusted so fast. That was suppose to work in a 5mph crash and people drive around at 5mph. No wonder pickups became a very popular driving vehicle and overall sold at lower cost, until SUVs came around. I would rather drive a p/u because I can try to repair it and have "access" to more easily repair whatever. I've replaced spark plugs on newer autos and become bloodied from all the twists and turns, etc. just to reach them, what were they thinking??? Heck, just changing the oil filter is brain twister. Sorry, sometimes I fret because I still got one p/u in the barn and the brake line(s) is rusted out, ON A 2002 model, completely kaput. My old '92 may rust but it takes eons to get there. Plus that dang computer box for brakes, what a PITA. ------Willy