[extropy-chat] european imports

BillK bill at wkidston.freeserve.co.uk
Tue Feb 24 13:00:41 UTC 2004

On Tue Feb 24, 2004 12:11 am Spike wrote:
> I know a lot of Europeans hang out on extropians.
> Do offer me advice on this, offlist is fine, altho
> many here might be interested in your answer.
> I am looking at a new car and I like the BMWs and
> Volvos, but they cost about half again as much
> as a comparable 'murican car.

The car industry wants you to treat your car as a fashion item.
Don't do it! This will be expensive if you go along with them.

To help you choose, you need

True cost to own (including running costs and depreciation)

Don't buy a new car. The first year depreciation is about 25%, so on a
$44000 car you save about $11000 by buying a one year old model.

The devaluing dollar makes all imports expensive at present.
Are you a traitor? - buy American ;)

In UK, BMWs are bought by people who want to show off their wealth,
e.g. yuppies and drug dealers.

Volvos have a staid, reliable, well-off old-folks image.

The edmunds site above is packed full of useful data on everything to do
with cars. Have a good look round there.


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