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Why Do Some People Hate Their Cars?

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Monday, 16 September 2019 05:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Why do people hate cars?

Some drivers purchased a lemon that is a money pit. I just got a call from someone today that said they hated their car. Many times it’s the expense of owning one, renting a car or problem with car-share and ride-share services. For some, it’s the monthly payments and the insurance rates that keep climbing.

You may feel that someone selling you a new or used car is taking advantage of you. Or a repair shop sees you coming and overcharges you for the work. That may make you hate cars.

Some people think that millennials hate cars - until they have a family and shop at Costco. Then there are others who want motorized scooters (check out my take on that).

There are many modes of transportation from bicycles to walking to public transportation. Some groups have taken it too far.

There are even protesters than want to get rid of all vehicles. These people hate cars but aren’t thinking about the impacts to their own country or their own freedom of transportation!

This week the Frankfurt Auto Show will be increasing security at the show after protesters were involving in damage luxury cars. A group calling itself “Rocks in the Gearbox” are being investigated by police for vandalism. Forty upmarket cars at dealerships in Frankfurt, Germany were targeted including Aston Martins, Land Rovers and Jaguars. These protesters damaged the bodywork, broke windows and lit cars on fire. This group has threatened to the Frankfurt Auto Show going on this week.

Why? Because this group claims that cars are destroying the environment and climate. They believe that its profits of at the expense of the environment. However, manufacturers have made major changes from all of these brands with plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles (Jaguar i-Pace, Audi e-Tron, etc). This group doesn’t like battery powered cars either, because of the damage to the environment, precious metal mining and working conditions for battery materials. The German Auto Industry is trying to work with these groups to calm the anger. They are demanding more efficient electric vehicles, an end to internal combustion, slower speed limits, and climate neutrality, among other things.

Germany is home to four brands — BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Porsche — that account for 80 percent of global sales of luxury vehicles. And with 835,000 workers, the auto industry is Germany's biggest employer, responsible for a fifth of the country's exports. That’s one in seven jobs. Without the auto industry in Germany alone - the impact would be devastating and that means no way to fund those government programs and public transportation that many use every day. We learn history so we don’t repeat it - we could go back to bikes and walking but it’s hard to get anywhere especially if no one has money to spend.

In the U.S., half of the Dow Jones industrial average is based on automotive in one form or another. Here in the U.S., this would destroy our economy for everyone.

The car is here to stay - whether you love it or not. Propulsion of them is your personal choice. Not having a vehicle and relying on others or relying on the government to decide is far from the best choice! What do you think?

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. Post your comments on Twitter: @LaurenFix or on her Facebook Page.

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The car is here to stay - whether you love it or not. Propulsion of them is your personal choice. Not having a vehicle and relying on others or relying on the government to decide is far from the best choice!
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