I guess one can assume, in the opinion of Josee Valcourt the Corporate and
government fleets and rental car companies, who individually are the largest
SINGLE purchasers of ones vehicles are NOT making vehicles that are popular
with THOSE customers? If those buyers are not customer why are the
import brands try trying so hard to sell to them?
Why are light truck buyers, who comprise nearly half of new vehicle
purchases in the US, not customers? When one considers that there are
nearly twenty import manufactures who are selling cars in the US, why are
they NOT doing a far better job our outselling only three domestic
manufactures? The domestics are indeed behind in total car sales, but
import brands offer far more of the midget cars than domestics, and as a
class are the least popular with buyers. When it comes to the more popular
mid-size cars, although the Camry is the number one seller, domestics sell
more mid-size cars although under several different brand names. ;)
My question (and I'm likely naive and just don't get it) is why so many
people buy trucks? Do they have that many groceries to buy? Do they move
every three weeks so they need a personal U-Haul?
Once every two years or so I find the need for a minivan or truck to haul
something large (and affixing a trailer hitch and renting a trailer is not
an option, (since I don't want a chrome ball on the rear end of my sedan or
even the bracket it goes into on the tail, thank you) and I go rent such a
vehicle for the day, and it's never over 50 bucks.
And I don't have to endure the herky-jerky ride of a truck in my daily life,
nor the horrific gas mileage. Does that make me weird?
Sure, I see that many folks in the building or maintenance trades who carry
lots of tools and equipment around need trucks, but the housewife who has to
buy 12 packs of toilet paper and a couple of cases of pampers? I don't
Well, terrific for you. Some of us need our trucks. Come on up here where
I live and when you get 200-300 inches of snow dumped into your driveway
every winter don't call me. Go rent a snow plow.
The most foolish part of your diatribe is that it shows how little you
really know about the rest of the world around you.
That's probably the key - he doesn't live where you do. Perhaps it's much
more like where I live and seems half of all cars are big 4WD's (I assume
that's what we mean?). A minority have tow bars and I've never seen one used
by tradespeople - they use utilities or vans no bigger than a sedan. It
never snows and all the roads are sealed. Most are owned simply because they
are the fashion and to gain an advantage in a crash, which says a lot about
Get a load of the knuckleheaded fools and their stupid, ugly Hummers
which are really just Chevy Tahoes with layers of blocky ugliness added
to justify their huge cost. All so these dumbasses can feel that
they're "tough", "outdoorsy", etc.. They're buying the semblance of a
lifestyle. A real truck is a '85 Dodge Power Wagon with a 360ci V8 with
front and rear Dana axles. Or a Ford Superduty with a diesel or a
Oh really, Mike Smartass? At least I know enough not to live in a place
that gets 200 to 300 inches of snow per year. You must think that
everyone lives in such a place and needs a truck to plow thru it, which
shows how much you know about the rest of the world.
And where did you learn big words like 'diatribe'?
What's wrong with snow like that? I don't mind it at all. No - I don't
think everyone lives in such a place but then I was not the one who
originated the thread complaining about people driving vehicles that he does
not personally like. You know - the guy who had the solution for everyone
else to live by - to rent like he does. Some people just feel the need to
mind everyone else's business. We call that nosey.
As for words like diatribe - well, I learned it a long time ago when I went
to school. Perhaps that is something you should try.
Ah well, soon either there won't be snow if temperatures continue to rise
everywhere as they have been, and/or the oil will run out. That's everyone's
business and unlike those (like yourself) who actually need gas guzzlers, it
is becoming immoral to drive one without a real good reason.
Hell - it's immoral to drive it now. It's a utility truck for me - I drive
the car unless I need the truck. Truck gets 15mpg under any two wheel drive
conditions (miserably worse in 4WD), and the car gets 28. Easy choice.
I think some of the people he's referring to people are white collar
urban commuters who live in mild climates and drive only on flat, paved
roads. If those people drove cars instead, there would be a lot more
oil left over for people who actually need their trucks and SUVs.
Yeah - I do realize that. I responded in a moment of feeling a little
testy. It happens from time to time when I read people's words that state
"this is what I do, so why doesn't everyone else do what I do?". My
reaction is to the somewhat pompous nature of that statement and sometimes
it ignores other obvious considerations.
Sedans and compacts are "less safe"
only because of people pointing
oversized trucks and SUV's through traffic,
usually while talking on a cellphone.
And in parking lots,
most can't see out the rear window,
and usually back up until they hear metal !
I question the oversized vehicles parked in the DISABLED spots.
You'd have to be an athlete in excellent shape,
just to clamber up into the damn thing.
An old buddy used to call it;
"The Law of Macho Compensation"
ie; the bigger the truck.... the smaller the dick !
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