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October 30, 2019


Quote; "My wife and I have bought quite a few Toyotas: several Prius', several Highlanders, a MR2 way back when, and just this year, a RAV4 Hybrid."

Repeating more or less what I have written before:

If you are environmentalists why are you buying all these cars? Of course they are nicer and more fuel efficient and have fewer emissions than older cars BUT manufacture of them is polluting too, not to mention disposal of the used batteries once they wear out which are very toxic and bad for the environment. Why not stick with one car, for the sake of the environment, and drive it until it isn't reliable anymore? It seems to me that would be a more green thing to do.

Buying more and more consumer goods, instead of making do with what we have and making it last, contributes more waste and carbon emissions into the environment. I mean, all these new cars don't come out of nowhere. (Well, actually they do, but that is a metaphysical/philosophical topic for another time.)

A friend has a 1976 Chevy Suburban that he has kept running all these years. It has many miles on it and it has needed some significant repairs, of course, but it still has the original engine and transmission. The thing is a pig and gets only 10 mpg, but it is reliable and serves his purposes. I say he is more environmentally friendly, although that is not his primary reason, staying with his Suburban gas guzzler than people who turn over their vehicles every few years for the latest and greatest hybrid or electric car. If he did that the suburban would still be running somewhere belching emissions anyway.

Someone may say that if more people kept their cars for 20 or more years it would cause unemployment in auto manufacturing because fewer cars would need to be produced. No doubt. Robots are replacing humans in the industry already. But there would be a surge in employment in auto repair, parts and restoration.

Insurance and auto registration/license costs drop significantly for older vehicles. Oregon used to have a flat registration fee for vehicles regardless of age. When I was there it was like $14. I don't know if it is still that way, but in many other states older vehicles cost hundreds less to register and license than newer vehicles. These things might be important to some people.

Ditto what Tucson said :),

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