LETTER: New car problems are old

In my eighty years I did own a new car. It did not have electric windows, automatic door and trunk lock opener, rear window defrost,
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

In my eighty years I did own a new car. It did not have electric windows, automatic door and trunk lock opener, rear window defrost, air conditioning, seat belts and air bags. I did have a radio which I seldom used. I could go to the corner gas station and they could fix any problem I had. Then they started to make cars that we had to go to the dealership to handle our problems and you were lucky to get away with charges of $100 or more to pay for all the equipment to find out what the problem was and you were lucky if they did. They did win by putting the corner gas stations out of business. When I complained to a Chevy sales person about this 50 years ago, he smugly said you haven't seen anything yet, just wait until the improvements that are going to be made by new technology come out. I am sure he meant it was going to get better for him.

The wealthy people are able to trade in their cars every year or so when all the costly mechanisms break down. The young people who used to be able to buy a trade-in and work on it themselves no longer can do so as they don't have the expensive computer and the parts are not available to them. Now the lots are filled with "used cars." When someone needs a car you can't afford and if you don't have the down payment, the dealer will finance you. More debt.

With the high prices of gasoline they have found that smaller and more fuel efficient cars are in demand. Now the manufacturer has to set up a totally new production line. To solve their problem they are looking to the government to bail them out.

Mary Zimmerman

Sandusky