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xgojim
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 6:49:50 AM

The U.S. auto industry's rebound has been a bright spot in an otherwise slow economic recovery, with sales this year on track to return to pre-Great Recession levels. But amidst the good news there is a troubling trend: The average cost of a new car has hit a record high of $31,800, up from $27,500 before the downturn, according to automotive research site Edmunds.com. There are a variety of reasons for the increase. Profit margins are up, as manufacturers are no longer dependent on generous incentives to move product. Also, more technology in cars, such as navigation systems, enable automakers to charge higher premiums, especially on smaller cars. But industry experts say a key factor is federal fuel efficiency and safety regulations that automakers have had to meet in the last decade.


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heydano67
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:51:38 AM

too much for me
oldmack
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:25:59 AM

ok
remay
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:13:39 AM

Easy money is over?
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:47:16 AM

Glad to finally know that regulations are costly
VanIsleRover
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:45:52 AM

More modern the vehicle, more costly the gadgets.
liao
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:42:42 AM

Will keep my 2004 & 2008 as long as it last.
oldred11
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:38:44 AM

Yes, auto regulations are costly. And your point is. . . ?
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:38:05 AM

not in for a new car for the next 10 or more yrs...
firefly09
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:37:10 AM

old news.
evpark
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:30:22 AM

With the rising purchase cost of new cars people are forced to keep their old cars longer and longer.
wally52
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:28:47 AM

That's why I will not buy a new car.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:25:16 AM

We keep buying used vehicles...
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:24:45 AM

Government had nothing to do with the vehicle makers increasing their profit or equipping cars with navigation systems. And, hopefully, increased fuel economy will be recovered during the lifecycle of the vehicle. On the other hand, the sheeples' attention to vehicles is the amount of the monthly payment.
btex49
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:19:15 AM

There is an extremely high price for all the gadgets in our cars.
arinkrat17
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:18:50 AM

Every going up except our pay
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:18:19 AM

That's the US now being regulated to death by a President that makes and breaks rules and law as he pleases!
LJDJ
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:17:53 AM

ok
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:17:00 AM

Alwas a reason. keepthe old one going.
JethroGibbsMKE
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:15:43 AM

Cost of living keeps going up BUT salary keeps going down for many, that's just awkward.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:14:38 AM

One regulation after another. It will end up crushing them.
Bruno44
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:11:44 AM

Too much over-regulation in many industries.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:08:42 AM

crooks
kkimes
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:47:38 AM

I'm sure the auto industry is just waiting for more Republicans to get elected so they will have more greasey palms to stuff money in. With the next administration I'm sure you will see an easing of these regulations.
el_fr
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:51:48 PM

No such thing as a cheap car anymore
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 4:11:41 PM

The auto industry has been whining about regulation for a long time. I remember when they said they could not install a 3-point safety belt in cars without screwing up the whole production line and raising costs. For many reasons, the standards for fuel efficiency and safety are long overdue.
lippoe_sokan
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 4:05:41 PM

All regulations are costly.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 4:02:20 PM

Old news. This has been the case since the '70's.
Grismer
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:46:27 PM

The price of deregulation would be higher on many levels than just economic.
streetdesign
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:38:10 PM

New vehicles have a lot of safety features and new technology which is costly. There is a price to pay for safety and new gadgetry. Now if income would increase as much as vehicle prices then it would not be a problem.
Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:15:13 PM

No problem. I don't want monthly payments or higher insurance rates.
I also don't need to keep up with "The Jones".
BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:55:25 AM

There was a time that a top of the line Mercury Cougar XR7 with all the bells and whistles of it's time was a $4800 purchase off the showroom floor.
Today's pricing begins to put the price for a new vehicle out of reach for the average, middle income consumer (and lest we not forget those seniors on a fixed income).
While safety is important, most ot the gadgets in vehicles today actually detract from Safety.
wrunner
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:29:45 AM

Added gizmo gadgets add to the cost and such gizmo gadgets are not always needed to operate the vehicle.

They are also made bigger, heavier and longer which adds up to more production cost.

Get back to basics and make autos that make sense, sensible to the driver, sensitive to the consumer.
WestDriver
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:51:22 AM

Regulations always cost extra money. And, it seems, here, as in most cases, isn't worth the money it costs us.
00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:20:46 AM

I'd rather keep my old clunker than to fork over that crazy amount of money.
flatrock14
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:00:25 AM

I don't see it going down
pscamp
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:55:35 AM

OK
Caribou2011
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:55:21 AM

Too much big brother intervention.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:49:28 AM

Are we safer now.

Are our vehicles safer?

Is the cost of saving lives worth it?

You be the judge.
PhilMils
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:33:04 AM

More precisely, the ways the regulations are met by the auto makers are costly. The regulations themselves don't cost much.

The article reads as if all the increased cost of autos is because of regulations, which is a lie. Yes, some regulations led to some increased costs, but that is NOT where most of the increase came into being.

Odd, but many of the changes that the auto makers made because of regulations are marketed as "features", or selling points. I guess they want it both ways.

Could the auto makers meet the regulations in cheaper ways? In most cases, yes.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:30:28 AM

Regulations have made Americans poorer. We could be earning more income BUT regulations have taken away much of it.
Hunter114
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:25:17 AM

Another example of how big government casts more: CAFE standards & other regulations.
Hawg1408
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:22:59 AM

Always a way to make money
kx250
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:21:50 AM

here's a concept: more gubr'ment = higher prices
Wally3023
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:21:07 AM

Good to know
NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:20:21 AM

Just the auto industry trying to come up with an excuse as to why new vehicle are almost as expense as a house these days.
Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:19:38 AM

vehicles are more $$$$$$$$$$$$$
zuess28
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:14:11 AM

Safety is good but we don't need all those other goodies that run up the bill.
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:14:00 AM

They finally wrote an article about it!
Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:12:45 AM

And it is this cost that is having us keep our cars longer and longer and upping the demand for used cars.
merlinCO
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:11:12 AM

Profits up yet they don't pay off the US people.
gmcgas
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:07:03 AM

they are loaded down with safety equipment and electroics that they are heavier and take more power to move.
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