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dallfo

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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 9:03:58 AM

Have you ever wondered how many vehicles roam the highways and byways of America? Research firm IHS Automotive has the answer, and it's the highest in recorded history.

ALSO SEE: Is Elon Musk About To Blow The Roof Off The Electric Car Industry?

IHS says that there are roughly 252,700,000 vehicles in operation in the U.S. -- a high-water mark. (Keep in mind, that figure only includes light vehicles, not buses, big rigs, or other heavy duty commercial vehicles.) Since July 2013, 3.7 million vehicles have been added to the rolls, which translates to a 1.5 percent growth rate. The U.S. hasn't seen that kind of expansion since 2004-2005.

What's more, the number of vehicles that Americans are scrapping has tumbled. Roughly 11.5 million vehicles were sent to the crushers in 2013, wel
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mwg6275
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 1:26:21 AM

Most people will always want their own vehicle. The vast majority of people that take public transportation do it because they can't afford the expense of the own vehicle, or the fuel. A better economy will make public transportation even less popular.
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NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:52:21 AM

So much for the success of public transportation.
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:03:36 AM

Getting a little crowded.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 12:58:18 AM

That is an awful lot of cars in operation.
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Winatgas
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 12:25:41 AM

Yes, my mom picked up on this yesterday. She doesn't drive as much as previously, but when we hit I-75 she wondered out loud 'where did all the cars come from?' This article supports her thoughts.
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:54:28 PM

Personal transportation = personal freedom. There might even be MORE vehicles on the road were it not for the intrusive EPA and other federal agencies.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:15:47 PM

Cool
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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 8:56:44 PM

more fox entertainment?
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dudleydog
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 6:41:44 PM

uh, we have more people too...
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 6:38:41 PM

All in front of me and don't know how to use turn signals.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 6:01:08 PM

OK
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gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 5:41:18 PM

No wonder oil demand doesn't fall.
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reidlej
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 5:28:30 PM

And probably older too!
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egorbcc
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 5:27:25 PM

The economy must be better than I thought.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 4:55:42 PM

big whoop
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race2IT
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 4:06:43 PM

Are they hiring?
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BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 2:48:44 PM


And ?
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char893
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 2:21:04 PM

Lots of people & lots of cars. We could never to back to walking where we need to go, living close to work, etc. Where's all the money that's being paid for road taxes going? Back on the roads, I hope....
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Masquerade16
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 1:47:22 PM

That's a big number -- WOW!!
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montpelier28
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:38:18 PM

Elon Musk, awesome guy. Go Tesla.
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VanIsleRover
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:30:23 PM

Why only report on the USA?
Look at China and India... Japan, Taiwan...
All have more cars than space.
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335d1
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:24:54 PM

I believe it.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:24:24 PM

ALSO SEE: Is Elon Musk About To Blow The Roof Off The Electric Car Industry?

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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:23:51 PM

more people = more vehicles..(and other maladies).
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:22:11 PM

How many will get recall notices?
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:09:25 PM

If this was about the President, someone would comment "Faux News", but not on this? LMAO.
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looneylane
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:59:28 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:48:05 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:46:01 AM

this is news?
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:16:14 AM

No surprise.
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Pozole
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:16:07 AM

...imagine if all the young folks were more concerned about getting their licenses...can't blame the lack of desire...if I were just starting out, I couldn't afford it either...
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Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:00:32 AM

And they are older as well...
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Hilsgal
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:50:31 AM

PhilMils - WHAT on earth do they need 6 cars for - they are only 2 people/ Must be nice to be able to afford them.
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vangobrown
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:50:21 AM

never wonder, working to hard
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DLCarpernet
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:49:24 AM

Insurance companies must love this statistic.
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BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:49:08 AM

That's to bad for the gasoline consumption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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radbadtz
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:47:18 AM

Snicker
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BeaconLite
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:44:03 AM

That should make the car manufactures and insurance companies happy.
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deputydog082
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:27:59 AM

and costs more than ever to keep them on the road
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PhilMils
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:27:43 AM

Too many people fall for the lines thrown out by the vehicle makes and dealers. Many people own more than they need.

I know of one family of two adults, no children, that decided to get their fleet of automobiles down to six. They don't collect them, they just buy on impulse.

And people wonder why they have no savings once they decide to retire.
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explorer054
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:26:41 AM

Makes sense
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msf1527
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:24:16 AM

Ok
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SRcyclist
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:20:32 AM

Not a surprise
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1GhettoWhipper
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:18:58 AM

wonder how many are GM recalls???
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BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:18:37 AM


We need more vehicles to transport the waves of illegal aliens flooding our border ahead of amnesty.
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:12:08 AM

Many illegals driving !!!
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:08:10 AM

252 million is more than 2 cars per household.
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supersonic873
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:06:47 AM

Crazy...
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:03:16 AM

Lot of Insurance and fuel
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 10:02:45 AM

Wow
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