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Last VW Mistake
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True Costs of Driving
15 Sec. Car Deal Lecture
Eco Orgs & Auto Industry
- Uparmoring Car
Deals - Do-It-Yourself Troop Support
Tell Car Makers To Make Cleaner-Air Vehicles
Ford Motors Company to Get it's Gas in Gear
A New World View" by Jeremy Rifkin [2nd Law of Thermodynamics:
Still explains everything, and everything about why higher-to-lower-ordering
is the god of existence. And our slavish worship of its mythical
opposite, or course.] Also, see his much more recent "The New Hydrogen
Leftover Parts & Loose Linkages
Car Deal, Personal Transport & Consumer Related WebLinks,
and Misc. Etcs.
We do not
necessarily agree with nor do we endorse any of the information contained
in any of these links, nor do we guarantee that these links are
alive-- CARveat Emptor -- Its a jungle out there, and you are
on your own -- eat or be eaten! Deal carefully, if at all. No
guarantee is implied or expressed as to the merchantability,
usefullness or efficacy of any of the materaials, information
or products contained in any of the links featured here -- test
drive at your own risk after lowering your deductible...and your
standards...Proceed with caution, in low gear, pre-test your
brakes, at your own risk!
Tell your auto maker to
make cleaner air vehicles NOW, and not wait for the not-ready-for-prime-time
hydrogen fuel techologies. Existing technologies can double SUV
gas mileage, and save consumers three times in fuel cost savings
what these technologies would cost to install in new vehicles.
your automobile manufacturer know how you feel about high fossil
fuel emission vehicles polluting the air you and your family
Ford Motors Company, et al.,and JUMPT START FORD one of the most successful
high-end SUV pollution unit sellers know how you feel about it's
efforts to dilute government regulations of fuel emmission standards.
You may want to ask how it is that manufactuers can rake in tens
of thousands of dollars per unit in profits and straight-facedly
work to weaken clean air standards, claiming excessive costs
to be passed along to the consumer.
| These only seem
to be unrelated | '...everything is connected... [except dead links--in
which case try a search function to see of the site has moved]'
Almost Automotive Sites
For Auto Safety and Reliability (C.A.R.S.) A
Good Place to Start
American Center for an Energy-efficient Economy
- ACEEE's Greener Car Rankings - Also Ranks the Top Polluting Vehicles to Avoid
- Consumer Reports - for new and used car pricing services
and other "establishmentized" consumer information.
Trade Commission's "Keys to Automobile Leasing" (go the
the FTC's website) -- contains good information for auto leasees.
- Buying a Car?
Consider the environmental impacts. "A Consumer's Guide
to Effective Environmental Choices", (search for same at link) by Union of
Concerned Scientists (Just out, April 1999) (as opposed to the
Union of Indifferent Pseduoscientists to which Rush Limbaugh,
Meteorologist, apparently maintains a membership.) Common Sense
About Consumer Choices: Paper or plastic? Bus or car? Old house
or new? Cloth diapers or disposables? Some choices have a formidable
impact on the environment while others are negligible. How do
you know which choices matter? UCS's new book--"The Consumer's
Guide to Effective Environmental Choices"-- helps you identify
what you should consider carefully as you make your purchases
and what you can safely ignore.
offers the first comprehensive look at the full range of modern
consumer activities, identifying those that cause the most environmental
damage and those that cause the least. It shows that only a few
activities--our use of cars and trucks, consumption of meat,
and choice of homes and appliances--are responsible for causing
the greatest amounts of environmental damage by far.
- Anti-Sport Utility (SUV) Site... at least go into it--your next car
deal--with your eyes and wallet open--if you cannot or will not
avoid it... Go CARless or CARveat Emptor!
to Buy A Car (Check this out, if you
cannot find a no-deal alternative auto-motive)
to Lease A Car
- Do You Really Need A Car? (An alternative European perspective and good links)
for Appropriate Transport
- Electric and alternative fuel vehicles
- Mr. Traffic's CarBuyer Site (Short
and sweet / avoid the macho-man or
sexy-babe attitude that snares many auto consumers
according to seven "consumer value" categories,
- Automotive Links
- Consumer World Consumer
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Forward auto safety complaints
- eAuto (Auto Resource Website)
- Essential Information
- The Seamless Website Legal
- Full Costs of the Car (Beware of hidden, associated and long term costs
not covered here)
- NICE (National Institute for Consumer
- The Frugal Corner
- Resolving Your Consumer Complaint
- How Car Leasing Works
- List of Federal, State and County Consumer
Affairs Agenices (From
Consumer's Resource Handbook 1994)
- The Top Line (Alternative
Consumer Website List)
- Automotive Database
- Car Free Tax Allowance, etc.
- A Site for Sour Lemons
Ford Owners (Ford Blazers..? Exploders?)
- Dave's Saturn Buying Math (One Price Fits All...?)
Women's Consumer Foundation (SIS)
CLASS ACTION SUIT -- October 2, 1996)
- Uncertain Product Quality: The Market for Lemons
with an Imperfect Testing Technology
(A report by the Rand Corporation)
- DetroitNews Auto Pages... (Car Buyer Beware)
Alliance for Consumer Protection Contains a Lemon Law Site
- Chrysler's Discrimination Policy
Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge Trucks, Plymouth, Jeep & Eagle
Blue Book (Used Car Pricing Online)
Car Buying / Pricing Guides
- "Car Secrets Revealed", a book
for sale on-line / http://www.igs.net/carsecrets/info12.html
- Auto On-Ramp
(Automobile Service Association)
- Automotive Associations
- Coalition for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles
(National Automobile Dealers Association)
- FTC Lemon Buyback Rule Participant Comments
- Chicago Tribune Story: GM finally does
what government regulators wanted the industry to do 20 years
out used cars and fixing needed repairs before selling them was
a good idea then and its still a good idea... GM scrambles to
keep up with the Jones, er., AutoNation, et. al, in the MacAuto
Dealership wars. Stay tuned. Hang on tight to your wallet. Even
"factory" certified used cars can turn sour yellow.
Never pay more for any vehicle then its worth. The automobile
is a wastefull enough of a proposition without adding the unnecessary
costs of inflated pricing. This especially applies to used vehicles,
factory certified or not. And no warranty is any better then
the company of people claiming to back it.
(Do it yourself legal and other self-help advice books)
- Victoria, Canada's Car Share Co-op provides good Car Share
Co-op information and links to Portland, Oregon's and San Francisco,
California's Car Share Co-op programs... and to Car Share programs
in Canada and Europe... go there Car Share and cut your lifetime
of car ownership and operation costs by as mush or more than
- CarInfo: Has an interesting page on Ford's Leasing shenanigans...
- Auto Alternatives
- Consumer Democracy (record your consumer complaint)
- What's Good for General Motors?
- The Real Cost of Driving
- The Real Price of Gas
- Campaign on Auto Pollution (CAP)
Coming Global Oil Crisis... (Bigger than Y2K, Capitalize on it today(?)
- DATELINE NBC's A CARveat Emptor "Carpycat"
Site: References Lemon Resales Rip-offs; Good US Lemon Law Reference
Site Page & Map.
Consumer's Consumer Links
- Auto Dealer Complaint and Lemon Auto
- Junk Yard of the Net
Sociology of the Road: The Social Psychology of Driving
Bicycle Stuff - Great
The Critical Mass Web Wheel
Auto Consumer Protection, and Auto Alternative Resources! Perhaps the
one thing worse than having to buy an automobile for personal
transportation is having to pay too much for it.
and smart growth policies and modern zoning regulations to help slow the
growth in public costs ("Private Taking") required
to service mismanaged and uncontrolled growth with less pavement
and other physical and social infrastructures.
+ auto consumer complaints every year, and no auto consumer protection legislation
to speak positively of, means that your government has not gotten
your message... over the noi$e of the roar of the auto indu$try!)
that gasoline and auto related costs are so excessive and uncompetitive
is because we have not invested in clean fuel and auto alternative
personal and public transport resources... we all benefit when
we all have auto-alternatives available -- even us auto-addicts...
or uncontrolled growth also keeps gasoline and auto realted costs excessively
high (our out of pocket costs are less than half of the real
costs)... smart growth will help to keep public costs down to
service a more concentrated and less incontenent growth patterned
after suburban sprawl.
enlightened self-interest here would benefit us all, and help keep the
air we breath clean as well... we can fix this....
Union of Concerned Scientists' Environmental
& Clean Cars Website
Club's Clean Cars Website
Network's and Global Exchange's Clean Cars Website
ourselves out of the
problems we've grown ourselves into...?
forehead, (lightly!) and say, "D'oh!":
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
As long as
the money changers write the rules, the money changers will rule...
by design we have the most efficient wealth redistribution system
from the many to the few... by design we can incentivise the
economy to benefit more people and the community better.
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