03 December 2018

The Cynical Car Industry

Capitalism is doomed to fail. Any system that panders to greed is inherently flawed and will destroy as it prospers. Companies exist to prosper and those that cheat - especially without being caught - win. Commerce has huge financial resources which give it tremendous potential to influence or bully in order to get its way.

I have written about such in the past, such as Bullies 1Bullies 2Cynical crash tests, Class action (VW),  and Fuel consumption disparities. I guess one can be sympathetic with those competing in a system that seems to favour a cynical win at all costs thinking. There is no medal for being moral and going broke, while competitors play all their tricks and prosper.

So why do I write about cars, when clearly disillusioned with the car industry and commerce generally? Well, I've always liked cars and statistics, so brought both together to do this blog. It's strictly non-commercial (no advertising here) so the many hours are spent for my pleasure and those who share what I like. However, watching the industry has opened my eyes to its self serving actions, and at times, corrupt ways.

One thing I will say is don't get hooked into this system of constantly changing cars unless that is what you want, or have, to do. As much as I like cars, I'm not wasting money on them. I bought a new car 14 years ago (a good price too) and still have it. I haven't done a huge mileage, have had no mechanical problems, and it still serves our needs. It doesn't have the latest bells and whistles but that is why it is so reliable and easy to own.

I believe cars could and should be cheaper but lack of co-operation between makers, overly complicated features, getting oversized and in the case of NZ, profit margins too big scuppers that. So I watch with increasing detachment.

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