Author Archive | Eric Peters

Subprime on Wheels

It’s a good time to be a repo man. . . again. Lots of business picking up used cars people stopped making payments on. According to S&P Global Ratings and an article in Bloomberg News, defaults on these subprime loans are at their highest water mark since the subprime collapse of 2008 and the “recovery […]

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Why the Press Is Hated

The press wonders – or pretends to wonder – why it’s held in contempt by more than just a small handful of people. Maybe the pressies should read what they publish. The other day, Automotive News published the following: “Dozens of U.S. cities are willing to buy $10 billion of electric cars and trucks to show […]

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If Cars Are So Safe Thanks to the Gov’t

New cars are – supposedly – “safer” than ever. Right? That’s what the government has been telling us. Each new fatwa – backup cameras, tire pressure monitors, all those airbags – forced down our throats accompanied by the ululations of the regulatory ayatollahs that they would make cars . . . safer. But then the […]

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Viva Uber

About four months from now, Americans will go through the sickly, depressing ritual of celebrating the liberties they no longer enjoy. This includes, among an almost infinite number of things now malum prohibitum (that is, illegal, a violation of some law or statute, but entailing no harm done) being free to hire someone to give […]

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The Ancient Car Debate

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a new car. . . and just as many good reasons to buy a used one. Also, there are some not-so-great things about buying a new car – and exactly the same goes for buying used. In between somewhere lies the balance. If you decide on new, […]

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The Compliance Car

There’s a new model out you may not have heard about – the compliance car. It’s a car that, for one reason or another, almost no one is willing to buy – and so must be given away at a loss. Well, that part isn’t new. From the Edsel to the Pacer to the Aztek, […]

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Apocalypse Avoided?

If this one thing happens, electing Trump will have been worth the bother. It’s actually two things. Trump’s EPA will be “revisiting” the Obama EPA’s last-minute fuel efficiency and emissions fatwas, hurriedly ululated just two weeks before the end of the Obama EPA. It might just prevent a catastrophe worse than the implosion of 2008 […]

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Silence of the Lambs

You’d think maybe he killed someone. Oliver Schmidt is facing 169 years in prison. Earlier this week, the 48-year-old German national was frog-marched before the judge who will preside over his coming criminal trail, shackled at the ankles and waist, wearing an orange, Hannibal Lector-style one-piece jumpsuit. All that was missing, really, was the face mask. […]

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Close Your Garage Door!

Drive around almost any neighborhood and you will find homes with wide-open garages, expensive tools and equipment in plain sight . . . and no one around. Tools are portable. Often, they come in their very own carrying case – with a handle and everything. Anything on wheels – like a generator or air compressor – […]

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If Safety Mattered

In several objective ways, new cars are less “safe” than cars built decades ago. A strong statement. One that probably seems ridiculous, too, given all the “safety” features new cars have that old cars did not – and also given the fact that new cars must pass a battery of crash tests before they may […]

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Self-Driving Cars?

What does it mean when people talk about self-driving cars? We really ought to be talking about programmed cars. And about who does the programming. The “self-driving” car doesn’t decide for itself how fast it goes or what route it takes – at least, it won’t until it becomes an autonomous thinking machine, an artificial […]

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Automotive Inanities

The other day, I was visiting my friend’s repair shop. He was working on a late 1980s Subaru wagon. I  noticed it had 13-inch wheels and four-lug hubs. You never see this anymore. That’s too bad. The smallest wheel/tire you’ll find a new car riding on is a 15-incher. My ’76 Trans-Am, a big (and […]

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Governmentalized GM

What’s the first thing that happens after a bad relationship ends? A new relationship begins. Sometimes, not quite before the old/bad one has entirely ended. Often, without much though about the consequences of decisions made in the heat of the moment. It’s interesting to think about all that as word arrives about GM’s apparent decision […]

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GM’s Newest Rip-Off

Renting is a much better deal than buying . . . for the landlord. You – the renter – never own anything. But you pay for everything. Forever. This appears to be GM’s view of the future of cars, which it plans to rent to you rather than sell to you. It’s actually sound policy – […]

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Whatever Happened to the Volvo?

Volvo – the famously Swedish car company now owned by the Chinese – was famous once upon a time for the crashworthiness of its vehicles. You may recall. They were built heavy and boxy, specifically designed to withstand rollovers (the roof would support the weight of the car) and to be survivable in wrecks that would […]

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A Tire Too Good To Be True?

You can’t inflate it – and you can’t puncture it. It always runs flat. Potholes don’t faze it – and there’s no possibility of bending the wheel because there isn’t one to bend. That’s the hype for the non-pneumatic tire (NPT) and wheel – an integrated assembly made of a flexible polyurethane material formed into a spoked/honeycomb-like […]

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America’s Exotic Car

The Corvette used to be America’s sports car. It will soon be America’s exotic car. Something gained – maybe something lost. The next one – on deck for 2019 – will apparently be mid-engined, exotic in itself and certainly by Corvette-historic standards. The pushrod/two valve V8 will still be there, of course – one assumes […]

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Strong Passions Can Endanger the State

Strong passions can erupt in unpredictable ways. The government understands this – and desires that strong passions be diverted in a harmless – to the government – way. Enter the cultivated, culturally and socially enforced obsession with organized, mass spectacle sports. Fuuhhhhhtttttball especially but also the others. These games – a new one to keep people busy almost every […]

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Another Gov’t Orgy of Destruction

You’ve heard the saying that history repeats . . . as farce? Well, here we are. Not quite ten years after the government paid people to throw away perfectly good used cars to “stimulate” demand for new ones – the despicable Cash for Clunkers program – the government is doing the same thing again. Only […]

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