I've had my current vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire, for 14 years. It's been a good car - mechanically very reliable but it definitely shows the mileage. It's time to replace it.
I like to think I'm a smart shopper. I've checked out professional or personal ratings. I have read reviews and collision reports. I've gone to more websites than I can count as I checkout different cars. The final step is going to lots and looking at vehicles. DO I fit in the car? How does it drive (so many test drives).
With all of my efforts, I do have one question for auto makers:
Why did you STOP putting the make and model of vehicles ON the cars?
Have you ever tried to identify a vehicle lately? Instead of the manufacturer make name, companies are putting symbols instead. The same goes for the models. I feel like I need a reference sheet when I try to figure out what a car is anymore. Half of the symbols resemble rune stones. Do I get my fortune told with a car purchase?
And while I'm on the subject, what's wring with actually coming up with a model name instead of a mix of letters & numbers?
It's not rocket science folks. There was a time when a Ford looked way different than a Chevy or a Chrysler. Now it's difficult to tell a Honda from a Ford. Sedans have minute differences. Let's start making cars unique instead of copying the other guy.
One more thing: what's up with color limitations? Black, white, grey, silver, or red...with the occasional gold or blue.
What's wrong with alternate colors such as orange, yellow, green, or teal? Maybe that's why I have held on to my car for so long. Teal colored vehicles stand out in a parking lot of blandness.
Until next time,
Stay safe out there!
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