In 2012, over 40.5 million used cars were purchased in the United States (Atiyeh, 2013). Used cars are in high demand in today’s economy because of the lower prices, slightly higher gas mileage, and that they can be more trustworthy against some of the newer models. With used car sales always climbing, how do buyers know what they are looking for in a vehicle? How do they come down to the final decision of where to purchase the vehicle? Most importantly, how can buyers make sure that they do not get scammed?
The American societydoes not just look at the car as a bunch of sheet metal but rather and extension of your personality by the speed of it, gas mileage and how impacting of a vehicle it is. The automobile is and incredible feat and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Americans have loved cars since there first introduction, some of the most popular sports involved racing high performance cars to their breaking points.One of the most popular is the 24 hour race at Le Mans. This race is held every June and all the American car manufacturers compete in a 24 hour road race against each other as well as other countries. This race first started in 1923 and originated in France (“Top 10 Sporting Events”).
During the late 1900’s, fuel efficiency was given very little thought by automakers. Instead, they competed with each other by coming out with larger and more powerful vehicles each year, and by doing so they sacrificed fuel efficiency, because each new vehicle that they built got fewer miles per gallon. Americans craved bigger and more powerful cars, so to comply with the car buyers, that is what the automakers built (Surowiecki 25). However, “polls show that, given an option, some three-quarters of them vote for dramatic increases in fuel-economy standards” (Surowiecki 25). Since there were no fuel economy standards established by the government until 1975, the fuel efficiency of automobiles steadily declined.
Automobiles The invention of the automobile in the early 20th century has had an adverse affect on our environment. Our society has used technology in order to advance the automobile to make it better and more efficient. The automobile industry knows what sells and they take advantage of that. With this growing technology to advance automobiles also comes flaws. The biggest and most obvious flaw is pollution.
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It is a story about better technology. Industry and economics, not virtue or government control, are the driving forces” (Brown, 2007). New technologies in everything from simple household appliances to transportation methods have had a major impact in reducing this country’s rate of energy consumption, and more importantly its need for foreign oil. “The most important exception to this trend is in transportation. While fuel mileage in cars continues to improve, the fuel efficiency of U.S. automobiles has actually declined since the mid-1990’s.
Past statistics tell the story of when fuel prices surge, smaller fuel efficient cars are more in demand. Higher fuel prices cause households to reallocate money from other areas to purchase fuels at higher prices because fuel is needed for transportation to and from work. When fuel p... ... middle of paper ... ...lopment far exceeds any other industry in the United States. (McAlinden et al., 2003) There is no doubt that the United States depends heavily on the automotive industry. The economy has always responded to the fluctuations of the automotive industry as well as the automotive industry responding to the economy.