Ten New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Car Buyers/Drivers to Save Money, Lose Weight and Survive the Big Blowout

December 29th, 2008

parking-lot“Look around you. We have behaved in ways that were incredibly, astonishingly and embarrassingly stupid for much too long. We’ve wrecked the economy and mortgaged the future of generations yet unborn. We don’t even know if we’ll have an automobile industry in the coming years. It’s time to stop the self-destruction.”—Bob Herbert, NY Times.

He’s talking about rampant consumerism and the great American ideal of getting something for nothing. Instead of buying more NutriSystem prepackaged junk food, it’s time to go on a proper car diet and help the auto industry get back on its feet.

  1. Buy no 2009 Japanese cars.
  2. Buy no 2009 U.S. cars.
  3. Buy no 2009 Green cars.
  4. Buy a used car in 2009.
  5. Refinance your car with GMAC, which now has bank status, thereby encouraging lending and unfreezing credit for us all.
  6. Eat no fast food in your car.
  7. Adopt one safe hypermiling technique to save gas.
  8. Turn off all GPS systems to redevelop proper navigational sense.
  9. Start an office pool on the price of regular gas on July 1, 2009.
  10. If your journey is 3 miles or less, walk.

Of course we love cars, but they are money hogs, all of them. By using them less, you will stop polluting, save cash, avoid spending fruitless time in traffic, and stay healthier. We are going to get some heavy infrastructure spending in 2009; good, take the bus. Save your car for pleasure trips when you can enjoy it; car commuting is dumb.

The automobile is popular because it has brought us all kinds of freedom. As we are learning, however, we pay for our freedoms in unanticipated ways. The year 2009 would be a good year to go on a car diet.

Car diets are not for everybody. Will you embark on one this coming year?

—jgoods

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