Won't be long before we're paying subscription fees to have heat and air conditioning in our vehicles. You can go without it if you don't want to pay the subscription.
When was the last time you bought a vehicle? It's tough now to find anything at all under $20k. The handful you can find are basically just good enough to have something to drive. My mom bought a Chevy Spark because of its price. If it was for more than just her, alone, it wouldn't work out too well.
You must understand two things about me, one, I have always been a very frugal person of modest income. I like to think my resourcefulness somewhat makes up for my income though. Two, in vehicles I value reliability and simplicity and affordability of maintenance far more than conveniences I don't need.
This is why I drive an 82 Toyota pickup. I bought it with a little over 242,000 miles on it over a decade ago, and it's in great shape. It was the last year they made them with a double row timing chain that lasts the life of the engine. It also has a simple torsion bar suspension in the front end, and no rack and pinion steering, meaning it is easy and cheap to align, and actually stays that way. I call her my beater, but in reality, she's a good looker that often turns heads. Truth be told, I actually call her Lil Red, as in Little Red Engine That Could. I've gotten tons of compliments on her when I'm out washing and waxing her, and some have tried to buy her, and she even got stolen, but recovered by the police meter maid camera reporting tech. I now keep a sturdy pedal lock on her and haven't had any such problems since.
I have zero interest in vehicles with timing belts, CV joints, rack and pinion steering, and fuel injection. So why would I bother looking at today's new car prices? Besides, I thought I pretty much covered entry level prices by saying "if not more now". Besides that, I know I wasn't actually wrong. Here's a site showing not a few, but THIRTY vehicles in 2022 that start at under $30,000, including a Chevy Camaro for only $25,000, and you can even upgrade to the V6 335 Hp model with auto trans still under $30,000. However I DID put it in the context of the "economy car" segment, so those would be even cheaper. So who's out of the loop, me, or you?
That said, I did say vs ones that start under $15,000, and here you go, https://www.carsdirect.com/deals-articles/cheapest-new-cars-you-can-buy
None of those are anywhere near $20,000, one in fact actually IS under $15,000. And as far as the Chevy Spark goes, I doubt it's junk since Domino's bought a fleet of them and went to the extent of customizing them with a pizza warming hatch on the side.
I maintain that smart car shoppers buy used though, it's really the better way to go. https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/best-used-cars-under-15000/
This all also makes me think those whom do not have modest incomes either don't know how to be frugal, don't have the time to be, or just don't want to be. It's really a simple matter of timing and how you source such deals. It's also very easy now a days, especially for cell phone addicts, because there are a ton of apps that literally do the work for you. However that convenience costs more, because they tend to only source dealers. I bought my truck on Craigslist, which is safe if you know how to do it. Of course you also need to know how to inspect a vehicle thoroughly and dicker when some things are not quite as claimed.
So how much are they going to charge owners of cars that can change color with a button press, for the right to use certain colors?
BMW in both cases. Trial Microtransactions on 1 car and if people don't complain, expect it everywhere... why is everything being charged like this now.
They could make one model and basically charge people to turn on all the features that are there now, just off. I think I would feel ripped off if you pay for a car and they can select what features do and don't work after you have it. Seems its more a rental at that point. You don't really own it. can't change it.
At least you can buy it in 1 hit. Who would take the $18? Unless they live in a warm area, then it might make sense to get it for just a few months a year... depends on how quickly they can enable it, and how flexible the plans are.
Waiting for "accidental" computer glitch that disables it on all people who did pay up front.
Well, we saw this coming when COVID ruined retail and drove business owners to go online. It's not like auto manufacturers are the only ones taking advantage. What about all the food delivery services that have seriously cut into the profits of restaurants?