The price of the SD1M is still way too high!

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Lin Evans
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Very true...

Marty4650 wrote:

Even here in the USA, car ownership really depends on where you live.

It would be impossible to not own a car if you lived in Montana or Wyoming, or just about any other place that wasn't a large urban area.

On the other hand, owning a car in Manhattan is a real pain in the butt. You either need to be very wealthy or very foolish to try to keep a car in Manhattan, where parking is nonexistent, and foot traffic moves faster than driving a car.

Notice the parking rates in midtown Manhattan...

Also notice the "additional charge for exotic cars" of $422.39 on top of the $464.63 per month. Knowing NYC as I do, they probably consider anything other than a Ford Focus as an "exotic car."

Also notice that there is an 18.375% tax on top of those charges. And the attendant will expect a nice tip.

It really makes you wonder why anyone would bother to build an office building, when you can rent parking spaces for so much.

Also... you might be paying $3.22 a gallon out in rural areas, but in NYC it will cost around a dollar a gallon more than that.

Hi Marty,

I agree - in fact I covered that in one of my earlier posts:

"People in the east such as New York City, rarely drive unless they live in the suburbs. On the west coast of the US, especially in southern California, everyone drives because there is almost no decent public transportation outside the metropolitan area. I remember how convenient it was in London to get on the underground and go almost anywhere. San Francisco is much better than LA, but even there most everyone has one or more vehicles."

It's especially true on the east coast metropolitan areas, especially, as you say, the NYC area. I once paid $30 to park my rental car for a half hour in NYC so I could drop off my Rolex for repair. Also, perhaps the oil companies can gouge more there because they sell less fuel. People drive much shorter distances when they drive at all so overall fuel sales are low and the prices soar. Still, even at the inflated fuel prices, it's about half of what one pays in the UK and most of Europe.

As I said earlier, the major problem on the west coast is that there is really no good public transportation available. One can get around in the downtown areas via taxi, bus and in some cases light rail, but there are no subways in most metropolitan areas and not a lot of light rail. San Francisco might be the one notable exception.

Best regards,


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