Best of the Web: Most Marked Up Vehicles 2022

So a strange thing is happening right now, with many used cars increasing in value. We’re trying to dig into this story and intend to get to the bottom of it. In the mean time, here’s a great post we found about the brands and models most likely to make you pay if you want one.

Things look bleak out there for anyone looking for a deal in today’s red-hot automotive market. Back in January of this year, we saw reports that 82% of American buyers paid over MSRP for a new car, and according to data provided by Edmunds, the highest average markup of $4,048 was found at Cadillac dealers. What we didn’t know at the time was which models were leading the way in dealership markups. Now, thanks to a study just out from iSeeCars, we do. And, well … there isn’t a single Cadillac in the top. 

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Mobile Living: Modern Nomads

A Bunch

We’ve written about RV & Trailer Parks in our mobile living series, which have quite the reputation that we’ll dive into in an upcoming post (in a lighthearted manner of course). Let’s take a quick detour with a look at nomadic life past and present  to provide little context.

The History

Mobile living has been a thing, long before it was a thing. While it has become increasingly popular among adventure hearted North Americans and Europeans, nomadic tribes have existed around the globe since long before written history. From certain native tribes in North America to Bedouins in the Middle East to the Horse People of the Step, groups have thrived on the go. 

Those Who Remain

Many of the ancient nomadic communities still exist in some form today. According to Matadornetwork.com there are seven nomadic communities going strong. 

The Kocki people of southern Afghanistan herd sheep, goats, and camels.

The Bedouin roam the Negev desert (semi-anuually) as they have for thousands of year, although their numbers are drastically reduced. 

The Sami people of Northern Scandinavia (and a bit of Russia) rely on Raindeer and dogsleds to live and get around. Laws in place help them maintain their lands although modern life is encroaching. 

The Maasai people herd livestock in the Serengeti and Rit Valley of Kenya and Tanzania. 

The Mongols are famed for having once ruled all of China and giving birth to other other nomad conquerors like the Kasaks and the Huns. They still reside in and herd sheep, yak, goats, horses, camels and dogs inNorthern China and Mongolia. 

The Gaddi people are seasonally nomadic, choosing to winter in villages where the Himalayas meet India, then spend summer driving flocks of sheep, mules, and goats through grazing land. 

The Irish travelers, sometimes called Tinkers, or worse. Their communities not only move, but they’re spread out across Europe and even the US. Unlike most modern versions of ancient nomadic groups Travelers keep animals but not for their primary income. They are often skilled tradesmen who locate to regions where construction jobs are plentiful. Their language doesn’t officially exist in a written form, to learn Gammon (or Shelta) it might be easier to learn Irish Gaelic, Hebrew, Greek, and English first as they’re all present to some degree in the language. 

The Modern Resurgence

The primary cause of mobile living was scarce, or seasonal, resources. To a degree that hasn’t changed. The biggest employment trend identified in the last few years was the reality that most of us won’t keep a single career path for a standard 30 years, which means by default, a lot of relocating to seek a greener work pasture. 

Some folks pursue a career where frequent relocating just goes with the territory. The military comes to mind. Promotion opportunities come open and if you want the promotion you move. There’s another group of jobs that are often in demand in many locations making it easy to shift without leaving your field. Nursing and welding to name two. There’s a third type of frequent job-related mover that almost never gets mentioned in posts like this one–project experts. 

Project Experts

Project experts include CEO’s, consultants, even athletes and coaches, who take a position to fix what’s not working at a company or on a team. The authors once knew a phone system installation technician who became an expert at installing a new phone technology in large businesses and schools. This expert lived on a 35 foot boat and sailed it to a new part of the country every couple years, doing the same role just with different employers (all of which were near water of course.) 

Other Reasons to Live on the Hoof

Not everyone chooses a nomadic life for economic reasons. Some simply have a wandering spirit. Gypsies have a long tradition in the US and in Europe, where they are sometimes called travelers. Many of these groups refer to themselves as Romani. 

Gypsies are often associated with confidence scams and theft, which would explain the need to relocate often. Some of this reputation is likely our predecessors being suspicious of anyone new to town. 

Another group of modern nomadic people would be carnies and circus folk. These are again communities with a deep culture entirely unique from the society at large, despite near constant interaction with that larger culture.  

However, it’s increasingly true that some people like a complete change of scenery every few years and their choice of housing accommodates that preference. These are often minimalists who value making memories over acquiring objects. As the US and European infrastructure road infrastructure has grown more robust, many young adventurers have turned their “gap” year into a gap decade, choosing not to “settle down” until they find someone they really want to start a family with.

Joining these young wanderers at the many RV Campsites and truck stops on major freeways and minor routes are seniors who either choose to snowbird, or who realized they could retire a little sooner if they chose a mobile life over an expensive retirement center. These mobile communities exist informally in one place, and then another, only consistent in the fact that they move on when the weather changes or another opportunity pops up somewhere else. 

Amazon’s Company Towns

One famous example would be the villages of mobile trailers and RV’s outside small towns and cities where online retail giant Amazon locates their large warehouse and fulfillment centers. According to socialist website jacobinmag.com Amazon has brought on as many as half a million new employees during the pandemic. 

They often go on mass hiring sprees of temporary workers around holidays. Because these employees are hired quickly, local infrastructure often can’t house them in a traditional manner. Of course the holiday hires needn’t bother putting down roots as they won’t be staying long. All this has created a need for infrastructure that supports housing you can take with you when it’s time to move on. 

Amazon has created an almost “open ranger” working class of seasonal employees who will be unemployed a lot of each year. Though some employees are okay with that–at least for now.

10-4 Good Buddy

That leaves the biggest category of modern nomad, the long haul trucker. Only in the last few months have OTR (over the road or long haul) truckers seen the kind of praise usually reserved for first responders. The pandemic and economic downturn as well as supply chain issues at ports, have given Americans their first real taste of socialism with its inflation and bare shelves. That’s elevated the public opinion of truck drivers as essential workers. 

Anyone who drives long routes, whether for a major logistic company or as an owner/operator, is a true modern nomad. Semi trucks, or 18-wheelers as they are often called in the states (Loris in the UK) have an entire infrastructure of their own supporting their needs. 

The Trucks themselves come with a built in camper unit, called a sleeper. The roadways they travel have the modern equivalent of a watering hole every few dozen miles (depending on how busy the route is). 

These truck stops act much like a gas station that caters to cars, but they sell diesel instead and are designed for the wide truck turning radius, and due to a truck’s size, they offer extra large parking lots. 

They’re also sell food, both hot and cold, like a gas standard station along a freeway, but they offer a lot more. Sometimes they even have honky tonk bar, or liquor stores, for drivers who are going to stay for a while. Nearly all have showers and laundry facilities available so you can clean up while waiting for the next set of gigs to be assigned to you. 

Truck drivers are modern nomads that provide a much-needed service for our society and unlike many modern nomads that forgo having a family, many truck drivers are enduring long periods away from their families in order to be on the road. 

We salute you modern nomads, whatever your reason, and until your wandering comes to an end we wish you fun adventure, good weather and safe travels. 

America On Wheels

Andy Bunch

Who doesn’t love a museum? Well, it probably depends on what the museum is dedicated to. If what leaps to mind is modern art, you either got really excited or really not. Well there are a ton of car museums out there. If there’s one in your town, no matter how small, let us know in the comment section or send us a message. Until then, here is one of the big ones…

America on Wheels 

Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, America on Wheels pays homage to everything transportation. Offering guided tours every Wednesday and Friday of their state of the art restoration center, as well as being open daily to view their regular galleries and rotating displays. The museum is currently displaying the Gary Hiller Collection. They also offer student camps and field trips to inspire the next generation of car enthusiasts. 

With all three galleries, the restoration center, artist spaces, and the Hubcap Cafe the campus is 43,000 square feet. 

You can view a huge variety of  bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks from carriages to cars of the future. 

Where it Came From

The museum is that gem of the “Lehigh Landing redevelopment project which started in 1989. The goal was to turn the Arbogast & Bastian meat packing plant and its surrounding areas into a tourist attraction with a brewery, walking trails, a footbridge across the river, and a promenade for festivals.

Express-Times Photo | BILL ADAMS

The project wasn’t complete until 2008 and came in at a little over $17 million. (Remember when you could build something for just $17 million?) 

What NOT to Miss

The 1889 Nadig Gas-Powered Carriage was found rusting out in an old garage. It turns out to have been one of the first gas-powered vehicles driven in the US. Owned and operated by Henry Nadig, a German-born mechanic native to Allentown, who was ordered by police to drive at night to avoid scaring horses. 

The Hubcap Cafe is a 1950s style diner brought back to life by a $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The dinner is a complete experience with malted shakes, soda jerks, and waitresses on roller skates. You need to try it. 

RV Parks: Intro to Living Like the Other Other Half.

Part 1 (Link to Part 2)

By A.R. Bunch

What comes to mind when I say RV Park? It’s probably a range of things from fond memories visiting senior relatives on summer break, to scary, eye-soar, down by the train tracks where that weird kid in grade school went until he dropped out in fifth grade to get a job. 

Whatever you think about them, there is probably a trailer park that fits your opinion–or even a few that do. Why is that? Why is there no national organization of trailer park owners trying to improve the image of trailer parks everywhere? 

It’s one of the oldest forms of mobile living, long before it was “fashionable.” Is the idea that someone who lives in one automatically poor, a correct and fair assumption? 

This series in our Mobile Living Category takes a closer look at the RV Lifestyle.

First some distinctions and definitions.

Marium Webster defines a trailer park as an area equipped to accommodate mobile homes, which is simple and straightforward. We get a little bit more detail from this definition, courtesy of yourdictionary.com “An area containing mobile homes for rent or places to station them if owned; normally providing utilities and services.” 

Park

The use of the word park is pretty intuitive as a trailer park can be thought of as a parking lot for less than permanent houses. 

Trailer

The term trailer could mean anything that gets towed behind something else. There are cargo trailers, cattle trailers, and even trailers for camping. The trailer in “Trailer Park” is in reference to a mobile, or manufactured, home (see our post on the difference between mobile and manufactured homes).

In a sense, these trailers only get towed onto and away from the park. The Brittish call them caravans, which is an okay term, except it conjures up images of a wagon train crossing the plains, or perhaps camels carrying spices from far away India. 

Regardless, these abodes are less than permanent and more than truly temporary. They are almost disposable when compared to a “regular” house on a permanent foundation which is meant to be repaired for at least 30 years. 

Because they are cheaper to make, and cost less to buy, trailer parks cater to cost conscious buyers. This means trailer parks are high density and low barrier to entry. Expect speedbumps and unattended children. That said, many are well maintained with a strong sense of community among residents. 

Recreational Vehicles

Since RV stands for recreational vehicle, and there are many kinds of recreational vehicles you’d guess there are a variety of definitions of RV Park. But everyone assumes you’re talking about the type of vehicle in which you’d live temporarily for the purpose of recreation. Think a step up from a tent, and it probably includes wheels. So the obvious distinction between a trailer park and an RV Park is the length of time someone is intended to (allowed to) stay.

However, it’s not quite so easy. 

The blog site NW Adventure Rentals splits the RV site category three ways.  

RV Campgrounds

Pretty obvious; it’s rustic and low frills. Often called glamping, this is your chance to get back to nature without roughing it–too much. In terms of living, your stay is meant to be short–a few days to a week. It might not include power at the site, and no hookups for water or sewer, though you will often find a dumpsite for emptying your tanks. 

Definitely check before booking, what size of RV they’ll accommodate.

RV Resorts

On the other side of the equation is an RV resort. As the name suggests, the frills set them apart. In addition to the main hookups (H2O/sewer/power) you might have cable TV, and WiFi. The community amenities upgrade from shower & dumpster, to propane refill stations, swimming pools, club houses, laundromats, and more. You may have fewer trees, but you’ll gain space between each pad and the pads themselves will be level (which saves a lot of time and effort.) 

Definitely check before booking, what age of vehicle they’ll allow. Many restrict to less than 10 years old. 

RV Parks

Hitting the sweet spot in between resorts and campgrounds, RV Parks offer the most critical amenities of a resort, but in a more park-like setting. You can anticipate paved roads, and graveled, level pads, along with a nicer feeling of privacy. Many still have age restrictions on your vehicles and some have size restrictions as well. 

This is where the waters get a bit murky. There are RV parks, and quite a few, that allow tenants to stay long term. Living in an RV Campsite would be like camping through the winter, not very exciting. Living in an RV resort would be like living in a hotel year around–way too expensive. But an RV park? To quote Goldie Lox, it’s just right. 

So the big difference between a trailer park and an RV park is probably in practice more than by anyone’s intent. Trailer Parks want mobile or manufactured homes, which are meant to move less and live more. RV Parks get recreational vehicles which are designed to move more and live in less. (There is also a difference in their official paperwork which is a topic for another post.)

What’s the allure? 

Well it’s not just sketchy people who end up living in trailer parks, or long term RV park reputations. A lot of seniors choose to live there in order to stretch their retirement income. A lot of singles chose to land in a park after divorce. It’s a way to financially recover and it’s an okay standard of living when you’re middle aged and living alone. 

One could see a young married couple buying a mobile home in a park as a transition away from apartment living. Sometimes where the work is, isn’t a place you intend to live forever and the housing market is in decline. It’s a smart idea to keep housing less than 30% of your total income and if you’re starting a family that can be tough to do.

An RV could be extra appealing to contract workers who relocate every couple years, despite being highly educated, experienced and well paid.  

It may feel strange to buy a home and then rent the land under it, but it’s an option. It’s also odd to think about moving and taking your home with you, but it’s one way of doing things. 

It also lacks the investment benefits of a standard home as manufactured homes seldom go up in value. In the case of an RV, the loans can be spread over 15 years which also makes them more affordable than a standard car loan. 

We’ll dig deeper into this question in our next installment, “RV Parks: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.”

PS – A Second Opinion

If you want to get very granular about the differences between RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks MHU (Mobile Home University) is your authoritative source. 

Other Relevant Posts: See Mobile Living Part 1 & Mobile Living Part 2.

Rare Car Makers: Germany

(This is the 1st in a series on small, rare, or unheard of vehicle manufacturers around the world. We will be covering major manufacturers also, but with familiar household names we will look for things you might not know. For now, enjoy this post about German automakers you’ve probably never heard of. As always, if you know something we missed please post a comment.)

Germany

Everyone has heard of the big vehicle manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes Benz, VW, Audi, Porsche. All have earned a reputation for exceptional quality. It would be fair to say, if price is your only motivator, don’t start your shopping at the German auto lot. Some of you are probably even familiar with Opal. Here are a few we bet you haven’t heard of. 

Alpina

As with many of the car companies we’ll cover, Alpina doesn’t manufacture a line of vehicles so much as they customize and improve upon the work of other car makers. In the case of Alpina, their car of choice is BMW. 

Born in 1965, they operated completely independently for roughly five years. After taking the 1970’s off, Alpina came back with a more formal relationship to Bavaria motors–their mission; modernize BMW cars. Unlike an independent car tuner, or customizer, Alpina upgrades intereriors and engines of BMW cars. 

Gumpert

Again, we’re taking the widest possible definition of auto-maker for this series. The Story of Gumpert (Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur) is the story of Roland Gumpert, formerly of Audi Sport. 

They were founded in 2004 in Altenburg Germany, when Roland worked with the Munich technical university and Ingolstadt university of applied sciences to create a full-size Apollo model. There are currently two models of the vehicle and the company is headquartered in Denkendorf, Germany, employing roughly 45 people. 

This company exists because of Project  “Apollo.” Gumperts vision was a street legal car that could hold its own on a racetrack. When the first full sized prototype was tested, drivers raved about it. In series 11 of Top Gear the Apollo set a track record that would stand for three years. 

Mansory 

Mansory is a more traditional car tuning company. What makes them unique isn’t that they work on high end vehicles, so much as that they can take the vehicle in whatever direction the owner desires. Want a more luxurious luxury car? Sure thing. Want a more off-road-worthy 4×4? Can do. Want a faster sports car? They do that too. When you bought a car that’s already a limited edition, Masonry is who you call to take it from 1 in 100 to 1 of a kind. 

Founded in 1989, with the motto “Discover the Mansory Possibilities,” they’ve been offering complete conversion ever since. 

Smart

On the complete other side of the spectrum…founded in 1994 as a joint venture between automaker Daimler-Benz and Swiss watchmaker Swatch. While swatch ultimately left the project, it continued under the subsidiary Daimler Ag. The idea is a micro commuter car that is fuel efficient, easy to park, but doesn’t skimp on quality. 

The newest Smart Cars are EV’s of course. Shopping for a Smart car feels more like ordering take out than car shopping, but it has a certain market appeal. Their website simply says, what color, and where do you want it?

Maybach

The story of Maybach is almost sad, recently. Established in 1909 as a custom car maker, the company had a long tradition of making custom performance vehicles. Industry giant, Daimler, bought the brand in 1960 and did nothing significant with it until 2002 when they restarted production. Then in 2012 they shut the brand down again, only to bring them back a year later producing what’s essentially an exclusive type of Merc S-series. 

You can see from the picture what Daimler calls a “minimized technoid look.” As for performance and innovation, they don’t brag about it as much as the look. Don’t get us wrong if you want to give us a chance to test drive one, we’ll gladly take you up on it. 

Wisemann

Established in 1988, Wisemann went from making custom hardtops for convertibles to making convertibles–two roadsters and two coupes (MF 3/MF 30 & MF 4/MF 5). The company logo is a gecko, as these cars stick to the ground the way a gecko sticks to the walls. Wisemann makes about 50 bespoke cars a year, which marry British style with German Engineering for an iconic result. See for yourself…

Most exciting is Project Gecko, which will be unveiled later this year, 2022. 

Lesser-known Makers…(I know right?)

Trabant

Wartburg

Trabant means Satellite (roughly) which is what inspired by the Russian Satellite in 1957. Remember Germany used to be split East and West. Trabant is an example of an East German economy car–called a minicar at the time. Details are spars but if you know more than we do, please share. 

Wartburg

Wartburg is another company born in East Germany during the time the wall divided Germany. It actually got it’s start a year before Trabant, in 1956. While they produced cars until 1991 after the 1980’s their cars were not keeping up with modern equivalents from the west. Still their cars have a reputation for being reliable and durable. 

Okay, you’ve really never heard of these…

Here’s some honorable mentions we can’t leave without at least letting you know about them. Again, if you have more info, please fill us in. At the Kicker, we love to nerd out on this stuff. 

  • Bitter (1971) Premium-luxury models
  • Isdera, also Ingenieurbüro für Styling (1983) hand-built high-performance 
  • Keinath makes convertible variants of the Opel Monza and Opel Ascona
  • Apal (since 1999)
  • CityEl (since 1987)
  • Hartge (since 1985)
  • Jetcar (since 2000)
  • Lotec (since 1981)
  • Melkus (since 1969)
  • Pegasus (since 1995)
  • Ruf Automobile (since 1982)
  • Yes! (1999)

Stay tuned for Rare German Automakers Part B where we’ll dive into these really rare auto makers.  

Diesel – To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Diesel hasn’t been that popular in the US and the introduction of hybrids will further reduce their popularity. In Europe, the laws requiring low-sulfur refining for gas made gas more expensive, which has in turn made diesel more attractive. The return on diesel is about 30% better than gas so the same liter gets you more bang for your buck.

The current result of all this is that Diesel is only 3% of the US car market. That might change though, the Diesel Technology Forum have quoted a survey that 40% of the populace would buy diesel. About 10 years ago it was a mere 13%.

According to fueleconomy.gov diesel is 20-35% better than gas power as far as emissions are concerned. Diesel and gas produce similar combustion, only diesel can do so at lower temperature. As a result, spark plugs are used to assist in a gas-powered car. This makes the diesel engine much more efficient.

The elephant trap with diesel is that the US has an emission standard which diesel engines find hard to match. The effects of diesel are more noticeable with the increased engine noise and engine odor. In other words, diesel is technically a little cleaner to operate but smells and looks worse.

Resale

Another reason not to buy is the price. Although diesels cost $2,500-$4,000 more (depending on the model) they seem to hold their value. Even if a diesel lacks spark plugs finding other spare parts may prove costly on the wallet.

Why do they store value better? Because they tend to run to much higher milage. For the vehicle to pay you back you need to keep it for more than five years, providing you use it on highways.

What about Traveling across the Country?

On long trips it can be tricky to find places to fill up your diesel tank. On the other hand, semis are almost all diesel so there are plenty of places to fill up in you’re willing to look. So travel isn’t a reason to prefer gas.

Does Type of Car Matter?

Diesel cars tend to have a strong Alpha Male appearance, so the US market, with their love of Pick-up trucks, may embrace non-gas pickups and off-road vehicles more than commuter or sports cars.

It’s not just cars, people seem to prefer gas powered vans. The Ford Transit was gas powered in the US but diesel powered everywhere else. As of 2011, an electric version might seem to supersede the gas and diesel versions, but it didn’t catch on.

What About Hybrids

There’s a lot of political pressure to reduce our use of fuel overall, which means EV’s or Hybrids. It could be a moot point which is better between diesel and gas, someday. BUT we’re not there yet.

The main reason why car companies continue to produce diesel instead of hybrid is due to cost. Retooling factories is expensive and EV’s and hybrids represent a huge cost compared to just refining the current models. Car makers do make large scale changes to their models but most of their “new models” are really just minor tweaks to the previous year. Why fix what aint broke? Especially if it’s really expensive. The consumer also wins in this scenario because the cost of retooling passes onto them. Consumers like feeling like they bought a brand new design at the cost of a car that’s been in production for 5 years.

So long-story-short, car companies are embracing EV’s and hybrids, just at a pace more inline with the natural attrition of their factory equipment.

This is where we see start up manufacturers like Tesla grab market share because they have the same outlay of money to build a factory regardless of the type of car they’re going to make.

As long as hybrids cost to make for the big traditional automakers we wont’ really know how popular hybrids are because they cost more than an equivalent gas or diesel, without the advantage of longevity diesel has. Fuel prices are another factor. If gas continues to rise in price people will start to look for relief. Only time will tell if they’ll buy more diesels or more hybrids.

Only when prices go down for hybrids and they become more mainstream does it become a fair economical comparison and gas prices are going to completely throw the numbers off.

With cars makers like Ford making an f-150 hybrid and the Toyota making a Tundra hybrid even our assertion that diesel might become more popular in US pickup trucks is in doubt. You’d think of, due to their off-road nature and the torque diesel would find a home.

In Conclusion?!?!

What’s all this macroeconomics, and trend projections got to do with the question: “Should I spend the extra up front to get a diesel or just by a gas car?”

Well, a lot, really. The big plus to diesel is the high mileage they might go to, the fuel economy (dollar for dollar) and the overall reliability. Altogether making diesel an easy win if your intention is to buy it and drive it until, and long after, its paid off. Which isn’t a good idea if diesel become rare or hard to find in the next five years.

Are we really saying Diesel manufacture could drop?

If demand drops it could happen, and it doesn’t have to go away completely to become a problem. If Supply drops due to low market demand, then price will go up. Fewer stations will carry it and your like-new Merc that was going to hold most of its value is suddenly an expensive lawn decoration.

Factors that might impact the Future…

Gas powered ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars seem to be the obvious poorer choice and should fade away, even in America. However, gas cars are the majority of the market still. They may continue to be the cheaper upfront purchase for a long time, where diesel is basically battling for its share of the slightly higher initial price vehicle market with hybrids. Making it more likely that one of those two competitors will get shoved out.

Bottom-line, gas-powered cars in the US will not go quietly into the good night. The will linger and likely cause upcoming laws banning them to be shoved off several times before they are entirely replaced.

The EV Factor

EV’s might continue to be the most expensive upfront vehicle as many people see it as the only full hedge against rising fuel prices. So, it’s likely that the part of the market that finds hybrids attractive would be at least as attracted to an all-electric vehicle (EV). In which case, hybrids are battling on two fronts.

Ironically if the laws currently working their way through the process succeed in banning the sale of new ICE cars by 2035, and everyone buys an EV, the cost of electricity will sky-rocket. Basically, your car will burn the same fuel as you heat your house and cook with—talk about demand.

EV’s can have a torque and traction advantage over ICE trucks, but until recently EVs have stuck the commuter market. One reason might be it’s the biggest slice of the market. Another, more likely, reason is the low range on EVs. It’s unlikely EVs will ever make inroads with the offroad market. Trucks like Tesla’s Cybertruck are marketing to an urban consumer.

So, the most likely outcome for EV’s is a steady rise in market share at the high (but not luxury) price point.

The Hybrid Factor

It’s unfortunate that US Automakers went all in on hybrid model cars because their future is the least bright. Too much competition, and most importantly the laws banning ICE vehicles have, for the most part, failed to exclude hybrids.

It’s also sad that Hybrids are likely doomed because from a sustainable and practical standpoint hybrids are the clear winner. When you combine emissions with the amount the toxic batteries going into landfills, hybrids have the best blend of upside with the minimal downside.

The Diesel Factor

Obviously if legislators can’t be bothered to differentiate between a gas ICE car and a hybrid car they can’t be bothered to exclude diesel from their ban.

Diesel has a couple opportunities to battle back. First, as already mentioned diesel is technically cleaner. There’s a chance that will count for something, some places, if not everywhere. Second, diesel engines easily convert to handle “bio-diesel” which should make the environmentalist lobby a little friendlier to them. But there isn’t a lot of real science (or thought) going on inside most of these lobby groups.

The Likely Deciding Factor

Range! How far can you go without stopping? This is pretty basic, but somehow EV marketing has done a great job of misdirection. Don’t look at the fact that our cars only go 300 miles and take a long time to recharge. Don’t think about how annoying it is your year-old cellphone has to be charge by 2 PM. Pay no attention to the lithium strip mining of the 3rd world or the landfills piling up with toxic batteries.

Sorry, forget that last part. The question will soon be, how far do you need to go?

You should look at the economics to see which vehicle is best. A diesel can go for 600 miles without stopping for a new fill-up. It’s most likely that suburban shoppers will demand to keep using gas cars, or switch to EV’s, while urban shoppers will transition to public transportation. This will leave diesels with an open market in the rural, and offroad markets.

BUT, as said earlier, if you constantly change vehicles gas may be better value in 2022 and 2023. But otherwise, why not go for diesel?

Spring Road Trip Destinations

In 2022 we are starting to get back to our everyday lives while still being mindful of others. Spring road trips are the best way to take a vacation while viewing new places around the United States. So, what are some of the best Spring road trip destinations you can take this year? We are glad you asked! Take a look at this list of unique places you can go this Spring.

Columbia River Highway

Do you love scenic views of nature? Or maybe you’re the type of person who loves to feel the car sway with the road. Whatever it is you love about road trips, you will be shocked by this 74-mile highway surrounded by greenery in Oregon. It begins in Portland and goes down to the Columbia River Gorge.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
  • Bridges
  • Many Campsites

This is not an incredibly long road trip, but the best thing about it is that there are many campsites to stop at along the way. It will only take a few hours, but you can stretch it into a week if you are an avid camper and hiker.

State Highway 82 Colorado

If you’ve heard of Colorado, you know that it is meant for people who love the outdoors, which also includes road-tripping. During the spring and summer, you will want to hit this highway and stop for a look at Independence Pass. It’s the best stretch of road for people who love to drive and will take you through 32 miles of mountainous terrain.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Nature and Scenic Views
  • Mountains
  • Blue Skies
  • Rest Stops With Views

This is truly a magical road trip that you should plan on once in your life. It is fun to drive, filled with twists, turns, and sloped corners. This will make you want to drive more in the future.

The Big Five In Utah

Why is this called the big five? There are five national parks in Utah that you can easily stop at on this road trip. If you love geography and checking out the multiple parks on one trip, this is what you should be planning.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Arches
  • Zion National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park

This will be a fantastic trip if you love to drive and have an enthusiasm for national parks. Some of these parks are famous for their natural landmarks, and you can easily view them and photograph each one. Every year millions of people go to the parks just for the views, and it is worth it.

Pacific Coast Trip

You can spend 655 miles driving along the coast to view the Pacific Ocean. Does that not sound wonderful? You can roll down your windows and enjoy the smells of the ocean and the rich trees lining the roads. It’s a stunning sight when the sun comes out and the perfect road trip for this spring.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Bright Green Trees
  • Ocean Waves
  • Mountains and Boulders
  • Historical Landmarks

The west coast has plenty of places for you to stop on your road trip. You can take a day to hike around or even camp in beautiful areas. This can be as long as you want it, and the best thing is even though you’re driving, you will be surrounded by beauty. It’s time to plan your spring road trip destination to the west coast.

Tips To Plan Your Road Trip

It can be so fun to start planning a road trip, but you also need to take a look at the car you’re driving. Plan out how many miles you want to go and make sure your car can handle all of those extra miles. This can be a fun getaway if your car is ready to take on the road. Fill up on gas, plan your gas stops, and have food breaks before hitting the road.

If you are not 100% sure your car is ready for a road trip, consider getting a pre-trip inspection from a company that specializes in inspection and is willing to come to you. If only we knew of one we could recommend…

Buy New or Used? The Difficulty of Buying a Car in 2022

Cars can be one of the biggest splurges you spend in 2022. But you might be wondering if it is worth buying a brand-new car this year or if you should save by purchasing a used car that is still relatively new. There are pros and cons to each choice, but the savings you receive from a slightly used car may make the decision for you.

It may happen to anybody at any time. The old clunker sputters to a halt by the side of the road, and you’re faced with an expensive reality: You need new wheels. While a brand-new automobile is enticing, your know-it-all buddy insists that purchasing secondhand is the better long-term investment. Here’s how to determine which is the best option for you.

Should You Buy New?

A new car comes with many safety features that will protect you from accidents and you may get your dream car if you can find it. There are different pricing plans and monthly payments to consider too. Here are some pros and cons of buying a new car.

Pros of a New Car

Take a look at these advantages of a new car.

Reliability

A new car will be more reliable than an older used car, but it may also come with a warranty, which makes it a good choice. This means if anything breaks down right after you purchase it, you know it will be covered by the warranty and fixed quickly. You won’t have any concerns with how it was treated before you bought it; you will know it’s new.

It Will Come With the Latest Features

You are likely to see better gas mileage with new cars and up-to-date safety features installed in it too. This can be attractive for anyone trying to save money on gas and worried about accidents in the future.

You May Get Good Deals

Yes, buying a new car is expensive. However, carmakers and sellers want your loyalty. They can offer low monthly packages with little to no interest for the right person. This means if you value safety and efficiency, it may make sense to find the right deal and get your dream car in 2022.

Cons of Buying a New Car

Like with anything, you will find a list of drawbacks when considering buying a new car this year. Take a look at this list of pitfalls.

A More Expensive Option

Although a company may want to offer you the best deals on a new car, it will always be more expensive than a used car. Over time you will also pay much more interest.

New Cars Depreciate Quickly

The second you drive a new car off the lot, the value of your car goes way down. This can be one of the biggest pitfalls of buying a new car.

Insurance Will Be More Expensive

In many states, as a driver, you will need insurance. For a new car, your insurance may be much more expensive than if you were to buy an older used car.

Depending on the kind of car you want, you may only find brand new options available in your area. If you are focused on safety and fuel efficiency, it may be your best option to buy new. On the other hand, there are also several advantages of buying a used car, take a look.

Should You Buy Used?

There are so many reasons why buying used isn’t a bad thing. Just because you buy a used car doesn’t mean it will be a bad or low-quality car. You may also get a relatively new car that someone else didn’t want. This is an excellent choice for people looking at cars for new drivers. However, there are always pros and cons that you’ll want to know before making this investment.

Pros of a Used Car

Take a list of the advantages a driver may receive by purchasing a used car.

Lower Prices

Every penny counts, and what is nice about a used car is typically priced lower. They may be two years old, but if it’s used, it will be a much more budget-friendly price. The car’s depreciation has already happened and isn’t something you will need to worry about too much.

You Can Buy Warranties

Many people think that only new cars come with a warranty. However, that isn’t always true. You can add on an additional warranty that will help protect your new but used car.

Easier and Cheaper to Insure

A new car will require an expensive insurance plan, a used car will be more budget-friendly.

Cons of Buying a Used Car

One of the main reasons people insist on buying used cars is to save money. It is one of the best ways to save money. Unfortunately, this option has some downfalls, and here they are.

High Mileage To Start

Every used car will have had a previous owner. This means you have no control over how many miles someone else already drove it. Some vehicles will come with very high mileage, and it’s something you need to consider before purchasing.

Few Choices

When you buy a new car, you can end up with the exact one you want. On the other hand, used cars are only what is available at the time. You won’t get your personal pick; you get whatever is on the lot.

Should You Buy New or Used?

It is difficult to buy a car and make this decision, but it really depends on what you want. Before you buy a car in 2022, you need to evaluate your finances and what features are important to you. If you are focused on saving money, a used car may be your best option. If your only goal this year is to be as safe as possible, the latest car with safety features may be something you consider.

The X Factor—Secret to Getting the Best of Both worlds!

Ultimately, every single car is a good deal if it meets your priorities at a price you can afford. The best way to be certain you’re getting what you are paying for is to have it inspected prior to purchase. Know everything there is to know about the exact car you are trying to buy. Not just the reputation of the model. Not just the car history. A 200-point inspection that reveals the real picture of the safety, a real value of the car.

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It’s okay if you still want to buy a car you discover has a problem, but at least you can go back to the dealer and ask for the price to be reduced to match the cars real value.

Of course, we’d like to recommend our sponsor do the inspection, but no matter who you get make sure to have the vehicle inspected before you buy it. Even if it’s new. Believe it or not Tire Kickers has found mechanical issues in new vehicles with less than 10 miles on the odometer.