Sunday, September 06, 2009
Screwing The Consumer, On The Stealth
Have y'all see this new product?
Ain't nothing like putting what amounts to duck-tape on your snazzy Lexus, now is there?
Kids today have no clue about this, but bumpers used to be practical. They could withstand a substantial ding.
But for the past 10 years or so (I believe), car manufacturers went away from that. Instead they opted for *looks* with smooth, plastic, collapsible fenders, or did they?
Some guy told me that cars can't withstand fender-benders anymore because of some collusive trade-off between manufacturers and auto-part suppliers.
In other words, this decision was a political/economical kickback whereby the parts suppliers would profit at the consumer's expense. The car companies probably wanted to squeeze their suppliers on costs and were forced to make this concession.
Think about it - consumers with this Bumper Bully are adding a mere half an inch of rubber for protection....that's how impractically today's cars are designed.
Note that I could be totally wrong on this hypothesis as I am just relaying what someone told me.
Generally speaking, unlike most Americans, I don't give two hoots about *cars*. I happily drive clunkers and ain't worried one bit about scratches and dents. So make sure you take precautions against me and my brethren.