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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#18625 of 18912 Re: Great American cars, and actors, in movies [andre1969]
Sep 09, 2013 (4:19 am)
A comedy with a great car chase is "Short Time" starring Dabney Coleman where he chases the bad guys in a beat-up 1970s Bonneville with a red M-Body. The best car chase I have ever seen on film is in "The Seven-Ups" with Roy Scheider. I think it surpasses the classic chases in "Bullitt" and "The French Connection."
#18626 of 18912 Re: Congrats on the new truck Diesel! [anythngbutgm]
Sep 09, 2013 (5:55 pm)
#18627 of 18912 Re: Great American cars, and actors, in movies [lemko]
Sep 09, 2013 (7:52 pm)
Seven Ups was very good. But, Roy Scheieder just does not have the cachet or cool that Steve McQueen had. Think of the drama of how the Bullit chase started at the car wash. Then progressed, the background music. The bad guys were following Frank Bullitt (McQueen) in the bad black Dodge Charger and then a reversal. Suddenly the bad guys had lost track of Bullitt, the bad guy driver looking around, and then, in his mirror he saw the Mustang of Bullitt. Now, we have a chase. The chasers become the chasees.
#18628 of 18912 Re: Great American cars, and actors, in movies [lemko]
Sep 09, 2013 (7:56 pm)
Stunt coordinator Bill Hickman set up all three chase scenes.
#18629 of 18912 Re: took the plunge today [dieselone]
Sep 09, 2013 (7:58 pm)
Congrats, I would go with the Ram as well...
#18630 of 18912 What's the Point of Buying American
Sep 10, 2013 (1:04 pm)
When 8.5% of your purchase goes to the government anyway in the form of sales tax where I'm at??
If you buy something from GM or Chrysler, your basically doing the following:
So you pay the UAW workers salaries and benefits via your tax monies via bailouts and Government Motors.
You also pay for the production of the car with your tax money.
You then pay the sales price of the car with after-tax money.
Then you pay taxes on your taxes.
You pay fees on top of other fees.
#18631 of 18912 Re: What's the Point of Buying American [andres3]
Sep 10, 2013 (2:56 pm)
Kind of like the old story that a loaf of bread is 90% tax. So your $30,000 car before taxes is about $3,000.
And in CA and other states the car gets sales tax added each time it is sold. Closes city to me charges 9%. I avoid shopping there. County locations are 8% which is more than enough to swear off shopping in CA.
#18632 of 18912 Re: What's the Point of Buying American [gagrice]
Sep 10, 2013 (4:28 pm)
Sounds like airline ticket prices. Taxes are a big chunk of it which is probably why all these nontaxable fees are now being charged on air travel.
#18633 of 18912 Re: What's the Point of Buying American [berri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 10, 2013 (4:45 pm)
Meanwhile airports are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers. Just imagine the ticket prices if we had to pay the real costs of flying. Well, it might actually not be too bad - Great Britain privatized airports and flights on Ryanair are cheap.
#18634 of 18912 Re: What's the Point of Buying American [gagrice]
Sep 10, 2013 (6:59 pm)
And in CA and other states the car gets sales tax added each time it is sold.
Probably mean every time it goes to a retail buyer. In most states (all states?), dealers never pay any sales tax, they just transfer the title. You trade in the car at the local Chevy dealer, who sends it to an auction. Some speculator buys it at the auction, takes it out of state and resells it to some $50-down-$50-a-week used car lot. The car changes hands 4 or 5 times with no tax, but when you go to buy it, you lucky stiff, well ...