Chapter 6. Getting Around

In This Chapter

  • The ups and downs of the automobile industry

  • Getting around without a car

  • Buying versus leasing a car

  • Buying new versus buying used

  • The added expenses of car ownership

Cars, trucks, SUVs—Americans have had a great love affair with automobiles since Henry Ford cranked out that first Model T in the early 1900s. We talk about cars extensively. Traditionally, we’ve admired them, spent hours washing and polishing them, and up to a point, we’ve identified with the cars we drive. Let’s face it, many of us would feel better about ourselves while driving a new Saab than a rusty old Ford. Cars are a source of status, and a person’s car can provide some interesting insights into his or her personality.

Lately, though, Americans ...

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