Published on January 1st, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Will a cheaper car mean a worse car?
Most of you reading this will remember sitting in your dad or mum’s car when you were a child without a child seat and most probably without a seatbelt also. 20 to 30 years later and the situation is somewhat different. Today we need a child seat for each child under 6 years of age and so the invention of the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) to accommodate this need came about.
Why? Because the average sedan will not accommodate 2 adults, 2 kids and the maid or in-law or visiting aunt. With two child seats in the rear the centre space is barely enough for an anorexic teenager. Just like the MPV, car manufacturers have sat down with safety lobbyists to increase the safety levels of vehicles by adding in more devices and technology thus increasing the cost of production, which is then added to the selling price. In does not stop here.
Car manufacturers have also started increasing features and extras that load up on the vehicle price and with this the selling prices have been going upwards with every new model even with globalization of parts and more efficient costing to reduce prices.
How is it that the price of electrical appliances, hand phones and cameras get cheaper but cars get more expensive every time?