Skip to comments.Stripper cars going extinct? Blame the seven-year loan
Posted on 06/21/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
The days when a bare-bones "stripper" car came with vinyl seats, rubber floor mats and no air conditioning are long gone.
Today, convenience and cold air come standard for all models, along with a long list of niceties that were once the sole domain of the loaded vehicle. A base Chevy Spark, as one example, offers aluminum wheels, ten standard airbags, power windows even six months of OnStar service, in case you lock your keys in the car. On the surface, the new car market is offering better values than ever.
There is just one small problem with nearly all entry-level models of the modern day: You can't ever find em', and when you do, they usually come loaded with surprises. We may learn about that teaser of a price from the manufacturer's advertising, or the dealer supposedly suffering a bone-headed overstocking whose pain can be your gain. But actually finding that car is another matter entirely.
Recently, I searched for an absolute bare bones 2014 Nissan Versa S, base model. How many were there for the genuine manufacturer's drive-out price of under $13,000 in metro Atlanta? One. Just a single car to serve a metropolitan population of six million people.
Two weeks ago I walked over to a Mitsubishi dealer near Myrtle Beach, S.C. There were 20 Mirages on the lot, and out of those 20, there was one basic car with that ever so rare five-speed manual. The price: $12,500, before a whopping $1,995 surcharge for window tint. The old days of stain guards for carpeting and VIN etchings on the windows have been replaced with $700 processing fees, $800 destination charges, and $2,000 aftermarket trim packages with low-quality leather and fake wood made out of real plastic.
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Good luck finding such a thing. Do they even make hand crank windows for the US market any more?
I’ll trade the anti lock brakes for rear wheel drive.
I drive a 2005, I couldn’t tell ya.
The only ‘extra’ mine has is AC.
My friend took his eleven year old grand-daughter for a ride in his truck. She pointed at the hand-crank and asked, "what's that?"
Bought a base model car a couple of years ago with crank windows and manual locks and only came in white. Dealer said they advertised this model but it was the first he had ever seen, that the company made so few.
funny story..a Nissan dealer in Phoenix ordered by mistake an extended cab Frontier pick up with roll up windows, 5 speed stick but failed to check yes for a/c. Remember this is Phoenix......the truck is a 2012 new model and it still sits at said dealer
Remember when the high-beam switch was on the floor?
Back in the Nineties, I was looking for a new work van. Went a Dodge dealer, and found a nice one. Opened the driver’s door, and there was no front seat! It was extra! I laughed at the salesman, and left.
My first car had that! And the crank windows.
That's just the dealer's opening offer. If you pay all of that, you are a fool that deserves to be taken.
Second, you don't have to buy off the lot. Although, since the dealer is having to pay interest and insurance on the cars on the lot, he ought to be willing to sell them at a steeper discount to move them.
I drive a 1984 Mercedes-Benz diesel with no heat, defroster or air, inoperable back windows and windshield washer fluid system, no radio, springs sticking through the seats and a balky transmission. But it does have electric windows that work in the front (it IS a Mercedes, after all). And I live in Texas.
Dimmer switch, of course.
High beam switch.
Why doesn’t he sell it to a dealer in Maine or Michigan?
yep. my old Valiant had that.
My bro in law worked at a dealership. He said the ‘deluxe’ undercoating meant the guy sprayed it standing on one foot.
an extra $300
Notice that that car is new enough to have the easy access fuse box on the dash rather than under it. Today they’re mostly under the hood.
I love e windows, AC, and remote locks, would never buy a car without them. I used to think that I would never get an automatic trans but new ones get about the same mileage as manual, are reliable, and a lot better in a traffic jam.
I buy used though and let the new buyer take the hit on depreciation.
He found me one three weeks later with crank windows but no cruise control. The dealership was located about ten miles from GM headquarters in Detroit, and the car was manufactured across the river in Ontario. GM didn't care then, why would it care now?
Notice how these front-wheel cars really grind down the fronts?
I’d gladly trade the “Entertainment System” for rear wheel drive and a real engine annunciator panel.
I can remember when a heater was optional.
I have seen something recently which is a new one on me.
A couple, maybe 3 different vehicles which are all black. I mean black trim, black wheels, black wall tires. Everything is all black.
At first I assumed they were unmarked police cars but I don’t think they are and like I said, two or three different brands but done the same way.
Easy...the dimmer. I wish it was still on the floor.
tried..when it was fact it wasn’t gonna sell all rebates and dealer help vanished
prolly gonna use it for internal needs
Mine is under the hood and they’re fuses like you’ve never seen before.
Light dimmer switch.
I seem to recall reading that hand-crank windows weren’t eliminated because electrics were more luxurious but because the mechanism was simpler and cut down on weight. Helped the manufacturers meet their idiotic CAFE standards.
Rear wheel drive cars now are mostly in the luxury or luxury/performance classes and are priced accordingly. Probably the best deal is the 300 hp “base” Ford Mustang at around $25,000.
I remember a push button starter like that. Don’t recall the make or year though. My dad had a push button transmission in his Fury (early 60s).
Oh yes, but a security nightmare. :)
Remember the car seat which hooked over the regular seat? If you were lucky, your had a steering wheel as well. :)
I like bench seats and ashtrays.
I am not sure about that but I remember the steering wheel which hooked over the front seat so the kid could pretend he was driving.
Remember when bumpers were “extras” on pickups?
The used-car market is really tight.
People can’t afford new cars, so they are turning to used cars, and they are in short supply and prices for a low-mileage used car are not a great amount lower than the price of new
My wife’s new Jeep Wrangler has power windows and door locks. Heresy!
LOL! Yep, a wire shirt hanger was all ya needed.
But look at the bright side. On a hot day in Texas, you can use your sharp black gangsta car for a bread oven.
That’s the Hi-Low beam switch.
O No! How wrong can a man be? It's starts atlike 16 large with every known accessory package ... and goes up into the mid twenties for converts and speed models.
The Wal-Mart crowd shelling out 16 grand for KIAs, 25 G for Hyundais ... power windows, Power locks, AC, Stereo USB Ports, 26 airbags, yadda yadda yadda.
Blame Jimmy Carter and that dipshiite Joan Claybrook. And BTW, there will soon be a derivative based on car loans ... just like those bad mortgages on houses of a few years back. Stick a guy with a 27 thousand, 7-year car loan, then move the plant where he works to China ... bingo!
At least the stupid SOB can live in it for a week or two before he's foreclosed.
But, thank you God, this is still ... briefly ... America, where you can actually buy a good used car for $2500 ... really good ... just 10 years old and needing some slight attention of that rare American who still knows a wrench from a stench.
I loved the little indian head high beam indicator in the old Pontiacs.
one thing you overlook it 2500 dollars cars are G O N E .....the public drove em in the ditch.....had to....39 percent of America ain’t workin and 38 percent went to 30 hour work weeks......no money to buy or replace or hell, fix the car.
a car today that works, paint is solid and sheet metal is straight has a 6 to 8 k car now
How about when the spark advance was on the steering wheel?
never had one of those.
I had a ‘68 Barracuda with those and large under dash vents. It also had a white interior and white terrycloth seat covers. On a hot day with those open, the side windows up and the rears down I never missed having AC out on the road. It wasnt even noisy.