I'd love to see an honest evaluation of how much it costs to have all those snitch boxes and other gubbermint mandated gadgets installed in our cars. Not just the cost of the gadgets, but also the cost of maintaining them and passing the annual inspections.
I had a container of chainsaw gas in the back of my car, the little brain thought it was a leak in the fuel fill pipe, and it cost me quite a bit to get it to stop signalling me with the check engine light. And I couldn't pass inspection until it was fixed.
Likewise, my wife's car needed a new catalytic converter (and some other stuff that the blocked converter screwed up), and that cost a fortune.
I'm 54 years old. When I started driving and up till I started buying 1990's era vehicles I could do all of my own repairs including rebuilding the engine if I had too. Now every trip to a mechanic with the computer to do diagnostics cost $1000 one way or the other. Last summer a stupid Crank Position Sensor on our van left us stalled in a very dangerous place with no way for my wife to even get out due to her wheelchair.
Unions do add a lot of cost to a vehicle. But likely not near as much as the EPA and other agency mandates does. It needs to stop NOW! BTW I drive 90's era vehicles still. I sure can't afford any new ones.
Yall git watch'a deserve, given the 'rat leanings.