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New Car “Buyers”

Posted on October 20th, 2014 in , , | 2 Comments

New Car Buyers
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Who can afford to spend $30,000 — the average purchase price paid as of 2013 — on a new car?

The answer is … very few.

Most new car “buyers” are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents and make monthly payments. Typically, for five years, the length of the average new car loan. Some extend this to six years — and seven years is not unheard of. Read the rest of this article »

Lexus: The NX Best Thing

Posted on October 17th, 2014 in , | No Comments »

Lexus: The NX Best Thing
By The Car Family

Angular, modern and stuffed with electronics, the Lexus NX has brought into the world a crossover utility vehicle that is designed for the modern family. An exclusive extended test of this newest Lexus was enough for us to note that this all new model is comforting, quiet riding, and sharp looking, both literally and figuratively. Smitten, you bet. And reinforcing that glowing feeling was the fact that the NX is probably going to be priced well under $40,000. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: VMT Tax to Start Up in California

Posted on October 16th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot: VMT Tax to Start Up in California
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: With the stroke of a pen, Californians will be subject to yet another onerous transportation policy in the form of Senate Bill 1077. Signed into law recently by Gov. Brown, SB 1077 creates a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax pilot program. VMT taxes are schemes that use various tracking techniques to charge motorists based on how many miles they drive. Supporters claim a VMT tax is a more equitable and efficient alternative to the gas tax. But in reality, a VMT tax will end up costing drivers more and lead to ever-more intrusive vehicle tracking technologies. For more on the downsides of VMT taxing schemes, check out this NMA newsletter:
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Posted on October 15th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments » Roundup: October 15, 2014
Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tennessee Courts Crack Down On Cops Taking Blood From Drivers
The US Supreme Court’s McNeely decision has made it much more difficult for police officers to forcibly draw blood from motorists without a warrant. Last week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals became the latest to apply the precedent to discourage the practice statewide.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Texas Asks US Supreme Court To Rule On License Plates
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants the US Supreme Court to weigh in on the question of whether his state must offer license plates that some organizations consider to be offensive. In a filing to the Supreme Court last week, the Sons of Confederate Veterans urged justices to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s July ruling that gave the green light to confederate specialty license plates in the Lone Star State. Read the rest of this article »

Competing For Your Business

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Competing For Your Business
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist

Price elasticity of demand — the change in demand for a product caused by a change in its price

One thing I noticed driving around America is how cheap littering fines are. I didn’t learn this by reading law books. States advertised their low fines on signs. They were competing for my trash.

I was so unprepared for the low fines that I missed a decimal point in one state. $12500 turned out to be $125.00, a savings of $9,875 compared to littering at home. Read the rest of this article »

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