Thursday, March 23, 2006

People Rush To Pay $24,000 For An Absurdly Small Car

Unbelievable some in the public are rushing to plunk down $24,000 to $30,000 for an absurdly small car known as the Smart Car.

These little cars are just 8 feet 4 inches long, or about four feet shorter than even the BMW Mini Cooper. They are hardly bigger than a glorified go-cart. And the Smart cars only seat two, have only 61 horsepower in their tiny 3 cylinder engines, and only have a top speed of 85 MPH. The 40 MPG mileage could be better for a car of this absurdly small size, and problems meeting U.S. pollution standards make the sale unlikely in states such as California, New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

But the big question is why? A car this small should be far cheaper in price, offer better mileage, pollute less. And for around $26,475, a person could buy a really nice car like the new Hyundai Azera which is a terrific automobile for the price.

Why pay $24,000 to $30,000 for a little car so sparse in creature comforts when perfectly nice cars exist for half that price or great cars like the Hyundai Azera exist in that same price range. Why people buy the cars they do is as much a mystery as why they choose their politics or religion it seems.

But you still wonder, why?