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Old 03-25-2018, 04:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My wife and I noticed a few local dealer lots have very few cars, both new and used. Virtually all the inventory is in suv's and trucks.
There was a very cheap 2016 Prius V a few states away.

I wanted to get all affected parties to take a test drive with me to see if the seats were useable on a road trip to certain posteriors.

I went to the only local Prius dealer remembering that they had a lot full of the things in 2015.

They only had one Prius in the entire lot, it was a Gen IV and I wasn’t even allowed to sit in it because it was parked up the fake hill ready to take off.

The whole giant lot was full of minivan like vehicles and trucks, only about 5 cars in total out of hundreds on the lot.

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Old 03-25-2018, 08:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There was a very cheap 2016 Prius V a few states away.

I wanted to get all affected parties to take a test drive with me to see if the seats were useable on a road trip to certain posteriors.

I went to the only local Prius dealer remembering that they had a lot full of the things in 2015.

They only had one Prius in the entire lot, it was a Gen IV and I wasn’t even allowed to sit in it because it was parked up the fake hill ready to take off.

The whole giant lot was full of minivan like vehicles and trucks, only about 5 cars in total out of hundreds on the lot.

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Ironically, my wife is going to start working soon and since she has the family car, we're likely going to be looking at full size suv's. I think the Lexus hybrids will be outside our budget though.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gas is still pretty low around here, $2.3x. I was just planning my road trip for the GGP and noticed it's significantly higher in Pennsylvania ($2.8x), lower in NJ ($2.4x), and about the same in OH as it is here. Meanwhile, at my parents' local station in WA, it's $3.29. That's nearly a dollar price spread just based on where you happen to be.
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On the other hand, they both already drive 4-cylinder compacts (Impreza 5-speed; non-ECO-Cruze automatic). So maybe they don't really count as normies?
I don't know what you mean by "normies", but I assume it's some sort of folks who get an oversized truck or SUV with at least 6 cylinders mostly due to peer-pressure than to a real necessity.

On the other hand, since an overwhelming majority doesn't really have any enthusiasm for cars and see them mostly as an appliance, it's quite easy to assume your friends who own the Impreza and the Cruze might qualify as "normie".
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It won't get too much higher with so many ev's available and growing in popularity. No way it hits $4/gallon (national average) again.
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My last fillup was the highest price per gallon (2.479) without going back a page on fuelly, but many of my fillups within the past 2 months have been right around $2.40 a gallon. Personally, I can't wait for gas prices to rise, I started driving right when the gas prices started backing down, so I never got to see how normal people drive when gas prices are high. Hopefully they will tone down their idiotic driving.
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Just made the comment tonight when I saw $3.00 gas. Don't know why people live their lives reacting to the moment instead of anticipating the future.

My sister just got a $4x,xxx Toyota 4runner. Probably gets terrible fuel economy, but it seems nice. I've been on the lookout for a Chevy Spark EV, but they sure are hideous. Trying to hint to my wife that it will be her next vehicle, but I might have to go Lexus 450h.
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Living in Buffalo Chip, Flyover county, I'm semi-insulated from gas price swings. I say semi-insulated because generally if there is any excuse to raise the price they are on it like flies on isht but when market forces seem to indicate pressure to lower prices they take their sweet time. That said, the local prices have barely budged all winter.
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Personally, I can't wait for gas prices to rise, I started driving right when the gas prices started backing down, so I never got to see how normal people drive when gas prices are high. Hopefully they will tone down their idiotic driving.
Don't be so optimistic in that regard...
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Don't be so optimistic in that regard...
In the height of $4+ gas, people were still driving it like they stole it.

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