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Old 04-16-2020, 11:30 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr View Post
AFAIK it was not allowed to ship the seats and windows back to Europe, they had to be sent for some recycling facility in America, otherwise Ford wouldn't be able to circumvent the Chicken Tax.
This seems like lunacy to me. There is a cost to the planet in resources, energy, shipping and labor to make seats and glass only to remove and “recycle” them to avoid the tax. I found this:


And this amusing short video by NPR: https://youtu.be/GnGLTThwpLU

It costs Ford several hundred dollars per vehicle but saves them paying a 25% tariff on each vehicle. It appears vehicles manufactured in Mexico and Canada are exempt. No wonder our U.S. roads are filled with full sized American trucks being used as commuter cars.

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Old 04-16-2020, 12:34 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Subaru mocked the Chicken Tax with the BRAT. The seats had to stay in until the warranty ran out. Roll bar optional, but they did provide four grab handles to keep the passengers in the bed.

I had a manager with two unruly teenagers. When she needed a car, I suggested a BRAT and let them compete for the indoor shotgun seat.

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Subaru needs to bring back the Baja. Turbo only.

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In Cali, the seats had to stay in while the truck was registered as a car. Take the seats out, you had to buy commercial plates which were 3 times expensive. Same deal with my dodge surfer van.
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
Subaru mocked the Chicken Tax with the BRAT. The seats had to stay in until the warranty ran out. Roll bar optional, but they did provide four grab handles to keep the passengers in the bed.
Sometimes I wish it was as easy as before '99 to have jump-seats registered to a truck here in Brazil. Well, I guess those crew-cab versions of the Fiat Strada and Volkswagen Saveiro would've never happened if one could be allowed to get jump-seats on them and simply add a fiberglass canopy (and maybe a swamp-cooler like the ones widely used by truckers here).

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