Thou shall not smoke and drive. First it was inside bars and clubs, then restaurants and other buildings. Now, you can’t even smoke in your car unless you have a lighter or matches, a cumbersome act to juggle when behind the wheel. That’s because most manufacturers no longer offer ashtrays and cigarette lighters as standard features. If they’re even available at all, they’re optional. In its digital place are “auxiliary power outlets” and “accessory power sockets,” the familiar 12-volt DC power for your iPod’s and GPS devices, which according to the user manual for the 2010 Honda Fit “will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element.”
Our cars don’t break very often, but when they do, we don’t want you cheaping out at Mickey’s General Auto Repair. You’re going to have to come to the dealership for factory-authorized maintenance, unless you want to void your warranty. You can’t just work on your own car anymore and independent auto repair shops are learning this the hard way. General mechanics now need to also be computer programmers, it seems, since our fancy, technological road warriors now have dozens of onboard computers and sensors. But no worry, your factory warranty usually has you covered for the first four to five years, or up to the first 100,000 thousand miles. More business for the dealerships! At-home mechanics? Forget about it. Attempting anything more than an oil change (and even that’s getting hard to do on most cars) these days is pretty much out of the question.
Small truck? Seriously?
Your perception of us is, like, totally wrong, dude. This is a globalized world, dude. Your CPO’s Camry is every bit as American as your Daddy’s new Mopar, since some parts are sourced from overseas suppliers. The Ford Focus was designed in Germany and all Honda Accords sold in the U.S. are built in America. Even the way you once thought about import quality has changed, too, since many new domestics have been outperforming imports in the latest quality reports. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="436" caption="Ultimate import-bashing Domestic?"][/caption] So, the next time you stroll up to the dealership parking lot, whether looking to buy or service your newly-bought vehicle, consider these tips your salesman or General Manager definitely won’t be telling you. Got any other tips? Please share them below! Sources: Virginian-Pilot