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I don’t own a car, cuz I don’t need one

Marco posted a great article on his Google Plus, Why Don’t Young Americans Buy Cars?

Great stats:

It’s true. Our youth is seeing that we all don’t need to own cars.

less than half of potential drivers age 19 or younger had a license in 2008, down from nearly two-thirds in 1998.

adults between the ages of 21 and 34 buy just 27 percent of all new vehicles sold in America, a far cry from the peak of 38 percent in 1985.

Good reasoning:

It’s nice to hear that the younger generation is smarting up and not caving into our cutural pressures of the car in a driveway.

How can you buy a home when you’re underemployed and saddled with student debt? Why would you want to after the horror of the collapsing housing bubble?

Stupid automakers:

Oh yeah! Crap your pants, automakers!

Of course, Millennials are more likely than past generations to live in an urban community, and this may be part of what terrifies car markers.

GM is hoping that the right car, at the right price, can solve these challenges.

That last quote makes me want to say eff you, GM. They think they can manipulate us. That it’s a given that everyone buys a car. I cannot stand the notion that every American HAS to own a car.

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