06-11-2006, 08:43 PM
Insurance companies have noticed a trend of more SUV buyers torching their vehicles to get out of the payments when they realize they can't afford it. Such accidents are being looked at more closely....
CNN Story (http://cnn.edmunds.com/advice/specialreports/articles/115584/article.html)
06-11-2006, 09:16 PM
That has taken place before with drivers and in the end the insurance companies (Catch-Them).
06-12-2006, 04:25 AM
"Investigators found the arson-for-hire ring involved a new-car dealership in Cerritos, California. "
ROFLMAO. I bet I have an idea which dealer it was.
My mom leased her altima from a dealer in cerritos. Nothing but problems. Gets 23mpg mxed. The car keeps breaking down. Arson is the easy way out.:p
06-12-2006, 09:55 AM
Wonder if the ones having their vehicles burned to collect insurance tend to be the ones that smugly say hybrid drivers can't afford a poseur vehicle? The use of credit cards at the gas pump has risen from 40% to 60% over the last two years.
Has anyone stopped to think if anyone really cares that much about what we drive? I tend to doubt that we spend much time thinking that so-and-so drives and Escalade - he's somebody, or alternatively, so-and-so drives a Civic - he's a nobody.
Most of you have probably been in a "discussion" that would were so busy sounding off what you wanted to say, you did not hear a thing the other guy said, while the other guy was also talking and tuned out too. I figure the "Keeping up with the Jones" is something like that. People caught up buying status vehicles are not turning that many heads because they are in a narcissistic crowd. Either that or people are too busy to pay much attention.
We all put a little bit of vanity into our vehicles, but some invest too much of themselves in a set of wheels. That is truly vanity.