Older cars were easy to work on by the owner with just a few tools. Manufactures and the government generates more money that forces customers to pay an expensive shop to mark up parts prices for higher taxes. With the new cars, computer parts are more expensive and if a customer wants to work on their car one need expensive diagnosis equipment. As mentioned by ALS "guys working at the salvage yards are too lazy to pop off the fender to get to that one light assembly screw, thus the broken tab." confirms the general "don't want to work" attitude the government and manufactures play on the dummied down "government give me, no work policy", baked into an expensive ugly appliance like product where there's no longer any enthusiasm, except the shape of a tail light that says "I'm different". The saddest part is one is forced to buy equipment they might not want to save money, such as an A/C unit over just having a vent. Even the old light bulbs can be be bought and easily replaced with the latest lighting, is now buried deep in the new car at the owners expense to replace. The most laughable part is when people says $26,000. is cheap when this used to be the average price to buy a home. Since 40% of $26,000 or $10,400. goes for unnecessary parts and government agencies the average working family can't afford, with now EPA latest $5000. new added charge is being pasted to the buyer, why should anyone complain about marking the price up another $2000. per car for the clean mpg members? Don't we have any contributing value? LOL!! In reality an economy cars are built and sold in other countries for $5000. There is only one other very small country in the world that pays a tax on the tax multiple times than the USA, where the supposed "free" politically correct citizens are happy about it! Everywhere else there would be riots!