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Car buyers don’t need government report cards

Published 10:23am Friday, September 10, 2010

In its infinite wisdom, the government believes it is necessary to assign report cards to all new cars to help consumers make educated decisions when buying.

The report card the government is considering would rate the cars fuel economy, emissions, and impact on the environment. What this boils down to is the government rating cars based on their opinion of what should matter most to consumers in a brash attempt to pass their biased point of view on to those of us shopping for cars.

Uncle Sam believes this new system of grades would help educate consumers. However, most car buyer in Lima can tell you there are already numerous consumer report websites and resources for car buyers.

These resources provide detailed information about all aspects of the car, not just those qualities that the government wishes to promote.

The information is already easily accessible; there is no need for a report card system to coerce consumers into buying environmentally friendly cars.

If someone wishes to buy an economical car, they don’t need an arbitrary, government issued, value based, grading system to point them in the right direction.

The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the familiar price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars at dealerships. …

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