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Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?

theAtlantic -- Kids these days. They don't get married. They don't buy homes. And, much to the dismay of the world's auto makers, they apparently don't feel a deep and abiding urge to own a car.

This week, the New York Times pulled back the curtain on General Motors' recent, slightly bewildered efforts to connect with the Millennials -- that giant generational cohort born in the 1980s and 1990s whose growing consumer power is reshaping the way corporate America markets its wares. Unfortunately for car companies, today's teens and twenty-somethings don't seem all that interested in buying a set of wheels. They're not even particularly keen on driving.

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


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Submitted Mar 26, 2012 By: RickythePilot
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KarateDude
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 2:06:21 PM

Maybe if the economy wasn't so bad, and they had jobs,
them they might actually buy a car...!!!
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1006
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:32:31 PM

that is funny
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:23:50 AM

No motivation.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:06:26 AM

aquarinut - "Not very many kids that go to school, living a life of their own can afford a $28K to $145K car while trying to build a life!!!"

Heck, just about all I do is work and I can't afford a $28K to $145K car!

[Edited by: rjhenn at 3/27/2012 1:06:56 PM EST]
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puinsai808
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:54:11 AM

The future of America.
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mrtruth2011
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:50:28 AM

All you aging boomers better hope yourselves to be so lucky as to have a kid who wants to live at home. What with the trajectory of health care costs, you are going to need someone to spoon feed you your mushed peas and change your diapers someday.
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1006
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 3:50:37 AM

I think we have done too much for them - drive them around when they need something, or even given them a car they dont appreciate.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 2:42:22 AM

The slacker generation. It's easier to live at home and mooch of your parents.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 10:34:23 PM

Kids are lazy these days.
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comprof
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 10:22:37 PM

How can they buy hobs when they can not find jobs? In addition, they can not legally work until they are 16. Just stupid. I started working at 8 after school and had enough money to buy a car by the time I was 16. Great experience for any yough person.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:36:48 PM

I don't know too many who don't want a drivers licence or vehicle.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:17:33 PM

Most of them are useing transit to get around or using bycles.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:14:59 PM

All three of our kids paid for their own vehicle, they all started out with beater trucks for $500 or less each... Then they would use the truck haul a lawn mower, sell scrap metal, and pick up walnuts... The girls would buy and sell chickens, rabbits, goats, calves...
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:14:51 PM

Maybe they are just happy without a car.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:10:59 PM

Post how much the "young" American can afford!! Wages vs cost of NEW car payments, INSURANCE PAYMENTS, college/university tuition, food (rising with gas prices), heat, light, etc...

Not very many kids that go to school, living a life of their own can afford a $28K to $145K car while trying to build a life!!!

LOL!! Is Government Motors that is so wraped around odumma's policies that they, A GOVT SPONSERED, GREEN WILLING, ECONOMY SUPPRESSING administration CANNOT SEE the common American segment of society that pads their pockets??? AND could spell their demise come Nov 2012???

Post something relevant..... HOW MUCH DO THESE kids make annually????

I would think that the head up their cheeks manufactures and the current "all of the above" administration is going to put our sons and daughters into a life that WE/I would not want!!!

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They don't have money, no money no candy.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:06:44 PM

At least in Maryland where I live, it's become much harder to get one's driver's license since I got mine nearly 35 years ago. I got my learner's permit, took a course, drove around for a couple of weeks, practiced my parallel parking, took the test and failed the parallel parking. Practiced parallel parking some more, took the test again, got my license. Start to finish - six weeks.

My son got his license going on two years ago. Had to keep a journal to demonstrate driving 60 hours in all sorts of conditions. Harder than it sounds. Had to take a rather rigorous, expensive driver's ed course. Now, the actual driver's test includes significant real-world driving, and if you mess up even a little bit, you fail. As well, you need to make an appointment to come take the test, and you need to plan on spending the better part of the day waiting to take the test and then taking the test. It's a much, much higher hurdle than in the past.
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NO MONEY
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:05:15 PM

they like to ride the hot, crowded buses?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:03:54 PM

They're smart!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:03:12 PM

ok
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NO MONEY
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:02:19 PM

They're broke!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:01:38 PM

New cars are to expensive.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:58:20 PM

don't have jobs
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:57:41 PM

Yeah caues everything cost so much these days!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:57:38 PM

No money...equals...no car
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:56:42 PM

The need a good income first!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:54:49 PM

Totally agree with MidNJ. Young adults (those between 18-20) are lazy and expect their parents to pay for everything. If the parents are stupid enough to buy them a car, or even buy their cigarettes...then they shouldn't mind feeding their lazy asses at 45 years old. Get a job and stop expecting those that work to fund the free programs.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:52:40 PM

This must only be true in large cities where public transportation etc is available
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:49:26 PM

Different generation with different needs, wants, ideals, etc.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:48:04 PM

How many have a job? . . Are they still living at home? Lots of folks that age are, but I don't know percentages.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:47:29 PM

Can't afford them. New cars are pricey and many young people struggle trying to get a job.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:45:08 PM

Has anyone asked them why?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:40:49 PM

And with the exception of those who live rurally... most have access to mass transit or are getting jobs in areas where a car is a budget liability... not a means to an end. Many I suspect also simply do not have the funds to afford a car of the kind they want.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:39:36 PM

One possible explanation is that there is uncertainty in what technology will be required in the near future so they don't want to get stuck with something that may be mandated away
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:39:19 PM

because they're expensive.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:38:59 PM

OWG - OMG???

To the Question "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?"

You responded;

"They are also the laziest generation that has come of age in this century so don't expect much out of them. They think the world owes them a living. What they really need is a good kick in the ass."

????????????????????????????

WTF?? and, OMG!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:36:46 PM

money
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:36:30 PM

Wait a minute... Let me get this correct... Average cars cost $20+K, average homes cost $150+K, and average marriages cost $200,000+K over the duration, and you wonder why young kids are not buying homes, cars or marrying? DUH!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:34:29 PM

lack of jobs
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:33:37 PM

I wont be buying a car either if the gas prices keep going up. The trend could be true here because about 2/3 of the passengers on public transit are between 18 and 24.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:32:58 PM

“Too busy texting and laying [sic] on the couch!”
“They're too lazy to get a job? Can't afford gas if they did have a car?”
“They are also the laziest generation that has come of age in this century . . .”

I see a lot of truth in these statements but I’ve had two of the best teenagers I’ve ever known working for me the last few years. The have been prompt, diligent, courteous and hard working. Both have had their own vehicle since they were 16 or 17. One is now 20, the other 21 and getting married in a couple months. There are good and bad kids in every generation.

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:32:45 PM

good luck
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:32:43 PM

a sign of the economic times
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:31:46 PM

No $
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:25:18 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:22:08 PM

they spend money on iphones and video games . Probably live in mom and dads basement
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:17:36 PM

Heck, Their parents are out of work and the youth can't get jobs either...
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:16:48 PM

They are also the laziest generation that has come of age in this century so don't expect much out of them. They think the world owes them a living. What they really need is a good kick in the ass.
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