- Feb 1, 2007
- Dallas, Texas
- 00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
The last time this was tried in the US, do you know what happened?That could be changed if there was a will to force people into smaller cars. Make large cars artificially expensive, used large car prices go up. Make insurance for large cars artificially expensive, fewer people buy large cars. Make fuel artificially more expensive, fewer people buy large cars. Fewer people buy large cars, used large car prices go up even more. Use some of the money gained from fuel etc. to fix some roads, less reason to have a land yacht, fewer people buy large cars.
We dumped wagons and sedans and started buying SUVs instead.
Yeah, that's gone well.
Also, your idea of economics is a bit odd. If fewer people buy used large cars, used large cars would become even cheaper, not more expensive. Huge supply, little demand = lower price. Another point is, as some places like Oregon have found out, if you encourage people to buy cars that use less fuel, you get less money in gasoline taxes. Then if you raise gasoline taxes, people drive less, thus offsetting your tax increase.... Oregon's starting to get desperate enough to look at taxing people by GPS-recorded mileage instead of just a road tax and fuel tax.