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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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feistyfella
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:54:12 PM

Same Reason Old Americans Don't Buy Cars.
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cheap59
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:53:58 PM

They can't afford both the payment and insurance.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:51:03 PM

jobs
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mmproteus
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:50:26 PM

Americans have way too many cars. Cutting back on cars will get us back to a stable equilibrium.
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BKool
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:49:48 PM

Cars are expensive.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:47:22 PM

Getting them out of the house is a major undertaking.
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"NOBAMA MUST GO DOWN"
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:46:41 PM

Trouble is that cars are over priced and the new kids know that. They see a car as an expensive proposition even when bought used especially with the high insurance rates and restricted licenses they are now forced to get.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:41:43 PM

theschmuck is SO right!!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:39:40 PM

Young ones drive in dreams and have more intelligence, trust me
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It's obummer's fault.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:38:58 PM

When you add up the cost to own, operate, maintain and insure a vehicle for a young person, who can blame them. The alternative i.e. borrowing mom & dad's wheels is much more cost effective.

Social media doesn't help the car makers' cause either. Who needs to go anywhere these days?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:38:10 PM

Too expensive!
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lol
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Texting is much more important.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:32:37 PM

They can't get good jobs
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:31:32 PM

It wouldn't take a person with half a brain to figure this one out. The cost of them trying to get a college education and going asshole deep in debt doing it, credit cards to live on, trying to work a part-time job that doesn't pay that well and no benefits, the insurance they would have to pay even if it was a used car is out of this world, the cost of food and clothes etc,etc,etc and then you ask a question 'why aren't they buying vehicles'??????? A lot of their parents are helping out as much as they can an even some are 'stretched to the max' themselves. I can state all of this from 'personal' experience, we made it though, it was rough and can feel for them.
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too busy texting
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OK......?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:25:13 PM

ol
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I think they are smarter today & don't want to mess with foriegn oil
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:15:13 PM

TODAYS' YOUNG GENERATION MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:14:35 PM

Even a cheap "econobox" these days costs well over 20k.

Wages have been stagnant for over 15 years, and these "Millenials" have to pay 30k or more in college debt (not including other debts: credit card, marriage (who can afford that either), etc...).

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:13:58 PM

Just try to insure a new one after you buy it! That payment is more than the car payment! UNREAL! My son just tried it. No can do if you are young.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:11:06 PM

They can't afford it
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Pretty hard,, when there's no decent paying work.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:07:51 PM

I was going to name a Baby Boomer stereotype to show how stupid the Millennial stereotypes are, but I decided to not worsen the generational war in this topic. I will say that it is clear that a lot of people from every generation knows a lot less about other generations than they think they do. I am saying this as a 22 year old Millennial.
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NO JOBS. MINIMUM WAGE PART TIME JOBS WITH NO BENEFITS. PLUS OUT OF SIGHT PRICES ON EVERYTHING. THANK YOU AGAIN obummer.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:06:06 PM

Don't fool yourself cicio2000 if they could afford it, they would be driving them too!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:03:58 PM

maybe they cant afford them
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Short on Cash.
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Have modem or wi-fi, will not travel
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they don't have any money!1 Did you think of that!
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Ok
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They need jobs
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everything is too expensive
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Because There To Expensive For Them...
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Good for them! I wish we were all like them!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:51:59 PM

I know its not the way Obama likes it but you have to have a job normally to be able to buy a car .
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:51:47 PM

Here's a concept: perhaps unlike the baby boomers, millenials don't feel an overwhelming need to destroy the environment, hollow out cities, and create death on the highways just to "feel cool." Take a closer look (and refrain from name calling for 5 seconds), and realize that this generation has taken more of an interest in living in cities (with public transit) and doing other things with their lives than suping up a hemi. And before you rag on these kids, remember they're the ones who are paying for YOUR social security and medicare benefits.
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Everybody: Don't pump gas on April 15th!
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:45:52 PM

They don't have a job so no car.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:45:36 PM

Young American's
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Because the economy sucks, Thanks Obama.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:42:56 PM

I think they're driving their mom and dads?
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no job no Money. Hope and change at work.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:36:11 PM

Let's see, they can't find jobs, used cars are in high demand, and most don't have a lot of money in the bank.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:36:04 PM

They stay at home till mid 40s what do u expect no good paying jobs hard to buy a car working for Mac's
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No money and most of them with no jobs turn to crime period.
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Sinking economy and high jobless = NO MONEY.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:32:31 PM

ok
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They can't afford it.
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