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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

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    Does it come with a litter bag for easy disposal?

    It seems kind of weak that the strongest complaint you have against this thing is its size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yeppers, but you wouldn't want to go across the Yolo causeway with it.

    In fact, pop some wings, a prop and a small tail on and you have an ultralight.
    The you-only-live-once causeway?

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    But I hate flying. I ride a BMW most of it now. But I'm getting old

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yeppers, but you wouldn't want to go across the Yolo causeway with it.

    In fact, pop some wings, a prop and a small tail on and you have an ultralight.

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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    The you-only-live-once causeway?
    Yeah. Had a Honda 1200 and I used to have to put sandbags in the back to make it across without ****ting my drawers. The crosswinds, it's elevated, I've changed lanes all of a sudden there (involuntarily) a few times.

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    Anyways... I took a look at the website and found this:

    Payment Options: This is the Coupe de Gras. Along with the traditional methods of paying for vehicles, we wanted to add something else unique; a credit card payment plan. It will allow you to drive off with your new Elio with no money down. You simply sign an agreement to use the Elio credit card for all of your gas purchases. We, in turn, charge your credit card three times the amount of the fuel (most likely less than what you were paying for fuel on your existing vehicle). The simplicity is the difference. Two-thirds of the bill is your car payment the remaining third of the bill is the original fuel cost.
    Letís give an example: You put $50 worth of fuel in your new Elio. Your credit card will be billed for three times the amount, or $150 due in full. The breakdown is simple; two-thirds ($100) is the Elio payment, one-third ($50) is the fuel. Details on minimums and the like are being worked out with several banking institutions, but the reality is simple. Drive off with a new Elio for no money down and pay for it with the massive fuel savings you have over your existing vehicle!

    ... Well this is either brilliant or absolutely stupid. Why a credit card? I think that people who don't have $6800 (which is enough for a decent down payment on a car) won't be too concerned about racking up credit card debt. A simpler solution would be a pay for use system (think cellphone or WoW accounts for you nerds). Car owners would have to deposit a minimum amount of say $100 into an account before the car became usable. Once depositing those funds, a code would be given and the car would function again.
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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Anyways... I took a look at the website and found this:



    ... Well this is either brilliant or absolutely stupid. Why a credit card? I think that people who don't have $6800 (which is enough for a decent down payment on a car) won't be too concerned about racking up credit card debt. A simpler solution would be a pay for use system (think cellphone or WoW accounts for you nerds). Car owners would have to deposit a minimum amount of say $100 into an account before the car became usable. Once depositing those funds, a code would be given and the car would function again.
    Well, how big is a tank on that thing? About ten gallons as usual? If that's the case, and if it's used as a city commute car as I'm sure it was intended to be, then you're not going to be filling it up very often.

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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Well, how big is a tank on that thing? About ten gallons as usual? If that's the case, and if it's used as a city commute car as I'm sure it was intended to be, then you're not going to be filling that thing up very often.
    That's the thing. A pay-to-drive system would work better from a business perspective. Having car owners pay for access to their cars even once a month would ensure a steady cash flow that would make missed car payments a thing of the past. It would certainly put a lot of repo-services out of business.
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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    That's the thing. A pay-to-drive system would work better from a business perspective. Having car owners pay for access to their cars even once a month would ensure a steady cash flow that would make missed car payments a thing of the past. It would certainly put a lot of repo-services out of business.
    I don't think that's such a hot idea. Cars are often needed for emergencies and people wouldn't appreciate having to send in a payment to the bank (via whatever means) before being allowed to drive their kid with a broken leg to the hospital.

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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    It's a single-seat vehicle. Look at the fuel economy from the perspective of MPG/person. If I buy a car that gets 30 MPG, but I carpool with three other people, that's moving four people @ 30 MPG or 120 MPG/person. The Elio is stuck at 84 MPG/person. It's stuff like this that makes me shake my head. You have a highly impractical vehicle that if put into large scale production would put more cars on the road than a practical one that could hold four people and put fewer cars on the road. Classic eco-nut dumbness. If you're the type who doesn't carpool, then go ahead and salve your conscience with one of these or you could start a carpool and do some REAL good.
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    Re: 6800 bucks 84 mpg american made

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I don't think that's such a hot idea. Cars are often needed for emergencies and people wouldn't appreciate having to send in a payment to the bank (via whatever means) before being allowed to drive their kid with a broken leg to the hospital.
    Easy solution, make the payment due on the same day of the month. Say 5 days before or after 30th. It's payday for most people within those days.
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