LASTWORD

with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -

LIV­ING IN THE PAST

HAV­ING fol­lowed your col­umn for some time, it oc­curs to me that own­ers of new or late-model cars are dis­sat­is­fied with their ve­hi­cles and be­ing treated un­fairly by deal­ers.

At age 50, I’ve never owned or even driven a new or late-model car, and have no de­sire to. I think older ve­hi­cles that have been re­stored are a much bet­ter propo­si­tion.

I own a re­stored 1984 XE Fal­con (right) and am very sat­is­fied with it.

I think the an­swer to the cur­rent woes af­fect­ing new ve­hi­cles is to re­store older ones. New cars are too ex­pen­sive, full of prob­lems and don’t last.

Tony Cross­ley, email You need to come out of the cave. Your car is a gross pol­luter and would per­form badly in any sort of crash. That’s with­out wor­ry­ing about all the other mas­sive im­prove­ments in car de­sign, per­for­mance, com­fort and qual­ity in the past 26 years.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

JUST won­der­ing if one of your team could do a piece on our prices ver­sus what the US pay for BMWs, Mercedes and so on. I just saw a 335i BMW on sale in the US for $49,000, yet we pay around $120,000. It can’t be all tax, can it?

Craig Rahilly, email Amer­i­can buy­ers have al­ways paid less and, yes, it is mostly tax. They don’t have the stupid Lux­ury Car Tax — there is no tax on a heli­copter, plane or boat — for a start. You also have to re­mem­ber their price lead­ers of­ten have far less stan­dard equip­ment than the model sold in Aus­tralia.

THEY’REABITSLOW

ARE slow right-lane driv­ers Bill Hill and G. Bond not aware they are a frus­tra­tion to other driv­ers, and it is against the law to travel in the right lane un­less over­tak­ing on roads over 80km/h?

Mark Skaife’s ar­ti­cle on driver at­ti­tudes last year high­lights the point that these ‘‘safer low-speed’’ driv­ers seem to have the right to ‘‘po­lice’’ other driv­ers by their ac­tions.

It also seems some driv­ers have no idea on how to change lanes, and would rather stay in the right lane when they need to turn right 5km up the road.

Ev­ery day I see slow driv­ers block­ing the right lanes on our free­ways and high­ways, which is adding to the con­ges­tion on our roads.

John Gor­don, email

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