Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dawn asks: Several people have commented that, when they went to test drive a new car equipped with ASS, the ASS had apparently been turned off by the salesman prior to the test drive, apparently to deceive the driver about the presence of ASS in the car. This strikes me as fraud. What are your thoughts?
My reply: At the very least, it’s deceptive.
I’ve yet to have anyone tell me they wanted ASS – and would have bought ASS as a feature. Most people have no idea what ASS even is. Until they drive a new car equipped with it. The problem – as you and others have relayed – is that sometimes, these people don’t know about ASS until after they have bought the car – because the salesman turned ASS off prior to the test drive. Which he did because the engine turning itself off is not a selling point. Most people find it annoying and would ask for a car without ASS. The problem – for the salesman – is that he might not have one, because almost all 2020 model year cars are equipped with ASS.
Whether this is actionable, legally, is a question for lawyers – and perhaps one reading this will chime in. In my opinion, it ought to be. At least, it ought to be if a person test drives a new car that has had ASS turned off by the salesman, which seems to me an obvious/deliberate attempt to hide the presence of ASS and thus trick the would-be car buyer into accepting something he would probably not accept if he had been aware of it.
The whole thing stinks on account of it’s creepy – as Opie used to say on the Andy Griffith Show.
ASS is being crammed down our throats, ostensibly to “save gas” but arguably to make non-electric cars unappealing and to remind/guilt-trip drivers of non-EVs that their IC cars are “polluting” and contributing to the “Climate Crisis.”
And they ask me why I drink….
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