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Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die

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In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning?


Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die (courtesy of Vincent Lewis' Unsold Cars)

Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom.  Please do see this on Google Maps....type in Sheerness, United Kingdom.  Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway. Left of A249, Brielle Way.

Timestamp: Friday, May 16th, 2014.

There are hundreds of places like this in the world today and they keep on piling up...


Houston...We have a problem!...Nobody is buying brand new cars anymore!  Well they are, but not on the scale they once were.  Millions of brand new unsold cars are just sitting redundant on runways and car parks around the world.  There, they stay, slowly deteriorating without being maintained.

Below is an image of a massive car park at Swindon, United Kingdom, with thousands upon thousands of unsold cars just sitting there with not a buyer in sight. The car manufacturers have to buy more and more land just to park their cars as they perpetually roll off the production line.

There is proof that the worlds recession is still biting and wont let go.  All around the world there are huge stockpiles of unsold cars and they are being added to every day.  They have run out of space to park all of these brand new unsold cars and are having to buy acres and acres of land to store them.


The images on this webpage showing all of these unsold cars are just a very small portion of those around the world.  There are literally thousands of these "car parks" rammed full of unsold cars in practically every country on the planet.  Just in case you were wondering, these images have not been Photoshopped, they are the real deal!

Its hard to believe that there are so many unsold cars in the world but its true.  The worse part is that the amount of unsold cars keeps on getting bigger every day.

It would be fair to say that it is becoming a mechanical epidemic of epic proportions.  If anybody from outer space is reading this webpage, we here on Earth have too many cars, why not come and buy a few hundred thousand of them for your own planet! (sorry but this is all I can think of)

Below is shown just a few of the 57,000 cars (and growing) that await delivery from their home in the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. With Google Maps look South of Broening Hwy in Dundalk for the massive expanse of space where all these cars are parked up.

The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck.  If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them.  However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they  would end up being unsold.  Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.

Below is shown an image of the Nissan test track in Sunderland United Kingdom.  Only it is no longer being used, reason...there are too many unsold cars parked up on it!  The amount of cars keeps on piling up on it until its overflowing.  Nissan then acquires more land to park up the cars, as they continue to come off the production line.

UPDATE: Currently May 16th, 2014, all of these cars at the Nissan Sunderland test track have disappeared? Now I don't believe they have all suddenly been sold.  I would guess they may have been taken away and recycled to make room for the next vast production run.

Indeed next to that test track and adjacent to the Nissan factory, they are collating again as shown on the Google Maps image below.  So where did the last lot go? This is not an employees car park by the way.

None of the images on this webpage are of ordinary car parks at shopping malls, football matches etc.  Trust me, they are just mountains and mountains of brand spanking new unsold cars. There is no real reason why you should be driving an old clunker now is there?

The car industry cannot stop making new cars because they would have to close their factories and lay off tens of thousands of employees.  This would further add to the recession.  Also the domino effect would be catastrophic as steel manufactures would not sell their steel. All the tens of thousands of places where car components are made would also be effected, indeed the world could come to a grinding halt.

Below is shown just a small area of a gigantic car park  in Spain where tens of thousands of cars just sit and sunbathe all day.

They are also piling up at the port of Valencia in Spain as seen below.  They are either waiting to be exported to...nowhere or have been go nowhere.

Tens of thousands of cars are still being made every week but hardly any of them are being sold.  Nearly every household in developed countries already has a car or even two or three cars parked up on their driveway as it is.

Below is an image of thousands upon thousands of unsold cars parked up on a runway near St Petersburg in Russia.  They are all imported from Europe, they are all then parked up and they are all then left to rot. Consequently, the airport is now unusable for its original purpose.

The cycle of buying, using, buying using has been broken, it is now just a case of "using" with no buying. Below is an image of thousands of unsold cars parked up on an disused runway at Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxfordshire. They are seriously running out of space to store these cars.

It is a sorry state of affairs and there is no answer to it, solutions don't exist.  So the cars just keep on being manufactured and keep on adding to the millions of unsold cars already sitting redundant around the world.

Below are parked tens of thousands of cars at Royal Portbury Docks, Avonmouth, near Bristol in the United Kingdom. If you look on Google Maps and scan around the area at say 200ft you will see nothing but parked up unsold cars. They are absolutley everywhere in that area practically every open space has unsold cars parked up on it.

Below is that same area in Avonmouth, UK, but zoomed out. Every gray space that you see is filled with unsold cars.  Anyone want to hazard a guess at how many are there...

As it is, there are more cars than there are people on the planet with an estimated 10 billion roadworthy cars in the world today.

We literally cannot make enough of them. Below are seen just a few of the thousands of Citroen's parked up at Corby, Northamptonshire in England. They are being added to daily, imported from France but with nowhere else to go once they arrive.

So there they sit, brand spanking new cars, all with a couple of miles on the clock that was consummate with them being driven to their car parks.  Below is the latest May 2014 Google Maps image of unsold cars in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Manufacturing more cars than can be sold is against all logic, logistics and economics but it continues day after day, week after week, month after month, year in year out.

Below is shown a recent (April 2014) screen grab from Google Maps of the Italian port of Civitavecchia.  All those little specks are a few thousand brand new unsold Peugeots.  Just collecting dust and maybe a bit of salty sea spray!

Below, all nice and shiny but with nowhere to go.  Red and white and black and silver, purple, pink and blue, all the colors of the rainbow and be they all brand new.  Indeed all the colors of the rainbow are down there on those cars, making pretty mosaics, montages of color and still life.  Maybe that is all they will now ever be, surreal urban art of the techno production age.  Magnificent metal boxes, wasting space and saving grace, all sitting still, because its business at mill.

All around the world these cars just keep on piling up, there is no end in sight.  The economy shouts out quite loud that nobody has the money anymore to spend on a new car. The reason being that they are making their "old" cars go on a lot longer.  But we cannot stop making them, soon we will run out of space to park them.  We are nearly running out of space to drive them that's for sure!

Below, more cars mount up in the port of Valencia in Spain. They will not be exported as there is nowhere for them to go, so they just sit and rot in their colorful droves.

Gone are the days when the family would have a new car every year, they are now keeping what they have got.  It may be fair to say that some  families still get a new car every year but its the majority that now do not.

The results are in these images, hundreds of thousands if not millions of cars around the world are driven from their factories, parked up and left.

Could we say that these cars have been left to rot!  Maybe, as these cars will certainly rot if they are not bought, driven and cared for.  It does not look like they will be sold any day soon, many of them have been standing for over 12 months or even longer and this is detrimental to the car.

Below, as far as the eye can see, right into the background, cars, cars and more cars. But what's beyond the horizon?  Have a guess...Yes that's right...even more cars!  All brand new but with no homes to go to.  Do you think they will ever start giving them away, that may be the only radical solution.  Who knows, you could soon be getting a free car with every packet of cornflakes.

When a car is left standing idle, all the oil sinks to the bottom of the sump, and then corrosion begins to set in on all the internal engine parts where the oil has drained away.

Cold corrosion is when condensation builds up in the cylinders and rust forms in the bores. The engines would then start to seize and would need to be professionally freed before they could be started.  Also the tires start to lose air and the batteries start to go flat, indeed the detrimental list goes on and on.

So the longer they sit there the worse it slowly becomes for them.  What is the answer to this?  Well they need to be sold and that just isn't happening.

The epidemic is not improving, it is getting worse.  Car manufactureres are constantly coming out with new models with the latest technology in them.  Hence prospective buyers of, for example, a new Citroen Xsara Picasso want the latest model, not last years model.  Hence all the unsold Citroen Xsara Picasso cars from the previous year will now have even lesser chance of being sold.

The problems then just keep on mounting up.  In the end, the unsold cars that are say 2 years old will have no alternative but to be either crushed up, dismantled and/or their parts recycled.

Some car manufacturers moved their production over to China, General Motors and Cadillac are examples of this.  They are then shipped over in containers and unloaded at ports.  However they are now being told to put a big halt in their import into the U.S.A. as they just can't sell them in the quantities they would desire.  Consequently Chinese car parks are now filling up with brand new American cars.  Well nobody in China can afford them on their meagre pittance wages, so there they will stay until our economy improves...which it might do in a few generations.


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Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:06 | 4768132 sleigher
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lol   you bandwidth thief you

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:07 | 4768140 Terminus C
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lol, guess it was not just me :)

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:16 | 4768160 Scarlett
Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:17 | 4768165 ACP
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Looks like someone got "car-blocked".

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:32 | 4768198 caShOnlY
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if anyone remembers late 2008 and early 2009 we saw the same type of pics - cars piled up everywhere.  But at least we aren't in a recession, so buy some stawks today!!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:38 | 4768207 Chris Jusset
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In your Google search box, type in "unsold cars", and behold the images. WOW!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:46 | 4768224 chumbawamba
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Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:55 | 4768243 Antarctico
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This thread is useless without pics!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:17 | 4768301 Jlasoon
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"Nothing to see here move along"

Now please go pay $60,000 for a Chinese made Cadillac POS. - Brought to you by your good friends at the Treasury Dept. 

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:21 | 4768315 Mistress Raindrop
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That's interesting.  Very very interesting.  Bitches.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:34 | 4768347 Keyser
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The Chinese have their emtpy mega-cities and the west has too many cars... When all the excess production curtails, economies will grind to a halt... 


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:47 | 4768375 SafelyGraze
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what we need are more laws requiring people to drive

and to drive up-to-date vehicles with more intelligence built in

also we need more tollroads

and we need to ensure that people drive their new cars on the tollroads and so forth

or else we could just have smart cars that drive themselves on the tollroads, eliminating the need for human drivers

and then everyone is billed for the self-driving cars that are accumulating tolls


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:48 | 4768380 Anusocracy
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When the wheels fall off the world's economies we'll know where to go for replacements.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:53 | 4768388 Pladizow
Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:01 | 4768407 Manthong
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Chris Martenson considers these times to be “Peak Prosperity”.

I agree to most extents however, the root is “Peak Consumerism”.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:17 | 4768430 Shocker
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People don't have the money to buy new cars.

Kinda amazing to see all theses zombie car parking lots.

Job Situation:


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:25 | 4768441 0b1knob
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 "Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into."

What do you mean by "we" Lone Ranger?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:42 | 4768471 franzpick
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Send them to the empty factory parking lots and unused spaces in Detroit.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:04 | 4768599 Pairadimes
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Wait a minute. If Keynes and his current fluffer-in-chief Krugman are right, then the world economy should be growing by leaps and bounds with such massive over-production of $30,000 paperweights. I am truly confused.

How can anybody look at something like this and not realize how truly, profoundly and irretrievably fucked the politically-driven centrally-planned economy is?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:36 | 4768645 nope-1004
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No kidding.  Central bankers are not only ruining money, they are ruining hard assets.  They are satanic in every regard.  The funny thing is that they actually think they are fooling the world into believing the bullshit "recovery" story, yet the images above prove, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that they are 100% LIARS.

Such a massive waste seeing these images.  I truly want Bernanke thrown in jail.  The guy is pure fecal matter.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:31 | 4768893 negative rates
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I just keep driving my $2000 car and hardly any maintenance too.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 07:23 | 4768919 GetZeeGold
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I see ghost cars...

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:21 | 4769047 smithcreek
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I'm not saying there is no overproduction and channel stuffing going on, but if you live near one of these auto distribution centers you would know that this is typical, not the end of the world.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:17 | 4769110 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Sorry, but ZH is way off on this one! These cars aren't meant for drving! They're destined for T-GARO-T-PO (The Great Artifcial Reef Of The Pacific Ocean).

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:20 | 4769117 sleigher
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Just think of all the children those cars could feed.  Iron is an important part of your diet.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:32 | 4769261 markmotive
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Message NOT approved by the central propaganda agency.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:42 | 4769398 Jonas Parker
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First Obama phones, now Obama cars...

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 13:34 | 4769504 THX 1178
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The system is running down. It can not be stopped. It will not be stopped. The Final Collapse is coming. It is just around the corner.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 21:01 | 4770387 chunga
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No way. Those cars are green shoots!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 23:23 | 4770645 Think for yourself
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When you have no solution, legislate.

Here in Quebec, used cars over 8 years are slowly being regulated out of existence, by implementing ever-increasing piles of red tape over any resale transaction. Make it too costly and complex to buy used cars, get the inventory flowing again!

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 00:20 | 4770737 Quus Ant
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I wrote this comment to see how ridiculous it would look stretched to infinity.  One word at a time I could take over the whole board.  Hmmmm..... how would this look: Honorificabilitudinitatibus

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 03:27 | 4770906 chunga
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Fuck you Bernanke

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 19:47 | 4772184 0b1knob
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Zero Hedge is double plus shitwise full according to a link on Gawker.


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 14:22 | 4774573 BigJim
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Oops! looks like ZH fucked up big time with this one.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:07 | 4773417 fallout11
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Japan has had very strict rules like you describe for decades, regulations that get stricter the older the vehicle is. As a result it is extremely rare to find even a 7 year old vehicle on their roads.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 22:58 | 4770591 Chuck Walla
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If you like your Audi, you can keep your Audi. PERIOD!



Ein Volk! Ein Barack! Ein Reich!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 21:08 | 4770400 WhackoWarner
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I am cheap cheap cheap. Never bought a new car in my life.  Had some pretty nice cars too.  But always used, sometimes pre-collector.

Our main claim to the roads is a 1992 custom camperized van with captain's chairs and stuff.  Paid  $4000.  Then invested  $12K getting custom body restoration/rust proofing.....engine overhaul; new wheels and tires.

From top to bottom we have a complete customized unit that we know all the work; have gaurantees,  have few computerized modules that prevent any self-maintenence.  And all the kids go "OH WOW"

So why buy some piece of pre-recalled metal? 

Bought my 64 1/2 convertible, standard 3 speed Mustang in very good shape for $1500. 



Sun, 05/18/2014 - 11:07 | 4771206 skepsis101
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I've got 348,000 miles on my 2000 F-350 pick-up and my mechanic says the engine and transmission are in such good shape I'll surely get another 250,000 on it yet.  And no major repairs in 14 years.  Let's see, if the mechanic is right, and at 24,000 miles per year, I'll be 77 years old by the time the old fart kicks the bucket (the truck, not me).  I intend to live longer than that; at least long enough to witness this whole fucking collapse and reset so I can get at least one good belly-laugh out of our present insanity.  Can't wait to see what us humans can come up with next.

I guess Ford really fucked up when they forgot obsolesence mantra.  

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:38 | 4768649 FEDbuster
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Memorial Day Sales EVENT!!  BooooooooooYaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 01:56 | 4768727 Oh regional Indian
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Supply side madness. 

The tectonic shift happening is a natural shift back to demand side everything.

Not easy. This kind of shit. Think how much easier to store all the other crap they manufacture which has nowhere to go.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 03:20 | 4768806 Manthong
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Heh heh,,

I have two cars..

They both are SUV’.s

They both are model year 2000.

Both have less than 55K miles.

I have owned over a dozen new cars.. off the lot.

Smart people do not buy new cars anymoar.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 05:51 | 4768874 Beery
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Truly smart people don't buy cars at all. Instead, they live close enough to their work so that they don't need to drive.

All a car is, these days, is a way to part a fool from a lot of his money.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:45 | 4768895 edotabin
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To not have that false sense of freedom and independence is unfathomable to me. I love being able to put the pedal to the metal in a 350+ HP car but be restricted to speeds far lower than its capability. The fact that I paid extra for those 350+ ponies means nothing of course. 

In my car, I can "decompress" from the stresses of the day while paying higher insurance, higher maintenance costs and probably traveling slower than I could walk because of the rush hour traffic jam. Not to worry though because my investment in my expensive car has earned me the right to watch it depreciate 30% when I drive it off the lot and I get to enjoy further depreciation each year. It has forced me to rely more on my job while advertising the carmaker's nameplate and making  the poor idiot next to me to want it even more. I have status damn it!



Sun, 05/18/2014 - 04:36 | 4770928 free_lunch
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If all cars that are not payed for with savings, but financed with loans would get off the road, trafic jams would be impossible..

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:57 | 4769313 trembo slice
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I think smart people are moving out of cities...

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 14:00 | 4769555 Seer
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"Smart" people do what's necessary.  "Cars" are tools.

Keep in mind that the POV subsidizes trucking, and that with far fewer POVs on the roadways trucking is going to have to pony up for more of the maintenance costs.  Tanslation: increased costs on good delivered; the non-auto world isn't going to be so "cheap" as you might think: cities are by their very nature unsustainable- I wouldn't be all that excited to experience that auto-free future, not in the short-to-medium term that is.

NOTE: I commuted to work for 5 straight years (only missing one day).  I used money "saved" to buy help buy Ag land: where I run a tractor and other fossil fuel sucking machinery (it's reality, for now).

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:18 | 4769345 free_lunch
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TTIP, where democracy goes to die..

The EU is currently negotiating a far-reaching free trade agreement with the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There are plans to enshrine extra powers for corporations in the deal as a result of a strong and persistent campaign by industry lobby groups and unscrupulous law firms to allow powerful corporations to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect profits.

The watchdog organization Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) states that EU member states could find domestic laws to protect the public interest quite useless as they become challenged in secretive, offshore tribunals where national laws have no weight and politicians no powers to intervene.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:57 | 4769010 TeamDepends
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Some forward thinking mover and shaker needs to visit these lots with a hammer and start bustin' all the windows. Fixed!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:30 | 4769060 DaddyO
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Channeling Krugman are we?


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:20 | 4769349 Cruel Aid
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lol yea the Krugman counter to Friedmans pencil story.

Destruction creates wealth... rotflmao

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 18:17 | 4769412 Quus Ant
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Didn't you know the machines came to life after earth passed through a comet's tail in 1986?  It's their world now.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:44 | 4768473 Patriot Eke
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But hey... GDP is positive! har har  Who wants to bet the government is paying for this?  I bet the manufacturers write those off as losses to avoid taxes at the least.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:40 | 4769160 SilverIsKing
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Actually, if they just tint the windows, these car parks can be transformed into the neighborhoods of the future. Like trailer parks with a little less space per family.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:49 | 4768488 MeMadMax
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What's up with the stupid bandwidth BULLSHIT????




Maybe they should switch to a different automotive selling model.


Like, instead of serially selling a new, crappy car model every year, sell a new, better engineered model every two/three years or so. That way, the engineers can relax a little and concentrate on making something good instead of freakin recycling the same shit over and over again because they don't have time to engineer something good...

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:52 | 4768495 zerozulu
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Only bankers are supposed to relax. Every body else, work work and work.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 01:10 | 4768693 Beam Me Up Scotty
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"Like, instead of serially selling a new, crappy car model every year, sell a new, better engineered model every two/three years or so."

Well, everything is built like shit now, not just cars.  Toasters, coffee machines, copper pipe, water heaters......everything you buy in Wal-Mart.......its all built to FAIL.  Talk about a Keynesian wet dream!!  If something lasts half as long, it really costs TWICE AS MUCH!!  I bet the CPI doesn't take that into account, does it!!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 02:04 | 4768739 Ignatius
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Sat, 05/17/2014 - 03:10 | 4768799 old naughty
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ghost cars to match ghost cities...

now all we need are the ghosts, no?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:39 | 4768981 No Quarter
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There'll be plenty of ghosts for those ghost cars and cities when this shithouse goes up in flames. 

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 02:47 | 4768782 StychoKiller
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I admit it, I'm to blame, I'm still driving my 1990 Dodge Dakota pickup.  Guess I'll have to go out and buy a thousand or so new cars for atonement.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:38 | 4768842 mrdenis
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I've got a 2000 Dodge PU... leftover purchased one week before 9/11 even got a 2K rebate .... 95K runs better every year ....I guess they built them too well .

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 15:56 | 4771717 Antifaschistische
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remember when cars were fun?  when did your own maintenance?  when a car was 1/2 car 1/2 hobby?  When it wasn't so freakin complicated you needed computers to figure out what was wrong with it?   When it wasn't so full of expensive BS crap!!

remember when you back into the cars behind you in the parking lot and bumped them and that's how you knew you couldn't go back any farther....with ZERO damage to either vehicle thanks to 3/16th formed plate steel and a great coat of chrome!   Now....$1,500.   

Remember when a headlight ws $14 at the auto parts place and you replaced it yourself in 4 minutes?  Holy Crap, it took my mechanic 45 minutes to replace my headlight...oh, and I found a used one on ebay for $500!!!!  What the hell!!!!   I'm sick of this!!!  

Buying a nice car today is like buying a huge liability!!...and I can afford any car I want.  but I still refuse.  Sorry need a new side view mirror!!  $500.   Need a new wheel!!  $800.   electric motor for your stupid rear window wiper!!   FREAKING RIP OFF.

What you're seeing parked in these lots is a consumer rebellion!!   A rebellion that says this crap has gotten way too expensive.

Seriously...a "SMART" car ought to cost about $6,000.  And they should figure out how to change the entire engine out in 30 minutes like an old Volkswagon.

Dig out the freaking engineering documents of the 1968 mustang and make the exact same car today.  The exact same car....and see if it sits around on a runway waiting for someone to buy it.   No frills, no electric windows, no seat heater, no CD/DVD, movie crap to plug a nintendo into.   Just the exact same car.  

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:50 | 4768493 zerozulu
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another cash for clunker in the making.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:20 | 4768620 daveO
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I recently read that the average used car price is now $17,000. Cash for Clunkers, part 2, ought to get that price over $20K! 

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:24 | 4768838 Wile-E-Coyote
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In the UK some dealerships are selling cars with no mileage on the clock as second hand cars, you can get up to 40% off the list price. They buy the cars themselves, register them so they can be sold on for a big discount. It's a numbers game for the dealership they get a bonus from the manufacturer for shifting units.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:45 | 4768991 No Quarter
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Yeah, and the govermnment gets all of those registrations fees 1.6x on a single new car. 

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 05:39 | 4768869 thecoloredsky
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maybe if they try hard enough, the used car price will surpass the new car price.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:27 | 4768966 Seahorse
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Everyone clicked that cars are now tax-collecting trojans. 

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:34 | 4769265 tarsubil
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No one buys cars with money anymore. That's what mortgages are for.

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:31 | 4771154 Antifaschistische
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How much of this, can be attributed in part to accounting rules, which allow the manufacturers to keep these "on the books" undepreciated? 

I'm not familiar enough with the accounting rules.  Are they forced to depreciate?   If they are not, that explains a lot.   They would be incentivized to sell at discounts before taking the depreciation hit.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:05 | 4768510 PT
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Don't they just lower the price on the cars so they can sell them?  No?  I didn't learn about that in economics class.
The govt can bail out the manufacturers but they can't bail out the buyers?  Whoops, I forgot about "cash for clunkers" (maybe because it happened to you guys - it didn't happen in my country).  Sounds like they didn't offer enough cash.  Or maybe there weren't enough clunkers.

So forget about your bullshit capitalist / communist arguments for a minute and look at what is there.  The cars have been built.  They're sitting there.  You gonna let them rust away because of some bullshit idealism?  "Oh, I can't accept being enriched by communism.  I have to stay a true, loyal slave to capitalism BUT I AM allowed to whinge about the "crony capitalists" taking advantage of their self-created communism!" 

Because it is really important for the slaves to work really hard and never enjoy the fruits of their labour, even while that fruit rusts away in car parks all over the world.

We build houses that no-one can afford to buy.  We build cars that no-one can afford to buy.  WE BUILT THE FUCKING THINGS!  THAT MEANS WE CAN "AFFORD" IT!  Oh, that means everyone has to do without because the price stickers on those cars don't match the pieces of paper in people's pockets.  Well, to me that tells me that the pieces of paper are lying.

When a tax-payer bails out a company and puts it on life support, you whinge that it is "communism".  Except it is not.  Because they didn't follow through.  It is only half-communism - which = theft.  The other half of communism - which EVERYONE conveniently forgets about - is distribution.  Your tax dollars paid for it?  Then you OWN A PART OF IT.  (Am I still talking about "communism"?  I've lost track and I don't care.  The labels just get in the way.  Are you going to argue that you don't own something that you paid for? )

Money itself, I don't care how others define it, is supposed to be proof that you did someone a favour and as such, are entitled to a proportionate favour from the rest of society BECAUSE YOU EARNT IT.  You paid your way.  300 million people, you did one 300 millionth of the production, you're entitled to one 300 millionth of the output.  Yes, go ahead and re-jigger it for hourly rates and level of skill and so forth, but when houses and cars remain empty while millions slave away for fuck-all in return,just so a bunch of shitheads can keep their undeserved wealth artificially high, THAT is a crime against humanity.  Not as bad as wearing a land-mine,  but still a cause of massive suffering.  Reminds me of some of the scenes near the end of Animal Farm where the animals discover the wealth that the pigs have been hiding.

Hmmm, not one of my better rants - a bit disjointed, but you should get the idea. 


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:48 | 4768579 ILLILLILLI
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Rust never sleeps...

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:23 | 4768625 daveO
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End the FED.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:39 | 4768654 nope-1004
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Throw Greenspan, Bernanke, and Mr. Yellen in jail.  I'll visit them, no worries.  Wouldn't want them to be lonely or anything.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:33 | 4768972 onthesquare
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jail is intended to rehabilitate.  These assholes are damaged bejond repair.  They should have been parked in a field and forgotten about at birth.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:10 | 4769029 PT
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Rehabilitation?  Now you got me thinking of this:

( You won't get it if you haven't seen the movie.  "Idiocracy" )

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:56 | 4769095 Tarshatha
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Great movie! I cannot imagine why the movie was soooooo suppressed.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:28 | 4768631 Eastwood Ravine
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That's an incredibly salient point. Taxpayers have bailed out the auto industry more than once, so where is the voucher for a shiney new car or truck?

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 00:09 | 4770726 mkkby
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Smart car companies will put a recycling plant right next to their assembly plant.  Out one door comes a shiny new car.  Out the next door comes scrap metal.  Krugman would be proud.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 01:25 | 4768708 walküre
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You make perfect sense. The labels are standing in the way of understanding and resolving the problems we're faced with. The statists are not interested in solving anything as long as they keep their status quo with benefits.

You are absolutely right. The few shitheads at the top are piling up all the while the masses down below keep running the rat race for the crumbs.

Keep up the good work. I like your style.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:44 | 4768990 onthesquare
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The problem comes from too many people wanting jobs and making a living.  Those days are over. 

Most cars are built by robots, mechanical robots, not flesh and blood robots.  Keep feeding the giant machine and we can turn out a car every minute.  1440 per day.  So says the factory man.  GM builds Suzuki's, Masda builds Fords, Mitsubishi builds Dodges, and so on.  They are all the same product. 

Most people do not own a car long enough to know how to operate the curise control or set the clock.  When you tell them that as soon as you pull that car off the lot its value goes down 25% plus and continues to dive, but they do not care because they have to get to work.

We have to understand the mentality of humans.  Most of us are short sighted and lead around by our peckers.  A new car or truck is an extension of our sex drive as are most things marketed these days.

If you build it they will buy it is over.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:56 | 4769008 No Quarter
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Interestingly, if you read the Auto sales and service trade journals, the next generation of car buyer on average, has no real interest in buying a car. The sex apeal for these kids is a shiny new Macbook Air or Iphone 5S. These kids are just as happy to ride a bus or share rides with a friend who does have a car. Of the ones who do buy a car, their top questions are 1) what does it do? ie- does it have built in wi-fi, apps, music tagging etc and 2) How fuel efficient is it.

These kids on average, don't care what it looks like, how fast it goes, status symbol (unless its a hybrid/electric car that fits into the environmental culture), or any of the other reasons we have traditionally bought cars. Gonna make it even tougher for the auto manufactures to keep this glut manufacturing going.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:43 | 4768844 mrdenis
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PT..... better said than most ......

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 07:21 | 4768917 Liberty2012
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Yes PT I get the rant :)

Shorter version
- money is work traded for work
- there will be a re-ordering of relative value
- a rose is a rosé by any other name (central planning = slavery)

Hang in there. The vast majority are decent people who help when they can.

Truth => Individual => Responsibility => Freedom

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:27 | 4777379 dangerdog
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uh...dumbass....the article is just a bunch of lies and half your research and save your rants for when you find a real injustice...think how great that will feel.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:25 | 4768547 PT
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Peak "prosperity that is hoarded away where no-one can touch it".

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:47 | 4768483 Supafly
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What if my car takes a ride without my permission?  Do I still have to pay the toll?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 08:22 | 4768962 onthesquare
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Car manufacturers need to engineer in obsolesense so the cars fall apart sooner.  Life expectancy of a vehicle should only be a few months.  This is rediculous; having a car last more than a year!


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:55 | 4768390 metastar
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Ghost cities require ghost autos. War will provide the ghosts.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:17 | 4768533 Ignatius
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When you can be seen from space you know you've 'made it'.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4768396 Joe Davola
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And GM pays people not to work, so it all evens out!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:04 | 4768509 More_sellers_th...
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Sat, 05/17/2014 - 02:17 | 4768748 theliberalliberal
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and one down arrow from the guy that needs to be fucked.

lamest attention whore ever that guy


he should pray to god to be less lame



Sat, 05/17/2014 - 02:24 | 4768761 Tsunami Wave
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Ugh seriously FOH already!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 07:44 | 4768939 Mareka
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I recently bought 2 used cars for my kids to drive and the prices are higher than I have ever seen them.

New car prices are high and the incentives are pathetic. 

So how does this correct?  Dump the new ones in the ocean to keep the prices up? 

Like building pyramids to keep the workforce busy.  Broken window theory on steroids.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 20:11 | 4770293 logicalman
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Cars have just become debt producers and tax collectors.

I was lucky to get to drive in the early 70s when it was still fun.

Gave up cars a few years ago, based on cost/benefit ratio.


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:20 | 4768313 Slave
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What a fucking monumental waste.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:02 | 4768505 holdbuysell
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Yeah, it is.

Forget misallocation of capital, this is a serious misallocation of energy, which is getting more expensive every day.

This is just another data point that supports the trend of serious deflation followed by hyperinflation and impoverishment as true demand collapes relative to supply, yet financial instruments demand continual growth.

The big print is still to come.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:34 | 4768564 max2205
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I guess the accounting rules have been suspended for car makers......that's good revenue don't you think? 

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 07:47 | 4768943 Mareka
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I am willing to park 4 in my driveway for free.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:18 | 4768536 PT
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We need names and addresses.  Those car parks look awfully full.  It must be terribly stressful and expensive to have all them cars sitting on prime land.  I want to find out if I can offer them "storage services", for a small fee of course.  And I'll promise to "test the engine and other systems" (nudge-nudge, wink-wink) you know - so the rubbers don't deteriorate - regularly but the company will have to pay for minor maintenance every now and then - just to keep the cars in tip-top condition of course...

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 01:29 | 4768711 walküre
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The manufacturers aren't interested in maintaining the cars. Heck, they may not even be interested in finding buyers for the units.

Deterioration is not a balance sheet issue for these new cars. They're on the balance sheets as produced, value added and allow the manufacturers to issue more and more bonds and seek more and more funding to keep running the gig.

I don't think there's an example like this anywhere in history. This is stupid in a class of its own.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 02:54 | 4768787 StychoKiller
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Methinks and enterprising chap could print out temporary license stickers, throw a gallon or two of gas in one of those cars and drive it away for free.  ain't no way someone is paying a watchman for all of those cars.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 22:46 | 4770560 Matt
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I'm sure they are all tracked and immobilized via OnStar.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:28 | 4769055 DaveyJones
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 07:14 | 4770993 Bro of the Sorr...
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i believe von mises made a point about credit expansion & lowering interest rates below the natural rate of interest. something about the misallocation of resources. i cant remember because im busy thinking of how many of those cars im going to steal when SHTF.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:00 | 4768249 Stackers
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Some of those pics are disingenuous. That Sheerness facility is a Roll-On Roll-Off ocean shipping terminal. It is very common for thousands of cars and vehicles to be pre-staged on those lots all the time.

Go to Google Maps, in Houston - I-610 and the ship channel bridge on east side of downtown. thousands upon thousands of cars. It has looked like that every time I drive by for the last 20+ years. They come on and off by the train and boat full.


A lot of those other pics are from 2009 .....

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:01 | 4768260 Son of Loki
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Now lets see, where did I park that baby?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:18 | 4768306 disabledvet
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Yeah that would suck. "I bought the red one with 4 banger and steel gray interior." HOLD ON! I THINK I FOUND IT!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:48 | 4768548 Ralph Spoilsport
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Here's the CSX Railroad vehicle unloading and storage facility in Jessup, Maryland. There's some empty lots shown when the Google shot was taken. They handle mostly Ford and GM vehicles. (Click Satellite View)

In better years, these lots were completely full. The incoming cars had to be taken to other facilities because the rail cars have to be unloaded no matter what or surcharges are levied.,-76.7893753,1379m/data=!3m1!1e3

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:34 | 4768894 negative rates
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Surcharges suck, people can't think for themselves anymore, they are surely doomed under this gvt.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:21 | 4768622 Ralph Spoilsport
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Agree 100% Stackers.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 05:37 | 4768867 reload
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And some makes are no longer producing vehicles without a buyer lined up. If you want a new car/commercial vehicle from The VAG group (VW/Audi/Skoda etc) you are unlikely to find it in the dealer network. When you place an order it takes 12-16 weeks and they have given up closing the factories for August. Cars from the VAG group come in to the UK at Sheerness or Humberside mostly.

But if you want something French or a uk made Jap vehicle like Nissan/Vauxhall  - different story entirely. Take your pick.


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:13 | 4769673 Harriet Wanger
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... and Google Maps might not change their pics for years, so it's no indication that the cars are still there.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:30 | 4768333 New World Chaos
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At some point, Government Motors and other companies will lobby to have the govt. buy the cars off them at full price.  The government will then give them to the FSA or maybe scrap them.  Can't sell a new car that's two years old, it's unsafe, please think of the children. 

The puppetmasters need to keep the whole planet on a treadmill to oblivion, slowly digesting all the Earth's resources and turning them into mountains of crap.  An economy based on artificial scarcity has more levers for elitist social control than an economy based on natural abundance.  It is also essential that the people dump their "cognitive surplus" (as the Rockefellers would call it).  Keep the people miseducated, keep them so busy on the hampster wheel that they have no time to think about why things are so fucked up.  Run them ragged with endless stupid shit.  When they get home, they will just want to zonk out in front of reality TV instead of working on a long term escape plan.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:03 | 4768408 AUD
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If the premise of this article is correct then the motor companies must be already effectively selling the cars to government through bailouts, subsidies, tax breaks etc etc. How else can the motor companies not already have gone under?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 20:14 | 4770297 logicalman
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I think you might be onto something here..

If the banks can do it, why not the auto industry?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:04 | 4773412 fallout11
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When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Car manufacturers cannot stop making cars, or they fold. So bankster money papers 'em over, paying to build windows to smash, keynesianism at its finest.
That which cannot go on forever will not. 

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:30 | 4768330 TahoeBilly2012
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I am trying to buy one of these, a Ford Transit Van (made in Europe) for my business, which is booming, okay it hasn't always been...and with my 665 credit score, the Jew computers in NY won't even qualify me with $5K down! If they can't sell me one of the tin cans, they are FUCKED!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:37 | 4768896 negative rates
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You just missed it, a 667 or 668 would have put you over the top, I guess you guys are fucked, grim indeed.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:09 | 4768886 Bloody Muppet
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Same pictures, just a different author. This article is rubbish, those cars are waiting for import/export and have already been sold to the dealerships.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 18:38 | 4786725 Franktastic
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whos pulling your strings?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 23:01 | 4770603 monoloco
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Time for another cash for clunkers program.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:43 | 4775831 wrong way
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... except, uhm.. these pictures *ARE* from 2009! 

Google is your friend 

If you use Chrome... RightMouse over picture -> search Google for this image. You will find lots of hits, unfortunately for this article they point to pictures from 2009. 

Here is one...

Tyler(s), C'mon man! You can do better than recyling this crap. 


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:43 | 4775832 wrong way
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... except, uhm.. these pictures *ARE* from 2009! 

Google is your friend 

If you use Chrome... RightMouse over picture -> search Google for this image. You will find lots of hits, unfortunately for this article they point to pictures from 2009. 

Here is one...

Tyler(s), C'mon man! You can do better than recyling this crap. 


Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:04 | 4768248 philipat
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Of course, if we had normal accounting standards (Remember GAAP.....HAhhahahah) these cars would be treated as a downward adjustment to sales, because they have already been booked as sales when shipped to dealers, which would then encourage the most sensible solution: PRODUCE LESS, because the sales line takes a hit either way so at least save cost and produce less. Yet another example of how central planning distorts everything and results in the misallocation of capital.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:34 | 4768344 ebear
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Grand Theft Bandwidth!

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:00 | 4768595 Leveraged Algorithm
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This is fucking unbelievable - sometimes I feel on a virgin on ZH....

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:38 | 4768652 Borrow Owl
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You can feel on a virgin on ZH?

How do I access this feature?


Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:10 | 4768887 Bloody Muppet
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Grope yourself?


Sorry, couldn't help it.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:49 | 4768230 kito
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Tyler should at least give fonz a h/t for posting this same article. Tyler, start giving your commenters credit where credit is due

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:03 | 4768270 NoDebt
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If Fonz isn't one of the Tylers already, maybe they should offer him a job.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:21 | 4768314 kito
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Fonz pulls up alot of stuff that tyler subsequently uses. Either tyler is skanking fonz or fonz is a tyler who field tests for zh....

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:18 | 4768513 Fíréan
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See photo 1 of 13 , titled : "Nissan has announced plans to cut its Sunderland workforce by 1,200. Thousands of unsold cars are stored around the factory's test track"

 above article is dated  Friday 16 January 2009 15.22 GMT

Same photo posted at website quoted here at ZeroHedge, may 2014

UPDATE: Currently May 16th, 2014, all of these cars at the Nissan Sunderland test track have disappeared?


Well, they've had five years to clear it !


how many more of these photos are recycled from a Guardian story of five years ago ?






Sat, 05/17/2014 - 06:11 | 4768888 Bloody Muppet
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All the same photos, just different authors.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:59 | 4768257 Crawdaddy
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I guess I can't bitch too much since I'm using my neighbor's wireless at the moment. He has better connectivtiy when i am in my backyard. Plus, its funny he'll be the one to get NSA logged for googlin big boobies. It is funny, not because he is 88, it is because he doesn't know what google is.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:17 | 4768302 tempo
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EBT means no food lines. Student aid hides the youth unemployment. Ca has lowest unemployment rate in 8 years since we ignore those who drop out of the market and live off entitlements. Hide all problems.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:15 | 4768426 nasdaq99
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sorry, but the writer is incapable of comprehending the scale of the auto biz.  this happens at every single port in the world.  grow up.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 22:58 | 4768498 JLee2027
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Run a lottery, 5-20 bucks a ticket, whatever, geez. That'll move them real quick.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:28 | 4769056 doctor10
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this would answer the question.

It would appear that since 2008 people are driving abt 2/3rds less.  My own driving miles per yr are down 50% from then

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:37 | 4769153 snodgrass
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Solution! Just like Obamaphones - give them away to the poor for free along with their Obamacare. They can double as cheap housing.

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:38 | 4769273 Peanut Butter E...
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I guess no body will notice if they missing a car or two in one of those giant parking lot.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:07 | 4768137 Terminus C
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Wow, none of those images worked...

Big sign on each one that says:


Don not hotlink images and steal bandwidth...

Wondering if that is just me.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:19 | 4768168 Tinky
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Yes, it's just you. I'd advise replacing your Commodore 300 modem.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:58 | 4768255 Antarctico
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Yes, it's just you. I'd advise replacing your Commodore 300 modem.

All pics look good on my Kaypro 4!

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:06 | 4768275 NidStyles
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Both of you quit it, I am feeling old reading those posts..

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:22 | 4768178 unwashedmass
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here's what's going on in baltimore. stunning.,-76.5343007,1...!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c80115441ce127:0x6a5c35605cdf16b9

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 23:37 | 4768567 Ralph Spoilsport
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Actually, that's not very crowded at all. I've seen these lots completely full in the past as well as the CSX lots in nearby Jessup. These are cars offloaded from a RORO ship waiting to be loaded onto a railcar or over-the-road car carrier. The Baltimore GM plant was dismantled years ago so there's no other reason for them to be at this location.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:08 | 4768139 navy62802
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WTF is up with the "WARNING, DO NOT HOTLINK IMAGES AND STEAL BANDWIDTH?" Looks very strange.

And what is

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!