Thank you for your book. I abused your holiday price and picked up my dad a copy for Christmas. Shh don't tell him.
One question for you, do you guys drive minivans down in Argentina and how have they held up post economic collapse? The damn things are so practical and useful I was just curious if they held up. There’s not much for evasive maneuvers but parts are cheap and they are built like tanks.
Hi, of course we have minivans here and they are popular.
It’s interesting that you brought this up because the reason for their popularity is relevant to what we discuss in this blog.
Pickup trucks that are so popular in USA are also easily found here and cars like the Toyota Hilux are a bit of a status vehicle, besides being a good tough truck..
The problem though, is that for work exclusive use, unless you absolutely need the 4x4 capability you may have more economic options.
1)First of all is price, nice pickup trucks and double cabin trucks are terrific, but they are also expensive.
2)Vans and Minivans are also more cost effective in terms of mileage since they sue up less gasoline. They have smaller engines, 1.4 cc or so. BIG consideration when you cut down expenses during a recession.
3)Spare parts and repairs tend to be cheaper. The guy with the pickup, he may use it or not for work. The guy driving a van is mostly considered a working guy with less money. So its not just parts being cheap, mechanics are likely to charge less.
4) This is a key issue. Common pickups have open beads, and this is just impossible in cities or towns where crime has become a significant problem. Some Americans may not give much consideration to this. I’ve seen how in Texas people just leave stuff there, go to a store and back not even checking if the toolbox they had there in the back was stolen. Forget about doing that in Argentina. It’s simply not possible, even in red lights you’d get stuff stolen. That’s why you see lots of Dodge Sprinters and Fiat Fiorino light cargo vehicles. They have the capacity, and they keep merchandize within the vehicle.
|Sprinters are commonly used for Commuting|
5) Vans are also used a lot for transportation. A notch above ordinary public transportation, vans with AC carry passengers comfortably seated and the middle class will often pay for that bit of life quality. They can’t afford the gas prices or parking expenses any more, but they’ll pay a few more bucks to commute comfortably.
These are some of the reasons why vans like Fiorinos and Splinters are so popular here,