Problem solved with my six-year-old car that needed $2000 worth of work. I got rid of it… along with the domestic automaker that had begged for another chance and blew it.
I bought a vehicle that’s new. To me. It’s two years old, 22-thousand miles. Someone else took care of the depreciation for me.
It’s got all the bells and whistles I want. But it’s missing an ashtray. (Oh no, Gerry, you’re not smoking again are you? No. No I am not. Don’t even have the slightest desire.)
Even though I don’t smoke, I miss the ashtray. It was still good for gum wrappers and other little bits of trash. And if I have a smoker in the car, I still offer the option, though no one has taken me up on the offer. (What? I’m gonna tell my mother, “Those things can kill you?”)
So carmakers have taken a stand against smoking by arbitrarily removing the ashtray. Fine.
But why is some premium safety equipment still an option?