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There are thousands of variations to the story but this sums it up:
There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later his company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multi-million dollar machines. They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine fixed, but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of their problems in the past. The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and proudly stated, "This is where your problem is." The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $10,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded briefly: One chalk mark......................$1 Knowing where to put it........$9,999 It was paid in full and the engineer retired in peace
@graphicguy said: How many shades of silver can a car company possibly come up with?
Audi has a few shades of silver:
@abacomike said: oldfarmer50 said:
"Maybe it has something to do with that Southeast Regional monopoly distribution system where cars come loaded up with expensive add-ons. I understand that if you're looking for a cheap car down south you shop elsewhere"
Southeast Toyota is owned by the JM FAMILY ENTERPRISES (Jim Moran who started with a huge Ford Dealership in Chicago). They are located in Deerfield Beach Florida. They also own JM Lexus, highest volume Lexus dealership in the world.
They have 10 acres of new cars on their lots. But I have never heard that they over-equip their cars for higher profit margins. Where did you hear that, Oldfarmer?
I recall in other threads here at Edmunds' complaints of SET adding required accessories and mop and glow to all their cars which raised the prices when compared to other parts of the country.
Wrapping a car is about $1500.
Wouldn't it be ironic if the union is voted in and VW then decides to go to Mexico because of the lack of incentives. "Sorry Tennessee. We were ready to spend $3 billion here in Chattanooga and hire another 3,000 people but Mexico made us a better offer."