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Where Automakers Stash Unsold Cars

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the put-one-in-my-closet dept.

Idle 17

The steep decline in worldwide car sales has caused automakers to stash over-produced cars in some interesting places. From right outside the factory, to holding lots at ports and even test tracks, the over-production problem is starting to catch up with manufacturers.

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Ha-Ha! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26551483)

Your fuel inefficient cars are not being sold! /Nelson

Re:Ha-Ha! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26598123)

You do know that the automobiles shown in the picture are Nissans, right?

When I saw the image... (1)

Laser_iCE (1125271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26554157)

I first thought of a one of the many Crysis [youtube.com] barrel explosion clips, and decided to post this one purely because of the sound track.

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26557255)

Ok fine, you can park one to two cars on my driveway free of monetary charge. I will even make sure that the engine runs fine everyday, again free of monetary charge.

This is not good (3, Insightful)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#26558855)

If the photo is truly of stored cars, hope you don't buy one of the ones parked on the grass! Storage like that is certain to cause corrosion to under-body parts and moisture in the transmission & engine. Even worse is the mention of storage at ports...salt spay is even worse on cars.

Re:This is not good (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#26558885)

LOL...of course I meant "salt spray". (I blame my over-dependence on the Mac's spell-checking.)

Re:This is not good (1)

toddestan (632714) | more than 5 years ago | (#26568599)

Not to mention mice and other critters if the cars manage to sit there long enough.

Re:This is not good (3, Informative)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#26570075)

Oh, yes! I once had friend who had a field mouse do unspeakable acts to an intake system of a stored car. Not to mention squirrels and their hiding habits! Cars should not be stored outside long-term. These cars might end no better than the flood-damaged cars from Katrina and the Mississippi floods of years past.

Re:This is not good (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26585229)

I was thinking "This is not good" ment the global economy is in serious deep shit!!! And it is. This story will be one of many canaries to die in the mine.

Proves nothing (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 5 years ago | (#26559045)

Port of Baltimore would have cars packed like that in huge parking lots during the boom years.

Re:Proves nothing (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 5 years ago | (#26567141)

Local to me, the parking lot of a large amusement park has always been used by the neighboring Ford plant to store vehicles in the park's offseason.

no handbrake!! (1)

rapiddescent (572442) | more than 5 years ago | (#26560839)

do you think the car at 7'oclock on the big corner was parked without applying the handbrake? it looks like it has rolled backwards down the hill.

Yay for taxes! (3, Insightful)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#26585881)

So instead of lowering prices to balance demand, they stockpile their goods, layoff their workforce, and petition for a bailout. What do you do when a business only serves their management? Pay them more money of course, God bless America!

Re:Yay for taxes! (1)

ltkije (635596) | more than 5 years ago | (#26597985)

Interesting! a) 3 of the 16 pictures are of cars made by American companies, if you count the Jaguars (Ford) and separately count two pics of pickup trucks, b) the racetrack image is from a Nissan plant in the UK, and 3) Slashdot readers once again race to conclusions. Unless, of course, the parent poster thinks American bailout policy should follow the lead of American manufacturing policy.

Re:Yay for taxes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26598251)

He does have a point about companies stockpiling their goods and laying off their workforce instead of just lowering their prices to sell their production. If I had a company, I'd rather have no profits at the end of the year (once everything is paid off and everybody got their paycheck) than being in the red with a huge stock of unsold inventory.

This "we must grow or we'll die" business mentality is wrong on so many levels.

Car Event Horizon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26601707)

This reminds me of Frogstar B. (or Brontitall, if you will.) And the "Shoe Event Horizon"

http://www.csua.berkeley.edu/~dxu/econ/shoe.html [berkeley.edu]

Give them away for free (1)

Dude23 (1466815) | more than 5 years ago | (#26688633)

They would be better off giving them away for free or at least for very cheap to poor people. At least the dealers might make a bit off the maintenance and repairs and at least the cars would not sit there rotting. What a total waste.
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