Where Have All the Bad Cars Gone? – The Skinny With Craig Cole

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where have all the bad cars gone the skinny with craig cole

A strange thing has happened over the past few decades: An entire breed of automobile has quietly gone extinct and few people seem to have noticed.

The American market has lost an important class of vehicle. Bad cars have all disappeared. I’m talking about the clunkers, lemons, and crap cans that enthusiasts talk about in sensationalized revulsion.

Now that we’re a decade and a half into the 21st century, it’s basically gotten to the point where you can’t buy a bad car. And while this is great news for consumers, it’s also kind of depressing.

Back in the dark ages when cars fell apart immediately after leaving the dealership, there was so much more to say about them; today we gripe about Bluetooth that’s slow to pair or unintuitive climate controls, and that’s about it. When bad cars were readily available, vehicle recommendations were that much more powerful and important.

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In America, you can practically count on one hand the list of awful models to truly avoid. Other than this tiny group of not-so-great models, you’re pretty much safe going with anything, which is SOOOOOO BORING!

For more on this opinion, make sure to check out the video embedded above. What do you think are the most terrible cars are available on the market today? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 19, 2016

    buddy of mine just rented a Corolla. vague on-center steering, all the road noises you want, can't tell if it was a transaxle or CVT