Hey utopia isn't going to set itself up. We have to be the ones who get it done. By get it done I mean trust the politicians, they totally know what they are doing, from the top down. I can see we are well on our way to this dystopian, err I mean utopian reality right now!
Congrats on getting a new vehicle without too much pain.
So how long will it be before you can take delivery on the Ford and flip it to Carvana?
Flipping the GMC might still give you the better spread.
Your reference to Mig Pilot is genuine:
I can remember when I did an "externship" for several months at a hospital just north of Detroit in the suburbs, not far from "Wide Track Boulevard". This was in the late 70's and the hospital was being visited by an envoy with other people from Russia. After a tour of the facilities that included the patients' rooms and ICU they said, "That was all very nice but please show us where the average person, the "proletariats" receive their healthcare."
We don't notice the malaise producing bureaucracy as much today because it all simply gets bundled into the prevailing COVID fatigue. It is much easier to blame a microbe than for people to take responsibility for unsustainable strategies.
It was St. Joe's in Pontiac, just south of the loop at the end of Woodward Avenue. As a student I also served at Wayne County General and Henry Ford Hospital. All were excellent in their delivery of health care and would have made the Russian envoy envious.
Smart move, Mr. Baruth. If any vehicle was ever meant to be “just an appliance”, surely a pickup truck would be it. Interesting point about your new truck’s modest width. And kudos for pointing out the utter fragility and hubris of “just in time” sourcing, outsourcing, subcontracting, etc., all of which amount to wage suppression, and eventually enraged working people when their jobs and prospects are “offshored”. No wonder so many people are angry at the folks who have been listening to Friedman and the gospel of neo-liberalism — like the Clintons, the Davos set, merchant bankers, captains of industry, etc. I like the idea of more self-sufficient manufacturing for a lot of reasons, not just disaster-proofing. Even in-house cleaners are happier, do a better job, and are better consumers and taxpayers than out-sourced contract staff.
To answer the question you only hinted at, your F150’s motor was being held up by unhappy workaday Canadians blocking the border — whipped into a rage on Facebook and co-ordinated via Twitter, amplified by Russian democracy-eating bots and trolls, and paid for to some extent by activists in your country. Fortunately, a mix of local and provincial police forces were finally able to slow-walk the Flu Trucks Clan off the borders and out of Ottawa and now we can go back to being the obedient auto-making branch plant we have been since the Autopact was signed back in 1965. FWIW, it is often cheaper to build cars in Canada, depending on the exchange rate, of course, because even though the wages can be higher, the automaker does not have to shell out for employees’ private health insurance plans — the province’s general revenues and money transferred from the feds fund the main public health care plan, and only side benefits like eye care, dental, and, say, remedial hockey or curling lessons are provided by the employer.
Because an inchoate mob of people angry about a dozen unrelated things was still milling about right there in Windsor and no-one wanted a re-occupation, so they waited for people to simmer down and disperse. Or do you have a more convincing reason? Your question suggests that the border shut-down did not really affect manufacturing, which would be troll-factory disinformation. But surely you don’t mean that.
Actually till the shortage the WT was able to be had for $19,000 as I shopped them in San Diego for a family member.
Yet many say they never could find a cheap truck?
My take was based on you bought the most expensive GMC mid size from GM. A wise choice as I also own a Denali myself.
If you are fine with your choice no reason to defend it. In my observation it injustice my opinion right now that it is just the most horrible time to buy a vehicle.
We just bought the wife an Acadia Denali last July. We got around $8,000 off sticker. Also got a major trade in price too. It really was a good time to move.
Today that same dealer has a market adjusted price of $3,000 added to it.
I really don’t think you a fool as that is just the saying. But I do feel this was not a good deal and I would have tried six ways to Sunday even for a temporary option.
You may not of had any but in my case I know I could work a couple.
Right now they are solid on price but if you go to trade Laura GMC in IL often has deals worth driving there for.
Don’t let my post bother you. It is just another opinion like all here. Like you I’m not always right either.
Kia is unobtainium, with $10K packs, if they magically appear. Except for the doggy CVT Toyota, they drive the same. The Pacifica has actually been a pleasant surprise, if it holds together, I may change my opinion of this other import (built in Canada with Mexican parts, by a French / Italian company). Walter must be spinning in his grave.