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"they could have bought second hand old small cars at a couple thousand euros... "

Well, those are the upfront costs. But a car is expensive without them: insurance, parking, petrol, repairs. And those last two marginal costs are worse for a second hand car than for a new one (although small is always better indeed).

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 30th, 2008 at 07:26:37 AM EST
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And these are the costs that force them to sell their second one ; having two cars in itself is not a mark of wealth, was my point. There are plenty of poorer-than-middle-class people able to own a car per adult - more so in the countryside than in urban settings.

In les Ulis, this couple is possibly renting an apartment, maybe even social housing, and that Parisian suburb doesn't have great transportation - cars are quite useful.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Wed Apr 30th, 2008 at 07:54:14 AM EST
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