THESE 10 CARS HAVE THE HIGHEST DEALER MARKUPS OVER MSRP
It's no secret that many cars aren't exactly affordable today, as new vehicles had an average sticker price of $42,645 in June. And for certain makes and models of cars, it doesn't stop there — hefty markups are still tormenting today's buyers. Dealers tacked on an average of $4,000 in markups to vehicle Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices in June, bringing the average price up 8.5% to $46,265, according to automotive research firm iSeeCars.com. But some vehicles are getting marked up by as much as 17 to 30%.
It's part of an affordability crisis that has car payments averaging more than $700 this year and more than 17% of consumers paying more than $1,000 a month (process quoted are US$), according to Edmunds. But even with increasing interest rates, rising monthly payments, and more car loan rejections, there's still strong demand for new vehicles.
Average Selling Price
% above MSRP
Jeep Wranger Unlimited
Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
Lexus RX 350h
Every mile you drive, the more wear you put on your car. Of all the consumables on your vehicle, tires are arguably the most susceptible to the environment around them. It works both ways, however, as studies show tires are actually just as environmentally impactful as the emissions coming out of tailpipes worldwide. Microscopic tire particles are shed into the air with every mile, as 2022 studies claimed that levels of rubberized airborne pollutants were actually growing above that of tailpipe emissions. Additionally, a preservative chemical found in nearly every road-going tire known as 6PPD has been previously linked to devastating water pollution, specifically the killing of mass populations of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. And indigenous tribes, in particular, have been adversely affected by this chemical runoff, resulting in years of reduced fishing and the pollution of entire hatcheries.
That's why three tribes—the Yurok, Port Gamble S'Klallam, and Puyallup—have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit the manufacturing, processing, use, and distribution of 6PPD in and for tires. Spanning from Northern California to the Canadian border in Washington, these tribes claim such pollution actually violates their sovereign fishing and hunting rights. "To see 6PPD-q kill the salmon that are reared in the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's own streams and from its own hatchery is an unconscionable slap in the face to a people who rely on salmon for their wellbeing, in addition to being a gross violation of the Tribe's rights as enshrined in the 1855 Treaty of Point No Point," said Josh Carter, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's environmental scientist. "If EPA truly cares about protecting the environment and the Tribe's Treaty Rights, not just industry's pocketbooks, it will act now."
Working with legal-nonprofit Earthjustice, the tribes assert that regulating the chemical is the EPA's duty under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which requires the EPA to ban or regulate chemicals that pose unreasonable risks to human health or the environment.
Additionally, the petition says the agency should order phase-outs of existing tires using 6PPD on the fastest practicable timeline. Notably, the Department of Toxic Substances Control in California and the European Chemicals Agency have previously labeled 6PPD as a harmful additive for human interaction.
NEXT ROADBLOCK FOR ELECTRIC CARS: EARLY ADOPTER ERA IS OVER
Early adopters fueled the initial spike in electric vehicle (EV) sales, but the next wave of consumers — the more price-sensitive "early majority" — is proving to be more elusive. Mainstream shoppers aren't willing to pay a huge premium over conventional gas-powered vehicles, in part because they're still apprehensive about charging an electric car and they think better EVs are coming.
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