June 01, 2007


Fridays are sure slow.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 1, 2007 10:55 AM

Tell me again what is good for taking sticky tape off glass?

We were told to leave the windows alone for a day while all the caulk cured. Now those tags need to come off.

Posted by: Janis Gore at June 1, 2007 11:16 AM

WD-40 and a flat razor blade works well, or you could use Goof Off Goo Remover, or Goo Gone.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 1, 2007 11:49 AM

I have a question for Dr. Possum, if he isn't on vacation in Belize.

What will the battery requirements of hybrid cars do to the trade-value and pre-owned market for those cars?

Posted by: Janis Gore at June 1, 2007 01:00 PM

He's at a gynecological device convention in Omaha this week.

My opinion is that once reality arrives and people start having to replace those hi-tech batteries or otherwise scrap a usable vehicle due to the cost of replacement (~$2,000 to $4,000), people are going to be all up in arms about it.

It's not so much the overall lifespan, the batteries are warranted to around 100,000 miles and 8 years or so, and by that time, most people aren't looking to recoup much, if any, resale value or trade-in value. But for people who are only maybe into five years or so of ownership and want to keep the cars, and they happen to bend it in a wreck or something else unforeseen happens to that battery, I'm thinking they might be upset. Bad word of mouth on cost of ownership can have an undesirable effect on potential new buyers.

Then again, some people just don't care. It's like all those people who suffer with all the incredibly expensive mechanical foibles of exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis, simply because they are a projection of a lifestyle. Same thing with hybrids--some people don't care if they never recoup any money through fuel savings or the things don't make economic sense--they signal the driver as a Person Who Cares About the Environment. Despite facts to the contrary.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 1, 2007 01:32 PM