April 29, 2012

Yes, these are the kind of people I want in charge of my healthcare [Darleen Click]

I mean, if government can “misplace” 300 new cars for five years …

Have you ever bought a brand new cars only to forget where you put it? How about 300 of them? Probably not – unless you’re Miami-Dade County, which was recently reunited with 298 vehicles it bought brand new between 2006 and 2007.

The county “discovered” this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.

Looking to save some face, the county has rushed at least 123 of the hybrids into service. The Toyota warranty covered the hybrid bits for eight years or 100,000 miles, but we’re not sure if that covers cars parked for five of those eight. We’re also not sure what that much time in Miami heat and humidity does to an unused hybrid powertrain, but it can’t be good.

h/t David Burge

Posted by Darleen @ 5:09pm

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Comments (6)

  1. We’re talking about $6 million here, you know. For some of us that sounds like real money.

  2. How long before MSNBC reports that a new study out of Miami shows hybrid cars pollute much less than expected.

  3. There’s an original ‘The Farm‘ in Summertown, TN, still going strong. Most of the ‘real’ locals near Summertown think these people are, well, freaks.

    The Farm is a human scale, full featured settlement founded by Stephen Gaskin, and 320 San Francisco hippies in 1971 as an experiment in sustainable, developmentally progressive human habitat. Being “full featured,” it has all of the usual implements of village life–grocery store, medical clinic, filling station, schools, water systems, pharmacy, post office, cemetery, and scores of businesses and residences. Being “sustainable,” it attempts–in all aspects–to harmlessly integrate human activities into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future. Being “developmentally progressive,” it has a history of constantly pushing the envelope of what is economically feasible or even possible. While failures are an integral part of the experimental process, The Farm’s successes are numerous and dramatic.

    Yes, it’s ‘successful’: starting with 320 hippies, now at 200. That’s sustainability, folks.

    There’s also a larger, growing population of Amish folk living nearby, FWIW.

  4. Pikers. I’d like to think that here in KC, an enterprising member of our criminal class public servant would have figured out a way to profit from those vehicles…

  5. Remember all the parked, flooded buses in New Orleans?