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Interesting read...

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Before the advent of air bags, only 8 percent of damaged cars were totaled. Today, the figure is nearly 20 percent and rising.

And then there's aluminum. At least five cars come with all-aluminum bodies and frames, including the Audi A8, Acura NSX, Honda Insight, Mercedes CL, and the new Jaguar XJ8. So far, few body shops are authorized to fix these cars. For example, only 13 body shops nationwide can do repairs on the XJ8. ... The total investment in training and tools to run an aluminum-body repair shop can run as much as $200,000.


They've already raised rates on cars with xenon headlights.

Twenty years ago, repair manuals for certain cars were 100 or so pages long. Now, they hold over 1 million pages and are available only electronically
 

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Well, my dealer mentioned a few weeks ago that Lotus had just asked for $25k to send over "tools and stuff"; obviously not getting into bodywork kind of material, just Elise-specific tools, meters, etc. "Stuff" is supposed to include oodles of watches, shirts, etc. - merch we've been lined up since Fall '03 to get a chance to buy. :p
 
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