Monday, September 29, 2008

Western cars

I've been surprised to see at least a few Western cars. My neighbor owns a Jeep cherokee, and I've seen at least one other Jeep driving around, as well as a Chevy Astro van and a giant Dodge Ram. European cars are decently popular, though. I see Mercedes (there is a dealership across the street) and Volkswagens all over. There is a Volvo dealership a short walk from the house as well, but I'm yet to see one on the road anywhere. I pass three Suzuki dealerships on the 40 minute walk to city hall. It is a rarity to see cars that aren't well polished and extremely shiny...anywhere. People here take good care of their vehicles at least superficially.

This is my neighbor's Jeep Cherokee.


arashisora said...

Hey, I'm a student in Dr. Nussel's modern Japan class this semester and I might have an answer to the 'shiny car' phenomenon. According to my friend Satsuki there's a law that you have to get a new car every so many years because used cars are a safety hazard. She was always so shocked to see the junk cars driving around Ft. Wayne. Of course this was about 6 years ago so the rules may have changed. ^_^

clueless gaijin said...

I have heard something similar to that before, but I didn't think of it. I'll ask around and see what I can find out.