Dear Crabby, Are you Going to the Last Detroit Winter Auto Show?

Dear Crabby, Are you Going to the Last Detroit Winter Auto Show?

Sincerely, Nu Carr


Dear Nu,

No. I love cars, new and old, I’ve been driving since Mr. Ford rolled the Model T off the assembly line … well, almost … but a Winter drive to Detroit – no thank you. I don’t mind the drive, it’s the parking, walking, weather, people, lines, overpriced items, crowds, and the prices of the new cars – seriously, who can afford a new car?

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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been before. That’s how I know what to expect. There are some fine dealerships here in the Rochester Hills area where I can look-see all I want, test drive, and whatnot. I don’t have to go to Detroit, in the winter. Sure, the new cars and their spokespeople are fun to see, hear, and watch … as the temptation to buy is thrown out to the audience. Since I never buy new, seeing all the 2019 technology is like me getting a glimpse into the future – say 10 years down the road – for the next used car I may buy.

Even Autorama, which comes in March, still has lines, crowds of people, and expensive snacks. At least I can stroll down memory lane with some old cars on display. But I don’t go to that too often either. There are plenty of car shows in the area, in the summer, close to home, which makes much more sense to me.

Do you need a reminder of the difference between the Auto Show and Autorama?

However, when they move the North American International Auto Show to Summer in 2020, I’ll reconsider. It may seem new again … and in better weather. I hear they’ll be adding test drives and some outdoor displays. So, until next year, I’ll window shop online and nearby in person. But if you go, let me know what I should buy in 2029?

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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