Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never usedIn my world - the corporate world - if an employee lost a car - one - he'd be fired.
By Chris Tutor, Autoblog
Have you ever bought a brand new cars [sic] 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.
The county, as you probably guessed, is looking into how it lost so many cars. [link]
This being government, however, the "loss" of three hundred vehicles will be little more than chatter at lunchtime.
And the mayor will soon be pleading poverty.
My God. My God.