April 27th, 2012, 02:04 PM #1
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Miami-Dade's got hundreds of them: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.
The county, as you probably guessed, is looking into how it lost so many cars. The leading theory is that they might be part of Carlos Alvarez's time as mayor. He was the mayor during the period the Toyotas were purchased, but a 2011 recall election successfully removed him from office. Apparently the voters "felt, among other reasons, that he had been behind multiple acts of misappropriation of funds."
We've tried to contact Toyota to see what kind of warranty support these cars will get but haven't had any luck so far. We'll update with their response.I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. --J.S. Mill
April 27th, 2012, 02:13 PM #2
What a minute. I had a friend in FL that ordered those. He said that he ordered 500 of them.
May 3rd, 2012, 03:26 PM #3
I thought this would get some play time in the IMO forum.
I wonder how one loses hundreds of cars. that has to take up some realestate. Does the government have some parking lot they are renting that they never visit?
Not only are they spending millions of our tax dollars to buy cars they obviously don't need but they apparently have a place they park said vehicles that they don't need either but I am sure they are paying to rent.
May 3rd, 2012, 03:48 PM #4
It was probably a department that was under budget, and had to spend it quickly so the next year's budget wasn't cut.
This goes on all the time with less visible things - software, printers, electronic toys for employees, etc.
It gets back to the public sector's utter disrespect for taxpayer money.
I'm surprised this made it into print."The world burns while Obama Tweets."
May 3rd, 2012, 03:51 PM #5
I understand the end of the year buying spree to insure next year you get more money. I even understand that someone may have been booted next election so the cars went un-noticed. What i don't understand is how they make Rent payment on a facility that is not visited for years, Why they pay insurance and licencing fees year after years on vehicles that don't move...
May 4th, 2012, 02:16 AM #6
The bigger government is, the more checks and other payments are "auto authorized". IOW, the checks go out and get cashed, and no one bothers to even give a rat's ass where the money went.
Florida has a 70 billion dollar budget. No one knows where all the money is going. It's too big, so they break the state responsibilities up into departments. Once a contract is authorized, checks are printed until someone tells them to stop.
Why should they care, it's not their money."The world burns while Obama Tweets."
May 4th, 2012, 08:11 AM #7
It is not a problem that is insurmountable, government is already departments. Department heads should monitor where money goes. Directors and higher should monitor and spot check managers spending.
May 4th, 2012, 08:52 AM #8
Should-a/Would-a/Could-a ....same ol broken record.The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
May 4th, 2012, 09:24 AM #9
I wonder how much government costs if people actually did their jobs cut out redundancy and tried to get the best value products and service.
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