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Don't Waste Your Money: Speedometers misleading on new cars

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We're all familiar with inflation: rising prices at the grocery store, fast food restaurants, and other businesses. This year there's a new type of inflation some customers are noticing: speedometers on new cars.

Today's new cars get much better gas mileage than those of a decade ago and are much safer, too. But do they really go that much faster?

The Detroit Free Press writes that many new car speedometers now max out at 160 to 180 mph, which approaches NASCAR speed. That's up from 110 a few years ago, and just 85 back during the 1980s. The report says it gives drivers the mistaken illusion their cars are incredibly powerful, even though most passenger cars are set to max out at 110 mph for safety reasons.

From the doesn't that stink file is why police say these new speedometers lead to speeding. Nowadays, highway speeds look slow on many dashboards because they're not even at the halfway mark.

Sure, there's nothing wrong with a speedometer that shows 160 mph when a car can't possibly go that speed, but some consumer groups call it false advertising and worry it encourages people to drive at excessively high speeds.

So keep that in mind while you are car shopping so you don't waste your money.

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