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Ecuador Car Prices & Perception


Here is a lesson about Ecuador car prices and how we can gain or lose from perception.

First, you may be surprised to find that the cost of an Ecuador car overall may be less expensive than in Canada, Europe or the US.

In a moment you’ll see some new and used Ecuador car prices.  Then some broader thinking about Ecuador car prices.

First, let me share a true story (as far as I can tell) that helps illustrate a point that reflects in Ecuador car prices but goes way beyond Ecuador car prices.

You may have seen this story passed on over the internet about a musician at a Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.

He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 min. a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 min. later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

Over the 45 minutes the the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.

No one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before he had sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story.  Joshua Bell played incognito in the metro station in a test organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised were: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be:  If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made …..  How many other things are we missing?

So too with cars in Ecuador.  So many people from North America have a perception that they must have a car… that they never stop, even for a moment and ask about others modes of transport.

How much are we missing when we fail to enter new opportunities with an open mind?  What do we lose when we automatically try to impose old habits on new situations without first looking, experiencing and thinking.

This is how it is with so many North Americans who have not experienced Ecuador.  They impose two misconceptions about Ecuador cars.

First, they feel they must have a car without asking why.

Second, they think that Ecuador cars cost more without checking first.

So let’s look at the facts about Ecuador car prices.

Some Ecuador car prices are high… but Ecuador car prices are very misunderstood.

Some Ecuador car prices are actually lower than in the US and Europe and the cost of having a car can almost certainly be less.

Take for example a brand new Peugeot 206 that sells in Ecuador for $16,190.

I am not sure this model is still sold in Western Europe but a used 2006 model Peugeot 206  with 36,000 miles and a 1600 cc engine is advertised for sale in England at almost $17,000.

Comparing cars in different countries is difficult, but this example shows that Ecuador car prices are not anywhere as bad as some people assume.

The higher the price of a car, the greater the difference in cost.  This is in part because the percentage of Ecuador’s duty rises with price. In other words, a Mercedes may have 100% duty and a subcompact almost none.

Some cars are also partially assembled in Ecuador or other countries with trade pacts and the duty on these is reduced.

A brand new Ford Explorer XLT is advertised at $39,950 in Ecuador.  A quick check in the US shows the price in the $29,000 price range.

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Yet a new Ford Fiesta is offered at $13,990 compared to the $12,000 to $16,000 price that is expected when the Fiesta arrives in the USA next year. Fiestas in the UK run over $17,000.

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Ford Fiesta

Some cars seem really expensive to me.  The price shown for a Honda Odyssey minivan like Merri and I drive in the US appears to be double what we would pay in the US.  New Volkswagon Golf (called Rabbits in the US) GTIs seem astronomical as well.

Yet the asking price for a brand new Hyundai Atos Prime is only $10,290.

So depending on what you want, the price of an Ecuador car can be higher than in the US and Europe… or less.

Ecuador used car prices are not out of line either.

This 2000 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup with 78,000 miles has an asking price of $11,000.

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2005 Toyota Corolla, 54,000 miles, $14,700.

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Previous articles at our site have mentioned that Merri and I do not have a car in Ecuador nor do we drive in Ecuador.  Most of our readers do not have Ecuador cars. See why at Ecuador Car Rental Review.

Though we prefer to hire drivers with cars, you can see from the prices above and below that those who want an Ecuador car will find them easily affordable.

If one takes into account the much lower cost of gas, insurance, parking and maintenance, Ecuador cars probably cost less to run than in the US, Canada and certainly are lower than in Europe.

Every country has a system and Ecuador’s is one that encourages drivers to use smaller, fuel efficient cars that have been assembled with lower cost, local labor.

I am not sure this is what was on the politicians minds when they developed the system but with high duty on big cars and low gas prices, a larger portion of the population can have their own ride if they wish… without creating such a bad a carbon footprint.

Those who want to drive a big fuel guzzler, the polluters  pay in advance.

Plus you cannot import old cars into Ecuador… only new more efficient, less polluting vehicles are allowed in.

I wonder if this is a better system than cash for clunkers where the tax payer, rather than drivers of large and old fuel consumers, pay to achieve better fuel economy?

See more used Ecuador car prices and how to obtain new Ecuador car prices for 239 different models, 220 used cars and  a list of Ecuador car dealers here.

Getting new cars in the US is one of my least favorite activities and one delight for me in Ecuador is avoiding this task.

If you feel you must have or at least know about Ecuador cars… I hope this helps.

Gary

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Clean Green Income


Here is a way to earn income, that is clean and green.

This is the sixth message in this series on Ecuador and business opportunity. See the first message at Ecuador organic cheese and wine. The second article in the series is at Ecuador organic wine and cheese II and Ecuador wine & Cheese III and Ecuador and Green Business and Internet business ideas and Multi Currency Debt.

Clean up your wealth with disinfectants.

Previous messages looked at a wonderful organic cleaner that I have used for more than a decade and how to earn income world wide as a distributor of this product.

You can see what I wrote about this organic cleaner below.

First let me introduce you to a new idea.

Recently I co hosted a great financial seminar with Jyske Global Asset Management in Naples Florida.

The delegates at this seminar…

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had a great time and talked among themselves about many investing and business ideas.

One idea presented to me by a delegate was a business opportunity as a distributor for a new organic disinfectant based on silver.

I learned a life saving lesson about the disinfecting power of silver  from a great teacher decades ago.   Silver is a germ killing element so powerful that the establishment has been trying to stop us from getting in on the act. Perhaps there is too much money at stake in antibiotics and other such expensive medicine to allow this simple, inexpensive germ killer to remain in the market.

But in this era of strange diseases in which we now live, it is imperative that we learn how to protect ourselves naturally from infection and disease.

Let me explain how I first learn about this powerful natural antibiotic from a grade school teacher!

Al Hoffman was his name. He was great. Mr. Hoffman taught music at Rockwood grade school in the 50s and 60s.  He was almost a myth, sending so many talented musicians on to the local high school.

How would I have guessed that a lesson he taught me then, might save lives now.

You know me as an economist, writer, adventurer, wacky philosopher, can’t-help-it traveler and two bit farmer.  But I bet you did not know that I am also a musician.

But I am (or rather was).  I started with the trumpet, but being a fat kid moved onto the tuba (fat boys always played the tuba for some reason) and I wasn’t bad. I made the metro league honor band and loved playing symphonies and musicals, plus marching was great, except the Portland Rose Parade, mile upon mile on a hot day with a heavy Sousaphone.  That was a bit too much.

Then when I moved to Hong Kong and switched to the baritone and played with a Dixiland band in a Kowloon jazz club (just for fun).

My traveling days made hauling the brass hard, so I switched to the flute.

I took lessons from the principal flutist of the Hong Kong philharmonic, but now haven’t played for years. This is a great regret from working too much, but I promise myself I’ll get back to it.

One thing I have not lost though is a lesson taught to me by Al Hoffman my first music teacher. He taught me about the cleansing power of silver the first day we met.

We were trying out for various instruments and he gave us each a trombone to blow. After I blew on it my neighbor (who eventually went for the clarinet) Tommy Barrett was handed the same trombone and was asked to blow as well. He looked at the mouth piece where my lips had just rested and said yuck, “dog lips have touched this” or something like that.

Funny how some pictures stick in your mind for over fifty years.

I see Tommy looking at that tainted mouth piece as plain as if it were yesterday. He asked what he was supposed to do to clean off that mouth piece.

Then Mr Hoffman gave Tommy the word and me a lesson that stuck for life.

“Germs can’t live on silver. It kills them the second they touch it. Just blow. Don’t worry about the germs.”

Later in life I remembered this message when I first learned about colloidal silver.

Colloidal silver is made up of tiny microscopic particles of pure silver in water that when taken kills germs safely and rapidly.

With colloidal silver you reduce the chances of catching bugs, viruses, bacteria and the lot.

Good bye colds, flu and the rest.

The stuff is so darn potent that drug manufacturers are scared to death. They have even worked on the government to try and shut the stuff down. But they have not totally succeeded because you can easily make the stuff yourself and many people swear by it.

Now it appears that there is a new disinfectant based around silver.

The delegates in Naples who introduced this idea to me is Mark Lord and Mark just sent me this note.

Gary, It was a pleasure seeing you and Merri again and hearing about some of the current topics of global importance at the Jyske conference. The conference was great, including the speakers, the facility, and the food. Mary and I made several new, like minded, friends and many thanks for inviting your MCI subscribers to attend at such a great rate.

On Sunday,  just before Mary and I had to dash off to the airport, I briefly introduced you to our exciting new hard surface disinfectant Allclear. This product has proven and documented efficacy (achieving difficult and expensive EPA registration) with a wide range of range of viruses, bacteria and fungus and in most cases kills quicker and more effectively than commonly accepted disinfectants. Allclear has the lowest toxicity rating possible to achieve from EPA (level IV) and is safe for children’s toys and sensitive areas without requiring a wipe up or rinse. It also has 24 hour residual kill, which is a truly needed and unique attribute. Allclear recently has gotten clearance from EPA to claim that it is in compliance with CDC guidelines for control of Swine Flu.

The above is just a quick outline of the many unique and needed attributes about Allclear and, although it uses silver ions as its main active ingredient , it is different from other silver products some of which have been used for centuries. For more information I directed you to our web site www.allcleartoday.com

I have included above some background information on the product and if you have any questions or would like a sample please let me know.  Best regards,

Mark Lord

This is the type of new product that can offer great green opportunity in the US, Ecuador or abroad.

You can get more information from Mark Lord by emailing him at archer59@msn.com

I have not used this product nor do I have any additional information about it. I am not involved in any financial way and you should use all normal business precautions and make sure you do your due diligence.

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Anther green product that has great international distribution potential is the organic cleaner Ted’s Stuff.

We take this organic cleaner to our Cotacachi hotel every time we visit because Our staff work to keep our hotel Meson de las Flores spick & span.

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This is one reason why the 180 year old colonial building looks so great.

Merri and I also give credit to the entire staff.  Most have worked here for decades and they love the hotel. They honor its history and work hard to keep it looking first class.  Especially our maids, Rosita De las Torres and ….

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Rosita Molena

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not only clean, but put great love, care and attention into making Meson look like a home that our guests will return to again and again.

We do all we can to help Cotacachi be organic because organic cleaners are important to the environment and our bodies.

The cleaner I use on myself, in our house, pur garden and take to our Cotacachi hotel… I call Ted’s Stuff.

Since we are lured into having many poisons in our homes and establishments, I look at everything.   I am always suspicious of cleaners..

For example, “Softsoap Antibacterial Soap” a brand of liquid hand soap manufactured by Colgate Palmolive. Check the label of this soap and you will read the words. “Proven to eliminate the dirt and germs your family encounters. Contains light moisturizer to leave your hands feeling soft. GENTLE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. As with any soap avoid contact with eyes.”

What does this really mean. How can we find out what this stuff is really like?

There is a way.

Every product shipped in the USA has to have an OSHA regulated form called a “Materials Safety Data Sheet”. This form is meant to protect workers shipping and handling products. You can find the real story behind a products toxicity by looking up the “MSDS.”    Take for example the Softsoap MSDS.

Get ready to cringe. The “MSDS” on this chemical based formula that is “gentle enough for the whole family” states under the general controls section “Avoid contact with skin and eyes.” It warns workers to wear rubber gloves while using this and such. How this warning is mysteriously converted into gentleness on the store shelves is beyond me, but you can see the “MSDS” for yourself.

Though it is doubtful that Softsoap alone will be really harmful to our health, we must wonder how many other things that are pushed on us as safe and gentle when they really are not. How many of these light toxins does our body have to deal with every day? How many of our allergies, diseases and imbalances are created by this continual bombardment of chemicals that do not kill, but each take their little tolls.

We have all heard of “death by a thousand cuts”.   Is our society suffering “sickness by a thousand minimal exposures”?

Merri and I have been away from the farm, its pure spring water and the fresh clean air and we feel the difference.

We must all be aware of our surroundings and take care. There is a saying that “Man can accomplish the impossible, but cannot overcome the inconvenient”. We have walked the moon and sent humanity’s imprint to Mars and beyond. Yet we cannot overcome the multitude of tiny toxicities that bombard us each and every day. This a true challenge. Everywhere we are, everywhere we go, poisons have been made easy to consume.

This is why I sent the reply below to a reader who wrote:

“Gary, organic biodegradable cleaner is nothing new…Watkins has been selling for years. You should be above shilling for these types! Anyone on the Internet can go to Google and debunk the hustlers…”

I agree with this reader that there are many scams in the name of organic, pure, all natural, and such stuff. In fact this why I have been recommending Ted’s stuff and my reply to this reader says it all.

“Ted’s Stuff is a product I have been using myself for many years and the difference is that it works so well. I feel it an obligation to let people know about the enormous danger that we all face and how our environment is being damaged.

Merri and I both feel that perhaps just to stop pollution at the lowest level may help people gain added years and added vitality to their lives.

You can learn more about distributing or using this leaner from the producer Ted Tidwell at tedtid7@yahoo.com

Until next message may your wealth get others to be green with envy!

Gary

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