Modern Cars Are Safer, Mostly, but at a Cost – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
“Safer Cars Come With a Hidden Cost” (Business & Finance, April 4) is most timely. My Audi A8 went to the dealer that same morning for what I thought was a routine wheel alignment. Totally shocked to hear an estimate of $700, I listened as alignments on my vehicle were described as time-consuming, major tasks. Not because of the wheels, but because cameras, sensors and associated systems must also be aligned with the track of the vehicle. I wasn’t happy, but your article helped me accept that a $700 alignment is now a significant and necessary “hidden cost.” But I’m not feeling any safer on the road each day….