Lots of good points
Re: Do Samoans really need new cars?
There are a lot of good points in this piece.
New cars need the correct equipment to programme and diagnose problems and the technicians (not mechanics any more because of the level of skill required) need to be trained to use them correctly.
Google OBDII or VAGCOM and you can see what the devices look like. The other side to old cars breaking down is what happens to them once they are beyond repair.
Samoa also needs to actively collect broken cars from around the island instead of letting them rust away on people’s properties as an eyesore.
There is money to be made in scrap metal. If the government collected them for free and crushed them for export, the exercise would be very close to cost-neutral.