Hard to work out. Today I think most people don't buy new cars and this messes up the calculation.Reynard wrote: ↑Tue May 21, 2019 8:09 pmIt makes me wonder what the median income is in grav based societies. A 'modern' TL 8 stripped down 4 seat ground family car in the HG2e Vehicle Handbook costs Cr.6500 which is cheap depending on how the currency would translate to 21st century Real Earth. A TL 10 2 seater G/Runner city car costs Cr.49,500 or eight times the cost. That's a big chunk of change. A world could have the tech level for commercial grav vehicles but lousy Resource Unit value making four wheels much more affordable for Joe and Jane Average. Hard to say if grav mass transport would pay for itself either. Might also explain low tech ATVs instead of very expensive air/rafts.
Prevalance of ground vehicles can depend on whether they have a well developed road network. Older cities will, but what about new ones? This and the price of grav vehicles are heavily linked - some fiction guidelines would be needed.
I've said this before but if the prices came from Mongoose First Edition, and their writers were European, that car price might have been 1:1 Cr/€ for the publishing year for the small European cars they don't sell in the USA. If anyone has 1st, the ground car price would be appreciated.
"Simple" machines like a ground car are probably way cheaper in a high tech society. These days you can scrounge enough parts to build a 1970s-type car (no computer, basic features, etc, maybe 1980s) from a junkyard but you need Mechanic-2 and a lot of time. A brand new design would be difficult because of the current complexity.