Over the last 25 years, the average price paid for a new car has steadily increased in relation to average individual...

Sean on July 19, 2018

Please Explain.

Not making the connection with how (E) weakens the argument. Could you please explain? Thank you!

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Mehran on July 21, 2018

@smilde11 let's break it down!

The conclusion here is, "individuals who buy new cars today spend, on average, a larger amount relative to their incomes buying a car than their counterparts did 25 years ago."

The support for this claim?

"Over the last 25 years, the average price paid for a new car has steadily increased in relation to average individual income."

This is a Weaken question so we are looking for the answer choice that weakens this argument.

(E) states, "Sales to individuals make up a smaller proportion of all new-car sales than they did 25 years ago."

How does this weaken? It weakens by pointing out that while it may be true that "the average price paid for a new car has steadily increased in relation to average individual income" it is not necessarily true that the answer price paid by an individual has steadily increased.

Notice the premise simply says "the average price paid for a new car has steadily increased . . . " It does not say the average price paid by individuals for a new car has steadily increased.

We don't know who or what is buying these new cars. What if the vast vast majority of new cars are purchased by businesses or rental car companies?

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.