RAY: For instance, if you live in Portland, Ore., you may be willing to give up a mile or two per gallon to be able to stop better in the rain.
TOM: If you live in Minnesota, it may be worth a couple of mpg to get better traction in the snow.
RAY: Or, if you live near us, it may be worth a small reduction in mileage to soften up the potholes and reduce the number of welts on your head from bouncing up and hitting the roof.
TOM: But in any case, you've got plenty of choices, George, and plenty of competition for your business. Good luck.
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