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An advantage of a simplified system is that it is easier for a reader to stat up their own vehicles. You might not provide me with stats for a Ratel, for example, but it is far easier to assign it stats myself if it is covered by a few simple, plain English descriptors and maybe a few unique traits (something along the lines of D&D 3.5ed feats, just for vehicles. For example: bogs down easily, open topped, mine-protected, etc).
The reality is you are unlikely to be able to stat up every vehicle there is (a Rhodesian crocodile? The A-Teams van?) if your rules cover an extended period of time, so the ease with which somebody can add in stats for their own vehicles should be considered.

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