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ChumpChange
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April 18th, 2021 at 11:46:08 AM permalink
My car might be worth 3-4 times the Kelley Blue Book value. I can't tell if it's because it's an antique or just general used car price inflation. I've never sold a car. They've all been towed to the junk yard except one and that was given to a relative who showed up nearby.
AxelWolf
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April 18th, 2021 at 12:13:43 PM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

It's such a small inconvenience. Pop the hood, attach your battery pack, start car, remove battery pack, close hood and drive off. You otherwise liked the minivan, this battery issue really isn't any predictor of other problems. The car being old and low priced was, but that's what you were paying for.

I can't imagine wanting to deal with that, especially if you are running late for something. I would really hate doing something like that in the mid-summer here in Vegas. It would seem that no matter how careful you were you would at some point end up getting grease stains on your clothing.


This got me thinking about how paranoid my wife is when it comes to getting stranded on the side of the road. She will rarely drive my truck since the gas gauge doesn't work. She gets annoyed at me when I drive the car and leave it close to empty or when I don't immediately pull over to get gas when the gas light comes on. I'm like Nah, "we are more than fine" To be fair, I have run a couple of car rentals out of gas in some desolate areas and had to hitchhike to the nearest town while she stays with the car.
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EvenBob
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April 18th, 2021 at 12:32:54 PM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

I've been doing it for at a few years. Yeah aggravating sometimes



Sometimes? Every time as far as I'm concerned. Like somebody else pointed out, you have to drive a car that has an almost dead battery for an hour for it to be fully recharged and I never go anywhere that's more than four or five miles away. Plus I'm just too old for that crap. That's why you see old guys driving new luxury cars, they don't want to mess with them anymore. They just want comfort and reliability.
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April 18th, 2021 at 12:51:20 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

To be fair, I have run a couple of car rentals out of gas in some desolate areas and had to hitchhike to the nearest town while she stays with the car.



You don't realize it, but this speaks boatloads as to the type of person that you are. I'm not going to go into it because it would be personal insults up the wazoo. If I did that to my wife even once, she would never ride with me again anywhere, and I would not blame her. My vehicle gets down to half empty, I fill it up. I have never run out of gas in a car in my life that I was driving.

That being said, in 1977 I was riding across the Golden Gate Bridge leaving San Francisco with a business partner, in his car, and we ran out of gas in the middle of the bridge. I kid you not. Luckily they have people stationed there for just such an event and he showed up with a 2 gallon can of gas. And cursed my business partner out like I have never heard in my life. He called him every name in the book, as he does anybody who runs out of gas on the Golden Gate Bridge. It was an amazing performance and my business partner was almost in tears while it was going on. I felt no pity for him, cuz I might have knocked his lights out I was so furious. We didn't last much longer, I walked away from the business because I swear I would be in prison today because I would have killed him. Probably the most irresponsible, irritating person I've ever met. A year-and-a-half later I'm reading People Magazine and there he is, in the entrepreneur section with the product that I invented. I didn't even care because I really would have killed him and I really would be in prison. And I'm not a violent person.
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ChumpChange
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April 18th, 2021 at 1:03:52 PM permalink
My brother liked to tempt the E on the gas gauge. One time when he was still a teen, he drove me from camp which was 6 hours away. The car was so rusty & old (it was my parent's car), and it couldn't go faster than 70 mph floored. We were coming into our hometown, and we ran out of gas about a half mile from the nearest gas station. We had to push it to the the gas station. He couldn't have filled up on the Thruway a few dozen miles back? His answer to most of my pleas for anything is "No."
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April 18th, 2021 at 1:04:15 PM permalink
Look up used on autotrader and you will see siennas past 300k miles. Car 20 years old may have rubber hose and gasket failure. But its 11 years old. Check carfax if hes lying. It could be salvaged or multi owner
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April 18th, 2021 at 1:48:08 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Sometimes? Every time as far as I'm concerned. Like somebody else pointed out, you have to drive a car that has an almost dead battery for an hour for it to be fully recharged and I never go anywhere that's more than four or five miles away. Plus I'm just too old for that crap. That's why you see old guys driving new luxury cars, they don't want to mess with them anymore. They just want comfort and reliability.



That is so me today. I am lucky to be comfortable financially so I will overspend to have a new car and not have to worry about car problems.

I am considering getting a third car and if I do that will be a 10 year old car that I couldn't afford a new one of. Right now we have a sedan and a small SUV but I wouldn't mind getting a sporty luxury car for weekend driving.
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ChumpChange
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April 18th, 2021 at 2:00:08 PM permalink
I figure cars are at the end at 10 years because more things go wrong more frequently, especially in the rust belt.
DRich
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April 18th, 2021 at 2:02:56 PM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

I figure cars are at the end at 10 years because more things go wrong more frequently, especially in the rust belt.



In general I would agree with you. The one I am looking at is a luxury car with 39,000 miles on it so I am guessing it has been taken care of. The owner has all of his paperwork in a binder from every oil change and checkup. I am scared to pull the trigger because when it does breakdown it will be very expensive to fix.
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ChumpChange
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April 18th, 2021 at 2:10:11 PM permalink
I believe in car repair savings accounts. Just put $100 a month into it, not counting gas. You can run a negative balance on it for awhile because stuff happens. But make a regular donation to it so repairs are part of the budget.

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