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Old 08-06-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Why do so many people keep NEW vehicles?

Is it because of warranty?
Is it peer pressure?
Status symbol?

Is it because they want a car payment for the rest of their lives?

I don't get it... I get a used vehicle (typically suburban) and keep it for years!
I look the vehicle over, and let it sell itself... If it's been treated rough, I pass it by.
I've seen so many people abuse their possessions in a very short amount of time... It's like they're disposable to them.

This is my 05 2wd suburban... 212,000 miles... Every option available, leather, sunroof, rear entertainment, 4 captain's chairs, heated seats,mirrors, extendable foot pedals.... Everything a Danali has, without the Danali badge.

Bought it in 2012 with 146,000 miles, it came from Texas, and it did not look mistreated.... Looked like the "little old lady" kept it in the garage.
Lot of people think suburban, and they think gas hog... I get 18mpg, can haul 7 people and a console television and the dual a/c blows 42.

Look how many Chevrolet pickups are out there!

My only downside is I have to use a utility trailer if I want to haul something....
But, try to load and unload a side by side refrigerator, or a washer/dryer in the back of a pickup... By yourself!

No, it's not the sexiest suburban out there.... But it was $75,000 cheaper too!

I just don't get it! And I realize new vehicle sales stimulate the economy... So where's my stimulation??? I sure ain't feelin' it!

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Old 08-06-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
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Total agreement here. My Jeep Cherokee just turned 21. Looks like crap, works like a mule.
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:48 PM   #3
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I've had 6 suburbans in the last 35 years...
Still got my 93 K2500 and this 05 C1500

If I want to travel, I load it up!
If I want to sleep, I crawl in the back!
If I want to take kids kayaking... I build a rack!

I'm tellin' ya... Someone's getting stimulated, and it ain't me!

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Old 08-06-2016, 01:55 PM   #4
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I had a 2003 crown vic...in 2011. Got it at 335K (taxi) transmission died at 408k (probably my fault). That was the newest vehicle I ever owned.
2001 s4 present 243k miles
94 explorer present 223k miles
2004 R1 present 8k miles
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98 a4 rip. cracked trans pan on road trip
79 olds 88 rip. motor
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83 Celica rip. red light runner
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2000 R1 sold
2005 GSXR 600 sold

Nothing like not owing somebody. I use what would be a car payment for maintenance. "its cheaper to keep her".
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:02 PM   #5
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Was in town earlier... And some kids were raising money for a Missions Trip, so I dropped by, had them hand wash the burb and donated $20.

Great wash, and good cause.
If I had a big assed car payment... I'd have had to wash it at the car wash, or looked at it dirty




How I treat my vehicles.... This bus will last my lifetime and the kids will get it.
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:04 PM   #6
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I had a 2003 crown vic...in 2011. Got it at 335K (taxi) transmission died at 408k (probably my fault). That was the newest vehicle I ever owned.
2001 s4 present 243k miles
94 explorer present 223k miles
2004 R1 present 8k miles
92 caviler rip. trans.
98 a4 rip. cracked trans pan on road trip
79 olds 88 rip. motor
90 Bonneville sold
83 Celica rip. red light runner
85 doge caravan donated
91 FZR 600 sold
2000 R1 sold
2005 GSXR 600 sold

Nothing like not owing somebody. I use what would be a car payment for maintenance. "its cheaper to keep her".

Hell yeah, that's what I'm talking about!
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:16 PM   #7
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I think this is also what's generating the Tiny House movement also....
Friend's, family, corporations have conditioned people to believe they need to live in a sticks and stones house, pay high mortgage rates, high insurance, pay the repairman to come out and fix something...buy these shoes, these clothes, wear this jewelry. Let's get a gazillion shipping containers from China! Revolve, revolve, revolve that money!

People are waking up and saying 'hey, why am I broke?' Why are other people profiting from my hard labor?
Oh yeah, because that's how our ancestors did it.


And guess what?!?!
When you think outside the box.... You're met with opposition!
Because their ancestors conditioned them!
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:17 PM   #8
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Except for my "company" car, all the vehicles I have are 20+yo. My '95 Sonoma has almost 230k miles on it. Still has the original clutch. Unfortunately, as a Northeastern vehicle, the frame is rotting out. It's not long for this world now.

I have a '76 R75/6 and an '83 R80G/S, both restored. I love 70's era bikes. I sold my '66 Ford in the Spring. It was my first car.

I enjoy working on my vehicles myself, except for my daily driver. For 10+ years, I commuted 30k miles/year. I just want to turn the key on my daily driver and it start reliably. The company pays for the maintenance on that and pros do it.

I had an employee who purchases 3-5-year lease turnovers with cash. He puts new rubber on them and drives them until the rubber is almost shot (40-50k mi - about 3 years). Then he trades them in and starts the process all over again. He's never had to do a major repair on a vehicle.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:25 PM   #9
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Except for my "company" car, all the vehicles I have are 20+yo. My '95 Sonoma has almost 230k miles on it. Still has the original clutch. Unfortunately, as a Northeastern vehicle, the frame is rotting out. It's not long for this world now.

I have a '76 R75/6 and an '83 R80G/S, both restored. I love 70's era bikes. I sold my '66 Ford in the Spring. It was my first car.

I enjoy working on my vehicles myself, except for my daily driver. For 10+ years, I commuted 30k miles/year. I just want to turn the key on my daily driver and it start reliably. The company pays for the maintenance on that and pros do it.

I had an employee who purchases 3-5-year lease turnovers with cash. He puts new rubber on them and drives them until the rubber is almost shot (40-50k mi - about 3 years). Then he trades them in and starts the process all over again. He's never had to do a major repair on a vehicle.

Different stokes for different folks, I guess.
That's not a bad plan! The thing is that someone does it in a way that works for them....

Actually, I believe the same thing happened last year that set me off...
I'd have to look it up here... But, last year my son's buddy shows up with a new Ford Raptor.... Now, he's been given a SRT lime green challenger! And kept the raptor.

It's not jealousy that pisses me off, it's frivolous waste of money that pisses off.

I've seen these people buy new Cadillac Danali's and keep them until it's time for tires.

Keeping that constant car payment in perpetual motion.
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:28 PM   #10
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Found it
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/am-i-crazy-11160.html
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