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  •  Over twenty years old (4+ / 0-)

    ...they're called "classic cars".  Hang in there for another year.   Fixing them is cheaper than buying a new one.  Just find a reliable shade-tree mechanic and a reliable machine shop.

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    by TarheelDem on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 03:41:00 PM PDT

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    •  Unless they're not. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen people buy cars for a few hundred dollars, and then, year after year, plunge that much into replacing things. And continually replacing them.

      And this is people who aren't absolutely ignorant about cars.

      I've never owned a car. If I bought one, I would be not only at a huge disadvantage but I would probably always be far behind competent in knowledge of a car's mechanics and construction.

      A reminder on grammar: even Shakespeare used "more better."

      by Nulwee on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 09:13:19 PM PDT

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      •  Yep. The difference between (3+ / 0-)
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        a 2001 Ford Focus and a 2010 Ford Focus may be $200/month in payments, but it's also $200/month I'm not paying to my mechanic or living in fear that something major might break. After a certain point thrift becomes its own enemy.

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        by milkbone on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 10:48:14 PM PDT

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        •  we ended up going and buying a new van (1+ / 0-)
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          four years ago this past april.  it was a big decision.  we had always bought a used car.  had good luck.  my husband is good at determining whether it is a good car or not.  only ever had one dud.  but what can you expect for paying $150.  had an explorer that when it died we took the motor out and bob put it in his truck and ran it for another year.  when you don't have money, you do what you have to do.  when we could we ended up getting the van.  

          my dad... now there is a story.  he only ever bought one new car in his life.  had a lot of problems with it.  he bought what i term throw away cars.  for how much money he spent fixing them, he could have bought a friggin brand new car!!  never understood it.  and he bought the worst piece of crap cars you would think.  electrical problems he'd have switches in them for everything.  uggh.  him and his cars!!  i have to laugh when i think of them.  then he'd try giving them to US to drive.  

          HOPE!!! it does a body good.

          by ejpoeta on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:24:32 AM PDT

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