Car Question – What would you do???

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I work for a labor union, and our headquarters has a rule that only American-made cars may park in the parking structure.

I’d park on the moon and walk in before I’d buy an American car.

When I bought my Subaru Forester, I got a few elbows about it, to which I responded with something like “when American car manufacturers stop churning out shit, then perhaps I’ll consider buying one.” I know your situation is different, since you’d actually be insulting your employer if you said that, but still … I would never buy a car I hate just to please someone else whose product is garbage. No way.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

iarebridezilla:  That is so funny, I drive a Forester and my FI says the exact same thing about American cars. Granted, he also works for Subaru, but we will seriously never buy American again.

OP, I agree. Even though you work for this manufacturer, you will not only be using your car for work-related purposes. I worked for a makeup company, and while we were only allowed to wear that specific brand while at work, they could not dictate what we wore outside of work. They also gifted us hundreds of dollars in product every month to ensure we had no excuse not to use and wear their brand. If your employer wants to force you to drive a certain brand of car, they’d better buy it for you.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Would the car manufacturer in question give you some kind of discount or incentive to purchase one of their cars, enough so that it would be worth it to you to drive one?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

ExcitedScaredBee:  My uncle was an engineer for Ford for many years and drove a Ford for many years. He eventually switched to a GM car and had to park in an auxiliary lot. Apparently he received a lot of pressure but he was employed by Ford whereas you are just a service provider to a “Ford.”

What does your manager think? Are they driving that particular make because of preferential pricing made available to them and you or is this more than “perceived” pressure?

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I agree, get the car you want.

I worked somewhere that had better parking for hybrid cars, nice incentive but it didn’t bother me to have to park a little further away. I already had my car, it was what I wanted.

iarebridezilla:  This came up for me once and it was how I found out my car was an American made car, lol. I drive a Mazda…figured it was Japanese right? Well my particular model was made in America which I guess is evident in my VIN number starting with a “1” versus a “J” which would have indicated it was made in Japan. Never would have known this otherwise.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I think if they require you to drive a certain vehicle, it should be either damn well close to free, or provided for you as a company car.

I was just talking to an aquantance who is a consultant and she knows people who either own or rent multiple cars because of each vendor they work with. There is no way most people can afford to do that unless helped substantially by the company. They can not “require” you or “guilt” you into owning something. Also. Hello tax write-off?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

iarebridezilla:  my work has nothing to do with it, but my family is from a very small, closed minded town where you are only “allowed” to drive ford or Chevy. When  DH and I visit in our toyota you wouldn’t believe the comments we get in parking lots, the gestures while driving, etc. People are seriously crazy. Why do you care what I drive?!

My first two cars were american made and there’s no way I would buy another. I’m much more interested in a car that holds it’s value and lasts. How many early 90’s fords do you see still kicking? Not many. But, those old corollas, honda hatchbacks and volvos? Tons of em. That’s what I want. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would never drive an American-made vehicle, buy the car you want and tell them your husband suprised you with it or park in the other lot.

I wouldn’t let my job dictate my outside of work purchases. If an employer wants me driving a certain type of car, they can pay for it.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

It sounds like you already know what you want to do!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I’m so curious which manufacturer your’e refering to! LOL I can think of an SUV by pretty much each manufacturer that I’d drive… except one or two!

But I agree with the Bee who said to say your husband surprised you with it!

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