Do you upgrade your cars or run them to the ground?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

As long as it still looks good (no rust) and has no major repairs to do, I’m good to go. I’m not willing to pay many thousands on car repairs for a pre-owned car I bought 8K. At this point I would sell it cheap, then buy another (pre-owned) car. I think I can still go a few years with my car, it’s a 2008 Mazda 3. Then will I upgrade … I’m not sure. I will choose one that doesn’t cost too much when it comes to gas, and insurance. 😉

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My first car was 3 years old when I got it, and I drove it for 13 years before I sold it to a family friend who wanted a clunker for her teenager.  We’re currently driving a 12 year old car, and it’s still going strong.  Clearly I’m a believer in driving a car until it dies or the repair costs become outrageous.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Ninteenthchance:  FI just ran his 2001 hyundai accent into the ground. He hit 200k miles and the clutch was giving out… it was going to cost more to fix it than what the car would be worth. I’ve got a 2008 malibu that I plan on running into the ground as well because it was purchased as a gift for me… so I’m going to milk this baby for all it’s got!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We lease cars, so technically run them to the ground in the 3 or 4 years we have them. We’re too hard on cars to buy them and make them last.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  Im still on car #1.  I got it when I was 17, almost 18 and it was brand new.  So it is now 8 years old.  It had a lot of issues two years ago but after spending $1500 or so on it, it runs just fine.  I also drive A LOT!  I plan on keeping this car for at least another two years. Or at least til we have a kid on the way. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@KC-2722:  Don’t you have heavy penalties if you do that ? I’m thinking for example, here as soon as there is a scratch on the car you have to pay when you give it back, same if you go over the number of KM that they allow you to drive during these 4 years.

I personally have always bought leased cars (once returned) that were 4 years old and that’s what I’ll continue doing. Most of them are still good as new, and their previous ”owner” had to make their checkups to the dealer garage (that’s part of their contract), so everything is taken care of, and the KM on the car is low. So I can get a car that is in very good condition for half the price of a new one.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I got a hand-me-down 7 year old car at 17 when my mom wanted to buy a new car for herself. I drove it until my mom passed away, and I inherited that “new” car (at that point 7 years old – coincidence) and gave the aging 14 year old car to my 16-year-old stepbrother.

I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off, because I hate spending big chunks of money, and I’m not a “car person” so it works just fine for me.

On the other hand, my husband’s car has a lot of issues… Not the engine/brakes/important stuff thankfully, just the power windows/locks/seats, leaking windows when it rains, sagging bumper held on by zip ties…. That’s in addition to some features we don’t like/need, like it being 2-door, convertible, and white (we dislike white cars, lol). We might sell it to get a new-ish car to be our second car at some point, but that’s later down the line.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I am a leaser.  I bought 3 used cars before I started leasing. The stress of mechanical issues was too much for me.  I really enjoy driving cars that don’t break down or have funky issues. I also change my mind on what I want a lot. I work hard and lease payments on my current “dream car” are one of my indulgences.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like to drive mine as long as possible! My last car was actually running fine when I gave it up but the gas mileage wasn’t good enough to justify keeping it.  My current car gets pretty good gas mileage so I will drive it as long as possible. 

I’m not into cars.  Even though I feel like I put miles on my car, it’s a pretty small amount compared to most used cars that are available!

I am on my 3rd car since I was 16 (I’m 29).  My first I drove about 2-3 years and then ended up giving to my brother in exchange for my second car. I drove that one for about 8 years and I’ve been on my 3rd car for about 2 years now!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Im only on my second car.  I had to save to buy my wheels.  I bought my current car used and have 6 months left of payments.  After that I plan on keeping it about another 2 years and buying another car.  Im a run it into the ground type, but I have my limits.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I run mine into the ground. I currently have 192k miles on my 2003 BMW. It’s still running great and I plan to keep it going until it can’t go anymore.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  Nooo we don’t damage the cars nor go over KM! Although our new lease allows for unlimited surface scratches.. which is pretty cool.

We both like driving fast and aggresive and almost always use the sport mode which is harder on the vehicle. Our last lease was 3 years and we had to replace the brake pads twice.

If I were to buy a car and plan to have it for 10 years, I would be less aggressive, work on minimizing fuel consumption, and not solely use sport mode.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to buy beaters and drive them until they were dead!

But DH doesn’t roll like that… So now we’re getting a fancy new car, and we’ll upgrade it about every 5 years until the kids are gone and he no longer cares about my safety while driving!

(Mostly joking!)

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m still on my first car, and it was my dad’s car before that. It’s a 2000 and when I got it the car was already 9 years old. My dad is the king of running his cars into the ground – currently he is driving a 19 year old Dodge Caravan which was the family car when I was growing up. It only has 190,000 kilometres on it, which isn’t a lot for a car that old. Dad is hoping to roll over to 200k and then scrap the car. It’s only worth $500. 

I plan on driving my car until I can’t anymore. Also, I will always want to buy my own cars – no leasing for me. Too much hassle with trying to keep the car in perfect condition, not going over a certain amount of kilometres, and always making payments. No thanks!

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