(Closed) A car WWYD

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: WWYD about the special car?
    Drive it into the ground! It still runs! Just fix the mandatory things! : (6 votes)
    17 %
    I'd start looking for a new used car soon, and unload this thing by December (donate or trade in) : (16 votes)
    44 %
    Holy hell, you drive actually drive this thing??? : (13 votes)
    36 %
    Bike your ass around, you lazy SOB. : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I feel that every person needs a safe and reliable vehicle, in this day and age with so many affordable options, there’s no reason not to…emergencies aside, I find that having a vehicle is a little slice of personal heaven, you get in, you go, the options are endless and since I come from a family that has had a long time love affair with internal combustion, the ultimate accessory, if something is bothering me or I’ve had a long day, I roll down the windows, drop the top and take the scenic route home…ALL BETTER!

    Post # 4
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was raised by a woman who spared no expense when it came to safety and integrity of a car, so naturally I gravitate towards that mentality too … and if there are way too many things to fix to make myself feel better about the car’s safety, time to buy a new one!

    Post # 5
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I drove a car in college that was a real POS.  There was no power steering, and no power assist either.  My arms looked FAB though, so I wasn’t complaining.  The rear view mirror fell off one day on a particularly bumpy road.  I kept it in the car though, in case I needed it- I’d just hold it up to see behind me.  I liked it better anyway since I could adjust the angle easily!  There was no AC, the radio brackets had broken so it would jiggle out of the casing frequently, and I broke my key off in the door once.  I had to crawl through the passenger side to get in if I locked it.  Oh, and the clutch fluid leaked all the time and I had to keep an extra bottle of it in the car.  I’d go to shift and the clutch would slam to the floorboard without engaging, so I had to pull over, pop the hood, re-fill the fluid, then get back in and pump the clutch to bleed the line before I could go anywhere.  Embarrassing :/

    I’m a cheap ass so I kept the car.  I got t-boned at an intersection one day and the car was totalled, but I was uninjured.  I bought a brand new car the next day!  Best thing that could have ever happened to that death trap of a car. 

    Go get yourself a reliable vehicle 🙂  You’ve more than paid your dues!

    Post # 6
    2418 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I would say its time to get a new one. You’ve gotten your money out of it. My first car was a POS. I replaced head gaskets it in 3 times in 3 years. My final straw was the transmission going out. Now I have a brand new car that I LOVE. Relability and safety are super important!

    Post # 7
    704 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would get a new car if I were you. I personally like the idea of having my own, dependable transportation apart from my husband’s.

    I work for a car dealership and my personal advice would be (if possible) to try and finance a better vehicle with warranty coverage and use the $4k as a down payment in addition to your trade in so you can aim to get your notes as low as possible. I know many people don’t like the idea of financing and having to owe on a car but if you can get your notes at a reasonable price, you can afford a much better vehicle without the stress of having a ton of fixer uppers. I’d rather pay $300 a month for a few years on a more expensive, reliable car, than $3000 to buy a car that I can’t guarantee will get me from A to B without things overheating and falling off, plus the expenses to fix/replace things on it

    Post # 8
    263 posts
    Helper bee

    Get rid of it and get yourself something reliable and simple that will stand the test of time.

    Post # 9
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I used to have a car like that (although we don’t do inspections in MI). I had to get rid of it, especially after it cost me $500 to get my fuel pump fixed (something that broke because of the driveway at my old job). I ended up getting a 2006 Subaru that I LOVE and wouldn’t trade for the world. I have car payments now, sure, but I’d rather be paying the $150/mo for peace of mind.

    Post # 10
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    So, I don’t see a problem with keeping this car until you actually have to get someting else.  Personally.  You say yourself it is fine and not really dangerous, why not get all you can out of it?

    Post # 11
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I work in the auto industry and I love cars, so I’d never drive that by choice.  But I also know how UNSAFE that is compared to… everything else on the road.  I wouldn’t be comfortable driving it for that reason, my life is worth more if some idiot hits me.

    Post # 13
    704 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @sienna76:  If someone were to hit me in my Saturn, I don’t see how it is deemed more unsafe than the $30,000 car on the road? 

    Safety technology. Newer, more expensive vehicles will generally have more and better safety features as that’s something that is tested and updated regularly. I drive a base model 2012 Toyota with no bells and whistles but it’s got 9 airbags, a reinforced body built specifically to better withstand crashes from every direction, the seats and seatbelts are updated to better protect me, the steering and brakes have newer technology to better help prevent crashing in the first place, and it’s got coverage out the wazoo. I’m sorry, but that’s worth the extra money to me.

    And I’m not saying you should buy a new, as in 2012/2013 car, I’m just saying it’s probably worth more to pay for one newer than what you already have.

    And it’s not just crashing that you have to worry about. You need a car that you know will be protected as far as mechanics go, too. You don’t need a car that’s so unstable it might overheat and catch fire somewhere. Get a warrantied vehicle with service coverage.

    Vehicles are big, dangerous machines. This is one purchase I would never, ever, sacrifice quality over price for.

     If you can find a good, reliable, safe car within $4k (I know in my area that’s doable, but very difficult to get one you KNOW will be safe) then by all means go for it. But please have higher standards than what you have now. The car you currently have does not sound safe at all.

    Post # 14
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I had a car like that, with its own issues but I knew what they were. When it was 11 years old, there was a rust issue and I drew the line because I know longer felt it was safe.

    If you feel safe and comfortable driving this car, will not get trapped somewhere or get stranded in a bad part of town/snowstorm, then I say, keep driving it. It’s like gambling, you may pay $300 or a monthly car payment but get another 6 months out, on which case you come out ahead.

    Post # 15
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Go to http://www.nhtsa.gov/ or http://www.iihs.org/ and watch some crash test videos.  See the difference between a 3-star and 5-star 2013 vehicle, realize that your Saturn is about a negative-2-star compared to anything 2012 or newer because the standards have changed.  Even our 2011 “Top Safety Pick” had to be redesigned to meet the new tests for 2012 and 2013 5-star criteria. 

    Safety is serious, expensive business.  We work really hard to make sure that you’ll walk away (or at least be carted away alive) from whatever stupid thing you can do in a car (or someone can do to you – it’s not always your fault when you’re sitting at a light and a drunk plows into you). 

    Post # 16
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I recommend a combination of 1&2 If it runs, keep driving it– but also set asidemoney to replace it, and keep an eye on the market for things you’d be willing tobuy.  Then, drive it till it dies.  

    This is my plan, I have a 2002 Nissan that I LOVE, but it has it’s issues.  I have a much longer commute (~75 mi/day) but I’m pretty sure my engine is fine, it’s getting louder and a little less smooth but I’ve had a few people look and they say nothing’s really “broken” just old… There are some cosmetic issues, like the CD player, heater, passenger visor mirror are all broken, and a few minor ones, like the driver side mirror case is cracked and mirror is hard to adjust, the gas petal sticks sometimes so I’ll have to pop it into neutral for a sec to “gun it” to get it un-stuck then back into drive (but this ONLY happens at low speeds, so it’s usually in a parking lot).  All in all, it’s a good car.  Ideally, I will continue to drive it until at least the end of next year, and will replace it in 2014– but we are already setting the money aside for the “just-in-case” scenario.  

    If I can, I’ll drive it until we’re ready to TTC, because while I love my car, it’s NOT something I’d want to drive my baby around in.  But until then, I’m living with the quirks and having a Plan B for if it dies before I’m ready.  

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