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

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 91
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1002 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve never paid more than $800 for a car, and I run them to the ground.  I’ve had my current car for 7 years.  It’s over 15 years old.  My partner HATES my car.  He insists I need a better car, but I only car about Point A to Point B, and gas mileage (my car gets about 35 MPG), not about looks or any of that.

Post # 92
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2119 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ninteenthchance:  ran them to the ground but its only been one so far. think i could have sold it for parks but gave it to a friend. man that car rocked. great little car. now im on my sisters old car and yep. till it dies. no reason where i live to buy a new car. its too crappy and dirty and there are not many roads here anyways. Darling Husband is on his first car ever which is actually a truck. he grew up in a town with no roads

Post # 93
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9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I run them into the ground!

My first car was an old pickup that I inherited from my dad – I drove it daily until the starter went out. I replaced it. Went out again 2 months later. Replaced it. Went out again 3 months later. Quit driving it daily but kept it around for useful truck things (moving big or dirty things) by by parking on a hill and popping the clutch to get it started. Finally it wouldn’t even catch if you popped the clutch and I sold it to a neighbor for $300 for parts. 

My second car was a used Camry that had tons of miles on it when I got side swiped by a 16 year old and her insurance company totalled the car. 

My third car was my mom’s old car (that she bought used) and I drove it until I was in a minor accident that did enough damage that it wasn’t worth replacing. 

I’m now driving my fourth car and my first new car. I plan to drive it into the ground. 

My husband agrees with this plan, in principal, but a couple times a year he starts to get antsy and talk about selling his car and getting a new one. But it’s so much more financially beneficial to run it until the repairs become too much, so I always talk him out of it!

Post # 94
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I generally run them into the ground. My last car technically could have run longer, but it was needing a lot of repairs and basically with the repairs I was making car payments anyway, so I figured it was time for a new car. I ended up getting an SUV, which has been great, especially with this past terrible horrible no good winter!

Post # 95
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330 posts
Helper bee

I kept my first car for almost 10 years (got it for my 16th birthday in 2003). It was a Mustang and I got a new Mustang for my second car as well because of how much I loved the old one! I’ve had it for a little over a year now and I plan to keep it at least until I pay it off.

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