(Closed) Driving an “Older” car

posted 3 weeks ago in Not Wedding Related
  • poll: Would you drive an older vehicle?

    YES, Enjoy your vintage ride!

    NO, Upgrade time!

    Other- Explain in comments

  • Post # 2
    314 posts
    Helper bee

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    @MrsJM:  my car is not even that much “older” (it’s a 2009), but I still get the same comments from people telling me I need to upgrade. My car is not pretty, it’s beat up quite a bit actually, but still runs fine and all safety features are in working order. It’s also completely paid off. I work in a professional setting and salaries are on the higher end, so I think the appearances of it are what throw people off. They’re now using my baby due on January as a reason “Oh you’ll want something much bigger for your baby, it’s time to upgrade!”. Last I checked a baby is pretty small and doesnt take up a whole SUV sized space. 

    I say do what you want! I’m going to keep drivinf my car until there’s a functional/practical reason not to.

    Post # 3
    2146 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I upgraded from my tiny 2 door coupe (that was only a couple of years old) to a large SUV when I had a baby because I felt more confident on the road in a larger vehicle.  It’s totally up to you.  I personally wouldn’t want to be driving a car that old even if there’s nothing wrong with it right now – I feel like with that much age and mileage, something very wrong could happen very quickly.  That’s not something I would want to take a chance with.

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by krm1984.
    Post # 4
    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    I find it so odd that someone would pressure someone to take on a car payment. If they want you to upgrade so bad than let them take on the new payment. 

    I use to have a 1994 Corsica and I loved it! I would still drive it if I didn’t need a bigger car for transporting my grandmother (at the time) and my baby (now). That car was a steel frame and much safer than the aluminum frames today. 

    People drive crazy regardless of what other cars on the roads, a bigger car isn’t going to protect you from assholes on the road. It sounds like you’re a safe driver and that’s honestly all you can really do. 

    Post # 5
    5795 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Are you sure people are tailgating you because you’re driving an old car? It could be that your driving isn’t great, or that you’re driving too slowly. Not that tailgating is ever a good idea, but if something happens to you often enough, it’s worth exploring what you might be doing to bring it on. I find it hard to believe that someone would tailgate a car because it’s old and rusty.

    That being said, of course there’s nothing wrong with keeping your car and being frugal. But I confess I’d have an issue driving a rusty car. It would make me nervous that something could fall out. There are lots of classic cars on the roads around here, but they are well maintained (except for an early 1960s VW Beetle I saw the other day. That didn’t look good at all).

    I confess that I have always been a car person and i like a nice car and take immaculate care of mine plus it’s always clean, inside and out. But I’m happy keeping a car for several years. If it’s not going into the shop all the time there’s no reason to get a new car unless it’s something you want.

    Post # 6
    12293 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d be thrilled if my car lasted that long.  My parents had a 24 year old car with over 300k miles on it just before it was just too much to keep fixing which they were super proud of for lasting so long!  I’d keep it and just save the money.   I also find it odd that you’d be tail gated or raged at just for having an old car… I mean, I used to be pretty aggressive on the road and the make or age of car never rubbed me wrong, only driving style. 

    Post # 7
    1016 posts
    Bumble bee

    No way, leave those snobs in your dust. We have the same set up, I have my 2008 SUV as the daily driver, and we have a newer “fancy” car. Personally I like having the SUV for commuting (not that I do much these days WFH!), but I understand the safety feeling, and dont like being the smallest one on the road. But I take it for its “checkups” and make sure everything is maintained well and honestly hope to drive it into the ground. 

    Post # 8
    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    i totally understand not wanting car payments. Here’s an idea – you could use some of your savings to pay cash for a newer model preowned car. That way you get a safer vehicle and still no payments ! Win win 

    Post # 9
    20 posts

    You should 100% not feel pressured to get a new car if the one you have is in safe working order and you want to keep it. If having a new or pretty car is not important to you, then it’s not important – who cares what other people think!

    What gives me pause though in your post is this line: ” I know my cars limits and others perceptions and ALWAYS stay in the right aka slow lane unless I am passing.”

    To me that sounds like your car doesn’t go fast enough on the highway. Driving too slowly can be very dangerous too, even if you stay in the right lane. And people will justifiably be annoyed if you are not driving at least the speed limit (and realistically a little above). I may be misinterpreting, but if your car is too old to accelerate quickly, maintain an appropriate speed, make it up hills adequately, etc. then you do need a new car. That’s a safety and performance issue, not a perception or aesthetic issue.

    Post # 10
    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    My car is from 2002 and I have no desire to get a new one. It has had almost nothing wrong with it since I bought it. It’s a wonderful little car that gets me where I need to be. I have no desire to take on a car payment. 

    Post # 11
    314 posts
    Helper bee

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    @lulubelle2017:  the market for pe owned viehicles, at least where I live, is just as crazy and inflated as the housing market. The cheapest decent pre owned cars I’ve found in my area was $16,000, and that’s with over 80,000 miles on it. If you can easily save that kind of cash to throw down then a car payment is probably not a worry for you.

    You can find some risky beaters on craiglist and Facebook marketplace… Not sure if that’s what you’re referring to. But anything in the last 5 years under 100,000 miles you’ll be paying for.

    Post # 14
    3853 posts
    Honey bee

    My car turned 21 this year! It was expensive when I bought it – my intention was to keep it until the engine fell out 🙂  It’s a Toyota and only has 154K miles on it so I probably have another 150K before it dies. I love my car, and also love that I haven’t had a car payment since 2002!

    Ignore people who want to spend your money for you, especially when you don’t need what they’re pushing!

    ETA: While I intend to keep my car, I have researched what I will buy if something happens to mine – like an accident where it’s totaled beyond fixing. I think the Hyundai Elantra is a nice looking car and it gets pretty high marks for reliability.

    Post # 15
    912 posts
    Busy bee

    If you love the car, it’s safe, and it’s not costly to maintain – then I don’t see any reason at all to upgrade.

    It’s funny because I just calculated how old my car is for the first time – 13 years – and I don’t even think of it as that old haha. 

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