Post # 1
Random question for you RE: Driving an older model car. I drive a 17 year old car and I am the original owner. Everyone around me is trying to get me to trade it in for a newer vehicle. While that is all well and good I don’t want/need another car! My car is in good contition and has NOTHING wrong with it other then a little bit of rust. I am thrifty and do not want to spend the $ when my car is fine! I won’t lie – I am emotionally attached to this car. I have drove it for so long it is like my dependable friend. I could afford another vehicle but would prefer to keep my savings nest egg and avoid a monthly payment.
That being said my car is small (compared to the large beasts they make today) and I am starting to feel a little “unsafe” near very large trucks on the freeway on my commute. I also tend to get people tailgating/roadraging me for driving an older car. I know my cars limits and others perceptions and ALWAYS stay in the right aka slow lane unless I am passing. My DH has a newer car so we have 1 “Good” car for roadtrips etc.
Your thoughts on driving older cars? I never thought this was an issue until I recevied pressure from others. I am not one to always have the newest toys or eletronics so the pressure to upgrade is only coming from outside sources.
Post # 2
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
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.
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 12
It’s not my driving. When my husband drives my car he also notices that people seem “agitated” being behind my little car no mater what the speed. I can be described as having a “Lead foot” so slow speed is not a factor.
My opinion is that the big SUV drivers are bullies who look down on those with older vehicle. As discussed my vehicle does not leave the right lane unless to pass. Also im in Canada (GTA) where driving 10-20 KM’s over the limit is normal (not my rules, just a fact) and I proceed with the flow of traffic.
My car is sooooo well made compared to the plastic on wheels they sell today! My highschool friend used to drive an amazing Corsica! Good memories!.
When the time comes that is my plan. I bought the current car new and it did me VERY well but will most likely choose used next time around.
Post # 13
No issues or limitations with my car at all. I can comfortably go up to 130 KM per hour no problem. My typical speed on the highway is 120 km. No safety issues and really good winter tires for the winter.
Welcolme to the old car club!
Post # 14
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
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.