Would you drive a car with the hood this ugly?

posted 2 months ago in Relationships
  • poll: If it were well within my budget to fix a used car's damaged hood,
    I would fix it so that I don't have to drive a messed up car. : (71 votes)
    75 %
    I would not fix it so that I could spend the money elsewhere. : (24 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 50
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    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I DO drive a car with a hood that ugly, probably uglier, since some of the metal is showing. I voted not to spend your money fixing it up. How it looks doesn’t affect how it drives, it’s just cosmetic. My husband thinks I should have it painted, but until our mortgage is paid off, and we’re set for retirement, I think spending money to fix my old car is a waste. 

    That being said, I wouldn’t buy a car with that kind of wear and tear, and if I did, it would be because my current finances were dictating my decisions. If that’s the case, then fixing cosmetic damage would make even less sense. 

    Post # 52
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    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

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    pinklunchbox :  I didn’t say that I’d need to be broke to purchase a used car, I always purchase used cars because they lose value as soon as you drive them off the lot, so that first payment, is on a car that’s already underwater. 

    I agree, I think people should live below their means, if they’re able to. I didn’t read the entire thread when I posted, so I thought that you bought this car because it was what you could afford, but after reading, it sounds like that’s not the case. 

    It sounds like the cost of a paint job was factored into your buying process, but now your fi thinks its a waste of money. If you plan on keeping this car, and it really bothers you, then get it painted, and if your fi doesn’t agree, then switch cars. 

    By The Way: The reason your hood is messed up is because your clear coat is gone. You see this a lot in the southern, warmer states.  

    Post # 53
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    712 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    That car would maybe be $500 in my area… I would’t put a thousand dollars into it. I’d spend 1000 more on a better car. At this moment on CarFax there is a 2005 Honda Accord with 130k miles for $3,900, it looks perfect. You can get a 2006 Toyota Camry with 140k miles for 5k. I see nothing wrong with driving those avalible cars, but buying a car of that age in the condition it’s in for that price would not be something I would do.

    I completely understand living below your means, everyone should. Hypothetically if I make 100k a year and my significant other makes more than me, we are a 200k household, and net $16,600 a month, have a savings and an emergency fund and are debt free, aside from the mortgage. Driving that wouldn’t be a financial choice, but a personal one. That’s not living within or even below your means that’s living well well well below. I see no need to go and drop 90k on a car but you can get a much nicer car for the same 5k, and making 200k a year you could spend 10 or 15k without it affecting your life in any way.

    Post # 54
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    12810 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    “Yes, I know it’s my choice and it doesn’t really matter what he says if I’m paying for it, but I’m just wondering what others’ opinions are. I feel “that he’s extreme. He and I are not fighting about this issue, btw. I’m simply curious as to how out of the ordinary his vs my opinion is.”

    Do you plan to combine finances once you are married? He’s quite opinionated. Thank you notes? A bouquet? Yes, his views are out of the ordinary and to an extreme for a couple with your incomes. I’d be concerned that you’ll be fighting about things like this and more after you get married, even if you aren’t yet. 

    That said we would have been unwilling to spend a lot of our own savings on a wedding at that stage of our lives. 

    Post # 55
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    1037 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I totally get living within your means and being practical. I try and buy frugally but make sure it still looks nice. At the moment we are looking for a new dining table and I am happy to get a nice second hand one or one that is solid for $200. I would not expect my husband and I to purchase a table that was scratched up and looked terrible and just live with it because my partner wanted to save a bit of money. Unless we were literally struggling and grateful to have any roof or furniture over our heads. I personally think showing care with presenting your belongings does influence how people may view you, especially if you are a well paid professional. Obviously a student or working a low income job it may be expected that you would not have the extra funds to fix things up but being financially responsible also shouldn’t mean you should give up anything nice or extra in life just in case. I honestly think your husband sounds quite extreme in some of his views so I have a feeling this issue will come up many times, especially if you have kids one day, it’s all fine if you agree on what’s important but may be difficult if you two have different ideas about spending money. 

    Post # 56
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    332 posts
    Helper bee

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    pinklunchbox :  Wow, honestly I feel like you got ripped off. For nearly $5K you could have gotten something that doesn’t need so much cosmetic work. 

    Post # 57
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    585 posts
    Busy bee

    Random thought, and I haven’t read through all the replies… So someone may have mentioned this. $1000 seems pretty steep for painting a hood… Have you checked into junkyards around to see if anyone has a hood for your vehicle in the proper color? It will likely be much cheaper… 

    Post # 58
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    208 posts
    Helper bee

    Have you tried finding someone on Craigslist who is able to sand it down and paint it for less? If it was a few scratches I would still drive it or just a little bit of rust. However I would not want to drive it in that condition. 

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