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good fined. they forgot to mention the fact that after buying a pryis they would then need to call there buddy with the gas gusseler to haul anything bigger than a grocery bag.
 

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Will a prius haul a bag of groceries? Are you sure?
 

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As long as you haven't bought a jug of water because water is VERY VERY HEAVY! Those things bottom out if you put 2 jugs in em.
 

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The problem with this is that they assume you are going to buy a brand new vehicle, what about trading for a used car that gets good mileage.
 

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The problem with this is that they assume you are going to buy a brand new vehicle, what about trading for a used car that gets good mileage.

Agreed! There's lots of $500 cars out there that will get 30MPG. The problem with those $500 cars is that you need to replace them every 1-2 years. Then you can take that $500 car to the shreader and get $200 for it so your next $500 car only costs $300. I like my economics better than Yahoo!.
 

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I bought a brand new Escort in '93 to offset my hotrod Camaro's gas.


I still have that little bugger stuffed in the garage, with all the 110k miles on her. I think I'll dust her off for the grocery runs.
 

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Your going from a used vehicle to a new vehicle. What they need to compare is a new Expedition vs a new Escape Hybrid.

If I had to choose between F250 and Escape Hybrid I'd go with the F250. Mainly because I don't need an Escape Hybrid.

We have trucks. There's nothing to swap it out with that can do the job.
 

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Buying $500 cars means they are junk, break down and don't allow you to be a reliable resourse to your company... meaning you miss out on money, bonuses b/c you're trying to save a nickel and break down 24/7. Not to mention you spend you weekends fixing up the clunker and spending money on it vs just having a monthly payment and enjoying your weekends with family, or a hobby. I've had the junk "econo car", and I worked at Autozone & Advance auto and saw what people were spending consistenly... our customer base was the same people every weekend. Dumping money into a car worth nothing, when they'd be better off with a $300/mo payment b/c they average $600/mo in parts alone. common sense. everyones situation is different and has different motives. but in the end theres a lot of stupid people out there spending a lot of money on junk and not doing the math to see how it works out. Insurance, if the vehicle is stolen/totaled what will the Ins company give you... $500 check and you spent $1,500 fixing it up and paid $800 for it.. wow. great deal. Lots of factors. and Insurance costs is a big one. that alone usually negates the 2nd vehicle fuel savings.
 

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I think most people can see the problems and realize a new car is better if you really depend on it that much. Some people can actually get by without a car and own a junker.

I believe if you were to look deeper at the reasoning you would see that these people can not get financing at a reasonable rate or the insurance would be a big monetary factor in the decision.

Most of the people I know who drive junkers have credit and insurance problems.

Some insurance premiums alone could easily exceed $300 per month. Insurance cost is also based on credit history.
 

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I bought a brand new Escort in '93 to offset my hotrod Camaro's gas.


I still have that little bugger stuffed in the garage, with all the 110k miles on her. I think I'll dust her off for the grocery runs.
well it really does suck that I totaled my truck a couple of months ago:doh: but I am saving more money now cause that did happen and my car gets so much better mpg.. I usually get at least 25mpg out of my car... the best I have got was 28mpg.. and that is also includes cruising around 75mph...:crazy: I would be luck to see 17 0r 18 in my truck I had...
 

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Agreed! There's lots of $500 cars out there that will get 30MPG. The problem with those $500 cars is that you need to replace them every 1-2 years. Then you can take that $500 car to the shreader and get $200 for it so your next $500 car only costs $300. I like my economics better than Yahoo!.
But then you're driving a $500 car while your $40k truck sits unused. It's a ****ty situation.
 

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a buddy of mine buys and sels rigs from auctions kind of like a used dealer but he only moves one or 2 cars at a time.

he said right now a car you could have bought a year ago for $1000 bux is going for about $4000 right now at the auctions. he said big gas power pickups that where bringing $12-14 grand are now slipping trough the auctions at $8-9000 and diesel pickups arent even being bid on.
 

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But then you're driving a $500 car while your $40k truck sits unused. It's a ****ty situation.
I'm not personally driving a $500 car. In fact I paid $5900 for my current work beater, a 99 Regal GSE which I bought in the spring of 2006. It had 75,000 miles on it then and it has 118,000 on it now and it gets 30 MPG the way I drive it. I've also put 20,000 miles on my F-350 since I bought it in Feb 2007. I put a lot of miles on my vehicles. I usually don't get rid of them until they become too costly to maintain. Then they either get sold or get scrapped.

I have no problems putting large ticket items into a vehicle that I know will work for many years to come. That Regal has a tranny that has a tendency to give up. Considering that the car is rust free and the 3800 Series 2 Supercharged motors are awesome, I would put a new tranny in this car. I'm actually intending on keeping this car for at least another 3 years.
 

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Im currently driving a 95 honda civic coupe. It cost me 1000 bucks and after parking the truck, the car has paid for itself in gas already 3 months in to ownership. The truck is paid off, but cost me 200 dollars a month insurance, the car is also obviously paid off and that cost me 10 bucks a month to insure
 
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