• fb_1608316346 avatar Gary Posted: 10/17/2011 10:42am PDT

    Just bought a new car, but traded in two to get it.
    It is worth noting that I would not have bought the new car if I was not such an enthusiast because we did not need it.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 10/17/2011 11:10am PDT

    Automobiles can be just as addictive as drugs, alcohol, food and women ;-)

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 10/17/2011 10:59am PDT

    There are no practical alternatives to motor vehicles for most of us. However, it will be a while before a family can justify having more than one vehicle per adult driver. The word MPV Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle was coined dduring the Jimmie Carter recession for a similar reason. Minivans were born to satisfy that need.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 10/17/2011 11:07am PDT

    Holding on to our 2006 Nissan Frontier and 2004 Honda Accord because cars are getting too expensive to own in every aspect.
    If one were too step back an look at what it cost to own and maintain an automobile it would make your 401k shine even in today's market!

  • DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 10/25/2011 9:27am PDT

    I used to be a car nut,I couldn't wait to lease a new vehicle.
    I always hoped they would have one year leases available.
    Car manufacturers offer 72 month financing on vehicles with 36 month warranties. Ford Explorers can hit the mid $50,000 range when loaded up, Volkswagen tourag can hit $60,000.
    even a loaded Tiguan can hit almost $40,000.
    We were able to drop to a one vehicle family. I think America's love affair with the automobile is definitely losing much of its luster.

  • dalle007 avatar dalle007 Posted: 1/3/2012 6:26am PST

    There is not many cars out there at a resonable price to be enthused about. Maufacturers are just out to make money and they wont put anymore into a vehicle than they have to, to make it sell.