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#1 of 35291 Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous
Jun 19, 2004 (5:54 pm)
It has come to my attention that I am not the only one who goes car shopping more often than I go clothes shopping. Anyone have any ideas why?
Maybe we can form a support group to talk each other out of continuing the madness.
#2 of 35291 Okay, I'll bite....
Jun 20, 2004 (7:00 pm)
1) Because it's fun
2) because it's free
3) Because it's good to do lots of research before commiting a quarter of your monthly budget to a product you depend on for transportation.
#3 of 35291 As I have said before...
Jun 21, 2004 (2:21 pm)
for car guys (& gals), it's the thrill of the hunt. The purchase itself is merely the culmination of the process, and the impetus to start the next hunt! We're serial-car shoppers. And like serial-anything, we're biologically-wired to get turned on by the lure of the hunt.
The fun is all in the hypothesization, visualization, research, viewing, auto shows, discussions, test-drives, and more research, etc, etc.
Jun 21, 2004 (7:37 pm)
I just love cars, and hav esince I was a little kid. I had a subscription to Car and Driver and Motor trend when I was 10, if that gives a clue.
I have had an assortment of cars over the years, but continue looking no matter how recently I bought. I don't usually buy right away, but keep looking anyway.
It's part hobby, part addiction, but I will look at anything, anywhere. I usually get fixated on one thing for a while, until the next set of wheels catches my eye.
If NJ didn't have a 6% sales tax, and rediculous DMV and insurance fees (and I had more garage space), I would probably have a revolving door of odd wheels going most of the time. My wife woldn't appreciate it, but I consider that her failing, not mine!
Jun 22, 2004 (4:18 pm)
I recently tallyed up our purchases and came to a grand total of 34 cars in 9 years. I think I am addicted to car shopping period. I get excited when coworkers are looking for cars because I get to help them look and give them advice.
I defintely need a cheaper hobby. For anyone who is interested here is my list .. in no particular order.
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo
1990 Toyota Tercel
1982 Toyota Tercel SR5
1987 Toyota Celica GTS
1987 & 1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GTS
1997 Toyota RAV4 2 door
1991 Nissan 300ZX TT
1989 Honda Civic wagon
1993 Honda Civic EX coupe
1996 Honda Civic EX sedan
1998 Honda Civic EX sedan
(2) 2000 Honda Civic SI's
(2) 2002 Honda Civic SI's
2003 Honda Civic SI
1991 Honda Accord EX sedan
1992 Honda Accord EX sedan
1999 Honda Accord EX sedan
2001 Honda Accord EX V6 coupe
2003 Honda Accord EX-L coupe
2004 Honda Accord EX-L sedan
2004 Honda Odyssey EX-RES
1993 Acura Vigor
1990 Acura Integra
1991 Acura Integra
1992 Acura Integra
1994 Acura Integra
1995 Lexus GS300
1994 Lexus LS400
2000 Chevrolet Silverado
1997 Dodge Dakota
2001 Mazda Protege ES
Jun 22, 2004 (6:05 pm)
I'm also the designated car man in the office (and neighborhood). Many people know to talk to me before they do something, or I get mad at them. I have actually gone with a few people to negotiate the deal, or at least help out (somewhere between a third base coach and voice of reason).
And man, do I love those test drive coupons. Get some pretty good stuff that way.
#8 of 35291 Hi yourself
Jun 22, 2004 (6:15 pm)
About time you arrived Mathias. We've been expecting you.
Jun 22, 2004 (6:18 pm)
or does it drive other people nuts when people ask for advice about what to buy and how much to pay and then go out and finance a used Explorer Sport for 66 months $500 per month (true story)?
Jun 22, 2004 (6:21 pm)
I learned a long time ago that you can't protect people from themselves. I offer advice and/or assistance, and if they choose to ignore it, more power to them. Just don't complain to me later on about your crappy car or unaffordable payments.