Last post on Dec 07, 2013 at 8:26 AM
You are in the Classic Cars
What is this discussion about?
#24902 of 26450 Re: Barge [fintail]
Jan 08, 2013 (12:14 pm)
Three cars is certainly the limit. That is why when we got the GM (my Grandfather passed away) we sold the 08 Elantra.
Before I end up in a classic I will need to line up storage. My Aunt has a detached garage with virtually nothing in it and my brother's MIL has a two car garage with nothing but junk in it. I'm sure with a small fee per month she would clean up a little and let me park there. Actually I can't figure why she doesn't park her brand new car in there, but that seems common.
Under 5k is the number for sure. Like I've said plenty of times I want a decent looking reliable driver. The good thing is the cars I like are relatively cheap.
#24903 of 26450 Re: Barge [tjc78]
Jan 08, 2013 (12:34 pm)
Actually I can't figure why she doesn't park her brand new car in there, but that seems common.
In our neighborhood, there aren't any basements in the homes so many people use the garage for their excess stuff and the cars are in the driveway.
We've always managed to keep two cars in the garage at all time, with the 3rd car parked on the street in front of the house.
#24904 of 26450 Re: Barge [michaell]
Jan 08, 2013 (12:41 pm)
My old condo had a 1-car garage, and there were eight units in my courtyard. Of those eight, only one person used the garage for his daily driver...and ironically, that guy couldn't drive worth a damn! He had a Toyota Solara, and I lost track of how many times he scraped it against the door opening. Once or twice, he hit the neighboring cars, as well. He walked with a severe limp, and I'm convinced he had Tourette syndrome.
Anyway, of the other seven...
1 had a pop-up trailer in it
1 had a Chevy Cavalier in it that the guy was storing
4 were used for storage
1 (mine) was used for storage of a non-daily driver. I'd alternate between the Catalina and the DeSoto.
#24905 of 26450 Re: Barge [michaell]
Jan 08, 2013 (12:44 pm)
I can understand it a little without having a basement, however, this woman just has too much stuff. The house is fairly large (4BR/3BA) with a full basement and partial attic. No reason IMO to have the garage crapped up. There is probably no real dollars in the garage, but yet the new 30K car is outside. Makes no sense to me.
#24906 of 26450 Re: Barge [tjc78]
Jan 08, 2013 (12:58 pm)
For me, 2 cars is all I want. I have toyed with the idea of more, but I can't do it. Too much work. Even getting a motorcycle has me thinking of how much I want to own.
For the fintail, I rent a garage space from a guy I know, and have parked it there for about 8 years. But - he wants out of the house, and has it listed now. He contacted me about 10 days ago and claimed he had an interested party, but hasn't talked to me since (I bet the inspection turned up surprises, and his asking price is optimistic). Still, I need to find other parking, and it isn't fun - as I pay a low rate, and am comfortable where I am, and it is a general pain around here finding someone willing to rent out a spot, as, like you mention, a lot of people waste garage space with useless junk. Space they could either protect their car with, or maybe even make a profit from. Every time it snows here, I like seeing newer 50K+ cars that show they aren't garaged. I couldn't do that.
It is nice having cheapish tastes. I almost don't want something too nice anyway - can't enjoy it as much.
#24907 of 26450 Re: Barge [fintail]
Jan 08, 2013 (3:35 pm)
Too much work.
That's for sure, fin. I collected what I have from a practicality standpoint, but once I have it, I have to maintain it. Then after a decade or so, I get attached to it and then keep it out of a sense of commitment, even though there's really no reason to have it any longer.
Right now, I maintain five (of my six) vehicles in drivable condition. My plow truck is questionably drivable on a road, but I do maintain it for its purpose (plowing!). They suck time and money, both of which seem to be in diminishing supply every year.
#24908 of 26450 Re: Barge [xwesx]
Jan 08, 2013 (5:04 pm)
" Then after a decade or so, I get attached to it and then keep it out of a sense of commitment, even though there's really no reason to have it any longer. "
That's pretty much where I am. Attachment over logic. To break the cycle, maybe I should just lease the daily driver, so I can tell myself it isn't mine for good. But then I might try to buy at the end of the lease.
I also don't like to think what would happen once the cars are sold - my maintenance isn't perfect, but I fear someone would neglect them, especially the old car.
#24909 of 26450 Re: Barge [fintail]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:31 pm)
Bingo. I'm sure that my van would end up in a crusher before too long were I to sell it. There's just too much of my life wrapped up in that sheet metal to say goodbye. I do keep it roadworthy (albeit not pleasing on the eyes like your fintail), though. If I didn't, it would definitely be better to let it go.
The F250 is only kept because it is immensely useful as a plow. It's so far gone, though, due to rust, that once it retires from that service, it's a goner. The interior is mint, though, so it's not a total loss. All older pickups have a following, so I'm sure the interior could find a good home with very little effort.
I think the C20 was the best vehicular purchase I've ever made. I paid $500 for it, have put maybe $2,000 into it over the last fifteen years (including tires when I first got it back on the road), and could sell it tomorrow for $5K. I guess if I factor in the depreciation of the dollar, I'm at least breaking even. Another $10K into it and I could have it as it came from the factory.
Since I have the space, I have no reasonable justification to offload them even if they do get maybe a thousand miles (combined) per year.
#24910 of 26450 Re: Barge [xwesx]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:48 pm)
If I was to sell the fintail, I would like it to go to someone with more money than sense, who would restore it - or someone who has experience caring for a car and doesn't want it as something cool and cheapish for their teenaged daughter (the car isn't particularly valuable, which opens some bad scenarios). Keeping it garaged would be important - I don't think it would have a long life out in the damp. I would be picky about the buyer. When I sold my W126 many years ago, it went to an older man who had owned one before - I felt good about that.
I justify keeping the fintail by my lack of other expensive vices (I am not a big drinker or gambler etc) - and that it gives me enjoyment. I have also had it since I was a teenager, drove it through college etc, so there is a little sentimental attachment. But if I faced a cross country move or something, there's a chance I might just move on. Sometimes I feel silly keeping a second car when I have no friends or co-workers with the same ball and chain.
#24911 of 26450 Re: Barge [fintail]
Jan 09, 2013 (3:22 am)
>> I also don't like to think what would happen once the cars are sold - my maintenance isn't perfect, but I fear someone would neglect them, especially the old car.
I understand the sentiment, but keep in mind it's OK to neglect a car. It's just a thing. It doesn't have feelings, it won't miss you, and it sure as heck does not have a soul, no matter what "enthusiasts" like to think about their cars.
You know the old saw: "Never love anything that can't love you back."