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View Poll Results: What the max you've spent to purchase a daily driver vehicle?
$0 -$19,999 19 14.50%
$20,000 - $29,999 45 34.35%
$30,000 - $39,999 34 25.95%
$40,000 - $49,999 18 13.74%
$50,000 - $59,999 3 2.29%
$60,000 - $69,999 4 3.05%
$70,000 plus 8 6.11%
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:38 AM   #41
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Times and markets change, the lightly used vehicles are not the bargains they once were and I will strongly consider purchasing new in next two years and break the $20K barrier. And treat my dear wife to the car she wants (Subaru Forester or Honda CRV, and finally have all wheel drive to deal with our 100-200 inches snow season)
Agreed! After driving used (even abused) all my life, I started buying new because of the high cost of lightly used Hondas & Toyotas, our preferred rides.

On the other hand, we bought DW's Camry used a decade ago with a 100K mile Toyota warrantee. It has been the best and most reliable car we have ever had. It was relatively expensive when purchased, but extremely reliable and cheap to run.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:40 AM   #42
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I've been very careful to avoid this choice in our house .. no sense taking needless risks. She might choose the car
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My current car a 2014 Infiniti G37. love it. really the first time I've owned a car that wasn't 5 years old when I brought it.

I work about 50 miles away from home and I love the comfort.

someone mentioned heated seats, lol that was a requirement for me.
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:14 PM   #44
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Bought a 2010 Ford F150 for 31.5K with 12K trade of a Subaru Outback. At that time I also have an Accord Coupe for summer driving. I only drive the truck during the winter and when hauling grass and some long trips. Now at 5 years out, the truck is starting to have some repair bills. This is my last truck. Although I intend to drive it for another 5 years.
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Old 10-01-2015, 01:02 PM   #45
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Bought a 2004 Acura TL new for around $32,000. Manual transmission. Still going strong with only 82,000 miles on it. Recently had the timing belt replaced. So far, it's been bulletproof and fun to drive. Hope it lasts another 8-10 yrs.
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The most expensive car we've owned is one we got for free. We couldn't afford the maintenance.

Hard to do comparisons like this because inflation isn't considered. Here in the US all the cars we have bought new were in the mid-level Accord / Camry price range. Once exception was the '06 Acura TL I currently drive, it cost $30.4K
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$18,800 on a new 2012 Civic. I bought it for the great mileage and reliability, but if I could go back and do it again, I think I'd have gotten the FIT for more storage.
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My current car a 2014 Infiniti G37. love it. really the first time I've owned a car that wasn't 5 years old when I brought it.

I work about 50 miles away from home and I love the comfort.

someone mentioned heated seats, lol that was a requirement for me.
Our Mini would have been about $2000 less without the heated leather seats. I told the young wife that her butt was hot enough already, but she wasn't buying it.
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After adjusting for inflation, none of the cars I bought exceeded $30K, but they came close. The first minivan I bought in 1985 came to $28K, and the SUV in 2003 came to $29.7K.

Yes, that 2003 SUV is the last one I bought new, and it still has only 25K miles on the odometer.
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before RE (this year) it would have been 1-19999, but we spent about 30k on the one this year. Guess I'm on the cheaper end
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Last 2 cars were year-old Buicks and paid about half of what they were new. Current one is 5 years old, had the previous one for 9 years. Most expensive was $21K.
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Hey - can we have at least one more group in this poll please? How about an under $10K group, and perhaps even one for "Never owned a car" (just in case there is someone!)

The most I have ever paid for a car was (if I remember correctly) around $4,400 for a 1988 Volvo 240 Wagon (I think it was a DL) bought in 1997. Don't remember the details, as I'm not much of a car person. I bought it after riding a motorcycle for around 6 1/2 years and having a few rather scary accidents, the last of which made me decide to cut my losses. It scared me so much that I went out and bought the Volvo, and soon after, ditched the motorcycle. However, the Volvo wasn't a particularly frugal option, as it cost me several thousand a year in maintenance.

I have also owned a 1978 Toyota Celica (bought in 1987) and a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 (bought in around 1989 with 44,000 original miles on it and in excellent condition, for just $500 - the best deal I ever got on a car). My other 2 vehicles were a brand new Vespa scooter, and a used Yamaha XJ700 motorcycle. The Volvo wagon was the most expensive vehicle I ever owned though - at ~$4,400.

Since early 2002, the only vehicles I have owned are bicycles. They are much cheaper, and help to keep me fit too. I think my best bicycle deal has been my current one, a used Marin brand hybrid (street/mountain), bought for $125 from Craigslist. It is my sole form of transport and probably averages $100/year in maintenance. I have had a few quite pricey maintenance jobs done on it. A pricey bicycle shop maintenance bill for me is ~$100, whereas a pricey bill for the old Volvo was 10-20 times that. Then there was the registration, insurance, gas..........
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I paid $16k for a new 2007 Corolla. That car replaced a 1991 Prism I bought in 1992 for $8k and lasted for 15 more years.
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I'm a little surprised at the qty in the $30,000 - $39,999 range. I figured most here were interested in just basic transportation, as I am, and that's not hard to find under $30,000. I guess this might reflect the people who buy vehicles with enough oooomph to tow their toys? 'ooomph' doesn't come cheap!

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Old 10-02-2015, 02:50 PM   #55
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My criteria has always been reliable basic transportation with ergonomics where my back wouldn't break on a long road trip. That said, car before this one was an entry level luxury car (Lexus) because I've always wanted to own one luxury car . The most recent purchase in July was a replacement of our SUV...must have leather seats and all the safety bells and whistles. In order to get all the safety bells and whistles, you have to buy the fully loaded model...$45K, but we keep our cars for ~15-20 years. And I do LOVE my butt coolers!
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Nominally, the most paid for a car was a tad over $12K, but that was in 1991. My first new car was the most expensive (in relative dollars) $5K for a Vette in 1970 - my only serious car-buying error in judgment.

Now I like to stay under $10K for a decent used car, though I haven't had to buy one for a few years now. I actually feel better driving an older car (lower insurance, maybe lower tags, less likely to be stolen or broken into, etc.)

Oh, and least paid was $50 for a 49 Chevy in 1964. YMMV
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32K (CDN) on a loaded Toyota Tacoma back in 2000. Still happily driving it and have had nary a single problem with it over these 15 years. It still looks great, drives great...people approach me all the time asking me if I want to sell it...nope. I think it will be considered (and probably already is) one of the best truck models ever produced.

And it serves very well as my mobile (and outrageously capable off-road) platform for my post-ER adventures. Love my truck.
My daily driver is basically the same Tacoma, but a 2008. Both kayaks fit on the rack, two mountain bikes underneath, with a locked box for camping gear storage. Bought one in 2004 for $21,000 that was stolen in 2008, then used the insurance money to buy the 2008. It's a practical vehicle for our lifestyle, but the gas mileage isn't great.

Since I ran my 1985 Toyota pickup for 20 years and 300,000 miles, I figure this one will last even longer with no commuting. But right now I'm in the middle of a roughly 10,000 mile three month trip around the US, so the miles could pile up.
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I'm a little surprised at the qty in the $30,000 - $39,999 range. I figured most here were interested in just basic transportation, as I am, and that's not hard to find under $30,000. I guess this might reflect the people who buy vehicles with enough oooomph to tow their toys? 'ooomph' doesn't come cheap! -ERD50
For me it is just a simple case of comfort: at 6'4" and about 265lbs there is a limit to what I can fit into comfortably and I have only really found it in large SUV's or large luxury vehicles and they don't normally come cheap (don't see a lil' sports car ever in my future ).
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The most expensive car we've owned is one we got for free. We couldn't afford the maintenance.

Hard to do comparisons like this because inflation isn't considered. Here in the US all the cars we have bought new were in the mid-level Accord / Camry price range. Once exception was the '06 Acura TL I currently drive, it cost $30.4K
Might be an interesting thread...
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Spent right under $40k for my '07 G35S. I have a bit of buyer's remorse on that one, but not as much as I do on my prior vehicle which I never should've purchased.

The G has 88,000 miles on it and I expect I'll drive it until it dies. I hear the complaints about premium fuel, and add to that to check out tire usage. My rears and fronts are different, so I can't rotate, which shortens the life of the tires... lesson learned.

We spend the third most time in our cars in life, so I don't have an issue with spending a reasonable amount for creature comforts. I doubt I'll ever buy a high-dollar luxury car (I know - $40k is high dollar, but I mean like the 60s+ stuff). Not sure I can justify it when there are really nice vehicles out there for half that.
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