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Old 07-11-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Should I buy a second car?

After many years of having a "he" car and a "she" car, I sold the 15 YO Corolla to a friend that needed a first car more than we needed a second car. Since neither DW or I w**k any more, I wanted to see if we could live life with only one mode of transportation (2005 Camry). After a couple of months of roughing it with only one car, we are doing OK, but I still miss having the second car that we only drove for about 1K miles annually.

That said, I am considering buying a new Corolla ($18K?) as a second auto. I have the cash in savings (getting 0.40% yield) and think that six years between new cars is about right. DW can live with it either way, but I think she really would like a #2.

Your thoughts? Go/nogo?
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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I am hoping we'll eventually drop to one car. Would be nice to save on purchase price, insurance, maintain costs (some), etc. But my 89 yo parents still insist on two cars even though Mom drives about 2K/yr. Good luck with your decision...
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It's nice to have two cars for those times when your car is in the shop, or when one of you has a doctor appointment and the other would rather sleep in that morning.

I do agree that most married retirees do not need two cars, but another consideration is the fact that you can't take your money with you when you pass on.
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If you want a new car and can afford it... Then it's OK with me.

I would suggest though, rather than a new car why not a good used car.

That new car smell can be very costly.
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Hey, if you have the money and want the car, well, go and get it. Why not, we are not getting any younger.
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I agree, why not get another car, but I also would recommend a late model used. There are lots of 'good deals' out there .........
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Your thoughts? Go/nogo?
Though we don't drive either one very much, having two cars is pretty useful (and not very costly) for us. We don't have to coordinate with each other to see who might need "the" car (immediately or when booking appointments, etc), and we've got a car if one is in the shop. In fact, with just the two of us, we'll probably have three cars soon--DW's car is getting less reliable (and I think she just wants something newer than her '95 minivan), but I"ll probably keep it as a vehicle we can use to pull our small trailer, haul junk with, etc. I wouldn't get much money for it if I sold it anyway, and insurance and registration is very cheap for an old beater.
If you're not gonna drive it much, maybe consider the utility of a bigger used car. They can be cheap and handy.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:03 PM   #9
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We've had three cars at the same time, for the last 9 years.

I retired a bit over four years ago (DW still employed).

We still have three cars ...

If you can afford it, why not get it? It will make your life easier (rather than just one car). Remember, you won't live forever, and money is for the living - not the dead...
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The past six cars I bought were found on autotrader.com. I buy certified used cars, 2-4 years old and get good deals. I search within a 6 hours radius of my hometown.

I bought a nice used chevy colorado for my son in gadsden, al and drove there one saturday evening, spent the night, got up in the am and met the salesman on a sunday morning. I traded in my truck with 150,000 miles for the chevy with 20,000 miles and drove it home. All negotiating was done by email ahead of time. In and out in 45 minutes.

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We have one car. Have only had one car the five years we have been retired. We live 35 miles from the nearest town, and 15 miles from the nearest small grocery store. There are times I wish I had a pickup truck, however, Lowes and HD will deliver for $85. We only need that once or twice a year so it is cheaper to use them. Both DW and I have Honda scooters, and a golf cart for getting around the neighborhood if the car is out. Having said that, I would like a sports car. However, my practical side won't give into it.
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If you want a new car and can afford it... Then it's OK with me.

I would suggest though, rather than a new car why not a good used car.

That new car smell can be very costly.
Looks like the OP has his eye on a Toyota. Have you seen the depreciation curve on Hondas and Toyotas lately? If you still think it's "lose 20% driving it off the lot" or "lose 40% of value in 2 years," you may be surprised.

This "buy almost new and let someone else eat all the depreciation" isn't **nearly** as true as it used to be, particularly for Hondas and Toyotas. This strategy is largely a victim of its own success as it drove up the demand for 1-2 year old vehicles to the point where, for some makes and models, the depreciation is almost linear. And when the manufacturers (or the gummint) are offering significant incentives to buy new cars, sometimes a new car is a better buy straight up.

Frankly this is an old tip that needs to be revised, because it's often simply not true any more, at least for some makes. Plus in that case, you get the full warranty and you don't have to wonder how the previous owner drove and maintained it.
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A friend of mine owns one car that his wife usually drives, and he walks to work. If he needs a car for something, he rents one. I don't know if he uses ZipCar, or Rent-A-Wreck or one of the more traditional renters. I'm guessing he rents 1-3 times per month and comes out ahead with no additional insurance and upkeep, and he probably has one within walking distance. If it's convenient to you, that might be the way to go. Otherwise, it sounds like you miss having one, so I'd buy one. <updated to remove used car suggestion after reading and agreeing with Ziggy>
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I would like a sports car. However, my practical side won't give into it.
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If you have the money then go for it. We intend to keep two vehicles for as long as both are driving. It's nice to not have to coordinate use of one vehicle and for us the extra cost is worth it.

I also use a motorcycle for "running around" stuff weather and load permitting. I can justify/rationalize that on the grounds that it seems silly to take a 5,000 lb pickup truck to get a prescription or similar small item. And besides, it's more fun.
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Yeah, I think go for it. We have 2 cars, 2 trucks, a minibike, and a motorhome. So maybe you shouldn't take advice from us, come to think of it.
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...and a mototaxi soon.

I'd love to have only one car. This is low hanging fruit for saving money. But we often need the truck for firewood, etc.

But I have a solution for you: Try it with one car only for 6 months or so. You will soon know if it works for you. Don't forget to calculate your savings and enjoy your new, larger garage.
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BTW, purchased new in '02, currently 18K on the odometer, and it's my "sunday" car - IOW, if the sun is not shining, it dosen't come out of the garage...
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OK ...

BTW, purchased new in '02, currently 18K on the odometer, and it's my "sunday" car - IOW, if the sun is not shining, it dosen't come out of the garage...

Nice car.... I put in a bid on a 97 Lingenfleter Corvette that had 600 HP at the wheel... I was the high bidder, but did not reach the reserve... he wanted $28K and I did not want to go that high....

OH WELL, I will wait a little while before getting my sports car... But I did have a Formula 350 for over 10 years prior to getting married ..
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