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View Poll Results: If you're an ER, do you own "his" and "hers" cars?
Irrelevant-- we have fewer than two cars. 12 18.46%
Don't care-- we choose according to other criteria. 34 52.31%
It's my car and my spouse has to request permission to drive it. 8 12.31%
It's her car when it's working and his when it's not working. 11 16.92%
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:08 PM   #21
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No appropriate voting category for me.

DW has hear own Buick, does not want to drive my XJ6, Afraid to drive my Suburban (@ 7200 lb it is in no way sporty, will burn rubber on the straight line if needed. , a few mods ). She won't even consider the Suburban with trailer attached. Does not know how to drive my or any motorcycle. Does do her own bicycle riding

If we go out, then I drive her Buick, she rides like a proper lady, and yes, I still go around and open/close door for her and carry the umbrella if called for. So call me old fashioned.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:12 PM   #22
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I have a Camry '05, DH has a Explorer '02; Oh and the '58 Morgan (I guess that is ours together)
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:19 PM   #23
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I have a GMC pickup and my wife a Mercury Sable. When I retire we are trading the truck for a Mazda5 minivan, selling the Sable and when we get situated in our retirement home we will get a convertible, either a Mustang, Pontiac Solstice, Mazde Miata or another Corvette. We want to make some road trips after I retire.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:23 PM   #24
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If I met a guy and he didn't have a car...uh, what's wrong with this picture would be my thought. So, yeah...I want a car, he has a car = happiness.
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Unofficially mine: 04 Honda CRV, 28k miles
Unofficially hers: 02 Camry V6 with leather and heated seats, 35k miles

College age son: 94 Camry about to die with 145k miles

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Plan: 02 Camry -> son
        We buy new Hybrid Camry with leather + heated seats which is  
        to be unofficially hers but whoever needs the better gas mileage
        will get first choice.
We came up with the Plan after looking at the used car junk out there on the market. Since we pay all of DS's expenses now I don't want to buy a used car problem.

P.S. If you can think of a better plan let me know. We're about to pull the trigger.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:59 AM   #27
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Mine is the convertible.
Hers is the Hummer for carrying grandkids, towing trailors to HD and Loews, and pulling behind the Motorhome.
She's talking about a better gas milage vehicle, but also doesn't want to give up the advantages of the Hummer.
If I can't convince her that a motorcycle will get better milage, we may end up with 3 as long as gas prices are so high.
And we need at least 2 due to different activities and schedules for each of us, seems ER has allowed us to pursue both together and alone time fun things to do.
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P.S. If you can think of a better plan let me know. We're about to pull the trigger.
Not sure if its a better plan, but its certainly a cheaper plan that avoids buying someone else's used car problems...

Buy a new budget car for DS - say a Honda Fit for 15k?

And keep the Camry. You could get a lot more years out of that 02 Camry with only 35k on it.

That way you've set him up for 10+ years (or until he decides to upgrade on his own) and saved yourself 15+ grand. And that 02 Camry will last for a long time. By the time you'd really need to upgrade it perhaps hybrids will be much more economical. Given the rate at which they're improving hybrid technology, its worth putting it off for a couple of years.
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... Oh and the '58 Morgan (I guess that is ours together)
I am impressed. Very cool! 5 feet of bonnet and 1 1/2 feet of engine? Wood frame? pictures?? Please?
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Buy a new budget car for DS - say a Honda Fit for 15k?
This could work out as a better plan. Unfortunately we've talked through this route once before and once my DS hears that we are willing to put that much out he will start pushing for another model car -- most likely one that fits his styling image. Some of the small Honda and Toyota cars don't appeal to him. He gets a little irrational when it comes to cars and girls. Yep, he's spoiled but we're working more and more on that responsibility thing .
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DW would give up "her car" when someone pried its keys from her cold... you get the message. We had two cars when we drove in two different directions to w#rk, and still like the ability to be in two places at once.
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We have two cars but they are not really his & hers more like ours . WE trade off according to who is doing what .
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For a number of years we had only one car and Greg would drive me to work or I would walk. About a year ago we bought a small used pickup truck so that we each could go independently to one place or another.

We both tend to grab the car first to use because its gets super mileage and is more comfortable than the truck. Unless someone is hauling something.
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... once my DS hears that we are willing to put that much out he will start pushing for another model car -- most likely one that fits his styling image....

Yeah, I would have done the same thing at his age...
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DW and I each have a 2002 Camry 4 cyl XLE with ~80k miles. We almost never use both except when working so when we retire this summer we'll decide whether it's more useful to keep the red one or the blue one.

Actually, we may trade them both in for a small 4wd SUV (Rav4, CRV, Forester, or similar) suitable for exploring the continent (on road).
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Actually, we may trade them both in for a small 4wd SUV (Rav4, CRV, Forester, or similar) suitable for exploring the continent (on road).
We're going on a road trip through Sierras and into Wyoming & Montana. Probably will take the new Camry we're going to purchase. Reason is it's quieter and so one arrives less weary from the road noise. Also a Camry Hybrid will get better gas mileage then our Honda CRV. Probably there will be better high gas mileage alternatives in the future. We like the Camry Hybrid better then the Prius and for low mileage drivers the gas consumption difference is not too big a deal.
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We used to have 2 cars. One sat in the driveway for about 9 months and we finally figured out that we were paying a bunch for insurance and license tags for not much benefit. We gave it away to charity. Now and then it would be convenient to have another car, but in extreme cases, we have rented a car to tide us over. These days, a weekend rental sale can usually be found in large metro areas.
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Interesting question. We have had two cars for decades but neither is hers or mine. I almost always drive when we are together so I guess she just doesn't care. To me a car is a tool -- I have zero attachment to it. We planned to drop one of the cars when DW ERs (next year?) but DD moved back home so we will keep it as long as she is around.
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We're both still working...

Before kids - we shared a car. I don't remember ever thinking it's mine or his.

After kids, we have two cars.

We treat both cars as "our cars". We use them according to the need at hand - bigger one for hauling & vacations, smaller one for longer trips, etc. Since our daily commutes vary (mine is virtually 0 mi), each of us tends to drive one more than the other. Also, we never got in the habit of keeping a bunch of personal stuff in the car, so we can just hop into either one of them, it does not mater which one...
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