will you buy a new car because of the gas prices?

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will you buy a new car because of the gas prices?

married with children married with children
Anybody here going to run out and buy a new car because they cant afford the price of gas? I am asking because I have heard many government officals make comments on this subject. They have said that if you are having problems buying gas to fill you 15 MPG car gas tank up, you should go out and buy a hybrid. Does this train of thought make sense to anyone else? They have me lost.
06/09/2011
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Sir Sir
It makes no sense. How about putting a cap on the gas prices instead? That makes more sense.
06/10/2011
married with children married with children
I would agree with you. or drilling for oil in america, that would bring down the cost. The sad part, is that only 30% of the oil is used for our personal cars. the rest is used for transporting goods, making products (plastic being one product. how many people do not have any plastic in their house). I would even take the $.45/per gallon tax being removed to lower the price. They are taking about adding a $1.00/per gallon to the tax.
06/10/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
If you do the math, the break even cost on a hybrid is something like 10 years for most people, meaning that you'd have to own the car for 10 years with no major maintenance issues in order to just save the money you would have otherwise spent on gas. Going out and buying a new car may save at the pump some, but think about the fact that now you have car payments. Which is cheaper for you, an extra $10-$20 a tank? Or an extra $400-$500 a month for a car payment. So you're really not best off buying a hybrid because of gas prices.

There are a whole bunch of little maintenance things you can do to help improve the mileage on the vehicle you have already. They might not make a monumental difference, but things like making sure the air in your tires is the right pressure, you have a clean air filter, and your car is properly tuned can net you a few extra MPGs.

And if you really want to buy something new to save on gas, get a motorcycle. If you're not going for one that's brand freaking new, you can get a great price on one and they're cheaper to register and insure. My 2002 Honda Rebel cost me $3,000 to buy 3 years ago, $39 to register each year, and $200 for a whole year of insurance. And to top it off it gets about 80 miles to the gallon with a 2 gallon tank.
06/10/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Jul!a
If you do the math, the break even cost on a hybrid is something like 10 years for most people, meaning that you'd have to own the car for 10 years with no major maintenance issues in order to just save the money you would have otherwise spent on ...
DAMN! That rocks my flip flops!

I have a 6 cylinder and really don't care much for it. I don't haul heavy things and don't see the point in having that much horse power for speeding tickets. I'd rather have a decent 4 cylinder.
06/10/2011
Miss Morphine Miss Morphine
My car doesn't get ideal gas mileage (somewhere in the 25-27 mpg usually), but it's got no major issues and I can't justify a car payment just to improve mileage.
06/10/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
DAMN! That rocks my flip flops!

I have a 6 cylinder and really don't care much for it. I don't haul heavy things and don't see the point in having that much horse power for speeding tickets. I'd rather have a decent 4 cylinder.
Lol, I have a lovely 8 cylinder. 18 miles to the gallon on a good day. I try to take the motorcycle everywhere I can
06/10/2011
Rossie Rossie
If I have a problem filling up my Ford Expedition, where in the world do I have the money to buy an expensive hybrid? I'd rather group my errands and drive a little less!
06/10/2011
Mr. E Mr. E
Those Gov't officials are clueless.
06/10/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Not a new, but I wouldn't mind a 2006 (or older) Mini-Cooper because I'm fecking sick of my non-working 1990 Subaru Legacy (THAT I'M STILL PAYING ON) (incidentally, it's nickname is 'Redstone'). Sad part is that my (permanently dead) 1992 Chevy Corsica got up to 30mpg after the temperature sensor had been fixed, while my Subaru on it's best days managed about 20mpg. Now that I don't have a husband who insists on "four doors and room for stuff", I can definitely consider something smaller once I get my financial bearings back.

Currently have to drive my mother's junkie Nissan 240SX, aka 'the POS'. I'm afraid to even try to measure the mileage on it after all this time.

No, I don't see how spending more money on another car is going to solve the problem. No wonder the government/big business is a mess - no long-term thinking and only short-term profit games.
06/10/2011
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
If you do the math, the break even cost on a hybrid is something like 10 years for most people, meaning that you'd have to own the car for 10 years with no major maintenance issues in order to just save the money you would have otherwise spent on ...
Damn, there you go MAKING SENSE!
06/10/2011
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
If I have a problem filling up my Ford Expedition, where in the world do I have the money to buy an expensive hybrid? I'd rather group my errands and drive a little less!
Exactly what I was saying today.

If I cannot afford gas, how can I afford a new car? What the heck...
06/10/2011
RonLee RonLee
One of my co-workers has a 2002 Prius, she's had to replace the main battery at a cost of just over $4,000. Now the engine is going bad but she's probably got 200,000 miles on it.
06/10/2011
married with children married with children
I drive a honda civic for my everyday driver. it gets about 35 MPG. I put just over 2ooo miles a month just for work. My family car is a big gas gulper SUV. I purchased it knowing that I would not be driving it very often. And we havent. It only has abour 40k miles on it, and we have had it for 6 years. It hurts when I have to fill it up. $80 a tank. I need a truck to hull my dirt bikes and wood projects to customers, but the gas cost would be so high that it would add too much to the cost of my projects the customers would not want to pay.
06/10/2011
[Red] [Red]
...I'm so glad we don't have a car. I like being able to walk everywhere.
06/10/2011
married with children married with children
I live out in the sticks. I have to drive everywhere. Most people do. it is just a fact of life here. I have been in japan, you can take a train just about anywhere. Not a option here.
06/10/2011
DustBunny DustBunny
I'm looking to get a car now, so that's one of the most important thing next to price for me.
06/10/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
No way! I like a nice big car and if that means more fuel, then that's something I have to deal with.

Besides, when ya live way out where the closest supermarket is an hr each way, those hybrid cars are useless.
May be ok in the city but crap out on open highways!

I won't be owning one of those things.
06/10/2011
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I'm not buying a new car, I will just stop driving as much. As it is, I already refuse to drive more than 20 minutes unless I combine that trip with other errands. I did just buy myself and my boyfriend bikes, so we can at least get around town without using gas.
06/11/2011
Yoda Yoda
I would if didn't already get 38 mpg in my kia.
06/11/2011
MaryExy MaryExy
I'll get a new car when they have reasonably-priced electrics or other alternatively-fueled cars... Until then I really don't see the point in investing in the "just keep raising mpg!" research; to me it's not making much of a difference in our impact on the environment.
06/11/2011
Noira Noira
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Originally posted by married with children
I would agree with you. or drilling for oil in america, that would bring down the cost. The sad part, is that only 30% of the oil is used for our personal cars. the rest is used for transporting goods, making products (plastic being one product. ...
You aren't allowed to complain; we pay more for gas in Canada where we DRILL FOR THE OIL, than you do in America. I know. I visited the United States and the gas was cheaper, even in the cities, than we pay. D:

What we NEED to do is find a good oil alternative, though I cringe at the loss of my province's economy... we pretty well rely on the oil export with the effects of the vicious climate doing hell to farming.

And... no... I wouldn't be running out to buy a new car if I couldn't afford gas. Paradoxal much? Anyway, I live in a small town where everything is in walking distance... though I'm itching to buy a car anyway, and I'd consider a hybrid, certainly. And there would be no 'car payments'. Car would be bought in one lump payment.
06/12/2011
slynch slynch
My work commute is 40-45 miles a day. I drive a 2001 Saturn and get about 30-32 miles to the gallon. The mileage is decent and I don't want to have a monthly car payment. I have 137,000 miles on it so far.
06/12/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by RonLee
Damn, there you go MAKING SENSE!
My husband is a mechanic and my brother in law is crazy good with numbers. I've heard this debate and conversation enough times that I now know enough to have it on my own, lol.
06/12/2011
Pixel Pixel
I'm planning on buying a motorcycle instead of a car once I get a paying job.
06/12/2011
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