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How much is a normal amount to spend on a first car?

 
 
MatthewB7621
 
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Reply Fri 3 Dec, 2010 02:34 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I do know a bit about cars as I know a guy who is a car mechanic and I do some voluntary work with him on occasions. Thing is there are so many different cars these days that it is hard to get the different parts etc. Which is why I would like an oldish car so that I can just fix it up when needed rather than paying £300 for someone to fix something that costs £20. I would only ever get a small engines car aswell, something like a 1ltr Yaris, because they have brilliant mpg.
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Golden Rule
 
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Reply Fri 3 Dec, 2010 03:10 pm
@MatthewB7621,
$5000 for a used black Mustang GT, with racing interior complete with embroidered seats, back in the 80's. Oh, that was fun!
MatthewB7621
 
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Reply Fri 3 Dec, 2010 06:12 pm
@Golden Rule,
That must have been a hell of a lot at the time. Sounds awesome though. Old cars are so much better than the new modern ones in the way of looks anyway. Modern cars are so boring.
HexHammer
 
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Reply Fri 3 Dec, 2010 11:53 pm
@MatthewB7621,
MatthewB7621 wrote:

Just wanting to know how much other people spent on their first cars.

Group think?

I think the question is a poor 1, if there's a bunch of spoiled ritch kid and you are a person of low income, then there would be a mismatch as the answer wouldn't fit you, it's all very relative.

A wiser question may lie in how much of you income a car should eat up, also considering the rest of your expences.

laughoutlood
 
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Reply Fri 3 Dec, 2010 11:56 pm
@MatthewB7621,
Quote:
Just wanting to know how much other people spent on their first cars.


Somewhere between being and nothingness.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 12:14 am
@MatthewB7621,
Matthew , you're being a tad melodramatic about all things English:
Minis, MG's, Triumphs are some great English cars.

And these are not the uberexpensive luxury cars like Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Bentley for example.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 12:17 am
@MatthewB7621,
Not knowing your geographical context (urban, rural, or suburban England): have you considered a Vespa or some equal mode of cheap transportation?
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MatthewB7621
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 07:24 am
@HexHammer,
It's just a question, jeez you're a little serious about all of this. It's not like am going to be influenced on the amount I spend on my first car through this discussion. I was just asking other people. So stop complaining.
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Francis
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 07:31 am
Hexhammer wrote:
also considering the rest of your expences.


Any pennies left?
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Francis
 
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Reply Sat 4 Dec, 2010 07:34 am
Laughoutlood wrote:
Somewhere between being and nothingness.


And repeated ad nauseam?
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Golden Rule
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2010 10:09 am
@MatthewB7621,
Used mustangs go for about $13,000, now....for one as nice as I had. I guess it depends on where you are? I am in the southeast US. I worked nights, weekends, and three summers saving for mine. I drove it for 11 years, until I got married...it was my dream car since elementary school. ; )

Since the economy crashed we are seeing lots of cars in the $2,500 range, though...especially ones with high fuel comsumption. It seems the bigger they are, the less the cost of purhase.

I have also noticed a lot dealerships are not listing a set price, just a monthly payment price for "buy here, pay here" with huge banners saying "no credit check". Not sure I would like to fall in that well.... I am about to start shopping for my daughters first car with her. I am dreading it, she is excited...ha!
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MatthewB7621
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2010 06:20 pm
@tsarstepan,
I wasn't implying that English cars are poor. just that most modern cars seem so boring in comparison to older cars.
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