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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
It has come to my attention that I am not the only one who goes car shopping more often than I go clothes shopping. Anyone have any ideas why?

Maybe we can form a support group to talk each other out of continuing the madness.
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  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    1) Because it's fun

    2) because it's free

    3) Because it's good to do lots of research before commiting a quarter of your monthly budget to a product you depend on for transportation.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    for car guys (& gals), it's the thrill of the hunt. The purchase itself is merely the culmination of the process, and the impetus to start the next hunt! We're serial-car shoppers. And like serial-anything, we're biologically-wired to get turned on by the lure of the hunt.

    The fun is all in the hypothesization, visualization, research, viewing, auto shows, discussions, test-drives, and more research, etc, etc.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    I just love cars, and hav esince I was a little kid. I had a subscription to Car and Driver and Motor trend when I was 10, if that gives a clue.

    I have had an assortment of cars over the years, but continue looking no matter how recently I bought. I don't usually buy right away, but keep looking anyway.

    It's part hobby, part addiction, but I will look at anything, anywhere. I usually get fixated on one thing for a while, until the next set of wheels catches my eye.

    If NJ didn't have a 6% sales tax, and rediculous DMV and insurance fees (and I had more garage space), I would probably have a revolving door of odd wheels going most of the time. My wife woldn't appreciate it, but I consider that her failing, not mine!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    I recently tallyed up our purchases and came to a grand total of 34 cars in 9 years. I think I am addicted to car shopping period. I get excited when coworkers are looking for cars because I get to help them look and give them advice.

    I defintely need a cheaper hobby. For anyone who is interested here is my list .. in no particular order.

    1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo
    1990 Toyota Tercel
    1982 Toyota Tercel SR5
    1987 Toyota Celica GTS
    1987 & 1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GTS
    1997 Toyota RAV4 2 door

    1991 Nissan 300ZX TT

    1989 Honda Civic wagon
    1993 Honda Civic EX coupe
    1996 Honda Civic EX sedan
    1998 Honda Civic EX sedan
    (2) 2000 Honda Civic SI's
    (2) 2002 Honda Civic SI's
    2003 Honda Civic SI
    1991 Honda Accord EX sedan
    1992 Honda Accord EX sedan
    1999 Honda Accord EX sedan
    2001 Honda Accord EX V6 coupe
    2003 Honda Accord EX-L coupe
    2004 Honda Accord EX-L sedan
    2004 Honda Odyssey EX-RES

    1993 Acura Vigor
    1990 Acura Integra
    1991 Acura Integra
    1992 Acura Integra
    1994 Acura Integra

    1995 Lexus GS300
    1994 Lexus LS400

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado

    1997 Dodge Dakota

    2001 Mazda Protege ES
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    I'm also the designated car man in the office (and neighborhood). Many people know to talk to me before they do something, or I get mad at them. I have actually gone with a few people to negotiate the deal, or at least help out (somewhere between a third base coach and voice of reason).

    And man, do I love those test drive coupons. Get some pretty good stuff that way.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    About time you arrived Mathias. We've been expecting you.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    or does it drive other people nuts when people ask for advice about what to buy and how much to pay and then go out and finance a used Explorer Sport for 66 months @ $500 per month (true story)?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    I learned a long time ago that you can't protect people from themselves. I offer advice and/or assistance, and if they choose to ignore it, more power to them. Just don't complain to me later on about your crappy car or unaffordable payments.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    CCB syndrome or does this make sense?

    I have a 04 EX-L Accord right now. I can buy a 97 Infiniti I30 for $4,000. Does it make sense to trade/sell the Accord for this car and save approximately $15,000 or should I keep the Accord and try to hang on to it for 10 years? The Accord is undoubtedly safer and gets better gas mileage. The insurance will probably be a wash .. the Accord is only $250 every 6 months. But is the Accord $15,000 safer and more economical than a nice, clean I30?

    So is this common sense or CCB syndrome?

    I should note that we will still have a 2004 Ody to use for family duty and a 03 Civic Si for commuter duty. The Accord is used for trips when one of us have the baby or short trips around town. The I30 would take the Accord's spot and be used for the same purposes.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    probably CCB, although wether you save money depends on how reliable the i30 is.

    At this point, you will probably be better of fin the long run by keeping the Accord for 10 years, instead of buying another car every 1-2 years. But, that would be much less fun.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,409
    My name is Mathias and I'm a Chronic Car Buyer.
    (Hi Mathias)

    OTOH, compared to some of you nutcases, I'm downright reasonable. Anonymousposts, I knew you were bad, but FIVE recent Civic Si's???

    Why, I haven't bought a car in 7 whole months!

    Ta -m
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    to my personal counseling needs than if I was an alcoholic and going to an AA meeting. Getting ready to buy again...
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    I'm Jim and I'm a Chronic Car Buyer - I've been sober since March 26th - it's been 88 days since my last purchase.

    Vehicles since 1977 -

    Home:

    Honda XR75
    Yamaha YZ125
    1968 Pontiac GTO
    1976 Ford Granada (transplanted 428)
    1982 Suzuki 550E
    1977 Ford F-250 4x4

    Stationed in Italy: (1 year)

    1977 Ford Cortina
    1969 Alfa Romeo 1750GT
    1971 Alfa Romeo GTV

    Stationed in Greece: (4 years)

    1966 VW Beetle
    1969 VW Beetle
    1971 VW Beetle
    1976 Jaguar XJ-6 (Chevy conversion)
    1980 Toyota Corolla SR5
    1984 Suzuki GS750
    1984 Yamaha Seca Turbo
    1984 Toyota Supra
    1966 Pontiac Tempest
    1968 VW Beetle

    Stationed in Texas: (4 years)

    1984 Mustang GT
    1987 Toyota Corolla FX-16
    1988 Saleen Mustang
    1989 Mustang GT

    Out of the Air Force:

    1992 GMC Yukon 4x4
    1973 International Scout
    1963 International Scout
    1992 Kawasaki GPz 1100
    1987 Chevy K25
    1993 Ford Bronco 4x4
    1990 Audi 100
    1992 Suzuki GSXR 1100
    1993 Kawasaki ZX6
    1994 Kawasaki KLX 650
    1994 Harley Davidson Springer Softtail
    1979 Chevy Blazer 4x4 (40" tires, 10" lift)
    1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88
    1980 Subaru GL Wagon

    1980 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
    1984 Buick Riviera
    1988 Mustang GT
    1982 VW Scirocco
    1977 Toyota Pickup
    1978 Honda Accord
    1997 Ford Thunderbird
    1997 Ford Expedition
    1988 VW Cabriolet
    1984 VW GTI
    1992 Honda Accord
    1987 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x4
    1993 Mercury Tracer
    1977 Chevy Blazer 4x4
    1982 AMC Eagle (don't ask)
    1987 GMC Jimmy 4x4
    1994 Subaru Legacy AWD Wagon
    1994 Mustang GT
    2000 GMC 3500 Crew Cab Dually 4x4
    1986 Mustang GT

    Current:

    2003 PT Cruiser GT (selling soon for Ford F-350 Crew Cab Dually)
    1990 Nissan 240SX (hopped up drift car)
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI AWD

    Getting ready to add a Cobra to the stable, and will be looking at bikes again this winter.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Well ... there is an easy explanation ...

    Ummm... you see ... what had happened was ..... geez .... okay ... ummm

    Seriously, the first SI was a black 2000 that I got for a steal .. only $10,000 when at the time they were being sold for $14,000-$15,000. Then my husband had a similar opportunity on a blue 2000. After he bought his it seemed to me that my black 2000 wasn't as solid. Well about that time the 02 Si's were being given away. I got $2000 more in trade than I paid for the black Si and got the 02 Si for below invoice. Couldn't pass that deal up.

    Well unfortunately 3 weeks later some idiot in a Grand Am turned in front of me and ended up totalling my 02 Si. So I bought another one to replace that one. Well that Si was cursed. Within 6 months it had a new windshield, it had rolled down my driveway and into the mailbox, it rolled down a hill in a new housing development and ended up in a construction area (no serious damage in either incident) and a shopping cart got up close and personal with my rear quarter panel. SOOO ... we traded that for a 95 GS300 which my husband started driving and I took his 03 Accord coupe (by this time he had traded his blue 2000 SI for the Accord). Well .. after gas prices went up and we moved 15 miles further out my husband started missing the Si. So he traded our 97 Dakota (which we had acquired after the GS300 and the move) for a 03 Si and soon thereafter we sold the GS300 to a private party.

    And that's how you end up with 5 recent model Si's in 2 1/2 years.
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    I am in awe of you....you have a better list than I do, and I started in 1964!!

    Rock on, good brother...rock on!!
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,409
    But of course... now it all makes perfect sense about the 3 Si's.

    Good Lord, sister, youze guyze got it bad.
    I gots to dig up our list, which is definitely not in yours or Jim's league, but still pretty long...

    I'm glad we're having this little chat.
    -Mathias
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    that's like saying "Wow, you smoke and drink a LOT more than I do - that's cool!"
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    good thing I have a strong cheap gene too, or my list might be this long.

    I was much worse buying in the old days when I drove bombers. Used to actaully turn a profit on most of them too. Now, with better taste (and other obligations), I look more than I buy.

    At least I'm getting off the wagon more (bought my '01 Miata last November, and scheduled to pick up a new Scion tC next week).

    The Miata is now on the market. Wife wants a new family car before OEY, so we start shopping for that soon.

    Based on all this, will be toy shopping again in the spring. This time though, it will be a cheap toy (way too much invested in the current Miata for the use it gets).

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    One symptom of CCB: You actaully wouldn't mind if someone blew a stop sign and totalled your car, just so you would have an excuse to go out and buy a new one (assuming no injuries of course).

    OK< maybe that is a little severe..

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    I've often thought "if I get hit, I hope it's a good one, so it's not just a repair..."
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