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View Poll Results: What's the most you've ever spent on a car, adjusted for inflation? (RVs excluded)
above $200,000 1 1.22%
$100,000 - $199,999 1 1.22%
$75,000 - $99,999 1 1.22%
$50,000 - $74,999 7 8.54%
$40,000 - $49,999 6 7.32%
$30,000 - $39,999 10 12.20%
$20,000 - $29,999 27 32.93%
$15,000 - $19,999 11 13.41%
$10,000 - $14,999 8 9.76%
$5,000 - $9,999 7 8.54%
$2,500 - $4,999 3 3.66%
$1,000 - $2,499 0 0%
$500 - $999 0 0%
Under $500 0 0%
I've never purchased a car 0 0%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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In 2003, I paid $6500 for a 97 Tbird. So, according to the calculator, that's equivalent to about $7500 in 2009 dollars. After doing a quick search, that seems to be about how much a 97 Tbird in similar condition and same low miles is selling for these days.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: 'Murica
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$20k for a 2004 Cadillac CTS in 2007
$16k for a 2000 Honda S2000 in 2005
$13k for a 1999 Mercury Cougar in 2000
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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New cars in my lifetime-------( I won't use the calculator)

1964 Cevy Malibu SS-----------------------------$2300
1968 Plymouth Fury------------------------------$2960
1972 Plymouth Cuda-------------------------- ---$3380
1988 Cheyo Nova ( basically a Toyota Corrolla)----$8890
1997 Mercury Tracer----------------------------$11,900
1999 Mercury Tracer----------------------------$12,800
2007 Toyota Camry-----------------------------$18,200
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Vehicles I purchased new:

2007 Ford Escape- $30,000
2007 GMC Yukon Denali -$51,000
2010 Ford F-150 Platinum- $42,000 (currently have)

Other vehicles that I bought preowned:

1986 Porsche 911 Convertible
2002 Cadillac Eldorado
2005 Chevy Corvette Convertible (currently have)

Vehicles that we're given to me by parents when I was in school/college:

1990 Cadillac Eldorado
1998 Chevy Blazer
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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To extend on my history:

First I was driving a '78 Buick Park Avenue (in 2004). The vehicle was probably worth (I would estimate) $1,000 when I started driving it, but it quickly deteriorated and would have been worth about $500 when I stopped driving it in December. My mother bought it in 2000 for about $2,500 with approx 100k miles on it.

The second car I drove was a '96 Park Avenue with about 140k miles on it. It was purchased in February 2005 for $2,800, plus $400 in tires. It was a great car at first! Then the electrical windows went, but we had a handyman working for our store fix them...and then the cruise control. Finally, in December of 2006, I got into an accident with it, and it was totalled.

I rushed to find a car for my second semester of my freshman year at college, and what I ended up with was a 2000 Malibu. Basically, a $4,900 money pit (plus $800 in taxes and fees).
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:06 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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2004 Honda Element EX, for $18,275.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Most I ever paid was $9500 for a 2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 4wd truck in 2007. I borrowed $10500 to cover the registration. I sold the truck. Wish I had of kept it.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: 305
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Me too!

I'm interested in a Audi later on; how is insurance on them? Are parts or repairs comparable to other cars or are they a bit more expensive?
A lot of parts stores only have limited parts in stock for Audis, and they will have to order anything else you might need. Parts for Audis are also expensive compared to other cars such as Hondas, Toyotas, big 3, etc. For example, the last repair I did on my Audi A4 before I sold it was a rear brake caliper. It was $171 and had to be ordered, where as a caliper for a Honda Accord is $50.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Say-Town! Texas
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Me too!

I'm interested in a Audi later on; how is insurance on them? Are parts or repairs comparable to other cars or are they a bit more expensive?
I agree with nidex

so i lost my rear tow cover on my bumper...50 bucks for a piece of plastic.

but my insurance on the audi is actually less than my saturn due to the added safety features, it has more airbags than my two saturns combined.

(but if you check out this forum for some of my posts, you'll find that my audi has been in the shop quite a bit since i bought it a year ago, but for good reason, i drive it hard and put it away wet.)

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Old 09-10-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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1964 Cevy Malibu SS-----------------------------$2300 = $15,739
1968 Plymouth Fury------------------------------$2960 = $18,052
1972 Plymouth Cuda-------------------------- ---$3380 = $17,141
1988 Cheyo Nova ( basically a Toyota Corrolla)----$8890 = $15,915
1997 Mercury Tracer----------------------------$11,900 = $15,838
1999 Mercury Tracer----------------------------$12,800 = $16,326
2007 Toyota Camry-----------------------------$18,200
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