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Old 11-27-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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Well I have had about 36 vehicles in my 40 years of driving so I don't keep them very long..
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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Well I have had about 36 vehicles in my 40 years of driving so I don't keep them very long..
May I ask why so many vehicles in 40 years?
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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until it literally falls apart on the road.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I did keep a E-150 Ford Van for 16 years before selling it with 72,000 miles on it.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:03 PM
 
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I love cars, if I had the resources I would trade them monthly (used of course to keep the costs as low as possible). I don't mark it on the calendar when I trade them but it usually starts with seeing a new "XYZ" on the road. The last truck was great (170K miles in 8 years). It needed tires ($1000) and it was diesel (fuel was $4 a gallon) and I didn't really need that heavy duty truck......so it got traded on a Sunday afternoon for another new truck. Total transaction was about 90 minutes, bought the first truck I looked at/drove (Platinum F150, new leftover model).

Truck is fine (45K miles on it now) but I don't really have any idea whether it will still be mine when it turns 75K-100K miles. I do know it won't stay 8 years/170K miles like the last one.....I liked that last truck a lot, this one is just transportation.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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Mine is 11 years old. I think it's good enough for another 11 years, which will be just about a year before I retire. The money I saved by owning this economy car is going to also keep me in a great climate all year around (but not same location). I will spend summers away from Phoenix. Maybe up in the high northern Arizonan mountains one year, maybe along the northern california coast another year, maybe in Oregon on the coast, maybe in Big Sur. I will have different summer spots.

All because of savings on cars.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Wichita Falls Texas
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I'm right there with you! Have a hard time parting away with my cars/trucks, almost like a separation anxiety
Saves a boat-load of money keeping them that long, even with repairs and maintenance. Don't understand why people want constantly carry a car note, especially leasing cars- beyond me!
I've had my 79 T-Bird for almost 13 years and 36,850 miles. It sat from 03-06 while I drove something else. To date all I've had to replace (which I consider repairs, not maintenance) is the master cylinder ($19.42 plus another $2.47 for brake fluid) and a fuel pump ($15.72). That really is all. Everything else like tires, batteries, belts, hoses, spark plugs, air cleaner's, etc., etc I consider maintenance ,not repairs. I paid $900 for the car in April of 02. So they don't always end up being money pits.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:43 AM
 
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Mine is 11 years old. I think it's good enough for another 11 years, which will be just about a year before I retire. The money I saved by owning this economy car is going to also keep me in a great climate all year around (but not same location). I will spend summers away from Phoenix. Maybe up in the high northern Arizonan mountains one year, maybe along the northern california coast another year, maybe in Oregon on the coast, maybe in Big Sur. I will have different summer spots.

All because of savings on cars.

Howard we are on the same path. I am hoping to keep the vehicles I have for another 10 years which will hopefully put me at retirement. With house and vehicles paid off, what would be monthly house and car payment goes right to savings nest egg.

The key with vehicles is maintenance and keeping them looking as nice as possible regardless of age.
This has turned into a great, informative thread.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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I am curious how long people keep a vehicle. Personally, I buy with the intention of keeping it until it is worn out. I keep up with the maintenance and wash and wax to keep vehicle looking as good as possible.

I always buy used vehicles with good reliability ratings and low mileage. I will sell a vehicle before it is worn out if I find something that better fits my needs. Recently bought a truck as I got tired of asking friends to haul stuff.
Yes - this is what what I do - I run them/maintain them until they die. The only vehicles I've not done that with are the ones I gave away in divorce.
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Old 11-30-2014, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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My current car (Toyota) is going in February. I will have had it for two and a half years from new.

Selling for an Audi S3 sports back, which I intend to keep for about four years.

The longest I've had a car is probably around 5-6 years. I don't like to keep them until they become virtually worthless. To each their own.
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