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Old 05-12-2009, 04:19 AM
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Originally Posted by Casper1212 View Post
When I went to get my truck inspected, a 2007, hubby said watch and see what they check for so that he would know what to make sure was working on his truck, a 1959. But that doesn't fly in Maine. They told me that the inspections for older vehicles like his are different than for newer ones like mine.
As for repair costs, my daughter kept procrastinating about buying a new van, and I was worried about her driving around in her old one with my grandkids in it. Finally, I convinced her. She did the math and found what I was telling her was true. The cost of making payments on a new vehicle, plus insurance, etc., can be cheaper than paying for repairs and maintenance to keep an older vehicle running.
Many Mainers have found just the opposite to be true.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:39 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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We have found [prior to moving to Maine] that buying a $500 car, taking it into a reliable mechanic for a complete inspection and spending $500 on it, is often a 'good' deal. Then each year scheduling a annual inspection of the car and being willing to spend another $500 each year, on whatever the mechanic things is wearing out. Has done us well in terms of having a reliable and economic vehicle.

No monthly payments, and a fairly low annual budget. But you can not wait for something to break, you have to force yourself to take it in when it seems okay.

Now in Maine, we see that vehicles rust out quickly. So this throws a monkey wrench into the process.

I have never seen brakes lines rust through on a car before, but it is common in Maine.

I think that flying down to Georgia or Tennessee and buying a 20 year old car that has never seen a salted road would be a good idea. $500 and she is yours, drive it back here, and give it to a mechanic for a complete going over. Then you have the next 10 years to drive it as the road salts slowly dissolve your car.

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