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Old 12-03-2017, 03:13 PM
 
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I would pursue the idea you have in your first post because it doesn't sound at all crazy to me. Buy the Cavalier and drive it to work daily; drive it until it dies. Keep the Focus at home as your good car, but be sure to drive it at least a couple miles each week to keep it in good running order. And of course you can always use the Focus to get you to work if the Cavalier ever gives you trouble.
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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I would pursue the idea you have in your first post because it doesn't sound at all crazy to me. Buy the Cavalier and drive it to work daily; drive it until it dies. Keep the Focus at home as your good car, but be sure to drive it at least a couple miles each week to keep it in good running order. And of course you can always use the Focus to get you to work if the Cavalier ever gives you trouble.
So make payments on a car that is parked at home 90% of the time?
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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So make payments on a car that is parked at home 90% of the time?
And pay insurance, which will be full-coverage due to the lien.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I found a Chevy Cavalier that is the same year as my old one (2004). It only has just over 50,000 miles on it and they are asking just over a couple grand


Crazy idea?
No. Not a bit crazy.


A 13 year old car with only 50,000+ miles on it for a couple of thousand.


If I was into Cavaliers I'd buy it in a heartbeat.


In my area for $2000 they have 100,000 miles on them or better.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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So make payments on a car that is parked at home 90% of the time?
Who says anybody has to make payments on a $2000 car?


But you're right. If you have to make payments on a $2000 car you've got no business buying it.


Something like that you buy for cash and just buy liability insurance.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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Who says anybody has to make payments on a $2000 car?


But you're right. If you have to make payments on a $2000 car you've got no business buying it.


Something like that you buy for cash and just buy liability insurance.
OP was talking about driving the Cavalier and parking the Fusion (that he's still making payments on).
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:07 PM
 
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I wouldn't depend on a 13 year old vehicle to get me to and from work if I didn't have to for financial reasons.
I drove a 14 year old Montana van back and forth from Montana to Florida twice a year. It has over 200,000 miles on it. Miles have never scared me, but lack of maintenance does.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Not at all, especially considering your familiarity and comfort level with the car.

My buddy had one as his first car at 14 (he was in rural Iowa and had a farm-use permit or something of the sort) and drove it to school for three years til he bought a Jeep. He said that its still putting around Iowa as a Farmers alternative to burning gas in his Silverado when he needs to run errands.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Austin
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The Cavalier is the most mediocre car from a generation of mediocre cars. Not sure why anyone would choose to buy one. I haven't even seen a Cavalier for years

Just drive the Fusion and enjoy it. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish subjecting yourself to a horrible car, which will end up costing you more to insure and maintain anyway.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:54 AM
 
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I drove Cavaliers for 15 years and had good experiences in the past. They ran well, were easy to work on, and were dependable. I had no major problems other than greater than average wheel bearing replacements.

Much to my chagrin, they stopped making them. My last one hit almost 250,000 miles when I moved on. I ended up buying a Ford Fusion which was a few years old when I bought it.

The Fusion is nice but not as easy to work on and can be quite expensive to repair. Given that I drive nearly 500 miles a week (mostly commuting), I am racking up the miles and it is now pushing 100,000.

I found a Chevy Cavalier that is the same year as my old one (2004). It only has just over 50,000 miles on it and they are asking just over a couple grand.

This got me thinking. Should I buy this car and use it as a backup car and maybe even drive it to work for much of the year? This would save me wear and tear on the Fusion. I almost kept my last Cavalier but it has almost 250,000 on it and figured it wouldn't last much longer. As long as this car runs good and all, it could last awhile longer yet.

Crazy idea?
No, not crazy given your skills and your personal experience with this model and year. It sounds like a good plan imo.

It seems that the best cars get discontinued.....

ETA response to the mediocre comment: Nothing wrong with a mediocre car when you aren't substituting your car for your personality like many people do. Give me a good guy in a mediocre car any day over an a---hole in a Maserati.

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