How can people afford to buy a car? I just don't get it :S

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    Jan 22, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    By the time I pay all my bills, food, and other expenses their is just no money left and I havn't even moved out of home yet :S All my friends got their cars given to them by their parents. Like brand new cars... I hate complaining, but I just don't get it... And when I hear them say "It's not what I wanted" Grrr, get so angry! I'd kill to be able to get my license one day but I don't see it happening for a long time...

    How'd you get your first car?
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    Jan 22, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    Mine is a hand-me-down from my dad when he got a new car for himself two years ago. His car is already paid off, so I'm just paying for the insurance.

    I can't complain at all since it works just fine. However, I hardly ever need to drive in my area.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    Even adjusting for inflation mine was a steal, a used 1977 MG midget in British Racing Green. I paid $1,200 for it - I ran into the previous owner, who recognized the car, and when he found out he told me I paid less than the trade-in value the dealer gave him.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Mine was a salvage. It's Russian roulette to purchase a salvaged vehicle, sometimes what seems like a minor body smash could have inflicted a myriad of other problems. Mine however? ABSOFUCKINLUTELY PERFECT! Once the body work was done it was just like brand spankin' off the lot new.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidHow'd you get your first car?

    Birthday gift on the day I turned 17, the minimum age for driving in my US home State. Bought brand new for cash, I had no payments to make. Nor was I responsible for the insurance or gas, my Father giving me dupes of his gas credit cards to use.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    I got a job and paid for it. I had to work and keep my insurance up or I lost it even tho the title was in my name.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
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    Kristoff saidHow'd you get your first car?
    Birthday gift on the day I turned 17, the minimum age for driving in my US home State. Bought brand new for cash, I had no payments to make. Nor was I responsible for the insurance or gas, my Father giving me dupes of his gas credit cards to use.
    I'm pretty sure that won't work 50 years later.
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 22, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    My parents bought me mine when I began my second year of university. I worked, so I had money to pay for gas, but everything else-payments and insurance were covered by my father.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    I live in the country. I need one so badly cuz i'm stuck... grrr.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    two paper routes, bought a small cc motor bike then lied on a job application to become a cook at Sizzler, saved.
    Now I only buy at auction.
    A lot of people driving new cars have filed for bankruptcy and or worse, don't have insurance, because they can't afford it and the car payments, but don't they look good?
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    Art_Deco said
    Kristoff saidHow'd you get your first car?
    Birthday gift on the day I turned 17, the minimum age for driving in my US home State. Bought brand new for cash, I had no payments to make. Nor was I responsible for the insurance or gas, my Father giving me dupes of his gas credit cards to use.

    I'm pretty sure that won't work 50 years later.

    I'll help you with your math -- it's 46 years later (63 minus 17). And I see no reason why some parents wouldn't buy their kids cars in 2012 like they did for me in 1966.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
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    Anduru said
    Art_Deco said
    Kristoff saidHow'd you get your first car?
    Birthday gift on the day I turned 17, the minimum age for driving in my US home State. Bought brand new for cash, I had no payments to make. Nor was I responsible for the insurance or gas, my Father giving me dupes of his gas credit cards to use.
    I'm pretty sure that won't work 50 years later.
    I'll help you with your math -- it's 46 years later (63 minus 17). And I see no reason why some parents wouldn't buy their kids cars in 2012 like they did me in 1966.
    Maybe because they can't pay the mortgage? and I was referring to the duplicated gas cards.
    I rounded up since you act older than you are.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    Art_Deco said
    Anduru said
    Art_Deco said
    Kristoff saidHow'd you get your first car?
    Birthday gift on the day I turned 17, the minimum age for driving in my US home State. Bought brand new for cash, I had no payments to make. Nor was I responsible for the insurance or gas, my Father giving me dupes of his gas credit cards to use.
    I'm pretty sure that won't work 50 years later.
    I'll help you with your math -- it's 46 years later (63 minus 17). And I see no reason why some parents wouldn't buy their kids cars in 2012 like they did me in 1966.
    Maybe because they can't pay the mortgage? and I was referring to the duplicated gas cards.
    I rounded up since you act older than you are.

    Duplicate gas cards are still issued. And my parents were Republicans, so naturally they had no mortgage or any money issues to concern them, same as many Republicans today, who can buy their kids all the cars they want. My Father continued to buy and insure my cars (but not my motorcycles) until he died when I was 48.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidDuplicate gas cards are still issued. And my parents were Republicans, so naturally they had no mortgage or any money issues to concern them, same as many Republicans today, who can buy their kids all the cars they want.
    You mean Republicans like George Bush who ran up the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars?
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidDuplicate gas cards are still issued. And my parents were Republicans, so naturally they had no mortgage or any money issues to concern them, same as many Republicans today, who can buy their kids all the cars they want.
    You mean Republicans like George Bush who ran up the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars?
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    You haven't been paying attention to the Republicans on this site. George Bush created no deficit. It all happened the day after Barack Obama took office.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    I became an RA in college, saving me almost 40 grand in college. As a thank you my parents leased me a mustang. Now I bought a 2012 Kia optima hybrid. 8 grand down and 450 a month. It's expensive but I love it and I worked hard for it.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I still drive the minivan my parents gave me. It's a pos and gets awful gas mileage, but it gets me from point A to point B, and I'm grateful for being provided with that.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidYou haven't been paying attention to the Republicans on this site. George Bush created no deficit. It all happened the day after Barack Obama took office.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    I sold my horse to buy my first truck. I had to rebuild the engine and learn bodywork and spray painting to get it on the road.
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    My car is like a noose hanging tight around my neck. I bought a BMW X5 last year. It costs me almost 800 a month with insurance. It is ridiculous. I owe more than it is worth....I swear I'll never get rid of this car once it is paid for.

    The sad thing is I take public transit it to work so I put no miles on it.

    If I was super tight on money....I'd lease the cheapest car you could find.

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    Jan 22, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    i bought my first truck from a junk yard for $500 (92 Ford Bronco), lasted me 3 years before the engine crapped out on me (388K miles)but i loved that truck.
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    I was raised by grandparents who didn't think kids should have cars (detriment to our education, etc.) So although they were an affluent couple, no car for me until I bought it myself. They made me work hard for everything I got - even bicycles and my stereo (Magnavox). Anyway - I started working at age nine (mowing lawns for anyone I could find who had no gardener; washing & waxing peoples' cars; pet sitting; pool cleaning; window washing; and tutoring other kids. Later I worked as a waiter - summers and some weekend nights in college). I was not a spoiled grandchild - far from it! To get my first car, I saved my money and paid $1,000 for a good used GTO after high school. I had to pay the insurance and gas myself too. By having to work so hard for bikes and that car, I found myself taking great care of them.......more than any of my buddies who had bikes and cars given to them. I'm grateful for all I learned from my grandparents.
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    My first car was a 77 Chevy. I paid $475.00 for it.
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidBy the time I pay all my bills, food, and other expenses their is just no money left and I havn't even moved out of home yet :S All my friends got their cars given to them by their parents. Like brand new cars... I hate complaining, but I just don't get it... And when I hear them say "It's not what I wanted" Grrr, get so angry! I'd kill to be able to get my license one day but I don't see it happening for a long time...

    How'd you get your first car?


    I think in your situation it's probably a combination of these three things:

    1) used cars in Australia are ludicrously overpriced. $5000 for a mid-90s Corolla? Get the fuck outta here..
    2) Cost of living in Australia is quite high
    3) You are probably a student with very little left over money or starting out in a job not paying a great deal.

    I found when I came to Brisbane and started looking for a car, you are looking at spending a minimum of $1000 for some 80s Toyota, then it costs you nearly that amount just to register the damn thing every year!

    Cars are much cheaper in NZ, the UK, America, Japan etc..
  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 22, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    bro, what are you paying monthly for, all ipay is for my cell. and i bought my bmw for 2800 off craigslist, my insurence is 105$ month easy