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Re: Auto cost per month

by ww (Archbishop)
on Dec 11, 2010 at 20:58 UTC ( #876635=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Auto cost per month

Neat. Very neat!

I do agree, it can benefit from at least a couple more cost items. You've already mentioned one; repair/maintenance costs. Another that should perhaps play into your equation: "Opportunity cost," -- the cost of having your money tied up in an (object) rather than in an investment.

Given your initial state -- "having to buy a car" -- the minimum cost of any (acceptable) vehicle isn't the issue here... but the cost differential between the lowest priced possibility and the others might offset some other factor(s) -- differential milage, repairs or insurance, just for example.

  :-)   But, before you get too rational about this, remember what a wise economist once told me: "Rational considerations aren't the whole issue, when buying a car."

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Re^2: Auto cost per month
by roboticus (Chancellor) on Dec 11, 2010 at 23:09 UTC


    Very true. I just get overwhelmed when I have a dozen printouts and such, and just needed a way to organize the info. After a few organization passes, it kinda grew, and helped me decide which printouts to pitch, and which cars to look for deals on.

    (I've been driving a '98 Saturn SL1 for 11 years, and it's been getting a very consistent 33mpg. So I put in the fuel calculations to see what would happen to my fuel bill when I change cars. Then, I added a "baseline" (repairing my Saturn) and added a column showing how much more each car would be than just repairing it. The engine blew, and the shop wants more than it's worth to drop in a rebuilt engine.)

    Update: (20140811) I forgot to update this with the actual car I got. I selected the PT Cruiser for some of its truck-like qualities. Unfortunately, gasoline went up immediately after I bought it, so in the end, I should've gotten a car with better mpg. I like the cruiser though, it's treated me well these past few years.


    When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

Re^2: Auto cost per month
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Dec 11, 2010 at 22:04 UTC

    regarding your smiley-sentence: I can support it with a quote from the movie King Ralph:

    Gas mileage is fine, but keep in mind - the first question every car buyer asks themselves is 'Will this car get me laid?'

    All the best, Rata (really liking the idea and code of this thread, despite that quote ;-)

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