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  •  I'll opine on cars :) (5+ / 0-)
    ...a new car would be nice. My current one gets 23mpg at best, has no air conditioning, and is difficult for my mother to get into (half-paralyzed from stroke). So for shits and giggles, I went to a couple dealerships to test-drive hybrid sedans for when I'll have enough to buy one. It did feel good, driving a spiffy new car, and knowing one may be within my reach soon. Still, is that giving in to the consumer culture we liberals tend to decry? Is this taking that dangerous first step, embracing greed?
    First, buying a car isn't inherently greedy -- hey, good people got paid to make that car. The trap comes when you squeeze out wonderful things you could have supported with your money or your time because you're frantically paying for the next big thing. Lots of people do overpay for their cars.

    We bought a new car about 1 1/2 years ago, something I never expected to do. The general advice is to buy used because the price (initially) drops faster than the value does. But for the make of car we scoped out (a Honda Fit), we weren't seeing deals we loved on used ones. Now, this car replaced a car we bought 7 years used and kept for another 9+ -- and Fits are pretty cheap -- so I don't think we went crazy.

    I would love to own a hybrid, but so far it just hasn't made sense. Our cars both get in the high 30s highway MPG; a bump to 50 wouldn't be a huge boon. I think that buying a new car for higher mileage usually doesn't make much sense -- but that doesn't mean that you have to be stuck with the car you have now, or even that you shouldn't buy new eventually.

    "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

    by HudsonValleyMark on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 06:58:56 PM PDT

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