Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Frustrations of "New" Car Buying

We have a Buick that is close to its end. It has been a good car and really hasn't cost us much in excess repairs. We paid 2200.00 for it 5 years ago. At the time it had 70,000 miles on it. It now has 175,000 miles on it. We wouldn't be considering getting rid of it yet, except for the fact that you can no longer get parts for this car. It has been out of production for some time and Buick no longer has or makes parts for the car. So the last time we had some work done it our mechanic had to make some parts. These were little things so at the time it was no big deal, but we got to thinking that it eventually would be a big deal. We decided to make it through 2014 and then start looking for something newer with fewer miles that might be a little better on gas. My husband drives 100 miles a day round trip to work. So we started looking this week. Well, let me tell you...the price of cars is ridiculous these days. I mean really...they want 9000.00 for a car with close to 200,000 miles on it. Really!? I just can't see paying that much for a car that is close to the end of its life. There are not many cars out there that will make it to 300,000 miles without major work. I had 2 saturns that did and then my third Saturn kicked the bucket at 75,000 miles by blowing a serpentine belt. What should be fun...who doesn't love something new and a royal pain in the neck. I just don't get where car dealers and even private sellers think these old well used cars are worth so much money. Is it a scam to keep you paying financing over and over? You know, just as you get the car paid for, it is worn out and dies so then you have no break from a car payment and have to finance again. I guess we have been blessed in that we have not had to finance a car since 1994. I don't want to finance now, but I don't have 10,000 grand sitting in our bank account. We have a reasonable amount that can be used as a down payment or preferably pay in full. I have even seen vehicles advertised with close to 300,000 miles for over 5000.00. Seriously?! Will somebody really pay that for something that is just about ready for the junkyard? It just amazes me at what people are selling cars for and apparently they are selling at these ridiculous prices otherwise they wouldn't be advertised at those prices. So, pray that we find a reasonably priced car in decent condition. Well, that is my rant for the day. Everything is going up and up and paychecks are staying stagnant. Our state just announced that they are pushing for tax increases so they can keep paying for Medicaid and welfare, yet my husband works for the state and hasn't gotten a pay increase in 5 years. Why should those who do nothing get more than those that work?! That is a rant for another day. But when I see folks that I know are on welfare driving Cadillac escalades and we can't afford a Honda civic, I get really really angry. I know, I know...I am not the only one. I'll get off my soap box and get back to car shopping. Blessings, Kat


Anonymous said...

Is there a website for Buick owners where people sell parts? We have older (1968 through 1998) VWs and have found multiple parts through The Samba. It is only now that some parts for the 1969 Bug are getting harder to find. Our latest car is a 1998 Jetta TDI (diesel) which cost us $700.00. It has a bad wheel bearing which we will replace soon, but is still running strong at 154,650 miles. Our 1987 Vanagon still runs at 256,000 miles although is ready for a new transmission. We would NEVER buy something new, all our cars have been used, and bought for cash primarily from private parties, not dealers. Obviously good maintenance is key for any used car you buy, we have checked that carefully before purchasing.

Try Craigslist for cars in your area, or do a computer search on Buick parts. These came up when I checked just now:

Best wishes and good luck -
Pamela (married to my mechanic)

Anonymous said...

It used to grind my gears a little too, when it seemed that people who didn't work had more and better material things that we who laboured from dusk to dawn. Three things made it easier to accept....that anybody can go into debt (and that's one thing that we will never do!),....that we don't need to support that system (so we quit our paying jobs and worked for ourselves, with less income and more satisfaction),....and we remembered that what is really important are things that don't rust, or get eaten by moths. Blessings.

Kat said...

Glad to see you both here and yes you both have valid points. Thanks, Kat