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Old 06-21-2019, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by cohea View Post
LOL - I think you kind of contradicted yourself there :-)

You have to be in something you enjoy driving.........and......you can always buy cheap commuter shit-boxes! Who "enjoys" driving cheap commuter shitboxes? :-D
Was thinking that as I typed it but with a 5 or 6 speed I can enjoy driving a cheap shitbox.

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Old 06-21-2019, 10:06 AM
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i went from a luxury sedan to a used toyota camry when i started commuting. when i stopped commuting i gave the vehicle to a family member. it has over 200k on it now. it had some certified warranty remaining and free oil changes for life too... dont know if it was supposed to transfer over to me....
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:23 AM
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Nope... Been there done that lots of times.... Preserve a Chevy, Toyota or a Ford, why? Math NEVER works.. Drive your pickup, when it wears out, buy another one...
Brings one of my stories to mind... In '82 I was driving a Supra. Porsche announced they were bringing out the 944, I decided I had to have one, waited a year for the damn thing. Decided by the time it came in it was a special days only car, so I bought a new base Dodge Rampage for cheap to be my daily driver... So about 3 months into ownership of the Porsche, with about 1500 miles I pull it out to give my mother a ride to the airport (I would buy her a flight to FL once a year to see my uncle)... So we get to Philadelphia, I park in the garage and walk mom to the gate (you could do that back then), a hug goodbye, and walked back. Car was gone. Cop told me they likely saw me pull in, followed me and as soon as I was out of sight they had it.
Actually, it was no biggy, after having the Supra, the 944 was a dog in every respect.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:23 AM
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Last year my commute went from 3 miles to 30 miles each way. 3 miles wasn't bad in the 4x4 Expedition but it averaged about 15.5 MPG on the 60 mile daily commute so I bought a daily driver/commuter car: a used CPO Audi A4 Quattro. The A4 gets about 30 mpg and it's much more enjoyable to drive than the Expedition. I had planned to get an Accord 2.0l Touring as the commuter car but I got a smoking hot deal on the Audi and my wife really wanted me to get the Audi, so 'happy wife happy life' I got the Audi.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by cohea View Post
Wife and I are buying a new house and thus my commute is going to be increasing to about 40 miles each way.

I currently drive a 2013 F150 with ~70k miles. We would keep the truck for towing purposes as well as house and lawn projects.

I am trying to determine if buying a commuter car makes sense. If the math is a wash then I would just drive the F150 so as I dont have an extra car to park....we do have a slab next to the garage so I have room but it would still be in the way somewhat.

I wouldn't buy an el-cheapo 10 year old Civic type vehicle as I have grown too used to modern conveniences. So what I have honed in on is a new Kia Niro. This is a basic hybrid that gets 51 MPG City and 46 MPG Highway but is decent enough appearance wise and has room for actual adults and dogs in the car.

Assuming 25-30k miles per year the gas savings and maintenance savings (ties/brakes etc) as well as insurance costs are basically a wash factored against a monthly payment for the Niro (66 months 0% financing right now via Kia right now).

The piece I'm having a hard time pinning down is how do I factor depreciation across the 2 vehicles? Assuming a 200k mile "worn-out" factor and a $20k replacement cost on the car vs $40k replacement on the truck the numbers start to make sense,,,,,assuming I'm thinking about this in the right way that is.

So - what says you THT brain trust? Am I looking at this right or am i missing something?
This is the one that would make any economic sense. The "cost to own" on a hybrid won't even break even (or just barely) with a comparable 100% gas burner unless gas goes to $5.00/gallon.

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Old 06-21-2019, 10:36 AM
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I'm a fan of a third/ extra vehicle any way. Wife has a lexus rx300 to daily around 20 miles. I commute around 50 a day in a 96 Camry with over 300 . Keep the miles off the 7.3 powerstroke for towing and weekend driving.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:37 AM
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My wife picked up some part-time/PRN work about 60 miles from home. she normally drives an Acura MDX. We bought her a new Civic just to commute. Just the savings in gas purchased each month for the Civic would easily cover a note (we paid $18k cash for the car new). She easily gets a tad over 50mpg using regular unleaded in the Civic. We've had multiple Acura's and Honda's and as long as you do regular maintenance, failure's are pretty few and far between. Full coverage for insurance is ~$100.00/month.

We like the fact the MDX will remain a low mileage vehicle being that it was $50k. She drives it on weekends. Should she decide to sell the Civic (even with high mileage), you would be surprised at what the used Civic market brings. Trust me we looked long and hard for a used Civic before we just opted for the new one.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:43 AM
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What about your carbon footprint? Don't you care about Earth? If not I'd look into a helicopter.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:59 AM
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I'm in a similar situation. My 2013 Sequoia with 98k gets about 15mpg. It's in great shape and it's a great vehicle. I'm looking for a used Lexus CT200h. 43 city, 41 highway. Insurance cost will be cheap because I'll get a 2 car discount with the 2nd vehicle.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:34 AM
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I'm also in the third vehicle camp. I like breaking up the mileage because I keep my vehicles for a long time. Which brings up another plus, if/when one vehicle goes down for a repair it doesn't put a stress or immediate time line on needing to get it fixed. You can work on it at your own convenience.
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
I'm also in the third vehicle camp. I like breaking up the mileage because I keep my vehicles for a long time. Which brings up another plus, if/when one vehicle goes down for a repair it doesn't put a stress or immediate time line on needing to get it fixed. You can work on it at your own convenience.
Fact.

I've been commuting in my diesel F-250 with a car seat crammed in the back because my wife's AC is out and she's using the 4runner.

Pregnant lady running around with no AC was a nonstarter...
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:01 PM
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I just interviewed for a job that’s 100 round trip. I factored a new car into what I would be paid. I couldn’t make the math work. The company came back to me with some mileage perks. Still difficult. The insurance was the killer for me.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:50 PM
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you save some gas and mileage and in return you get to pay extra insurance, extra repairs, extra storage, and you are not riding in the truck you probably love to drive.

I did for a while years back. it didn't work out the way I had hoped. trucks don't like to sit.

I prefer to just drive my truck and when it needs to be replaced I will replace it. for a little extra gas savings I ride a motorcycle now and then.
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish_DOut View Post
Commuter car. Used instead of new. Park the truck as noted and drive it on weekends.
This is exactly what I have done. 42 miles one way to work. 2012 civic getting 36+ mpg. 2016 Ram 1500 sits in garage. Years ago I got a commuter car when gas was so expensive and it paid for itself. I never bought new though.
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:11 PM
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I have an f-250 for towing and other chores. Drive a hyundai for a commute car. No issues.
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:26 PM
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I drove the little Mazda 3 to work today. It's actually plenty fun to drive. The F350 is sitting in the driveway and gets driven to work 1x/wk and on the weekends.
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:51 PM
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I've had an extra vehicle since 2006. I would never go back. We are now up to 5 vehicles for 4 drivers. My 2010 truck gets to sit in the driveway, ready for weekends.
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:08 PM
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For 5 years prior to retirement I commuted from Fort Worth to Mckinney Tx, 120 miles a day. Twice a month I drove to OKC for a week at our aircraft mod facility. I leased a leftover Nissan Altima for a silly low payment . . . was best money I ever spent and gave me a decently comfortable car that I spent a LOT of time in. The Infinity and Honda stayed home with the wife :D
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:11 PM
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Or maybe get a RAV 4 and have fuel economy and a backup tow vehicle.......
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:49 PM
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We have my wife's SUV (2016) my truck(2011) and a civic (2014) all bought new because I dont like car troubles the plan was to make the truck last as long as I could and drive the car to work as a beater for good fuel milage. Everything was going according to plan, finally paid the civic off in April so in my mind this is when it starts to become worth it. Totaled the car last week (crash would not have happened in my truck) and got 10k from insurance. In my mind it was basically a big waste of money and I was less comfortable the whole time in the civic. Could it have worked? Yes if I got 300k like I though I would put of my civic I would have been happy as a pig in shit but didn't work out for me
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