markie_farkie: I walked to work for 18 months from 82 to 83 to save up for my first car, a used 77 Trans Am (Bandit with gol eagle decals, T-tops, black on black, the whole 9 yards) and it still didn't get me laid.It must have been the short shorts and knee-high striped socks that doomed me.
tinfoil-hat maggie: you're still a d+ck
E5bie: Several times my husband has brought home 200 lbs of groceries loaded into a bike trailer designed for 2 infants.
Smeggy Smurf: studebaker hoch: A car will not get you laid.A private dorm room will get you laid.Buy a van with a bed in it. That will get you laid.I'm going to buy my stepdaughter's first vehicle. A beat to hell truck. She'll pay for gas, I'll teach her to change the oil. I'll pay for the liability insurance. I'm thinking something along the lines of a late 80's Chevy half ton pickup. Preferably with a shiatty paint job, a V-6 and the dents will have dents.
lack of warmth: durbnpoisn: There is one big glaring problem with today's cars. Inspection. Here in NJ, where inspection is mandatory, the only way to pass is to plug the car into their computer, and presumably, they will tell you what is wrong with it. Nowadays ALL cars have to have these sorts of interfaces, even though they don't work with a shiat. Case in point... My wife's 1999 Volvo wouldn't pass because the check engine light is on. "Well, what do I need to fix?" "I don't know. The computer doesn't say. So I can't pass your car."We were planning on saving that car for our son, who will be driving in a couple of years. But considering it will likely never pass inspection again, that doesn't seem likely.Couple that with the cost of newer cars, gas, and insturance... I don't see how any teenager working at McDonalds could afford anything BUT their car, assuming they could afford even that.CSBMy dad had a 2000 Ford Ranger that gave him the same problem. His mechanics couldn't get it fixed and he was at a loss for a vehicle. The code simply read #5 cylinder misfiring and the mechanics kept thinking electrical. So, he bought a 2010 F-150 and then used it to trailer the Ranger to me because MI doesn't have inspections. It runs so I just start driving it and doing my usual maintenance babying that I do to my cars. Two weeks after I got it the check engine light went off and eventually stayed off. The cure: fuel injector cleaner, it had a fouled injector causing the cylinder to not fire right.The codes only give you the symptoms of the problem, a good mechanic can narrow down the exact problem. Sometimes you get a mechanic that is too single minded.
Revmachine21: 42 yo woman here, I am car free! I love it. No hassles with car salesmen, no hassles with car repair dudes, no hassles with fuel, no parking hassles, no hassles with the government for licensing and emissions, or insurance issues. I budget one car rental weekend a month, and buy supplemental insurance from the car rental agency as I don't carry a policy on myself as a named non-owner driver.Here are my tips and tricks for making it work:* I use public transportation, purchasing a discounted pass from a college where I take 1 college course.* I have a personal shopping cart for the daily, weekly runs.* I shop for heavy stuff when I have the rental car, when I don't have the car I make due without.* I rent from Enterprise, their cheapest car with USAA membership ran ~$100 for a weekend with fuel.Renting with Enterprise rocks, many of their rental agencies deliver the car to your door, with drop off service.
Sbdolan: Middle class really sucks now.
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: As a 17 year old, we have to deal with a unique situation in American societal history that no previous generations had to contend with. We don't have the access to opportunities that our grandparents did, or the promise of high paying jobs out of high school, or the ability to get a higher education without taking out loans.I tried to get a summer job, and the only one offered to me was a courier at my step-dad's real estate company. I would have been out walking during the hottest part of the day, and only making $15 per hour.Excuse us if we're content to stay home and make an impact on the world through blogs and social media instead of working for slave wages so we can live some antiquated American dream.
Harry_Seldon: Quantum Apostrophe: It can't possibly the end of the cheap energy fiesta and people's priorities change as a consequence?It is Obama's fault. The Clash for Clunkers program removed large numbers of perfectly good used vehicles from the market.
Mikeyworld: CSB/My first car was $45. A 1949 Plymouth Sedan, six-banger with a slushamatic transmission (manual shift with a torque convertor). It was the same age as me. I was stocking at the local grocery, making minimum wage...$1.75. Gas was about 32¢/ gallon and smokes were 25¢ a pack. I bought one every morning on the way to the bus stop for school. The back seating was large enuf to almost stretch your legs out. It was a hideous flat green, army-looking color. After I graduated high school, I got a real job making $2.73/ hour and moved up to a Dodge Coronet with a a 318cid. It raced against Volkswagens and Opel Kadets, but it was a major panty-dropper. I lived high on the hog until Uncle Sam came and said, "Here's your gun...gimme that guitar".//end CSB
Voodoo_Stu: I've been thinking about going carless, but I have to ask any one who has: How the heck do you get groceries home?
JasonOfOrillia: markie_farkie: I walked to work for 18 months from 82 to 83 to save up for my first car, a used 77 Trans Am (Bandit with gol eagle decals, T-tops, black on black, the whole 9 yards) and it still didn't get me laid.It must have been the short shorts and knee-high striped socks that doomed me.You know, these days short shorts and knee-high striped socks could get you laid if you wore them ironically.
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