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2013-12-03 07:33:10 AM
I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea
 
2013-12-03 07:40:17 AM
The cars. And there are different reasons for giving each:
Chevy Spark LS
Tesla Model S P85
Toyota Siena Minivan
Mazda Miata MX-5
Audi A6 Quattro TDI Diesel
 
2013-12-03 07:41:32 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


Oh, totally.  Those commercials where the guy buys his wife a new car as a surprise and she's thrilled are SO hard to believe.  My gf actually is really into cars, but she'd never put up with that---she'd want to do the test driving herself.

I suppose maybe you could ask the dealer for a loaner to put a bow on for Christmas morning, and then just say "I'm getting you a car for Christmas, and when we take this one back to the dealer you can pick one out."  But that kind of loses the surprise aspect of it, and most dealers wouldn't let you take a car for a couple of days.
 
2013-12-03 07:41:48 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


So basically you're not in control of your life. The same woman can incubate a baby that you have to pay for and have no say in whether she keeps it or not. Like some species of fish, the female keeps you around for sperm.
 
2013-12-03 07:42:39 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


My thoughts exactly. My wife wanted an engagement ring for Xmas (didn't get one when we got married). I let her pick it out. 1.5 carats. And she also got (we did Xmas early) the matching 0.5 carat (each) earrings. Ouch.

I'm getting new computer speakers.

Something's wrong, here.
 
2013-12-03 07:43:31 AM
Is this another list of suggestions put together by a celebrity?

/needs stupid tag
 
2013-12-03 07:43:44 AM

whistleridge: 3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


Really?

I agree if we're talking about the Siena they listed, but there are plenty of cars that could be considered good and romantic gifts.  Even the MX-5 I think would qualify.

Different strokes, I suppose.
 
2013-12-03 07:48:55 AM
I like the Toyota Sienna. My friend zipcar'd one and it was a great ride. I'd drive one any time.
 
2013-12-03 07:50:00 AM
Stick with the basics, fellas. A new vacuum, a matching apron and oven mitt set, a tasteful pair of crotchless underwear, or maybe a new food processor, these are the practical kind of gifts your little lady wants this Christmas.
 
2013-12-03 07:50:18 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


My wife and I had this conversation recently and came to the same conclusion.
 
2013-12-03 07:51:30 AM
The 5 best cars to give someone for Xmas:

1.  Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
2.  Matchbox cars
3.  Hot Wheels
4.  Pow pow powerwheels
5.  Lightning Mcqueen
 
2013-12-03 07:52:26 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


I disagree with 2 & 3.  My fiance loves Porshes and old British sports cars and she would love to learn to work on one and restore it herself.  If I were to spend a few grand on a ratted out MG A that barely/didn't run and put a bow on it I would get oral sex for days.

Also, something classic or intended as a weekend car would be romantic.  It would have to be a car you KNOW your SO would love.
 
2013-12-03 07:52:37 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea

So basically you're not in control of your life. The same woman can incubate a baby that you have to pay for and have no say in whether she keeps it or not. Like some species of fish, the female keeps you around for sperm.


Obvious Troll tries too hard yet again......


If you can't agree that these  "buy your woman a car she has no input into" commercials are stupid and unrealistic (for the average American), you are an idiot.

Things you do NOT buy for people without consulting with them first:

Animals - pets
Cars, trucks, etc...
Airplanes
Boats
Homes
 
2013-12-03 07:53:11 AM
A minivan? What were the stocking stuffers? A vacuum cleaner and a new iron? Enjoy spending New Years in divorce court, doofus.
 
2013-12-03 07:54:56 AM
I'm 6'5". Things not to buy me as gifts include hats, shirts, shoes, cars, minivans, and compact pickup trucks. Full size pickups must have extended cabs.
 
2013-12-03 07:55:41 AM
If it's something you're going to go thousands of dollars into debt for, is it really a gift?

"Merry Christmas, honey! Here's a car. And, y'know, reduced disposable income for the next few years."
 
2013-12-03 08:04:23 AM

whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea


No kidding. I mean think if your spouse bought something that expensive without seeing what you wanted. Would you be happy? I'd be pissed. I mean I suppose if we had Bill Gates money or something and that was just a nothing purchase, but otherwise, I'd be mad. Reason is for something that costs that much, and that is going to last that long, you need to spend some time to figure out what you want. I don't want someone else trying to decide for me, particularly not if said decision is made rushed because they want to "Get it in time for Christmas."

Heck same deal for things in the couple hundred dollar range, never mind as expensive as cars. I always tell family and friends to just get me small fun gifts, if they feel they must get me anything at all. Don't try and get me something like electronics that I'll "like" because you'll probably mess it up and I really don't want you to waste money.

Gifts for adults should, by and large, be little things that are fun, show your affection, and are the sort of thing the person wouldn't get themselves. They really shouldn't be basic utility things like a car. Particularly when it is expensive.
 
2013-12-03 08:04:49 AM
The only way a car works as a gift if one of these conditions is met:
1. The person receiving the car has specified they want it. Like if you SO pines for a vehicle, and both have decided to buy a car.
2. It's not a daily driver
 
2013-12-03 08:05:39 AM
Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?
 
2013-12-03 08:07:23 AM
Um, a christmas gift isn't necessarily a surprise, or delivered on christmas if it  is a surprise.

I imagine even if you're wealthy enough or have weird enough family traditions that you're making large equipment purchases as seasonal gifts, it's less "surprise!  here's a car!" on December 25th and more "damn it, spouse, I'm tired of farking looking through all this stupid car info, how about you do it and then you can surprise me for Christmas or something" in mid-October.
 
2013-12-03 08:08:16 AM
I bought my wife a car for Christmas and I'm getting a kick out these replies. It's not a Chevy Spark.

The Car: Chevy Daewoo Spark LS

The Best Person to Give it To: Someone you utterly despise, who you want to spend the next three years languishing in a vehicle so dismal it failed to make the grade as the lowest level of rental car
 
2013-12-03 08:08:36 AM
I'm sure many women in a dull marriage would appreciate a Variant, a Vibe, maybe a Sidekick or a Rendevous, or just a good Probe.  Not many would want a Midget though.  I wouldn't mind a Hummer.
 
2013-12-03 08:10:28 AM

mike_d85: whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea

I disagree with 2 & 3.  My fiance loves Porshes and old British sports cars and she would love to learn to work on one and restore it herself.  If I were to spend a few grand on a ratted out MG A that barely/didn't run and put a bow on it I would get oral sex for days.

Also, something classic or intended as a weekend car would be romantic.  It would have to be a car you KNOW your SO would love.


Ah, but there is quite a bit of difference between getting her a 67 Porsche rebuild and a 2013 Lexus SUV. The first isn't really a car so much as it is the opportunity to share in a labor of love. And you had to bust your hump to find it. And you dropped $2-5k on it, not ten times that much. 

Also, no one is putting out commercials trying to con you into doing it.
 
2013-12-03 08:12:44 AM
As someone who regularly gives cars away for christmas, I was a little skeptical of the list, until I saw the Toyota Siena Minivan.

Any list that has the top 5 great cars to give as gifts has to include a minivan.
 
2013-12-03 08:16:32 AM

Carn: Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?


The ballpark we don't play in.
 
2013-12-03 08:19:16 AM

whistleridge: mike_d85: whistleridge: I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am yet to meet the woman who wouldn't leave me on the spot if I:

1. Made a $20,000 - $60,000 capital purchase without consulting her first
2. Bought her a car without letting her have any input into what it was
3. Bought a car as a Christmas present, period. What a horribly unromantic and terrible idea

I disagree with 2 & 3.  My fiance loves Porshes and old British sports cars and she would love to learn to work on one and restore it herself.  If I were to spend a few grand on a ratted out MG A that barely/didn't run and put a bow on it I would get oral sex for days.

Also, something classic or intended as a weekend car would be romantic.  It would have to be a car you KNOW your SO would love.

Ah, but there is quite a bit of difference between getting her a 67 Porsche rebuild and a 2013 Lexus SUV. The first isn't really a car so much as it is the opportunity to share in a labor of love. And you had to bust your hump to find it. And you dropped $2-5k on it, not ten times that much. 

Also, no one is putting out commercials trying to con you into doing it.


Yeah... that's why I only disagreed with 2 & 3.  "Buy a car" does not mean "Buy a new evironmentally freindly daily daily driver" as the article suggests.
 
2013-12-03 08:20:52 AM

Big_Fat_Liar: I'm sure many women in a dull marriage would appreciate a Variant, a Vibe, maybe a Sidekick or a Rendevous, or just a good Probe.  Not many would want a Midget though.  I wouldn't mind a Hummer.


Bah. They haven't made the Probe in years.
 
2013-12-03 08:21:59 AM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Carn: Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?

The ballpark we don't play in.


The ballpark you own.
 
2013-12-03 08:22:23 AM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Carn: Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?

The ballpark we don't play in.


It would probably help if you either:

1. owned a ballpark
2. played in a ballpark as your primary means of earning money
 
2013-12-03 08:22:29 AM

Harry Freakstorm: Audi A6 Quattro TDI Diesel


The picture they used is not even the current model year A6.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1080579_audi-to-launch-four-tdi- di esel-models-at-la-auto-show
 
2013-12-03 08:23:04 AM
Next time I buy a new car, I'm going to get one of those novelty bows and put it on the car and park it on the street in front of somebody else's house so they see it Christmas morning.  It will have to be one of those houses situated by itself so there is no way they could mistake it for being a gift for their neighbor. But not actually on their property. Figure I'd pick it up about noon.
 
2013-12-03 08:23:08 AM

Bruce Campbell: Harry Freakstorm: Audi A6 Quattro TDI Diesel

The picture they used is not even the current model year A6.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1080579_audi-to-launch-four-tdi- di esel-models-at-la-auto-show


Plus, wouldn't you really rather have the A7?

/I would....
 
2013-12-03 08:26:26 AM

Tricky Chicken: Next time I buy a new car, I'm going to get one of those novelty bows and put it on the car and park it on the street in front of somebody else's house so they see it Christmas morning.  It will have to be one of those houses situated by itself so there is no way they could mistake it for being a gift for their neighbor. But not actually on their property. Figure I'd pick it up about noon.


A freind of mine got a bow on her car from the dealer.  Apparently they pretty commonly have some sitting in a back storage room after the Christmas ads.  People request them a lot according to her salesman.
 
2013-12-03 08:31:05 AM
And not one Lexus on the list.  "December To Remember", my ass.
 
2013-12-03 08:32:30 AM
its like the old movies from the 30's-50's where the newlywed husband tells his bride -surprise i bought us a home and the wife gushes omg i love you so much for surprising me and i know whatever you do is wonderful and my job is to support my husband.
 
2013-12-03 08:33:13 AM
I am reminded of this.
 
2013-12-03 08:34:26 AM
I like how the overriding sentiment of the thread is how much of a dick move it is to buy someone a car.
 
2013-12-03 08:38:58 AM

The Muthaship: Plus, wouldn't you really rather have the A7?


You have no idea how much.  Gorgeous car, and it was on my short list, but I couldn't justify the $250/month more on the lease deal enough to pull that trigger yet.  The S4 I got instead is doing just fine for me and probably the last manual transmission I will ever have, since most car makes are going to paddle shifts.  My combined mileage and total costs are about on par with an A7 TDI anyway, since I use a Fiat 500 as my commuter car.  I set it up to be paid off right when my son turns 16 so I can flip him the keys and will probably do a similar thing for the next three years after that for my daughter.  Who knows what will be out at that time, but if the A7 stays pretty, that trigger will be pulled, hopefully in the form of an S7.
 
2013-12-03 08:43:09 AM

Bruce Campbell: The S4 I got instead is doing just fine


I love those, too.
 
2013-12-03 08:44:00 AM

The Muthaship: I like how the overriding sentiment of the thread is how much of a dick move pompous it is to buy someone a car.


FTFY
 
2013-12-03 08:46:09 AM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Carn: Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?

The ballpark we don't play in.


Well, certainly.  I'm thinking 100 million.
 
2013-12-03 08:47:10 AM

dv-ous: Big_Fat_Liar: I'm sure many women in a dull marriage would appreciate a Variant, a Vibe, maybe a Sidekick or a Rendevous, or just a good Probe.  Not many would want a Midget though.  I wouldn't mind a Hummer.

Bah. They haven't made the Probe in years.


Sure they have, it just hasn't been available to YOU.
 
2013-12-03 08:47:13 AM

The Muthaship: I like how the overriding sentiment of the thread is how much of a dick move it is to buy someone a car.


Well, you're giving them something they have to fuel and maintain, which may not actually suit what they need in a vehicle.

Basically on par with buying someone a pet.  So... yeah, kind of a dick move if it's not done specifically by request.
 
2013-12-03 08:49:23 AM
Bought myself a new car for xmas a couple years ago. Wife doesn't like it, which is good.
 
2013-12-03 08:50:40 AM

Jim_Callahan: it's less "surprise! here's a car!" on December 25th and more "damn it, spouse, I'm tired of farking looking through all this stupid car info, how about you do it and then you can surprise me for Christmas or something" in mid-October.


Pretty much. Apparently this is a 'pompous' 'dick move', but I couldn't give a shiat.
 
2013-12-03 08:50:50 AM
I actually did get a car as a Christmas gift one year.

In my stocking, my dad had placed a small box.  When I opened it, I found a Hot Wheels brand Camaro in it, sitting on a bed of cotton.

Under the cotton was the keys to a new Camaro that he'd thoughtfully parked out back of the house.

On the tree, my mom traditionally placed cards with cash in them.  Except for that year - the card from my mom held the payment book for the car.

Drove the car back to where I worked and my boss thought it was "cute", up until I got to the part in the story about mom giving me the payment book.  He asked to see the payment book, so he could get an idea of how much a domestic "wannabe" sports car was.  He then wrote me a check for the pay-off, telling me it was my year end bonus for busting my ass and not complaining about having a job that required me to be available 24/7.

Ended up giving the car to my baby brother a couple of years later, when I discovered that it's a pain in the ass fitting a baby seat into the back of a Camaro.
 
2013-12-03 08:51:17 AM

Jim_Callahan: Well, you're giving them something they have to fuel and maintain


They can sell it if they want, but I guess I'm thinking that the person who buys another person a car does so because they know that person needs/wants one and even knows what kind of car the giftee would like to have.  I can understand an out of the blue purchase of a car being a bit presumptuous, but I would never look at it as some kind of burden.  It's incredibly generous!
 
2013-12-03 08:51:22 AM
I bought my wife a car for christmas a few years ago she had some level of input on the purchase though which is why it was a lexus and not some chevy.
 
2013-12-03 08:52:28 AM

Carn: Whatchoo Talkinbout: Carn: Just ballpark here, how rich do you need to be to give someone a $104,000 gift?

The ballpark we don't play in.

Well, certainly.  I'm thinking 100 million.


While not a Christmas gift, buying your fiancee a $100k wedding isn't particularly uncommon amongst people worth a lot less than $100m.
 
2013-12-03 08:55:48 AM

Praise Cheesus: Drove the car back to where I worked and my boss thought it was "cute", up until I got to the part in the story about mom giving me the payment book.  He asked to see the payment book, so he could get an idea of how much a domestic "wannabe" sports car was.  He then wrote me a check for the pay-off, telling me it was my year end bonus for busting my ass and not complaining about having a job that required me to be available 24/7.


What a dick!

/I keed
//that's f*cking awesome!
 
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