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View Poll Results: What's the most you've ever spent on a vehicle as a % of your household income?
I've never purchased a vehicle. 6 6.45%
Less than 10% of my annual household income at the time. 13 13.98%
10-25% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
26-50% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
51-75% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
76-100% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
More than 100% of my annual household income at the time. 3 3.23%
My servants track these sorts of things. 7 7.53%
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:21 PM  
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For sale (sniffle). Apricot BMW.

I've had the apricot BMW for 12 years now, and it's an awesome car. But it's been our only car for about five years, and the wife has some hobbies where she needs to carry around bigger things (art canvases? art canvassi? art canvi?). We also got a taste of the new technology with a loaner a while back and were both intrigued. I love my little roadster and it look like it's straight off the showroom floor, but it makes no sense to own two cars. So anyone want a good deal on an awesome roadster convertible?

Anyway, it's kind of my wife's turn to pick the new car, and ... my god, who can afford to buy a new car these days? She was initially hoping to buy a brand new car, which we've never done, and she liked those Lexus SUVs. However, we sat down and started pricing out what she wanted and the price came to $61,157. That's not even fully tricked out. Admittedly, it was probably 80 percent of the way to fully tricked out, but come on. $61,000 for something that's going to depreciate? If I'm going to pay that kind of coinage, I'm buying a DeLorean or something. Fortunately, my wife also shook her head and said that we're not doing that.

I think we're going back to our standard approach of buying a two-year old car with relatively high mileage of 20,000 to 40,000 miles. We're low-mileage drivers, so we tend to convert high-mileage cars to low-mileage cars over time, and the mileage will pull the price down.

I'm pretty sure we're going to go with a 2014 BMW X1. We drove one for a couple of days this summer as a loaner, and it was really nice. It'll be big enough to satisfy my wife's hobbies, and you can buy a tricked-out one in the low $30s. If I can't sell my beloved apricot Z3 outright, we'll trade it in and can probably get the cost below $30k, which seems reasonable. Anyone got a good deal on a BMW X1 for me?

But seriously, how do these companies sell $60,000 vehicles? Many of the BMWs run in that range, the Lexus SUVs run that, and don't even get me started on the Porsches. I was kind of interested in that new SUV of theirs, but I'm not going to put off retirement to buy one.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:26 PM   #4
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It's killing me. I've seriously considered keeping it, but a second car is going to cost $1,000 to $2,000 a year for taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc., and it'll get driven maybe 4 or 5 times a year. It makes no sense to keep it.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:27 PM   #6
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #8
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:30 PM   #9
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I'm into practical.

Wife's current car is a 2012 Subaru Outback. My next vehicle will be a four door pickup of some sort.

I do agree with buying used. I got my wife's car with only 14k miles on it. It was basically brand new. I plan to do the same with my truck.

My business partner drives around in a Lexus LX that runs around 90k. I just can't justify that.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:30 PM   #11
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It's killing me. I've seriously considered keeping it, but a second car is going to cost $1,000 to $2,000 a year for taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc., and it'll get driven maybe 4 or 5 times a year. It makes no sense to keep it.
Oh, you cheap ****...You're probably a millionaire.

Quit whining and keep it.

Besides, who's going to take an apricot Beamer off your hands?
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:31 PM   #13
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We bought a X3 in March for under $30,000 and under 20k miles. Every option but nav.

You should be able to get an X1 cheaper than that.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #14
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:36 PM   #15
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To your last point - on the day we closed the deal on our X3, the dealership sold two M6 Coupes and a 640i XDrive.

About $325k worth of inventory in a 2 hour span.
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