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Food for thought.

I made a spreadsheet. About the daily cost to operate the car. Gas, insurance, payment.

Current per day: $5.88 (obviously, I don't have a car payment.)
Mustang per day: $28.47
Mazda 3 per day: $21.89
Forester per day: $24.05

It would cost me about $8 a day in gas to drive to work in the Mustang. My insurance would double. (It would almost double with about any new car, is the thing.)

It is good to balance dreaming with thinking during this process. In the meantime, I really hope my car keeps going for a little while longer, because I am going to miss fun money.

If you don't mind my asking, how much does it cost you a day to drive your car? I turned on anonymous posting if that makes you feel better.



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Aug. 1st, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)

this assumes current mileage (12k/year) and fuel costs ($3.25/gal for premium)
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
turbo: $14 (no payment) integra: $5 (no payment) motorcycle: $2 (no payment)

conclusion: i should ride my motorcycle more often.
(no subject) - judithiscariot - Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not so good with the math.

My vote is go for the Forester. I'll be jealous of you, though.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
If I get a Forester, it will almost certainly have to be used. Will you still be jealous? :)
(no subject) - traceracer - Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Mine costs about the same as your current car. It's paid off, I fill the tank every two weeks or so, and insurance is around $70/month.
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
$23.61 but then again, I put 10k down on the car.

i'm telling you. try a corolla or avalon. you won't be disappointed.

Aug. 1st, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
er... camry. the corolla is not as good.

(no subject) - snidegrrl - Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:22 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - blindtillnow - Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh goody, something fun to keep me awake while my test suite is running.

The total:

Here's the breakdown if you're interested:
I don't drive every day, so I'll do a monthly average of 2 trips to my job (150 miles round trip [no that is not a typo, that's why I telecommute]), plus a road trip (say 600 miles), plus a tiny bit of around-town driving (say 100 miles). That makes an even 1000 miles a month, about 35 miles a day (wow, that's high.)

Car is paid for.
Insurance + AAA+ is about $1.60 per day.
Maintenance is about $1.12 per day (and will be getting cheaper once I start doing my own oil changes.)
I'll say 45 mpg as a conservative fuel estimate - that gives me .75 gallons per day, at $3.00 gallon (diesel) we have...$2.25
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
45 mpg... which hybrid do you have? :) have you already told me what kind of car you have and i don't rememeber?
(no subject) - gorthx - Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:38 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 1st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Car itself: $10.95 a day. That's my $250 a month payment, $810 a year insurance, and taxes/registration.

It costs $1.62 a day to go to work- $3.25 a gallon of premium, 20 miles to the gallon, four mile each way commute.

Probably $1400 a year in maintence after you add in the insurance deductable- deceptively high this year as most of that was tires and a post collision deductable- not annual expenses. $3.83 a day.

Total: $16.40 a work day.

I have a 2002 Mazda Millenia, which I love. The only problem is 02 is the last year they made them. Also, my car has 80,000 miles- I bought it last year with almost 70,000 on it, because I wanted the lux.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
I yearn for lux.

I might begin to consider a slightly older car.
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Also. The $4 a day for the Mustang might be worth it.

I'm really happy to make car payments for the car, as I like it.
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Spring for the mustang! Not only is it a *Mustang*, but Fords last a long time. With the Mustang you'll get at least 200,000 miles out of it... where as with the Mazda and Forester, you'll be lucky to get 100,000.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
It's funny - that's exactly the opposite concept I had of the reliability of the respective brands. I expect alot less of Fords, although my last 3 cars have been Fords. They haven't had a chance to prove themselves long-term as the last two were totaled... oh well. They were really Kias anyways. :)
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
50 miles per work day
$7.00 roughly (assuming $3/gallon)
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
oh, and don't forget that only an extra $4/day sounds nice, but remember that'll be more than $100 extra a month. I always think of car costs in monthly chunks, myself. :)
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
spreadsheets can solve any problem.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Spreadsheets for everything!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)

But I don't have a car. That's for my bus pass - and I don't buy one every month.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Assuming I were actually going to the office every day and roughly $25/week to gas up, it's roughly $5.21 for me to keep the car mobile.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
It's nice, ain't it?
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
I almost feel guilty for saying...
$3 a day. But I don't have a car payment either, and I work about 15 minutes from home.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: I almost feel guilty for saying...
Don't feel guilty! That's awesome!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Will a car that costs a lot of money per day to drive make you drive less or enjoy it less?

To put this another way: will you enjoy a Mustang $4 a day more? Is the answer "yes, $4 is worth it to not drive a Forester", or "I'll never want to drive because it cost so much MUH-ney". Because either way, there you go.
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh, my final thought though: will this be do-able if your financial situation changed? Would you still be able to swing the cost if you got laid off or decided to go back to school? You don't want to end up with a Turbo Albatross.
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