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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111431
05/21/19 03:13 PM
05/21/19 03:13 PM
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Northern Ontario, Canada
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When you live in a snowy, cold region, having a 3rd car would be a bother.
Such as:
Snow removal issues
Keeping it in good running condition through the winter - plugin? And if yes, all the time? And if not trying to start in a really cold spell is just a bad time.
Unless the 3rd car is used weekly, and if it is parked outside, they just become too unreliable.


2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 5.7L Hemi
2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
2010 Mazda 3 2.0L
2009 Venza V6 AWD
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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111432
05/21/19 03:14 PM
05/21/19 03:14 PM
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Middle of Iowa
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Four...see signature.


Smile, it increases your face value
2013 Fiat 500 Abarth mod heavy (my DD)
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport (wife's)
2011 Silverado Crew Cab LT 6.2L/6spd (tow pig)
2007 Nissan Xterra (trail toy)
Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111436
05/21/19 03:17 PM
05/21/19 03:17 PM
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Minnesota
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I personally have three: 2019 Ram 1500 that I use for towing since it has the 5.7, the 2011 Dodge Charger Police that I got for when I don't feel like hauling around an empty bed and 4WD gear, and oddly, I kept the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7. The latter is used for the dirty jobs, like trash runs, oil recycling, grabbing yard trash, old furniture, etc., that I don't want to put in the new truck (I'm really BAD about getting scuffs on the new bed, even though that's what it's for :P ).

I don't count the cars/truck I have for sale in my little "fleet", as they are intended for buyers, so I don't use them for my personal errands. That right now is a 2003 Chevy Avalanche, 2010 Ford Crown Vic PI, and a 2007 Mini Cooper S. I have buyers on the hook for the last two; I have to finish the work on the Avalanche.

Now, my mom and brother? They too have three each. Looks like a car lot out here some days.


2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7 4x4
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7 4x4
2011 Dodge Charger Police 5.7 RWD
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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111477
05/21/19 03:56 PM
05/21/19 03:56 PM
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NH
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We have 3, one is a spare. I think this fall we will get a fourth, and in a couple of years it'll be one of the kid's. I could hit a point where we have 5 cars for 4 drivers, which isn't that bad.

N+1 has its benefits. One goes down, it can go into the shop without much drama. Likewise, the spare vehicle can have 4WD and snow tires and get 3mpg and not be a big deal.

When I got my third I did out the math, and a 30mpg car would save enough gas to pay for its ins&reg (no collision) compared to just running my 17mpg truck. Granted, those numbers change wildly as you change vehicles. But that is how you do the math. Problem is, how can you put a price on the convenience of having a spare vehicle? or having a vehicle that is optimized for each job?


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 187k, hers
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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111487
05/21/19 04:05 PM
05/21/19 04:05 PM
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PEARL River la
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I kept 2 for years then gas got crappy and my spare ate a fuel pump after sitting for 2 months. Now I have one and it is under warranty with rental so something happens I still have a car. I normally don't drive much since retired and wife had a stroke with her not being able to drive. I wanted a truck but Caravan will haul 10ft piping with rear door closed.


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2018 Grand Caravan
Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111492
05/21/19 04:11 PM
05/21/19 04:11 PM
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Alberta
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Alberta
We have 3 cars for two drivers. The Honda is the errands car, hwy trips are split between the Buick and the Impala. I like tinkering and puttering on the cars for now, but will go down to two cars when I retire in a few years, to reduce costs.

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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111495
05/21/19 04:16 PM
05/21/19 04:16 PM
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MI
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MI
Of course everyone's situation is different. For us, fewer = better. After I take care of our needs (food, shelter, clothing, retirement saving, no debt.), an extra car would fall into the "want" status and use up discretionary funds. My choice is to spend discretionary $ elsewhere. In my case, it is more economical to not have an extra car. In severe emergencies, I could get transportation from friends or family. I have a bicycle too, but not feasible in winter. In my situation, the savings is higher priority than the convenience. Again, in my case keeping an extra car for any reason would be more for want/convenience, not need.

Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111506
05/21/19 04:27 PM
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The IL
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The IL
We've had a fleet of three forever. Having a garage queen is a lot easier when you don't have to drive it. As you can see, the Mustang is the toy and is treated like royalty. Three different vehicles, with three different shapes, with three strengths. Wouldn't have it any other way.


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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111516
05/21/19 04:37 PM
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Have three prii and an f150 across two people and need them all.

Registration and insurance just sitting there are $300/year or so, very reasonable.

I have one prius waiting for a mail order part that would have been more expensive (and inconvenient) bought locally in a hurry. Am in another state with another one, and getting paid mileage for the trip, so it helps that it, too, saves gas.

Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111526
05/21/19 04:46 PM
05/21/19 04:46 PM
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Upstate NY
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We have 3 cars for 3 drivers. One driver is moving out on her own. So that leaves 3 cars for 2 drivers. The 2 drivers are retiring. I think we can go down to 2 vehicles. Car and truck.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111534
05/21/19 04:55 PM
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out there
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I had 5, moved 2 off when my son moved out, then got married.


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17 mazda cx-5 12300 miles m1 0w30
Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111540
05/21/19 05:00 PM
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Suburban Washington DC
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You're only limited by your budget and parking situation. If some women have 100 shoes, why can't you have 100 cars? Some shoes cost more than the cars.

Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111568
05/21/19 05:27 PM
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Massachusetts
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I'd rather have one versatile car, and a motorcycle! When I was growing up that was a normal household no matter how many people in it. Lots of people simply walked to work, or hitched rides with someone, or took a bus or something. On the block in a small town where I grew up I would guess there was less than one car per household. Kids were expected to either walk, bike, or take the bus to school. Even in college, I only knew a couple of people that owned cars. I didn't get my first car until after I graduated from college. Today, every driver in a household has at least one vehicle, they often commute 30-60 miles to work, and half the kids are driven to school in personal vehicles. I am working on changing my lifestyle to reduce the need to drive a lot so I have less expense, less maintenance, more time to do other things, and reduce my carbon footprint somewhat. Having said that, I still love to drive, and would happily drive across the country tomorrow if for some reason the opportunity was there. My motorcycle helps to scratch that itch quite a bit.

Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111579
05/21/19 05:39 PM
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LOL I have 3 and my wife has 2. I have a 2012 Chevy truck, 2000 Mustang GT and 2010 Mustang GT. Everything is automatic trans. Wife has a newer Jeep Cherokee and a 2018 Mustang GT Premium automatic. I only keep one car payment at a time and I put a substantial amount down (at least 1/2). It looks excessive on the surface, but I have very little debt. Little debt is what I recommend to everyone. Debt is very stressful.


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18 Mustang GT 5.0 auto
07 Harley Dyna Street Bob 96 c.i. 6 sp.
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Re: Would you rather have three cars or two? [Re: brages] #5111614
05/21/19 06:06 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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I would love to have an extra car (small beater), but I don't have a large garage to store the extra ride in.


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