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What Is The Fancy Car Syndrome?

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This is my latte factor. I call it the fancy car syndrome. If it’s shiny and new, people want it. Especially, if it’s a car. People can waste a couple hundred-grand just to be able to drive from the corner store and back home. I think people should examine the amounts spent on buying and leasing cars over a lifetime not just over the next 36 to 72 months. What I drive. I personally own a Ford. I have driven one for over 13 years. My car has over 150,000 miles. It has a dent in the side and costs a minimum of $1500 to fix a year, but I still drive it. Why you ask? It’s simple. I used to spend $450 a month on a car note. Now I don’t. That’s $5400 a year. I was able to direct that money into savings and debt repayment. Let me give you something to think about it. Two people walk into a car dealership. Customer A decides on a low-cost model car with great gas mileage for $15,000. Customer B goes…show more content…
Over the years, a few people have laughed at me for driving an old Ford. Those same people have had money issues for years. Not that I have not had any but because I do not have a car note to worry about my money goes toward other things like vacations, retirement savings or an emergency fund. I have been growing my nest egg for years. While I have watched some of those same people go broke. Now, I’m the one whose laughing, all the way to the bank. Not only are Ford vehicles affordable, but because they are American made, it is easier to find parts and cheaper to fix. My average repair bill is $500-$700. The lady I knew whose spouse’s BMW was sitting on bricks because he couldn’t afford the repairs had a repair bill of $8000. Since, my car is relatively inexpensive to fix, I can save more. I also was able to lower my insurance due to not needing full coverage. However, I would not go this route with an expensive car. If the cost of repairs and value of the car are a high variance, you could end up with a totaled car and still have a balance
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