Old-car habit may have hit its peak

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY and DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 6:10 PM

That old car is older than ever. But experts think more owners will turn in clunkers for new rides this year.

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softwareJan. 17, 1211:06 PM

The "Cash For Clunkers" program was a gift the new car dealers and manufacturers, at tremendous cost to the car buying public. Those older cars remaining are going for far more than they are worth. Was the program successful? The number one vehicle traded in during that fiasco was an older Ford F-150 pickup averaging 19 mpg. The number one vehicle purchased was a new Ford F-150 pickup averaging 21 mpg. Whatt??? Check it out here: http://www.startribune.com/business/69134742.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUsT

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thiniceJan. 17, 1211:15 PM

Don't get a new car. Buy a bike, cheaper and more fun. Get off the gas. I am a 67 year "old Fart" who pedaled over 1,000 miles this year. If I can do it anyone can.

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camb24Jan. 17, 1211:19 PM

I happen to like some of the older cars more than the new ones. And it is GREAT not having a car payment! People dont always need NEW!

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lakeidamikeJan. 17, 1211:41 PM

The article conveniently forgets to mention the role of Cash For Clunkers in artificially inflating used car prices. Secondly, ten year old cars today are a whole heckuva lot better than they were in the past. When I graduated from college almost 32 years ago, my father gave me his 1974 car. By 1984, despite my best efforts to care for it, that old Chevy was toast. I'm lucky it didn't kill me with CO poisoning. It was a total rust bucket, too.

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DAROOSTERJan. 17, 1211:42 PM

The newest car I own is a like new 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic. It runs great and the only way it will be replaced is if it gets totaled. People always want to buy it and I keep saying NO. New cars are priced too high.

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ebnub1Jan. 18, 1212:05 AM

Some people don't see the benefit of not having a car payment and cheaper insurance I guess. I'll be driving my '94 as long as it stays healthy and things don't start rusting out.

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Gregc02Jan. 18, 1212:06 AM

I'm still driving the 1993 Mazda B2200 pick p that I bought new. It's got 137,000 miles on it and still runs fine; even the AC ran fine until last summer. My daily driver is a 2007 Mazda 6. I'll drive the pick up until it drops!

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gwbuddyJan. 18, 12 1:39 AM

Another article written to "Drum Up" consumer Demand. Consider: the PRICE of a new car, INSURANCE for that new car, and the fact that the VALUE of the new car decreases 20% the minute you drive it off the dealer's lot. Nobody needs to be a "Rocket Scientist" to understand that: Buying, Insuring, and Maintaining, a new car is expensive. Unless I absolutely need to buy a new car, I'm sticking with my current used one. With today's new car prices, used cars -- even with some repairs -- are often a better use of your money than buying a new car.

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ruralmnguyJan. 18, 12 4:33 AM

This article insinuates that people will now magically change their silly old car owning habit and see the light and buy a new car. I don't think many people drive older cars because they want to. I drive a 2005 Durango with 172,000 miles because I can't afford a newer car. I commute 100 miles a day so I want a higher mpg car but my next car will have to be under $10,000 and since my Durango is now worthless it will have to wait. Unless you're a one-percenter the economy still sucks so don't hold your breath new car sales people.

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writerxxJan. 18, 12 5:20 AM

I drive a 2006 saturn ION, best car I've ever owned. 165000 miles and still runs like new. I drive to Chicago several times a year and I will again without concern. I would buy a replacement because the new cars are really nice but I still don't feel confident in the economy. As for riding a bike, thinice may live closer to work than most or is retired. I love riding my bike but riding in the winter is no fun.

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