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Actually, I know it is because I've done it before. But I always did it for some specific other venture that I had in mind. This time I'm considering it just on the idea's own merits. Not sure I can do that.

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I don't really understand the question, but I think in any case I'll answer it by saying, "not without ripping out a piece of me." I concede that my Cobalt is ultimately dispensable as a daily driver, but I don't think I can give it up without a fight, or a really bad emotional outburst. I gave up my truck when it became apparent that the rust problem it had was terminal, and I've thought about it every day since. And don't even ask about the Corvette 8)

I have, however, been thinking about what I'd do if I was the type of person that had no emotional connections to my cars and received no enjoyment from driving them or taking care of them. The answer: leased Hyundais every three years.

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well some cars that i loved and didnt want to see some kid smash it up in the neighbor hood. so i gave them to the purple heart. tax deductable tho.

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Yea but I think they will always haunt you. I pretty much gave up in the spring after the paint on the LSS was ruined. Here I had all these projects that were makeing little headway just on account of the work I put into the 4......yes 4....that are on the road. Then the LSS needed a whole paint job and my heart was just gone..........So I got rid of most of the projects and bought the G6. At first I felt a weight was lifted but now its like I threw my soul in the garbage. I have spent the past 4 weekends (part time) on front brakes, tires, rear brake cleaning on LSS, and brake lines and electric door locks on 90 Regency. Theres only so much time with 50+ hr work weeks, and house/home projects, plus goofing off.

Between the paint on the LSS

The new dent in the hood of the freshly painted Ciera

Disatisfaction with the GTP

Electric door locks with a substance abuse problem on the just nearly renewed Regency

The dent on the roof on the renewed 86 LeSabre coupe

Storage charges on the 75 Delta 88 Royale convertable

A complete total project for the Scorpion

and

neverending house projects

yea....Im a bit sick of it

dont mean to be so negitive......but........ :lol: ......... :rolleyes: .......... :scratchchin:

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Maybe I should clarify what I mean. I most certainly do not mean I intend to walk or take a bus. :lol:

However, I only really need my truck, the other 5 could go. In the past I have sold-off my automotive toys to pursue other things (a band,my business etc.), this time around I am thinking of just taking a break from having so many cars just because I enjoy them. I don't have any specific plans that require me to sell the cars other than dumping some debt and simplifying my life. I've just been toying with the idea of going lean on all the possesions for a while. I'd like to try travelling a bit lighter - I think. :blink:

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There was a while back in August when I found out what my insurance payments were where I seriously considered selling the Cobalt and just relying on transit. My parents talked me out of it.

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I've been in your shoes, Camino. But then I felt like I needed oars, so I took them off.

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Oh... No I couldn't do it.

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Possible to give up cars?

Sure it is.

But, I don't think I could do it. I've thought about selling off the collection a couple of different times, most recently in mid-2003 when I was facing mounting medical bills from my January 2003 open heart surgery. A number of friends "stepped in" and talked me out of it.

Sometimes, I wonder tho.....

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Not sure I could do it.

I think it would be better to just cut back, rather than go "lean".

You could keep the few you love to drive, and sell the rest...

Then Add again when you feel the urge...

Project cars( or cars in general) come and go...

You just never know what you are going to own.... :)

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Funny you ask this; I ask myself the same thing all the time. I smell a story coming on.....

For a long time I just had one car as a daily driver; the latest of which being my '96 Riviera. First "toy" I ever bought was my '79 Coupe DeVille. I thought having one toy and one daily driver was all I'd ever need. Then a few months go by and Sixty8 talks me into buying my '77 Cutlass Supreme because I wouldn't feel good about myself knowing I had a chance to buy the car for literally pennies on the dollar, not doing so, and then seeing it junked. Three cars now. Cool, I thought. One toy, one daily driver, and one beater just because. I thought I might be spreading myself a bit too thin after a while, and as luck would have it, a friend of mine needed a car. So I told him to take it and we'd work out a payment plan. A little sigh of relief; I'm back to two cars again. Then the Riviera blows up and I end up driving the '79 Coupe DeVille for two months while the Riviera gets fixed. Glad I had that second car around; it sure came in handy. So then the Riviera's fixed and the Coupe DeVille's on the back burner. No problems there; two is fine. Then my friend gets another car and decides he doesn't want the Cutlass anymore, and gives it back to me. Three again. So I once again decide that's a bit too much and decide to sell the Coupe DeVille and do. Back to two; life is good.

So about six months goes by and I'm coming back from a favorite junkyard of mine and see a '71 Coupe DeVille parked on the side of the road. I've always loved the look of Cadillacs in '71 and a two-door was definitely a plus. Not to mention that I missed my '79 Coupe DeVille terribly and regretted selling it. The price seemed too good to pass up for the condition of the car, both mechanically and physically. I talked to the old man, took it for a ride, talked him down another couple hundred and took her home. Back to three, but I was happy. The Olds could be used as a backup car still since it was nothing special and now I had another toy. I also had the space, so no problems there. Three is cool; I can deal with that.

Another three or four months goes by and I get an opportunity to trade my '71 Coupe DeVille and '77 Cutlass Supreme to get my '67 Eldorado. I do so, and once again I breathed a little sigh of relief inside. It's not that I was necessarily looking to go back to two cars, but I did like the fact that I had a little less on my plate and ended up with one really fantastic car to focus all my energy on. One daily driver and one toy is great, I thought. So about ten days go by and there's talk of the '74 Continental limousine being junked. I couldn't let that happen! I used to sit inside that car when I was barely big enough to see over the dashboard, put on the chauffer's hat in the glovebox, and make car noises as I brought my imaginary passengers to their destinations. I loved that car! So I asked the guy who wanted it gone if he was given the okay to junk it would it be alright if I were to just take it. Four days later he hunts me down at the place where I keep the '67 Eldorado and informs me of the option to "adopt" the Continental. I do so without thinking. So not only am I back to three; I'm back to three plus, because now one of 'em's the size of a small school bus! So three seems to be the magic number for me right now. I try and try to thin the herd, but sometimes, as in the case with the Continental, you don't find them; they find you instead.

So to answer your question, would it be possible to give up cars? f@#k NO! If I had ten acres of land I'd never sell a car ever again. I'd go park whatever I was bored with in the weeds and go get something else! Some day some of this stuff will be either gone altogether or so expensive that it's all but unattainable, so I think it'll be neat to say I've had a little bit of everything before it gets to that point. When I'm 90 and I crap my pants I'll get a kick out of my grandkids fighting over whose Toyota hybrid hovercar is better and start to chuckle. Then I'll open a photo album and show them all the REAL cars I had when I was their age :lol:

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I couldnt over totally give up cars. Like I have said, I like both the old and the new stuff. I like my 1981 Bonneville but I like my 2005 Equinox for the daily grind or for severe weather driving(Winter). And like the 2000 Monte Carlo or the 2005 Equinox, I dont want to keep these newer cars longer than 4-5 years. So leasing the Equinox makes perfect sense.

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As much as I love it to death, I'm about to give up on my old 5-series. It averages a shop visit every two to three months - and it's constructed so oddly (to quote a mechanic: "back-asswards") that I can't even perform simple tasks like changing the air filter. It's a beautiful, timeless car that drives great & has loads of modern features...but the reliability is starting to make the vehicle a lot less appealing.

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As much as I love it to death, I'm about to give up on my old 5-series.  It averages a shop visit every two to three months - and it's constructed so oddly (to quote a mechanic: "back-asswards") that I can't even perform simple tasks like changing the air filter.  It's a beautiful, timeless car that drives great & has loads of modern features...but the reliability is starting to make the vehicle a lot less appealing.

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I would bet the parts cost is up there too. But if you love the BMW it may still be worth it. What year is it?

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Ah hell! I'm a hopeless case.

Hi, my name's Camino and I'm an addict...

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I'd have to say that if something happened to my Impala, there'd be no hard feelings. Now if something happened to my truck....different story all together. The truck IS family. I mean, I'm the third generation driver of the thing, so I couldn't get rid of it, the only way I'd even remotely get rid of it is if I wrecked it against something unmoveable (ie stationary object FAR larger than me, or an 18-wheeler) and there was frame damage. Otherwise, she'd get fixed and put back on the road. The Impala to me, although yes, its a good car, is a daily driver/beater. The Cobalt (wife's) is nice, but its leased so when that's up, we'll probably be buying her something along the lines of a "typical" mommy mobile. So no, the answer is NO, I can't give up on cars, can I let them go if something happens, sure, but can I just up and give up on them? No, never.

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Possible to give up cars?

Sure it is.

But, I don't think I could do it.  I've thought about selling off the collection a couple of different times, most recently in mid-2003 when I was facing mounting medical bills from my January 2003 open heart surgery.  A number of friends "stepped in" and talked me out of it.

Sometimes, I wonder tho.....

I would tell you never to sell them off. You worked very hard to keep them in the shape they are in. You would kick yourself the second they were gone. My parents think about getting rid of their 1985 Caprice but they know too that if they did they would kick themselves. I wouldnt part with the Bonneville for anything.

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I would tell you never to sell them off. You worked very hard to keep them in the shape they are in. You would kick yourself the second they were gone.

*nods*

Very true ... I would ... and that's what several friends (even my parents, for that matter) told me at the time. And, I am so glad I listened :).

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