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It drives me nuts and we argue about it! DH gets tired of what he drives and starts looking for something different. He had a 2 yr old Honda Accord that he had to sell ( his theory is one will always have a car payment, even if you pay it off, save the money, you will eventually have to take that money out and put it towards a car...NOT my thinking) and is now leasing a new car(a more expensive one too). He has now decided he has seen the "error in his ways" and is "window shopping" for a TRUCK! He just leased the car 6 months ago! Although he says he is just "looking", it always turns into something more than looking. I would rather pay a car off and not have that payment every month. He always says (because he knows I'm frugal) "I can sell the car, get a cheaper truck, and we can pocket the money each month"...this has been his line for years and then once he has a different car and gets tired of it...guess what? We are back to square one. I'm so frustrated and just venting I guess.

He is a great husband and father, but this is his flaw! AND it drives me nuts!:fence:
 

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my dh doesn't do that at all. he tends to have 2 trips a year. One is a fishing tournament and the other is a Nascar trip.

I don't gripe because he supports this family well but if that was happening here then, yes ,I would put my foot down.
 

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Sorry that you're going through that, it would drive me nuts too.

Luckily my hubby is perfectly happy with the paid-off 2004 Cavalier that we share.
 

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It seems every 2 -4 years my hubby goes up newer and also always has a bill. This time no matter what he aint selling it and aint getting rid of it when its paid off either. We put too much money in it so Ill be danged If Ill let him sell it. We have a 2002 150 truck with super cab.
 

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My dh drives a work truck, it belongs to the company he works for. He has one motorcycle, and I have one motorcycle and a truck. All but the truck are paid off.
 

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My husband pays them off, then wont sell them. He doesnt even drive them to work. He has a company van. So, we have a higher than normal insurance bill. I guess its better than a big car payment.:sigh:
 

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Ugh. Dh's main thing is his car. He had a Ford Escort ZX2 r whatever, then he got a 2005 Mazda3. He went in for routine maintenance at the dealership, then brought home a 2007 MazdaSpeed3 for me to see and ended up trading in the Mazda3 for it. I doubt he will change cars again anytime soon, as he is obsessed with this one and souping it up. Dives me up the wall! I soooo feel your pain. Instead of him getting a new one soon, he is spending money on making this one faster. Even though it already has a turbo engine and all that crap. He's in it for the speed and even went so far as to join a car club. Bleh.
 

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I can share your pain but it's not cars, it's tractors here and I just put the kabash on the little deal he thought he had going here, uh huh, ain't happening on my watch!

We both drive trucks and are happy with them, mines a 94 crew cab dually diesel and could eat a little car (It has once already, lol) Hubby INSISTS on a 4wd even though he only needs it maybe 3-4 times a year. His is a 99 we bought used and it ()^%% well better last a while!

As for the tractors, sigh, we have more invested in them and their implements than a fancy sports car would cost.

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My husband pays them off, then wont sell them. He doesnt even drive them to work. He has a company van. So, we have a higher than normal insurance bill. I guess its better than a big car payment.:sigh:
Here's the problem at my house as well. My DH, himself, has a 99 Ford F150 truck, a Dodge Caravan (not sure what year) and a 95 Chevrolet Camaro. He won't get rid of anything once he pays it off. Now he wants a Harley Davidson motorcycle. :sigh: I have a 99 Ford Explorer and am satisfied with that. My DH works hard and supports us well, so I try not to say too much.
 

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felt that when i was with my ex. when he tried to talk to me in april he had a new (used) car. i kept telling him that all we need is a 4 door car so that i could get merrick in and out of it easily. he kept getting pos cars that needed to much work.
 

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We have 4 cars, the newest, bought used is a 2001 station wagon. We have two 93 Saab 9000's, one of which has a blown engine. The last car is a 1990 Chrysler Caravan that I refuse to drive.

We have a car payment for the station wagon but own all the others. DH would love to get rid of the car payment, but it will be with us for a while yet.

btw, I refuse to drive the van because in the year I drove it, it got its accelorator stuck, its brakes failed, and then its transmission started to fail...all while l was driving it. I parked the car the day the transmission started to go and said, "I will NEVER drive that car again!" and I haven't.

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My DH downfall is motorcycles. We have 1 truck, 1 car and 2 motorcycles. Thank goodness he is content to just spend his "mad" money on doing stuff and adding chrome to his bike....we haven't had any vehicle payments in 5 years and do not ever intend on having any.
 

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DH and I both like to get a third car we call our "fun car" every few years or so. We bought a Jeep Wrangler Sahara - kept it almost a year then sold it. DH also bought me a BMW 535i as another "fun car" for a gift. Unfortunately we only had it 6 months before it was totalled. No loss on our part though - it was the other guy's fault.

My family owns a car auction that is only for car dealers (must be a licensed car dealer to enter the grounds, bid and purchase). I have done title work for almost every car dealer in the tri-county area and know quite a few of them very well. When we decided we want a "fun car" we just call one of my dealer friends and they find us what we want in the price range we want to pay.

As far as our basic, everyday cars - we keep them for a few years. However, I won't to drive anything that is over 100k miles. So once they get close to that mark DH starts looking.

So I guess in my house, it is not only DH who likes to change cars - I like to mix it up just as much, if not more.
 

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Mine has not even had his own car for almost 4yrs. Of course now that he lost his job with also means that his is going to have to give them back the truck and his cellphone we will have to figure out the car thing.Im not sure what we will do.

Im sorry your dh doesnt see things your way but I guess thats just part of who he is and you are going to have to love him anyways.
 

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We buy quality vehicles with excellent track records, then maintain them faithfully. They last.
 

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My DH started out like this. He would keep a car and then get rid of it 'before it starts to cost us money'. But he always paid cash for his vehicles. And we only ever had one at a time.

When I came into the marriage we had a Toyota manual drive truck that I couldn't drive. That was fine by me, but DH wanted something I could drive. I pointed out we didn't have cash for one. That stalled him 3 years.

Then our first was born. My FIL, bless his soul, rigged up a deal whereby he would give someone our truck for their farm, he would give us his old Chevy, and then he would buy a new car (which he really wanted).

Well, I was too short for the Chevy. Couldn't see over the dashboard and had a hard time depressing the brake pedal the whole way, even with the seat forward. And it was a bench seat, so DH, at 6'2", had his knees up by his ears when I drove. So, we traded it in for a new Toyoto Tercel 4WD. We got a deal on it because we paid cash and trade in.

Then, about 8 years in came "the discussion". DH wanted to sell it. I put my foot down. No way was I going to have a car debt as well as a mortgage over our heads. He didn't earn that much money, we were a one income family, and we operated on a tight budget as was. I told him I believed in keeping cars till they died. He sighed. But when the Toyota lasted 16 years, he was converted.

We bought a second hand car this time, cash, and we plan to keep it till it dies, or the value goes below $500. At which point we'll sell it and buy another.

While there's been times when a second car would have come in handy, we've saved a bundle by just having one car. DH often rides his bike to and from work or takes the bus, leaving the car for me. Often the car just sits in the drive. So really, one car is more than enough for us. We've actually talked about going carless. We just aren't set up for it. In fact, most neighborhoods aren't these days. Too far to go to the big box stores for the deals.

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Consumer Reports has an article this month on keeping a car for 200,000 miles. It lists the best cars to do this (the Honda Accord was on the list). It also had a comparison of the $$$ you will save if you get a good, reliable car, maintain it well, and drive it for many years.... rather than purchasing a new car every 5 years.

You may want to pick up a copy of this magazine and show this to your husband :remind:
 

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I am major car nut and I have been driving my Intrepid since 1998. It is a 97 and only has 73,000 miles on it. I have car lust BAD, but am holding onto this baby for at least two more years. We have spent less than $1500.00 on this car since we have owned it. It still looks nearly new, so it's staying for while longer (at least until DH's PT Cruiser is paid off 6-09).

I HAD to laugh at this thread's title. My girlfriend's DH is like this only he buys POS cars. Until they bought their Focus a couple of years ago, I suspect the COMBINED value of ALL the cars they have EVER owned (married over twenty years) is less that what they paid for their used Focus!
 
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