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Subject:  What's the last car you'd ever buy? Date:  10/15/1999  7:07 AM
Author:  JamesBrown Number:  3217 of 73835

If you could only buy one more car for the rest of your life, what would it be? Since car repairs cost less than new vehicles, I'm considering buying one more car and just maintaining it forever. Foreign or domestic, new or used . . . doesn't matter. Engine fall out after 150,000 miles? Replace it. Sick of the color? Repaint it. Seat covers evaporated away? Reupholster it.

I don't know that much about vehicles such as:
1) Which cars are easier for my mechanic to work on.
2) Which cars have easily available parts.

Forget resale value. This will never be resold. My general perceptions of the car industry make me think Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac -- the ones that automakers tout as strong and reliable and safe, etc. Not hip and sporty and cheap.

One downside I can think of is not being able to keep up with the latest safety features (airbags, ABS, and whatever new features will be available in the future.) But the fact of NEVER paying a dollar in finance charges for basic transportation is very exciting.

Any Foolish thoughts?
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