Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 1
"If the truck costs you $250 more a month in fuel, then you could buy a used car for $6500 plus the $3500 you get when you sell the truck, and the payments would be about $200 a month. The less you can spend on a "new" car, the better for your cash flow."


The truck actually does burn about $250/mo. in fuel if DH uses it for his commute. (My switching to the bus+train in January has been *very* eye-opening. I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner!)

We're already on the "save every penny" path right now, and it's looking pretty good (just added another $2500 to the savings pot). I totally agree with us spending as little as possible on a "new" car, and we'll just have to see what's available when the time comes. We've been discussing the various makes and models and have an idea of what we want, so it's a start - the "perfect" car is a VW TDI Jetta wagon, but those are running about $14,000 right now and will probably be out of our reach. Still, knowing what we'd like "ideally" is a launching point. (Jetta is ideal partially due to maintenance - we do all our own work on the Golf and have all the manuals, tools, first-hand knowledge and the Jetta is the exact same engine).

Thanks so much for your ideas - they've really helped me see things in a more numbers kind of way than I was looking before.

Print the post  


UGC Disclosure Notice Regarding Credit Card Posts
Community board discussions about credit cards are not provided or commissioned by banks who may have advertising relationships with The Motley Fool. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.
TMF Credit Center
The Motley Fool Credit Center arms you with real tools and simple messages, that will help you in every credit situation.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.