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When will gas be too expensive for you?

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by tomspug, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. tomspug

    tomspug Absorbant

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    How high will gas go before you consider a new vehicle or even a new method of transportation?

    (Get ready to see lots more Smart Cars on the road...)
     
  2. Aqualung

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    It's already too expensive for me.
     
  3. tomspug

    tomspug Absorbant

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    Do you not drive then? Or do you drive less?
     
  4. Aqualung

    Aqualung Tasty

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    I don't drive at all, but that's because I don't have a car. Last year I tried saving up for a car, but this year I just don't think it's worth it. The only car I'd ever be able to afford would be one with terrible gas mileage, and at my sallary I'd never be able to keep it filled.
     
  5. Smoke

    Smoke Done here.

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    It's already too expensive. I can't afford a more efficient vehicle, so I'm driving less.
     
  6. doppelganger

    doppelganger Through the Looking Glass

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    It's expensive enough that I'm buying a much more efficient vehicle.
     
  7. TurkeyOnRye

    TurkeyOnRye Well-Known Member

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    I don't drive at all and I cannot afford to drive a car. I may consider getting a motorcycle or something at some point.
     
  8. Troublemane

    Troublemane Well-Known Member

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    I have always lived with a very small budget, so when I bought a truck a few years back it was a four-cylinder, gets about 25 mpg. When I got into the Union and started making some real money, I chose to keep my trusty truck that was paid off and gives good gas mileage, even though many I work with were trading up to bigger trucks (to I guess make them feel more successful). Now that the gas prices are rising, I havent had to worry too much. One guy I work with is making payments of $1,500 a month on a huge truck he can't drive, cuz diesel is over $4.79 a gallon here.

    Just goes to show ya, being all big and bloated aint necessarily a sign of success, it could turn into a prison sentence, having to spend everything you have just for a status symbol! :D

    I guess gas will be too expensive for me when it hits $20 per gallon. Then I'd have to choose between eating and driving, but I would hope we'd have some alternatives before then....
     
  9. MysticSang'ha

    MysticSang'ha Big Squishy Hugger
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    It's already too expensive. We've had to close shop at the dance studio almost entirely because I just can't afford to drive out there anymore (1 hour away from my house).
     
  10. Alceste

    Alceste Vagabond

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    Gas is already too expensive, but we still drive because the high rent close to where we work would cancel out the gas savings. Before I moved to the UK I rode my bike everywhere in Montreal, or took public transport, the occasional taxi for gigs, and rented an economical car for the occasional road trip. I had a lot more cash at my disposal than I do now in Canada, so we are moving there and will probably save up for an electric car. (By the time they're on the market in Canada we'll be able to afford one.) Eventually, we will be going off grid, working from home and producing a lot of our own food. That's the plan anyway, although plans change.
     
  11. whereismynotecard

    whereismynotecard Treasure Hunter

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    I cannot afford a car with more gas milage, and I sure am not going to ride 7 miles on a bike in the sun along the highway to work every day... So I'll just be spending half my paycheck on gas.
     
  12. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

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    I'm trying to get a car with 32-35 MPG; at the moment I have to use a car just to get to work and school. It's killing my budget.
     
  13. whereismynotecard

    whereismynotecard Treasure Hunter

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    I don't even know how many miles per gallon mine gets...
     
  14. Kungfuzed

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    My Honda Civic gets 30Mpg and my job is only 6.5 miles away. Driving 13 miles a day uses 0.43 gallons of gas. At 4 dollars a gallon it costs around $1.73 a day. I'm pretty sure that's cheaper than riding the bus. I used to commute much farther and use 5 gallons a day at $3.00 a gallon. So , gas could go up to $7.00 a gallon and I'd still be no worse off financially than I was back when I commuted far.
     
  15. lilithu

    lilithu The Devil's Advocate

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    What he said.

    I didn't drive a lot in the first place, but now I actually find myself skipping things or slightly resentful about things that require my driving. I cannot afford a hybrid. Besides, that's ultimately not the solution.
     
  16. Kungfuzed

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    Visiting my daughter is the toughest. She lives 75 miles away which makes for a 150 mile round trip to pick her up and then another 150 miles to drop her off. At 30Mpg I use 10 gallons of gas, costing me 40 bucks. But even if the price doubled I'd still go see her.
     
  17. Mestemia

    Mestemia Advocatus Diaboli
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    When I put $20 worth in the tank and still have to worry about it being enough to get out of the gas station parking lot.
     
  18. cardero

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    I'll be hitchhiking at $5.18 a gallon.
     
  19. Magic Man

    Magic Man Reaper of Conversation

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    I just quit my job that was a 37-mile commute. My car is old, and has 117,000 miles. It still works fine (knock on wood) for now, but when I get a new one (read: when I can afford a new one), gas mileage will be probably the biggest deciding factor.
     
  20. MysticSang'ha

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    That's how it was for us. We wound up not buying a hybrid because we got a pretty good deal on a car that gets around 35 mpg. Steve's last car had over 221,000 miles on it and wasn't the most efficient with gas mileage. ;)

    We killed two birds with one stone, there. Although I remember, back in the day, I had a tiny itty bitty Geo Metro that got over 50 mpg. When prices in the early '90s jumped up to $1.29 a gallon (oh, how I miss those days), I could fill my tank up for less than $10.00.

    That tank would last me - what? - 2 weeks or something? That was as a full-time commuting student, part-time worker, and going to rehearsals for performances throughout the year.

    Nostalgia for low gas prices with a super-economy car. :cool:
     
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