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Especially now that i have had a beater for 5 months and already put 11k km on it, I don't drive my main Car as much. Do I still think a beater Car was worth it for me? Hell yes. In fact, it was my best purchase in 2016, it's so useful for me, it's saves me a lot of car washes on my main car. I drive on heavy dirt and gravel roads just about everyday and getting the beater car has been a savour not having to worry about rock chips, all the dead and splattered bugs in the summer when on the highway, door dings when at parking lots, paint chips, scratches, prestine paint, etc. I treat my beater like, well a beater...I never plug it in, I don't let it warm up, I use the cheapest oil and filter, I don't baby it at all. I've had it for 4-5 months now and I haven't washed it once. It is nasty dirty and looks like crap, but again it's a beater and it just works. Insurance is peanuts. It's not going to get you girls, in fact it will most likely cause girls to look the other way but I don't care.

It's made me realize that, having a beater is just more my style. Don't get me wrong, I still love having a nice prestine car with a good amount of customization to it, but it's so much work to keep a prestine car prestine and you worry about it getting dinged, scratched, chipped, dirty etc. It gets old after awhile. It's a lot of work to keep a nice looking car looking good.

Plus I have monthly payments on it for 3 more years and 4 more months. Uhhh, I regret it. If a god was above me right now and said they could get me out of my term for the remaining 3 years and 4 months, I would do it in a heartbeat. The beater may look like garbage, it's a granny car, door dinged to hell and back, doesn't even have cup holders, but it's paid off and is dirt cheap to maintain. But I do miss my sound system from the other car when in it though. I also miss the bluetooth, tinted windows, aftermarket lighting, back up cam, cup holders, leather interior. I just listen to the radio when in the beater and I cant stand the radio so often I will just listen to nothing but the loud engine roar lol.

I dont know what it is, but there's just something so enjoyable about driving a beater.

I have done all this to my main car since I got it. The last thing I did anything to it was in August of this year as that is when I said I have done everything that I wanted to do to it and I put a stop to it. No more spending money on this car. Enough is enough.

For the most part, most of these mods were worth it and I am happy with it. If I had to do it all over again, I would keep a lot of these but there are some I deeply regret because I just didn't need them and I would have rather have the cash.

In order (from the first to last thing I did on the car)

1) 2 way Compustar remote starter - worth it, Canadian winters are nasty.

2) Tint - my biggest regret! I bought the car with already 35% all around tint on it, it was a good tint job (I should have taken this as a perk from saving me from having to get it done), but stupid me eventually I wanted to go darker. So I got 17% all around and this led to 4 tickets in 1 year! Over $300 in tickets for tint! Not just that, but I ended up paying another $300 this past summer to have all my tint removed and had 35% put back on. This I had to do. There was no way I was risking another year with it on. $300 in tickets in one year from being pulled over 4 times just pissed me right off. Absolute BS. This was unfortunately THE most expensive lesson learned. $200 to have the first tint job done + $300 in fines + $300 to have it all redone back to where it was. $800 later, down the toilet!!!!! I wish I could have this money back, Id do anything!

3) LED bulbs for interior - so worth it. Cheap mod.

4) HIDs 35W - so worth it, cheap mod.

5) LED fogs - pricier than the HIDs but worth it because the bulbs in these would most likely outlast the car. And it's a quality piece of kit.

6) Double Din - for the most part this was worth it. I first went with a 6.2" DD and it crapped out on me in 3 months and upgraded to the 7" while my 6.2 was in warranty awaiting parts because I waited over 3 months for parts and complained to Pioneer and they finally just sent me a new unit - the same 7" one I just bought. UHHHH. So I paid extra for the 7" version for nothing! I was not happy.

7) Backup cam - At first I deeply regretted this because I never used it, but over time I started using it and even though I don't regret putting one in, I still could have done with out.

8) Alpine Type R speakers - this was worth it but I could have just lived with Type S speakers for almost half the cost. I originally was going to go with S but I got a really good deal on the R's so I went with that.

9) 2 ch dashcam - I dont really see this as a mod but as cheap insurance if somethign was to happen. All it takes is one incident and it would be paid off. Because it was a 2ch it was pricey. I went with a 2ch over 1ch because I never saw the point of a 1ch. Now looking back I could have easily just settled for a cheap 1 ch off ebay for 1/2 the cost. I still do think dashcams are well worth the money though, but within reason.

10) LED DRLs - one of my most favourite mods, wish I got it done much sooner.

11) Film on entire bumper, headlights, fenders, side mirrors - was worth it. Makes the front end of the car look brand new and itll stay that way for the entire time I own the car. One of the best investments.

12) Rims - worth it because i was able to sell my OEMs and get more than half of my money back. Was a cheap mod and completeley changed the look of the car.

13) Vinyl wrap on interior trim pieces - worth it, wish I did this one sooner. Again, really boosted the look of the car.

14) Sunroof tint - cheap mod, wish I had done this much sooner, like when I got the car. Now I leave my sunshade open all year around, it makes the cabin feel that much larger (significant with a coupe) and no heat from the sun beaming down on me in the summer. I actually use the sunroof now in the summers.

15) Crystal serum coating (forgot the name but it's a good product) - was so worth it, was cheap and wish I got this done sooner. Saves me from having to wax the car for a good 2 years and has many other benefits

16) Battery charger - got this mainly because my 2 way remote starter is a parasite drain and now that i have a beater, sometimes this car sits for days. This was worth it, was cheap too and will make my batteries last much longer. It was wither this or an AGM battery and I chose the charger.

17) And the big one, 5 ch amp. I already had the sub from my old car, I couldn't sell it so I figured I would make use of it again. Pricey upgrade that I love, but I don't love. I had a hard time swallowing $400 on a 5ch amp and still do, but each time I get in the car and crank it, it just sounds so good.
But could I have lived without it and just continue to run off the factory amp at 15RMS/ch? Yes.

So all in all, most of these mods were worth it but I wish I didn't spend this much money on a single car. Something that depreciates over time. It's not like I can start ripping stuff out to resell. You won't get anything for a backup cam. You won't get anything for a 2ch dashcam. You get my point.

Has anyone else ever been in my shoes? Its a pretty crappy feeling knowing you spend this much money on a car. For all the money that I spend on the mods, just think about how many car payments it would have covered.

Not sure how to make myself feel better.

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I go through that last paragraph anytime I buy something for my truck. Especially as I'm only a year away from it being paid off. It is my sole vehicle though and I didn't go all ham buying when I got it because I know I have vehicle ADD.

The only thing I did different this time was I made sure everything I did buy that was remotely expensive is easily removed and transferred to another vehicle. Except for the remote start. But I'm just 3 hours north of you and also see it as a borderline must have, plus it adds value here.

None of it really has any resale value but I can use it in whatever comes along next.



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You live once, what the point of all that money saved when you dead........
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Mayo probably has a case of the mid winter blues as well. That always gets me

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I haven't driven my evo in over a month except for in and out of the garage to get out the ladder. I drive a Hyundai every day to work with 170k miles lol. I like having the beater but at times I get a little pissed I have a very nice Car just sitting in the garage. Lucky for me it won't depreciate much more than it already has. Maybe a few grand. It's also a life saver in the winter when we get really bad weather. The evo will go ANYWHERE lol. The Hyundai? Not so much. I've modded the evo. Basic engine stuff, a tune, wheels, stereo, and some other things. I have a few more I would like to do to it. But right now I'm saving for a wedding and a house very shortly thereafter. The evo can wait my kids will enjoy it when I get to drive them around in it.




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There is a great show on Netflix called Minimalist. It's made me think a little bit about future purchases and if they are worth it. I'd recommend people to check it out. Some people are way overboard on the show but you can still get something out of it.
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I've considered a "beater", but it would be something that stayed hooked to the boat unless I was hauling something. My main vehicle used to be a full size truck. I've since downsized to a Grand Cherokee but it pulls the boat fine. I will need to buy a trailer of some sort since I no longer have an open bed. I dread borrowing my friend's truck but he said I know where it is if I need. If I bought a beater it would be a single cab truck several years old with low mileage for the age. 8' bed would be a plus. Engine doesn't matter. I'd probably do a modest stereo upgrade and call it good. Edit-thinking more into it, extended and quad cab trucks are a dime a dozen. No one hardly buys a single cab truck anymore unless it's a fleet vehicle.

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I agree...buying a beater was one of the best things I've done. It significantly lowered my stress level knowing I don't have to finish up a project by a certain time, and because my beater is an SUV I can actually haul things. If my "main" Car breaks down I can rent a hauler and go pick it up off the side of the road with my beater. Aside from the initial $1500 I paid for the vehicle, insurance is like an extra $8 a month. Very worth it.

As to regrets on spending money on mods; I don't make payments on cars. I buy in cash and honestly I doubt I'll ever pay more than $3k for a vehicle. When I buy a Car I already know I'm going to put a lot of money into it and change a ton of things, so there's no reason to pay a premium for a "nice" car.

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My wife always gives me a lecture. If the Car it's wreaked it's all gone.
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Has anyone else ever been in my shoes? Its a pretty crappy feeling knowing you spend this much money on a car. For all the money that I spend on the mods, just think about how many Car payments it would have covered.

Not sure how to make myself feel better.
Yes, absolutly. A 2011 base (US model) GT mustang started it for me. First was an audio overhaul done by a shop that was expensive and sounded OK but then I started tinkering. Then a FRPP Tune, Hotchkis sway bars, tower strut etc...then I started ripping at the interior. Painting trim piece's, having some custom upholstery done eventually installed a complete Roush interior, heated seat kit on and on and on not to mention all the audio gear swapping after I started learning about it. Was constantly looking for something else to do to this poor car...lol

Eventually I had enouph and got sick of all of it...so I traded it in for my current Fusion making a specific point (in my head) to not touch anything!! Well...that lasted about two months, destroyed a set of door panels and had to get a replacement set, cracking pins and small trim piece's constantly taking them off, pulling the dash apart (at one time I physically removed both front doors to fish in extra wiring) ugh!!

It is a "diversion" or "something to do" but I almost want to puke thinking about all the $$ spent on DSP's, amps, drivers especially on an average joe income.

Ah well...at least it's paid off and I plan to keep it for a long time. I think this is a very common pass time for many guy's, it's never "done" for those who are never satisfied and constantly tinker...especially when deadlocked in the mind numbing, boring ass long winter.

At least I'm not spending on booze, drugs or in a casino and I really have no big interest if travelling. As long as the bills and mortgage are paid...food in the fridge and little put aside for future...I agree with Victor's comment. Better that than putting that money up your nose, or injecting it into a main vein.

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I only want to pull my door panels once on my Jeep. Famous last words I know.

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I came to this same realization 4 years ago. I had a pristine 2004 IS300 and all it did was sit in the garage and look nice for 8yrs. Right before that I had a STI and before that a Acura TL. Starting with the STI, I bough a beater so as not to stain my precious idols... I was stuck worshiping my cars. And my wallet showed it. I figure if I hadn't spent so much money on cars I would likely by now not have a mortgage payment.
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I agree with your observation here.
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Yes, absolutly. A 2011 base (US model) GT mustang started it for me. First was an audio overhaul done by a shop that was expensive and sounded OK but then I started tinkering. Then a FRPP Tune, Hotchkis sway bars, tower strut etc...then I started ripping at the interior. Painting trim piece's, having some custom upholstery done eventually installed a complete Roush interior, heated seat kit on and on and on not to mention all the audio gear swapping after I started learning about it. Was constantly looking for something else to do to this poor car...lol

Eventually I had enouph and got sick of all of it...so I traded it in for my current Fusion making a specific point (in my head) to not touch anything!! Well...that lasted about two months, destroyed a set of door panels and had to get a replacement set, cracking pins and small trim piece's constantly taking them off, pulling the dash apart (at one time I physically removed both front doors to fish in extra wiring) ugh!!

It is a "diversion" or "something to do" but I almost want to puke thinking about all the $$ spent on DSP's, amps, drivers especially on an average joe income.

Ah well...at least it's paid off and I plan to keep it for a long time. I think this is a very common pass time for many guy's, it's never "done" for those who are never satisfied and constantly tinker...especially when deadlocked in the mind numbing, boring ass long winter.

At least I'm not spending on booze, drugs or in a casino and I really have no big interest if travelling. As long as the bills and mortgage are paid...food in the fridge and little put aside for future...I agree with Victor's comment. Better that than putting that money up your nose, or injecting it into a main vein.
I agree with you that yes you only live once, but as much as I enjoy cars, I can't help but keep thinking that they are just a massive waste of money.

With the repairs, I put $1000cdn into my beater. I pay $10 a month for insurance. It gets me places when I need to be, it's no different than my other car, it's just not nearly as nice and doesn't have the bells and whistles. I have no liability on it so if I get hit, it goes to the dump.

But I am like you, at least I am not wasting this money on smoking or drugs or booze. I don't drink or smoke so there you go. I also don't gamble and I don't travel around the world or go on luxurious cruises every couple months like many people I know, so that's also a lot of money saved.

For instance if you asked me if I would take a cruise to somewhere exotic, stay in the finest of resorts, have the best food and capture in the best scenery or have my Car stereo (head unit, amp, speakers) and I would take the Car audio each and every time without any hesistation. It's just worth it for me because I get enjoyment out of it everytime I drive the car and will be for many many years (since I plan on keeping this car til it dies and no longer drives). Whereas with a vacation, sure they are fun and have lasting memories, but they are like Christmas, they are over so fast.

The good news for 2017 and so fourth is that now that I have done every thing that I wanted to do to the car, I won't be spending a single dime on it for 2017. So that's a positive and evens things out. Don't get me wrong, I was planning on eventually having all that stuff done to my car but perhaps not so fast, I went a bit overboard and just wanted to get it all over and done with.

But the biggest thing that pissed me off is the tint situation. What a huge waste of money. I wish I could have that money back.

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You live and learn. Really, if you enjoy driving your nice car, then I think it's money well spent.

I got myself into a situation with a nice lease vehicle that I shouldn't have leased with my financial situation that ended up with a bunch of wasted money. I realized my situation, found a way out of the lease to limit the amount of lost money, got a used Car and I'm back on track. You can always change your situation if you truly want to. Lost money is lost, no getting it back, so focus on what you want now and into the future.
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Well the good news is that I drive a Honda (all my cars have been Hondas and Acuras). I'm not into the whole "show" aspect that many buy a Benz or BMW or Audi for these days. Most of those cars don't even get my attention anyways. There are so many on the road that they all just look the same to me.

Besides most people who need the latest and greatest usually lease and they don't take care of the cars, they couldn't care less about customizing the car, they want to be seen by their friends in a "luxury" car. It's all about the status symbol.

Sorry but buying an overpriced german luxury Car and slapping on a custom plate for $300 to "customize" it doesn't impress me. That's what most people here do. Keep the Car stock, and as long as people see the emblem and custom plate in the drive thru, that's all that matters.

A plate that I saw the other day here, "PRICEY" LOL I laughed so hard when I saw this one. It was on a Audi Q7.

A car that has been well taken care of, has some nice customization to it, has a nice colour theme to it will catch my eye every time. I do like customizing your car, I will admit it is fun, and you will get compliments because people will know that you customized the car to suit your tastes.

Even if I had the money and could afford a luxury german car, I wouldn't do it because I like nice cars but within reason (for price).

When I got the car in April of 2015, I just wanted an upgrade from what I was currently driving (2001 Civic), and needed something with more leg room, more cabin space, bigger trunk. I stayed two door because I rarely haul massive size items and almost never have anyone in my car. Being taller too, I find getting in and out of coupes much more comfortable than 4 doors due to coupes have longer doors. Even with my beater, since its a 4 door it does get annoying to get in and out of sometimes but I just put up with it.
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Sorry but buying an overpriced german luxury Car and slapping on a custom plate for $300 to "customize" it doesn't impress me.

Even if I had the money and could afford a luxury german car, I wouldn't do it because I like nice cars but within reason (for price).
I agree but on the other hand...if I had that level of disposable income it might be a differnt story...lol

But saying that, I really like my Fusion (or alot of today's sedan's, CUV's etc) they have everything on them that the high priced rides have, but at least I can say that mine has a great sound system.

Funny, the Mustang I spent so much time and money on was sold locally and I've seen it around...it look's awesome and sound's fantastic with the GT500 axleback's I installed on it when I had er' (should have kept that one)

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^ All I know is, Car payments suck. This was the first time I have Car payments and I'm already tired of them. I love the car, but again, a car is a car, there's so many other more important things in life I'd rather spend my money on.

Too bad I didn't see this at the time buying. I was just too excited and it overrode my common sense lol. But honestly, yes I wanted a car with more leg space, but again it's "want" and not "need". I had a perfectly working car prior and it was paid off and even though I sunk too much into that one too, it was in prestine shape and purred like a kitten. I always got compliments on it, it was in better shape than most newer cars.

I had zero reason to getting a new car aside from getting all caught up in the moment and just wanting one. I was so excited that the day before picking it up I couldn't sleep lol (I know that sounds lame as hell, what am I, 12 years old?). Well if I was offered my old car back and a buyout on my finance term meaning no more payments, I would take it in a heartbeat, without any question. Because that would also mean my insurance would be a lot cheaper. Then I would double this up as my car and my beater and sell off my beater.

I mean the new car is nice, but again I couldn't care less about what car I'm seen in. People can judge me all they want, because the fact is, unless your car is fully paid off, you don't own it, the bank does. But yet many tend to ignore this fact. And it's funny, where I live, just about everyone has car payments and drive around showing off their new car as if they own it. But when Im in my beater, I can't help but get a good feeling inside me because I know the car is paid off, I own it and there is no debt on it.

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^ All I know is, Car payments suck. This was the first time I have Car payments and I'm already tired of them. I love the car, but again, a car is a car, there's so many other more important things in life I'd rather spend my money on.

Too bad I didn't see this at the time buying. I was just too excited and it overrode my common sense lol.
Save money instead, open subaccount in your bank, transfer $100 bucks or whatever you can afford each month, by the time it's time to buy a new car see what you can afford without payments.
I do that for the last 4 cars I bought and can't be happier.
I pay no interest on anything anymore.
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I don't understand having a nice Car and not driving it.

A guy that works with my wife bought a brand new truck a couple years ago. He went from a SUV to a Truck because he needed to be able to haul stuff every now and then and so he could get around better in the snow. So he bought a Ford F150 FX4 with the graphics package. Financed the whole thing (+$50K).

About 6 months later he bought a beater truck for cash that he now drives on shitty weather days or when he has to haul something. Basically, he bought the nicest truck they had so he could say it was the best, but because it is so nice, he can't bare to use it for what he originally said he needed a truck for. So, why have the nice truck that just sits in the garage? I don't get it.

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Save money instead, open subaccount in your bank, transfer $100 bucks or whatever you can afford each month, by the time it's time to buy a new Car see what you can afford without payments.
I do that for the last 4 cars I bought and can't be happier.
I pay no interest on anything anymore.
I do the very same.. saves quite much money. Takes a bit of time to collect money but it is worth it. I drove a real rustbucket beater until I got the money to buy better one. (it was better/more fun to drive than current more economical junk )
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But yet many tend to ignore this fact. And it's funny, where I live, just about everyone has Car payments and drive around showing off their new Car as if they own it. But when Im in my beater, I can't help but get a good feeling inside me because I know the car is paid off, I own it and there is no debt on it.
Aint that the god damn 'Berta truth right there!

I know guys that lost almost everything the second they had to go to working 40hrs a week. 80k 1 ton, 500k house 60k SUV for the stripper wife, 12k sled. all of it financed at the same time. The second the slow down started it all came apart.

We live in an area thats real special for the 'look at me' mentality, It's hard to not get caught up in it from time to time when we are surrounded by it.

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I have been a two Car guy for years and not found any good reason for it. I have a Jeep JK that gets driven daily and a Lotus Elise that...well, doesn't. My current plan is to get rid of both of them next year and pick a late model 991. Then I get to drive a nice Car all of the time and not just when the weather is nice, or when we're going someplace with safe parking. You can't take it with you, but you can just sit and watch it depreciate in your garage if you don't drive it.
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hmmm... but a Jeep JK crossed with an Elise should be something like a Macan GTS or Turbo (can fit some costco stuff and go real fast) 1/2

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Save money instead, open subaccount in your bank, transfer $100 bucks or whatever you can afford each month, by the time it's time to buy a new Car see what you can afford without payments.
I do that for the last 4 cars I bought and can't be happier.
I pay no interest on anything anymore.
I'm content to make payments on my daily driver reasonably loaded Escape SE @ 0 down/0%/60 month Ford Financing bought new in 11/2013.

Still have the high-miles F150 5.4 trailer-towing-cargo-hauling XLT bought new in 2005 @ 0/0.9%/60 months - didn't mind those payments while they lasted either.

I take care of 'em and keep cars a long time (that's key) - I'll continue to gladly use free/near free new-car manufacturer money which seems has been available sometime during each year for decades. Seems that's less a function of economy/prime rates - more a function of the incredibly competitive Car market (but yeah, things could change).

With my maintenance and care the vehicles stay nice and I think the life-cycle cost works out OK - there's lots of years with no payments between purchases. I don't spend for over-the-top PM ... follow OEM intervals, use OEM filters, Mobil 1 from Walmart, tier 1 gas, OEM-type aftermarket wear-items; I don't use trick additives and don't buy 'super fluids' like Amsoil / Royal Purple, etc ... knock on wood, I've never had a big-ticket component failure.

And no, I don't think I'd find any offsetting enjoyment in driving a beater - for me the enjoyment difference between a beater and a very nice older model I've maintained is significant.

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