Hey guys, I need your guys advice on what YOU would do if you were in my shoes? I'm in a dilemna and hoping to make a decision before summer starts up here so I can decide and move on.
I bought a beater last Sept 2016 (total cost including repairs I put into it so far? $1000CDN). Dirt cheap, I drove it through 95% of this winter, taken it on long distance trips, drove to hell and back in it and honestly it's solid as you can ask a beater to me. It's been an awesome beater, never once did it fail to start in -35 weather lol. It's a bit of a gas guzzler, but a good beater none the less.
Honestly, it's been the best thing ever and once I got it, it was an immediate relief from my main car. I loved it because it's saved me a helluva lot of Car washes, I'm not paranoid about door dings or rock chips or all the splattered dead bugs in the summer (since I drive 90% highway), or bird crap or dirty or mud or hitting pot holes like on my other car.
The only problem is, ever since I got it, I've rarely driven my other Car (2011 Honda Accord EXL coupe) and this is a car that I have a monthly payment on for 3 more years and obviously more on insurance.
It's been super fun since Sept having the beater, but honestly...this has just hit me the past few weeks. This just doesn't feel like money well spent, on a car that I pay monthly payments if I rarely drive it because of the beater. Throughout the winter, I've been driving my Honda like once a week, maybe twice and they were short trips.
And I will be honest, ever since getting the beater in Sept...I have put on 3,000km on the Honda, that's 3,000 in 6.5 months. And I have put 15,000km on the beater car.
Now, just a recap, I work from home 90% of the time (so aside from meetings and get togethers, I don't have to commute anywhere for work.
But I still drive 500-600km a week (more in the summers), because I go to the barn just about everyday of the week. It's just about all highway, but there is 6km of heavy gravel roads (that get re-graveled 3 times a year with massive rock chunks), and this is the main reason why I got a beater in the first place. If it wasn't for the gravel roads, I wouldn't have even considered getting a beater. Having to wipe down the front end of my car 2-3 times a day in the summer months, is annoying and tedious as hell but it's something I can tolerate.
I like a clean car (especially in the nicer weather) and I got tired of cleaning my Honda every day haha. Because the barn is almost all highways, in the summers, I got sick of cleaning all the splattered bugs off the front end of the car 2-3 times a day, 6-7 days a week, it got old quck. I carry spray bottles of water and microfibre towels in my trunk all year round. And this is why when I got the beater, it was an immediate relief not having to do any of this. It's nice being able to drive 2-3 hours on the highway and not have to wipe 8000 bugs off your car.
There are times where I will travel to places out of town where there is an hour's drive of pure dirt gravel roads. Massive rock chunks and it was amazing being able to just cruise down them with the beater last Fall and actually do the speed limit. No way I would take my Honda down those roads, it would take forever since I never do the limit, not even close to it.
Now if I decide to sell my beater, I can always rent a car for a day when I do decide to go on these trips (where there are long scretches of gravel roads.)
Anyways, the barn is pretty much the only place I got to during the weeks (aside from running errands in the city etc), so this is why I've put on 15,000km on the beater car in 6 months. Even though Ive mostly been driving my beater this winter, there are alot of times where I will miss driving my Honda.
I love my Honda, Ive done a lot of work to it and often I feel bad for not always being able to enjoy the fruit in the basket. I totally miss my car stereo thats in my Honda. Because for each time I am in the beater and not driving my Honda, I am missing out on enjoy the fruits of the Honda.
As much as I love having two cars, it can be a pain at times. You have to do on changes on both, fill up gas on both, go home to switch cars at times, and often I will think about which car to take.
Even though it wasnt as convenient when I just had my Honda, its nice having everything in one car. Dont have to pay and carry two registrations, dont have to lug stuff and gear from trunk to trunk (which does get old after awhile), as there have been times where i would forget things in my other car, only to have to go home to get it.
Now , obviously there are pros and cons of each car, but right now I'm trying to decide if I should sell my beater.
Obviously there are other benefits to it like.
1) Better gas milage on my Honda. Even though I saved a lot of money on car washes throughout this winter on my Honda, it evened out because the beater is a gas guzzler especially in winters. I had to fill that thing up over the past 6.5 months a lot. So I'm sure what I saved on washes, ended up costing me the same in gas.
2) $22/month on insurance making it $260 or so a year. That's still a good chunk of change that i can put towards bills.
Also factor in other stuff like tires (the tires on my beater now will probably need replacing this fall if I keep driving it like I do lol), and I'm looking at at least a few hundred, plus labour of course. Again, more money towards the beater car.
3) No registration on the beater, so I save another $85 a year.
4) When Im in the beater car, I miss the stuff in my Honda - like my aftermarket stereo, my hands free bluetooth, my tinted windows, sunroof, it's fun to drive, leather seats, heck even something as basic as my cup holders! lol.
What do you guys think?
I'm just trying to look at the year end and long term costs here.