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mouser:
i'm enjoying all the car pics and stories -- keep 'em coming!

allen:
You want freedom and cheap? Get a motorcycle!

Renegade:
Ooops... My bad. My Volvo was a 940 Turbo (1992 - that I remember):

Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!

Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!

That's when I got it - I hadn't washed it up yet.

It ran very well. AC was broken, but hey, that's what the sunroof and windows are for, eh? :D

Alas, it was stolen...

I drove that car in Seoul after YEARS of just using public transportation & taxis. Public transport in Seoul is EXCELLENT! Absolutely fantastic. And if you want to take a taxi, they're cheap and you rarely need to wait more than 2 minutes - they are EVERYWHERE!

However, once I got the Volvo, man... I was just so much happier. The convenience of having a car, even in a city with some of the best public transportation in the world, just kicks butt.

To put it in a nutshell...

1) Go grocery shopping (or whatever shopping)
2) Buy groceries:
2-a) Buy just enough that you can carry?
2-b) Buy however much you damn well feel like?

One of A/B is for not having a car, and the other is for having a car. Let's play guess which? ;D :P

AnswerOh sheesh! Figure it out on your own~! :P ;D

When I got to where I am now, the public transportation is poor, and ranked the worst among the major cities in the country - well, from a report I saw in a newspaper shortly after arriving. Anyways, I knew a car would be a must immediately - even before reading the report.

Renegade:
  WHOO HOO!  10 Man Points!!!!   :Thmbsup:  Hey, how many man points would I get for my copter?  OH! OH!  How many for my copter being towed by my Hummer???   :D
-Tinman57 (February 21, 2013, 07:32 PM)
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 :o Not sure whether you're kidding or not! It not... Post a pic of someone in the Hummer towing you in the copter with your AR-15, a cigar, and a bottle of JD! Man Points off the charts~! ;D  :Thmbsup:

Renegade:
When you can be without owning a car, keep it that way. Unless it is your hobby and you like to do maintenance yourself. Only a wife can spend/waste money faster than a car. But only just. Of course thats in the case you don´t get stopped by police or being caught by a camera...and find 3 weeks later a check in the mail for 50 euros, written out to the municipal, because you were speeding 3 kilometers an hour. Or 5 km/h, but then the ticket is already 75 euro. 

Freedom, right. To independedly go from one gas station to the next, while bringing the rest of your money to your local government. In the Netherlands a car like eleman´s would easily cost you 120 euro a month or more, depending on the size of the engine, the type of fuel it uses and general weight. The car has not moved one inch. If you want to do that, you pay close to 2 euros per liter of fuel, depending on type and location of the gas station.

Also, when your car is 3 years or older, you have to do an annual checkup at a station that is allowed to do so. Whatever they say is broken/worn/out of regulation you have to fix. Prices for this test vary, I always had to pay around 65 euros. Cost of the repairs would vary. And if the repairs take too long, you would have to pay again for the test.

Insurance for a car like eleman´s, would also be around 120 euros monthly for not much more than basic coverage. Fines for any of the above are high.

No, When I came to Paraguay, I didn´t need a car anymore and that felt liberating...much more liberating than being the owner of a car ever gave me.

Of course, your mileage may vary, but I am glad to be rid of that moneypit.
-Shades (February 21, 2013, 08:27 PM)
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Seems to me like you're mixing up the freedom that a car brings with the chains that a bureaucracy throws around you. They're not the same.

I'd love to post a bit on that, however, I wouldn't ever post it as I possibly might perhaps say something that would maybe be admitting to or not admitting to what in some jurisdictions might or might not be some sort of an offense or non-offense or compliance or non-compliance with an existing or imaginary regulation or statue or unspoken rule or pigment of someone's imaginatory fantastical illusions of stuff. :P

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