There are people who buy a new car or motorcycle every three years to always drive safely 'under warranty'. There are people who spend a lot of money - because € 340.000 for a Porsche 356, I think a lot of money - because… Well, probably because they had at least € 440.000 in their back pocket and that was so uncomfortable.
It just depends on what you do
In the circle of acquaintances are genetic 'new drivers' and people who are not afraid to spend a euro on a nice toy. And that can just be an impulse purchase. For example, someone said that he had stopped en route, had turned around to buy a sailboat that he liked very much. He could not even sail, but is known for his sense of beauty. And that ship only cost € 42.000. After he realized he could not sail, he sold the sailing yacht again. For € 45.000. Because it is Corona time. And everyone now wants a dog and a boat.
But back to the essence of the story: A car or motorcycle can of course also become classic if you simply keep it driving. And then in my circle of acquaintances you come close to men and a single woman who just use their now classic for what they were made for. And you are talking about a Volvo with 480D km on the clock, a Lexus with 800.000+ km on the clock. A BX that received two other, two new spring balls and two fresh Michelins this week. And then you get to the point why so many 'old' cars go into the shredder.
It is a strange way of calculating. The strange leap of thought between the cost of a repair and the concept of 'commercial or economic value'.
"That will be expensive!"
Because many people give up when the worried-looking garage owner tells them that a six or eight-year-old car needs 'major' repairs. Especially when there is some welding to be done. The suggestive approach is: "Is the car still worth that investment to you?" In addition, there is the heavy psychological component that irrelevant owners also bite on the comment: "And it has already driven 100.000 or almost 200.000 kilometers." Then people often say goodbye and buy another car (or motorcycle). And in one way or another a repair of 900 euros is too much, while adding 6 (or 12) grand for a more recent copy is experienced as clear and meaningful.
1.000 euros is fine
Within the practically thinking circle of acquaintances, the maxim is that for driving a car you should simply charge € 1.000 annually for garage costs. If you drive a car for that amount, you drive 'cheaply'. And you usually do that in a car that has very little economic value, but where you no longer have to depreciate. And you go along with it slowly until suddenly people start to admire your classic. Smart right? And very sustainable!
Too bad, but repairable
The good book and the good stuff
Keep driving is the cheap, sustainable way to get a classic
Just repair and keep
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