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Unicorn Ferrari…

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Ferrari made only one alloy-bodied road-going 365 GTB/4 Daytona,  built in 1969,  but no one has seen it since it was shipped to Japan in 1971.   Indeed,  many Ferrari  lovers doubted it had ever actually existed,  hence it became a unicorn.

Now we know the unique vehicle has  sat in a barn  for over 40 years, and it certainly looks like it,  but someone with enough money to buy it at the upcoming auction will be able to afford the staggering expense of having it  restored properly.

 

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

August 27, 2017 at 11:09 am

Car loans forever…

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Why are people buying cars with payments  as large as  my former mortgage payments?   Is it because they know nothing about vehicles, don’t know how to negotiate,  or are they just terminally egotistical and fiscally ignorant?  Why else would they take over five years to pay off a vehicle which loses nearly half its value when they drive it off the lot?

I have a honking big truck,  now fifteen years old,   and a mid-sized car, nearly as old.   My family will be fighting over who gets my truck,  but I’ll probably trade in the car this year or next.   I don’t owe a penny on either of them,  and never have.  I spend a couple hundred bucks a year on maintenance and small repairs and replacements of belts and such,  and group my ventures together so that I waste neither time nor fuel.   Both my vehicles were purchased new,  and while the car has lost the bulk of its value,  the diesel truck has held much of its value.

I get why we Americans love our SUVs –  they’re roomy and comfortable and much safer than the tiny aluminum coffins the green Nazis want us to drive in.  I also know that the Cash for Clunkers of the Obama Administration was a fine way to ensure that the poor could not escape public transportation and could not move freely within the confines of cities,  much less away from the cities,  because there were no older model vehicles to be had.

The elites had vehicles, most of the rapidly dwindling middle class,  but the poor and striving got screwed by yet another Democrat president who swore he wanted to help them.   All I can say is that Democrats must really love the poor,  because they manufacture and import so many of them. But if you can’t afford to pay cash for the vehicle you want,  you need to work on your wish list and improve your savings plan.  There is absolutely no sense in being willing to sabotage your long-range plans just to have fancy transportation.   Do I love my truck and my car?   No — they are convenient transportation for the variety of things I do in  my life.  They do not define my personality or my style.   I take the car through an automated  car wash about every other month,  and I take a mop to the truck less often.   I have them detailed about once a year,  at which time I address any nicks and chips in the finishes and such.   They are not toys,  or status symbols,  but tools to be used efficiently and carefully and maintained properly.  View your transportation choices the same way and resist the urge to mortgage your future by purchasing more transportation that you truly need.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

July 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Smart-ass car…

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I don’t want a vehicle which is smarter than I am, and I certainly don’t want one that believes it’s smarter than I am.   Therefore,  Cedric,  Volkwagen’s   driverless pod concept  just unveiled by VW ahead of the Geneva Motor Show,  is not for me.

I don’t particularly like so-called smart phones either, although I was forced to get one after my 14-year old flip-top kissed the floor and broke apart.   Of course,  part of the problem is that my body produces an unusual amount of electricity,  even when I’m calm and comfortable.  Vehicles are not quite so affected,  but the driverless models are more sensitive.  When I actually need a personal robot chauffeur,   I probably will be too mentally foggy to care,  but for now driving myself without assistance is both beneficial and enjoyable,  and I mean to continue the practice for as long as it’s safe.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

March 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

Worst drivers…

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In the USA,  Florida drivers are the  very worst.   This is no surprise to me. After all,  loads of people retire to Florida without having any driving experience to speak of in their home states.   Most of them get driver’s licenses and proceed to wreak havoc on the roads precisely because they lack the experience  to avoid mistakes and errors in judgment.   I suspect many of the Southern states  low scores are a reflection of the heavily agricultural era when drivers were accustomed to farm equipment hogging the roadways.   Now you seldom see anything other than cars and big rigs,  and people are inattentive.

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August 9, 2016 at 10:05 am

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Zero driver deaths…

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If you’re contemplating a new ride,  check  this article  out for a handful of vehicles which have no reported driver deaths in accidents.   Note that the stats don’t cover passengers.

 

 

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February 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

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Buying American…

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If you want to buy an “American-made” vehicle,  it’s hard to figure out which model actually is mostly made in America.  However,  there is a  new index  which rates on more factors than others,  so it’s far more accurate.

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August 1, 2013 at 11:38 pm

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Hidden vehicle tax…

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Don’t put ethanol in your car,  for the simple reason Yogic Love  depicts here.   I have to drive a bit out of my way to get to a station which offers ethanol-free gasoline,  but it’s well worth it to protect my car’s engine.   I tend to keep vehicles at least 10 years,  but even if you trade more frequently,  it will add value to your trade-in if you can say that you’ve never used ethanol blends.

Written by timeforthorns

February 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm