Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Car Chain

How many cars will you buy in a lifetime?  My acquisition of cars has basically been buying the "hand me downs" from my Dad (the car guy).  I started driving an old  1972 Buick LeSabre, and when I look at chain of cars I would be considered brand loyal to GM. 

I have also indirectly purchased cars for Susan and Jenna (so I count those as a "side chain").

Because cars are  usually the second largest consumer purchase (behind the house) they become milestones or place markers in the timeline of ones life.  

My Personal Car History:

1969 Buick LeSabre  -  Driven a Miami 1976
1976 Buick Century  - Delivered to Cincinnati by my Grandfather 1977
1978 Buick Regal - Purchased from Scott Buick for $5K  cash
1986 1/2  Toyota Supra -  Purchased for $19K  Kept until 2007  -  The guy sports car thing!
1992 Cadillac Deville - Acquired in 1996
2002 Cadillac Deville - Acquired 11/30/2004
2006 Cadillac DTS  - Acquired in  11/15/2007

The side chains include Volvo, GMC, Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Freestyle and now Tahoe. 

So my personal numbers - 7 cars over a driving history of about 30 years (4.3 years average per car).  Cost increase from $5K to $50K. 

Like father like son - my dad's chain  26 cars from 1940 to 2010.

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