Posted by Vaughn Simon on September 26, 2008, 12:37 am
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but my experience is that an
automatic transmission usually lasts the life of the car these days, but a
battery is only good for a few years.
Again, you are entitled to your opinion, but how many labor hours to replace
a battery compared to a transmission? Also, a transmission is unlikely to be
available from a third party, but a battery pack is a very different matter.
There has been a robust industry for decades now dedicated to copying and
providing replacement battery packs. Do you think that these companies will not
eventually make packs for cars? For confirmation, just get on Google and see
how many places will sell you a replacement pack for your laptop.
Recycling is not a problem unless the government makes it so. For example;
by designating used batteries as "hazardous waste". Used batteries actually
have a value on the junk market for their valuable raw materials. You can take
a dead starting battery to most any battery shop and get money for it. (If you
buy a new battery, they will charge you extra if you do not give them the bad
one.) Our dead NICAD and NIMH packs used to be difficult and expensive to
dispose of, but now there is an outfit that provides us with free special
recycling boxes and then pays the shipping charge just to get them for
Posted by Trygve Lillefosse on September 23, 2008, 8:56 pm
On Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:52:37 -0700 (PDT), drydem
I think that you need to add the value of your present car. What would
you get if you sold it today?
If the taxes are significant, you should add theese aswell.
I think that you should also use guressimated resell value, unless you
plan on keeping the car until it's scap. In that case you should
guessimate the cars lifespan.
Anyway, you should look for a car that fits your needs as well as
possible. Also considder if there are cars that you have accesss to
for that once/twice a year occation where you need a different car.
How much extra money you are willing to pay for a fuel efficient car,
should be based on your yearly driving range.
Myself - I would pay more for a newer car. Simply because it's newer.
I am not sure how much. But maybee $00-$000?
Some/all of theese money will be repaid in longer lifespan or higher
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