Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 96 E-320, 91 190E, various and sundry Euro and American vehicles
Location: N/W Chicago in the cornfields
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Part of that extra vehicle registration is delegated to folks like me. There are 2 people in our family, but we have 5 vehicles. 3 we drive and 2 collectibles. This year, due to tighter finances the stang and old saab(1972) may stay garaged, and run but not plated . I am not entirely unusual in the amount of cars I have in my circle of friends since some are motorheads.
Bringing it back to the everyday folks, and in rough financial times, people will simply keep a car a few years longer and don't have money for the extra ride. It seemed a little laughable when people I knew thought their cars were no longer viable after 60K miles. They were actually scared of breakdowns. I don't know a single vehicle sold these days that won't easily do 100k to 150kmiles nearly without any major repairs, if just properly maintained. Most cars should be able to nurse 200k if really cared for.
So I have been the recipient of those scared folks. I buy my cars where others think theirs are shot (60K+) and pay nearly 1/10th the actual sticker price. Insurance is less, I'm strange since I buy cash, and the extra money saved buys my toys. NEVER in the past 40 years have I had a engine detonate on a family car (forgot one, it was a 72 Grand Prix, w/ 375K miles, R.I.P., old friend). I have detonated a few from abuse in my toys, but that's what I do. Run Em Hard, and have fun.
Yeah sales and registrations are down for multiple reasons. I think the registrations will spring back some when the economy recovers.