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Old 04-13-21, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
I tend to hold on to cars till they are totally worthless
The term I use is 'fully depreciated'

Only one of my cars have I ever gotten any monetary value after I was done, except for a couple $$ at the scrap yard.
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Old 04-13-21, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ClydeClydeson View Post
The term I use is 'fully depreciated'
I like that. I like to say "the car didn't owe me a dime".
I had an 86 S-10 Blazer for 18 years. Paid $2800 for it and sold it for $500 with almost 300K miles on it. I worked on it a little and had to put a transmission in it once.

The last 5 or 6 years I stopped maintaining it. No oil changes, nothing. It started leaking coolant and I just added water until it pissed rusty water everywhere it went. It refused to die. One day a trade-in showed up at the dealer where I worked and I bought it for $2750 (still have it, 7 years now) so I parked the S-10 in my yard. Some guy saw it there and he had to have it. I told him it needed a lot of work but he wanted it anyway, so I sold it to him. I saw him driving it for a few years until I moved from there.
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Old 04-13-21, 05:24 PM
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Some bikes and a car.

bmw r69s, r100rs, k100rs. And a 1974 Ford Capri that I absolutely loved.
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Old 04-13-21, 05:39 PM
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9 cars/trucks and 4 bikes.
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Old 04-13-21, 06:01 PM
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12 cars not including family cars that were mostly driven by spouse
4 motorcycles; 2 Hondas, 2 Moto Guzzi's
Only 5 bicycles unless you count the ones cobbled together from bits as a kid.
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Old 04-13-21, 07:15 PM
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8 cars: 2 still owned, 1 donated to KPBS, 1 totaled by my elder son (not his fault), 1 sold, 2 given to needy relatives, 1 stolen (1976 Pinto Squire wagon, 17 years old at the time (!) )

at least 12-15 bikes: 2 bought new, rest either given to me or bought used; still have about 8 of them
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Old 04-13-21, 07:45 PM
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11 cars/trucks/vans/SUVs. At least 13 bicycles.

I got married before I could get a motorcycle. Were I to ever have a motorcycle, the tally likely would be 1 car, 6 bikes, 1 motorcycle and 1 wheelchair or casket.
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Old 04-13-21, 08:03 PM
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5 cars. 13 bikes. Currently 1 and 2.
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Old 04-13-21, 08:50 PM
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The bikes are much easier to count than cars.

I've owned 9 bikes in the last 46 years - one in college, no idea what happened to it - probably parked it at a friend's house and forgot where I left it, one from college (1978) to 2010 (still have it), seven since then with two lost to crashes. Current count 6.

Over the same time frame, a Dodge, a Triumph, five BMWs, two Volvos, three Subarus, two Toyotas, a Nissan, an Audi, two Fords, a Mercury, a Merkur (good choice that), an Acura, an Isuzu, and a Mercedes. So 23 unlessI'm missing some. Current count 2.

In my world, cars are disposable. Bicycles are members of the family.
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Old 04-13-21, 09:21 PM
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In the past 25 years 2 cars. In the previous 15 years no cars. In the 30 plus years before that 5 cars. Lived in Brooklyn during the gap. No car needed.

Ive owned two bikes in the last three years. None for the previous 50+. And before that the usual array of bikes from a large wheeled (16) trike as a little kid through a WWII surplus folding paratrooper bike I learned on up through the various sizes until my teenage 3 speed Raleigh that got doomed and ruined, my last bike at 16.
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Old 04-14-21, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
Household number for the two of us: 2 cars (one driver & one classic/collector); 11 bikes (all bikes are in ride-condition and used regularly), and 2 new ones on order .... Wait, do we count tandems as one bike or two Of the 11 bikes, one is a tandem; and one bike on order is a tandem too.
OK, let's try the lifetime list - Toad-only:
Cars: 6 cars, 9 bikes

... Kinda proud to say of those 9 bikes, I still have 6; plus 1 is my daughter's bike; and 1 is with my brother-in-law. The only bike I've totally gotten rid of was a cracked frame on my winter commuter, I scrapped the frame and swapped parts to my kid's winter bike.

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Old 04-14-21, 09:39 AM
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Favorite past cars 73 Capri V6, 72 and 73 911s. Total cars 11 (have a ‘71 914-6), bikes 6 and holding

Have only bought 2 of those cars new. I let others take the depreciation hit for me.
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Old 04-14-21, 10:10 AM
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Right now it is one pickup, one LWB bent, and one trike.
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Old 04-14-21, 10:26 AM
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Since 1974...
10 cars (2 Italian Sports cars, 5 SUV's, 3 basic cars)
21 Bikes (2 tandems, 1 world class road bike, 2 touring bikes, 2 basic road bikes, 2 3-speeds, 1 cargo bike, 1 electric bike, 2 mountain bikes, 1 trike, etc.)
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Old 04-14-21, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Right now it is one pickup, one LWB bent, and one trike.

With so much 'bent advocacy, I'd expect more bikes!
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Old 04-14-21, 03:49 PM
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I've modded almost every car/truck/whatever I've ever had since my very first, a '74 Karmann Ghia in 1987. So I tend to do my thing, sell them and repeat the process.....

Lifetime:
~30 cars including 1 pickup, and 3 or 4 SUV/off-roaders
2 motorcycles
~10 bicycles, 3-4 BMX, couple mountain and the rest road bikes

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2 daily drivers and 2 classics
3 road bikes but hoping to get one more, 2 old-school BMX, 1 Trek MTB I got new in '95
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Old 04-14-21, 04:00 PM
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17 vehicles, not counting 3 motorcycles. I have 10 bikes on hand presently, and probably 15 more owned over the years.
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Old 04-14-21, 06:27 PM
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Mercedes 500 SE, 1980, 33 years
Cessna Cutlass RG, 1980 33 years
Specialized Crossroads, 1994, 27 years
Kettler Silverstar, 2001 20 years
Columbia Torpedo, 1958, 10 years
Jaguar XK-150, 1958, 3 years
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Mercedes 300D, 1979, 3 years
Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1969, 3 years
Mercedes SLK 55 AMG, 2007 3 years
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Old 04-15-21, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
With so much 'bent advocacy, I'd expect more bikes!
The two I have gives me the right tool for the ride at hand.
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Old 04-15-21, 09:46 AM
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Huh. I owned a car once in my 20s ... then moved to California. I won't count the car that came with my wife, but after that there have been six more. So, seven cars, and seven bikes, near as I can recollect. One was a junker that's not in my "Bikes" list over <---- there. And I have another to add, so, yeah, I'm at 1:1.

Oops, forgot about a couple of those. So, I'm more at 7:9 ratio of cars to bikes.
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Old 04-17-21, 04:27 PM
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I still have my first car.

4 cars total for me and 4 cars for my wife.
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Old 04-17-21, 04:27 PM
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I had to scratch my head long and hard on this one, also look through old photos to jog my memory.
24 cars, 56 bicycles, 2 motorcycles, and a moped. Maybe 3 of the bicycles don't count because they were framesets that passed through my hands but were never built into complete bikes.
I have owned bikes from the U.S. Canada, Austria, Italy, England, Mexico, Japan, France, and Belgium.
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Old 04-19-21, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Four cars, one sailboat, and seven bikes that were purchased specifically for me during my so far 63 years of life. I tend to hold on to cars till they are totally worthless, bikes too I suppose. My current motor vehicle is 23 years old.

My wife drives nicer though, but we aren't counting stuff we buy for others are we? <grin>
Same number of life years.

28 cars
6 sailboats
5 bikes (not including childhood bikes)
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Old 04-20-21, 08:56 AM
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I am 56. I have bought one car for myself, which I still own. The other car I bought for my mom back in '95, Shed eventually transferred title to me some time in the late 2000s, when it was no longer safe for her to drive.

I have owned at least 17 bikes.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:52 AM
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It amazes me that guys in their 50's and 60's have only owned a couple of cars in their lifetime, unless I'm reading their posts wrong. Kudos to you guys for not buying into the new car financial pit. I can't say the same as it is my only financial weakness. I'm 53 and I think I've owned 18 to 20 cars in my adult life plus 2 that my parents bought me in my youth. Add to that 10 motorcycles of both street and off road varieties. I can picture every bicycle I have owned in my adult life, and that number is 16. 10 mountain bikes and 6 road bikes. I always go through more mountain bikes because I'm so hard on them. Road bikes last me a bit longer, but I still ride those until there's little life left in them.
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