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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
OK so I get my tax refund tomorrow.. It's a fairly LARGE amount... I told DH we REALLY need to get another vehicle... We only have 1 truck right now and it's 11 years old.. it's gonna need a new clutch, the frame is bent and it's only got a small extended cab which is getting too small for the 2 kids.. They're 5 and 9 and with both of them and my oldest son's backpack in the back, there's literally NO room! NONE!
Sooo he thinks we should just put the money into the truck i.e. new clutch, have the frame straightened and have the kids "deal with it"...
I also think having 2 vehicles is good in case one breaks down... He can just take the truck to jobs instead of me having to go with him and stay there the WHOLE time because neither of us can be w/o a vehicle....

I am getting enough back to be able to get another vehicle and still stick a large sum into the bank.

What do you guys think?
post #2 of 27
I see a mini van in your future, at least that's what I'd do
post #3 of 27
I think a new car/truck is in order.
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I see a mini van in your future, at least that's what I'd do
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
okay, okay, how bout an SUV?
post #6 of 27
I vote for the new vehicle! It sounds like you need it!
post #7 of 27
I would use a safety argument with DH. Tell him that the kids need more space as they grow up and be belted in properly. Also, the bent frame can't be fixed as good as new. Again a safety issue.
post #8 of 27
Another vehicle for sure..A normal sized family with 2 driving adults NEEDS 2 vehicles. I have no idea how people survive with only 1.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Another vehicle for sure..A normal sized family with 2 driving adults NEEDS 2 vehicles. I have no idea how people survive with only 1.


Plus tell him when you have to go with him to jobs that's time that you could be home or out running errands for the kids.

In the end though, the safety features on the latest vehicles are a lot more available then what they were 11 years ago. Plus what happens IF the truck breaks down? How will he get to jobs then? You can't always depend on people.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
Keep em coming guys!
He's slowly realizing my point... Another point I made was, what if the truck breaks down and we have to put it in the shop and stop the roofing for awhile? At least with another car we can get regular 8-5 jobs without playing "musical schedules" with only one vehicle... I could also go back to work at least part time while he's out working and that's even MORE income coming in.
post #11 of 27
New vehicle definitely!
post #12 of 27
I see a midsize or full size KING cab truck in your future.
Putting money into the old truck is just a quick fix, we all know that the older a vehicle gets, especially if it's life is primarily that of a work truck, the more things will keep breaking down on it.
post #13 of 27
New car! I'd look into getting an SUV type vehicle, definately- lots of good deals out there! Good luck, you'll win this arguement!
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I see a midsize or full size KING cab truck in your future.
Putting money into the old truck is just a quick fix, we all know that the older a vehicle gets, especially if it's life is primarily that of a work truck, the more things will keep breaking down on it.
I was thinking of getting another truck but I really want a car... I am tired of driving a truck..Right now we have a 96 Mazda B3000 and it's not a bad truck, it's just such a hassle
post #15 of 27
Not sure what kind of price range you're looking at, but for cars I recommend Volkswagen, Toyota and Subaru in that order.
The new generation of American cars haven't been around long enough for me to get a good impression on their longevity, it's not that I have anything against American cars
I'm a diehard Ford truck girl myself
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Not sure what kind of price range you're looking at, but for cars I recommend Volkswagen, Toyota and Subaru in that order.
The new generation of American cars haven't been around long enough for me to get a good impression on their longevity, it's not that I have anything against American cars
I'm a diehard Ford truck girl myself
Honestly, I'm looking into the 3-4k range... something I can put a decent downpayment on and have short payments.. even if it is a buy here pay here...


I think I've pretty much made a good point with him. He's not arguing anymore. I told him I could/would go back to work at least part time while he does the roofing ( I SOOO want to go back to work) so it would mean MORE income
He hasn't argued TOO much since
post #17 of 27
I don't think I would be able to handle the hasstle of having just one veichle. You can get so much more done with two, not to mention you have a backup in case one breaks down. Right now if the truck breaks down your pretty much stranded. So my vote is get buy another veihicle.
post #18 of 27
Get a new car!! Go for it
post #19 of 27
I would not sink $$$ in an 11 yr old vehicle. I would invest it in a new vehicle that suits your needs.
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks Everyone!!!!!

He's pretty much seen my way... Now... to figure out WHAT kinda car I want
post #21 of 27
I don't know how the seat belt laws are where you are, but more and more are requiring proper seat restraints for kids. You should definitely invest in a vehicle that will seat all 4 of you properly.
post #22 of 27
Get a new car. That truck most likely won't last much longer
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
I don't know how the seat belt laws are where you are, but more and more are requiring proper seat restraints for kids. You should definitely invest in a vehicle that will seat all 4 of you properly.
That was my other point... Right now there is only the fold down seats with lap belts and they are constantly complaining they hurt thier stomachs...
post #24 of 27
I would definitely look into getting a new or lightly used vehicle.
(sometimes you can find AWESOME used cars that are "golf cars" each year in memphis for the FedEx St.Jude Golf Classic- all of these golfer's get a new car for the week and just use it during the tournament- then the car is considered "used" and is sold as such. That's what mine was. It's a Mercury Sable and it's AWESOME....they knocked the price down a lot on it too since it was considered "used" but it had only really been driven for a short time. I would definitely look into something like that
post #25 of 27
Try and make an estimate of what you use the vehicle for and prioritise. It sounds to me as though your first priority is work so you need something that will carry everything you are likely to need to transport, and in the roofing business, that could be a lot of large, heavy things. If your present truck breaks down and you can't carry your tools and materials that is as bad as having no car at all. If you get another, really reliable, truck and then you are able to go out to work independently and save some money, that would be the time to consider a car. Just my take on it.
post #26 of 27
I was thinking the same as Jenny.

Of course, now comes the fun of scanning the Sunday car ads and seeing what is available!
post #27 of 27
If you aren't in the mood for another truck or large SUV (which is just as hard to park) I would recommend a station wagon. I drove my 78 Toyota Corolla SW for 20 years and it hauled everything I asked it to. I am fond of the Ford Focus. I have the 2 door hatchback right now and in the 6 yrs I have driven it; it has been in the shop once. That was when mice in the barn nibbled on some wires while we parked it there.
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