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Adrien Lapointe
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Geez! I have had that car for almost 10 years now and it requires more repairs than I am willing to pay and it has over 330,000 km. I am really considering replacing it. Any recommendations?
 
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I could see you in one of these

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/morgan/3-wheeler
 
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David Livingston wrote:I could see you in one of these


I cannot see, is it supposed to be an image?
 
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Sorry forgot link

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Lol, does not look too good for those Canadian winters we have here!
 
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As soon as they start production, I'm going to look into getting one of these...

http://www.eliomotors.com/
 
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Adrien Lapointe :I don't know how small a car, is acceptable to you, the 2 smallest e-cars are both $199.ooU.S.D. per month lease! Unlimited milage and free electrical
charging package ! Also the e-fiat 500 though only available in Californation !

I can't match that with Any other car, so the question is how small can you go ! Big Al
 
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I just got a 2009 Hyundai Accent for 130 a month (I'm in Ottawa) and I'm pretty happy with it. Great on gas.

I used to have an Elantra and got over 400k klicks on it. I loved it. Only repairs I had to do was regular maintenance and change the alternator. The new ones supposedly get 60 mpg.
 
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Not a VW. Excuse me while I go to the window to glare at that rustbucket.
 
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Adrien, I will sell you my 93 chevy one ton 4 door long bed gas guzzling work beast of a pickup truck. It only has 252,000 miles on it so you could get at least another 80,000 out of it!
 
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In that case I will keep my rusty '98 Corolla with 335,000 km (208,159 miles) and $900 worth of repairs.
 
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I was actually debating whether we should keep it or replace it. At this time it looks like we will need to but another chunk of money on it by the end of this year as things are starting to wear out. My "eco" mind is not easy at consuming more resources for a new car, but at the same time this one is getting worn out... hmmm... hard choices.
 
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I bought a 96 corolla with 60k MILES on it for $1000. The catch was it had been T-boned on the passenger side, but the alignment was still good. I spent $25 at a junkyard for a new window and mirror and a little more than that at HD for caulk and spray foam to seal up around the dents. It had paid for itself in gas money savings in 4 months.

Point is, you can find deals if you are willing to look. Much easier to do NOW that you don't NEED something. Craigslist can be your friend once you learn how to search for what you want.
 
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yeah, the problem is that I don't have much time to do the repairs myself, which is what I usually do. I want something really reliable so I don't end up stuck in the middle of nowhere in winter (we do long drives up Northern Ontario and Quebec) to visit family around Christmas time every year.

Another idea that popped in my mind is a car sharing service. We are in the city now and could rent a car to go on longer haul trips. Anybody tried those car sharing things?
 
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If I lived I the city I'd definitely do the car sharing thing. My cousin uses Virtuacar in Ottawa and he loves it. You don't have to pay for their gas either.
 
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They have virtucar in Kingston too, hmmm, maybe worth considering: http://www.vrtucar.com/kingston.php
 
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I was amused that the first two cars suggested are both three wheelers .
The sign of things to come ?

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Adrien Lapointe wrote:Another idea that popped in my mind is a car sharing service. We are in the city now and could rent a car to go on longer haul trips. Anybody tried those car sharing things?


I know people who love, love, love doing this! They claim they save a lot of money and hassle. Though I heard that if you run the numbers, it turns out to actually be cheaper to rent a car through a regular car rental company than the zipcar or flexcar places. I have not run the numbers myself.

Having recently gone through the pain of making a decision like this myself, I feel for you Adrien! Good luck!
 
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