• Set Yourself Up For Success Webinar

    October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
    SDN and Osmosis are teaming up to help you get set up for success this school year! We'll be covering study tips, healthy habits, and meeting mentors.

    Register Now!

  • Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

    JOIN NOW
  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

Does anyone own more than one car?

Magyarzorag

Membership Revoked
Removed
Jun 21, 2019
165
84
56
  1. Medical Student
Saw a 1988 Mercedes 300 diesel selling for $900. Owner says car runs and drives. I already have a 2017 Nissan Rogue but was really attracted to it when I saw it. I heard Mercedes were built like tanks back in the 80's. Called my insurance company and they told me it would be $100 more a year to add that car.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

kraskadva

...
10+ Year Member
Apr 28, 2011
2,962
3,978
276
in a bubble
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Why do you care if anybody else has more than one car? A bunch of folks living on student loans are not likely to have more than 1 car, but that doesn't mean you can't.
If you want it and have the money/space for a 2nd car then go ahead, nobody's stopping you.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 7 users
About the Ads
Jun 11, 2010
67,015
2
103,011
276
Somewhere west of St. Louis
  1. Non-Student
Saw a 1988 Mercedes 300 diesel selling for $900. Owner says car runs and drives. I already have a 2017 Nissan Rogue but was really attracted to it when I saw it. I heard Mercedes were built like tanks back in the 80's. Called my insurance company and they told me it would be $100 more a year to add that car.
Stick with your Rogue
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Cornfed101

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Aug 10, 2017
2,582
5,106
126
  1. Medical Student
I have 2 cars, but I also have a wife and 2 kids so it's not really a luxury it's a necessity. What do you plan on doing with the car? Do you think you will have time to fix it up (if that's what you're planning)? My main question is why?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

Magyarzorag

Membership Revoked
Removed
Jun 21, 2019
165
84
56
  1. Medical Student
I have 2 cars, but I also have a wife and 2 kids so it's not really a luxury it's a necessity. What do you plan on doing with the car? Do you think you will have time to fix it up (if that's what you're planning)? My main question is why?

I like how that car looks and drives. I also justify that a $900 car is different than a $900 vacation. $900 put into a vacation is $900 you won't ever have. A $900 car, even if it breaks, can be sold to a junkyard for $500, or a restorer/enthusiast for about the same price I paid for it, so I can at least recoup some loss.
 

Magyarzorag

Membership Revoked
Removed
Jun 21, 2019
165
84
56
  1. Medical Student
I have 2 cars, but I also have a wife and 2 kids so it's not really a luxury it's a necessity. What do you plan on doing with the car? Do you think you will have time to fix it up (if that's what you're planning)? My main question is why?

I just want to drive around a less boring car for fun. Definitely don't plan on fixing up a car. I will do oil changes myself and routine maintentance a beginner mechanic can do (change fuel pump, spark plugs, etc.). Also ,if anything breaks that doesn't impact drivability (A/C, heater core, windows, door handle, radio), I don't plan on fixing it.
 

Cornfed101

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Aug 10, 2017
2,582
5,106
126
  1. Medical Student
I just want to drive around a less boring car for fun. Definitely don't plan on fixing up a car. I will do oil changes myself and routine maintentance a beginner mechanic can do (change fuel pump, spark plugs, etc.). Also ,if anything breaks that doesn't impact drivability (A/C, heater core, windows, door handle, radio), I don't plan on fixing it.

Sounds fun. If you have the money go for it. I just wouldn't take on extra student loans to pay for a "fun" car right now. Ultimately, you can do whatever you want.
 

sella.turcica

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Apr 26, 2018
326
744
116
Saw a 1988 Mercedes 300 diesel selling for $900. Owner says car runs and drives. I already have a 2017 Nissan Rogue but was really attracted to it when I saw it. I heard Mercedes were built like tanks back in the 80's. Called my insurance company and they told me it would be $100 more a year to add that car.

A manly hobby. Are you an Ortho bro?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
About the Ads

Mad Jack

Critically Caring
7+ Year Member
Jul 27, 2013
37,293
72,273
226
4th Dimension
I like how that car looks and drives. I also justify that a $900 car is different than a $900 vacation. $900 put into a vacation is $900 you won't ever have. A $900 car, even if it breaks, can be sold to a junkyard for $500, or a restorer/enthusiast for about the same price I paid for it, so I can at least recoup some loss.
And yet research shows experiences make people far happier than material posessions
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4 users

ACSurgeon

Acute Care Surgeon
10+ Year Member
Jun 8, 2008
2,206
2,940
276
  1. Attending Physician
I have 2 cars, but I also have a wife and 2 kids so it's not really a luxury it's a necessity. What do you plan on doing with the car? Do you think you will have time to fix it up (if that's what you're planning)? My main question is why?

OP- whatever you do, don’t go out and get a wife and a bunch of kids to justify a second car.

Second car is expensive but much cheaper than a wife and kids.
 
  • Like
  • Haha
Reactions: 11 users

OraclePL

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Jun 20, 2019
53
79
106
  1. Attending Physician
It all depends on your situation. Does getting a second car fit within your financial plan? Will it keep you from reaching your financial goals? Will you have to take on additional debt? You have to get all that in order first. The costs you're talking about are certainly low for an attending.

I have two. Regular driver and weekend sports car. I know about the "experience over items" studies but every individual is different. My sports car has been a ton of fun, more so than any trip I've taken. Know yourself and have a financial plan in place and if it all checks out, go for it.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

BobbyKoch

Full Member
2+ Year Member
May 13, 2017
654
889
116
  1. Medical Student
Bro wants to experience a cool, older car.

keeping that puppy running will be an experience, for sure.

I have friends that swear by the 80s Mercedes diesels, but they have a whole graveyard of them to steal parts from, so that is something to consider. on a tangential note, they have also been known to (illegally) run them on heating oil in the winter. you could experiment with biodiesel. I say get it!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
About the Ads
This thread is more than 1 year old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.