Math question

seminolewind

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I seem to be brain dead today. Here it is:

I get 11 mpg local and put 6000 miles a year on my car.
Hubby gets 10mpg and puts on about 10,000 miles a year.
Gas is $4.oo-ish a gallon.

Is it worth getting a used car for $10,000 that gets 25 miles per gallon?
 

mom'sfolly

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Your car, at 11 MPG and 6000 miles a year uses 545 gallons, roughly $2100/year
Your husband's car at 10 MPG and 10000 miles a year uses 1000 gallons, roughly $4000/year

25 mpg @10000 miles per year is 400 gallons, or $1600 per year
25 mpg @6000 miles per year is 240 gallons, or $ 960 per year.

Replacing the car that is driven more will pay for itself in about 4 years. If the price per gallon goes up then you cover the cost of the car faster.
 

dixiechick

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this is one of those...if a train leaves a station....kinda questions... I dunno
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gritsar

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mom'sfolly :

Your car, at 11 MPG and 6000 miles a year uses 545 gallons, roughly $2100/year
Your husband's car at 10 MPG and 10000 miles a year uses 1000 gallons, roughly $4000/year

25 mpg @10000 miles per year is 400 gallons, or $1600 per year
25 mpg @6000 miles per year is 240 gallons, or $ 960 per year.

Replacing the car that is driven more will pay for itself in about 4 years. If the price per gallon goes up then you cover the cost of the car faster.

OT - Mom's folly, would you like to come for a visit? Say around the time my SO is trying to balance his checkbook?
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I do mine fine, takes roughly ten minutes. He rounded everything off for YEARS, never bothered to balance it, and now he decides he wants to start balancing it.
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mom'sfolly

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God No, gritsar, I actually did that once. It is impossible to fix after a certain amount of time. I love the online banking thing. I can make sure the check cleared for what I wrote it for, that the ATM transactions are okay, and let it run itself. Can't say when I last used my check record (I do have copies of the checks).

sorry, edited for spelling
 
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seminolewind

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Thanks for all the humor. I'm usually able to struggle thru 2 to 3 part problems, but not today. The car would be used instead of driving a motor home and suv to save on gas.
Thanks, Mom'sfolly, I appreciate the help.--Karen
 

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