Businessman figures his mileage, gets...

Businessman figures his mileage, gets 'a free car' SAVE PUMP AT...

There are 80 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 5, 2008, titled Businessman figures his mileage, gets 'a free car' SAVE PUMP AT.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Find the lowest gas prices at lehighvalley traffic.com With an average of 1,500 miles driven per month and gasoline prices climbing, Allentown resident Jim Lettich knew he needed something more fuel-efficient ...

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dying allentown

Whitehall, PA

#1 Jun 5, 2008
very smart

“aka MOB”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#2 Jun 5, 2008
I had to laugh at the closing line "Driving a Saab was not in line with my beliefs" because I just traded in my Saab for something more fuel efficient. Although my Saab only got between 19-21 MPG and his got 28. I traded for something that gets about 28 now and is roomier. Although I will miss the air conditioned seats in my 9-5.
WHAT CRAP

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Jun 5, 2008
Not smart...dumb... he is paying interest on the loanfor his car. With a loan on his car he is REQUIRED to carry collision. If he WAS smart he would have saved enough money to buy an economical USED car with cash. No loan, no interest, no added insurance. Nothing brilliant going on with this man.

“aka MOB”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#4 Jun 5, 2008
WHAT CRAP wrote:
Not smart...dumb... he is paying interest on the loanfor his car. With a loan on his car he is REQUIRED to carry collision. If he WAS smart he would have saved enough money to buy an economical USED car with cash. No loan, no interest, no added insurance. Nothing brilliant going on with this man.
If I ran a business I would want a reliable car that would not be considered totaled if I was in a fender bender.

Sure he could have gotten a slighly used Scion or whatever he bought but he would still want to have collision on it even if he paid cash and wasn't required to carry it.
Beavis

United States

#5 Jun 5, 2008
A good choice than many of us will be making including reduced driving.

our minivan get 19mpg in town, which isn't bad, but we use the economy car now more than ever for 30ish.
East Side

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
Thank god I never got rid of my 4 cylinder car.. I was about to sell it after i bought my other car, and purchased a new truck.. now with gas prices.. the truck is only used to haul and pull my toys..lol
Beavis

United States

#7 Jun 5, 2008
WHAT CRAP wrote:
Not smart...dumb... he is paying interest on the loanfor his car. With a loan on his car he is REQUIRED to carry collision. If

he WAS smart he would have saved enough money to buy an economical USED car with cash. No loan, no interest, no added insurance. Nothing brilliant going on with this man.
Your wrong, new cars are more reliable than used cars. Maybe you should offer to fill up his chevy astro as an act of kindness.
Trik

Allentown, PA

#8 Jun 5, 2008
WHAT CRAP wrote:
Not smart...dumb... he is paying interest on the loanfor his car. With a loan on his car he is REQUIRED to carry collision. If he WAS smart he would have saved enough money to buy an economical USED car with cash. No loan, no interest, no added insurance. Nothing brilliant going on with this man.
You're forgetting... He bought it as a business tool. He can write it off on his taxes. Not too stupid, in my book.

As far as the Scion goes... I'd rather drive my little Chevy... the Scion is the ugliest car on the road! My 1998 Chevy Cavalier gets 35 miles/gallon on the highway. I'm not complaining. My last fill up was $45 and it's been 2 weeks, and I'm not even at 1/2 tank!
yaneverknow

Walnutport, PA

#9 Jun 5, 2008
Hummer anybody? the car that is!!!
Reader

Whitehall, PA

#10 Jun 5, 2008
Michele of Bethlehem wrote:
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If I ran a business I would want a reliable car that would not be considered totaled if I was in a fender bender.
Sure he could have gotten a slighly used Scion or whatever he bought but he would still want to have collision on it even if he paid cash and wasn't required to carry it.
If you ran a business, you would realize that you can take a tax write off of .485 per mile for every mile it is used for business. This, combined with depreciation, makes this a good financial deal. What is being saved in fuel, plus the depreciation over four years should make up more than the costs of running the older vehicle.
Also, this was a used vehicle. I don't know of any brand new 2005 cars around.
Observer

Hellertown, PA

#11 Jun 5, 2008
Is this the new trend comparing 1991 priorities to todays? He didn't care about mpg when he bought the van. I'd be disappointed w/28 mpg from my 1995 Ford Aspire. 36 city 46 hi-way is the norm. form this 1.3L 5 spd. vehicle.
The Difference

Kempton, PA

#12 Jun 5, 2008
The difference in the insurance premium will eat up that $4. Once again, the MC gives half of the story.
Al Gores Butler

Catasauqua, PA

#13 Jun 5, 2008
Take a good look at Jim. He likely won't look the same after his tin foil death trap tangles with a real automobile. He's a true believer, though. He's literally putting his life on the line to offset Al Gore's profligate energy use. Jim's a real humanitarian.
Lehigh Valley

Northampton, PA

#14 Jun 5, 2008
I'd like to congratulate the people who were smart enough and conscientious enough to drive fuel efficient vehicles all along.
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#15 Jun 5, 2008
dying allentown wrote:
very smart
You consider basic math "very smart?"

What was his down payment on the used car? Will the Scion get 28MPH with his equipment in the back? Astros got better than 11 MPG so perhaps there was a reason why his mileage was so low.
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#16 Jun 5, 2008
The Difference wrote:
The difference in the insurance premium will eat up that $4. Once again, the MC gives half of the story.
If gas is even $3.90/g then he's losing money. Assume he uses 136.25 gallons of gas per month ($545/$4). He would have been paying $531.38 a month in fuel but now he's paying $535 a month for the Scion and its fuel ($208.65).

“Think”

Since: Mar 07

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Jun 5, 2008
People spend a lot of time worrying about how other people spend their money. Let it go.
Uhhhhh

Allentown, PA

#18 Jun 5, 2008
Allentown_Frank wrote:
People spend a lot of time worrying about how other people spend their money. Let it go.
Agreed.

Though I can't help but feel that the Scion is the ugliest car ever....it looks like a mail truck.=)
Trik

Allentown, PA

#19 Jun 5, 2008
The Difference wrote:
The difference in the insurance premium will eat up that $4. Once again, the MC gives half of the story.
Of course you are assuming he kept minimum coverage on the older vehicle and will be carrying full coverage on this one. There's no guarantee of that. His first vehicle was also a work vehicle. There is a good chance he had it fully insured to cover not only the van but also any tools and materials that were contained within.
Buying American

Raleigh, NC

#20 Jun 5, 2008
That thing he calls a car looks like something my kids play with. An ugly japmade trendy piece of junk. There are plenty of American made cars that better mileage than that, and are now just as reliable (and much better looking).

When GM launches the Volt in 2 years, people will forget about their little trendy japmobiles. Prius-thing of the past.

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