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3274RE: [CarFree] getting around in snow

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  • Bill Volk
    Oct 2, 2001
      I also forgot this ...

      A $500 to $1000 used car is bound to have major repair needs over a 7 year
      period. Heck even a $10,000 Shiny Lease Turn In might need $1000's of
      repairs over 7 years.

      Unless the car market is much cheaper where you live...

      I also believe, and I'm sure to get flamed for this, that if you had ANY
      real volume in the velomobile business .... something akin to a Lietra would
      sell for $999.95.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: John Snyder [mailto:JCSnyder.studio@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 1:01 AM
      To: CarFree@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [CarFree] getting around in snow

      I've gone through this excercise too many times, comparing the
      operating costs of a used car to the various upscale HPVs. It's
      a part of my wishful human-powered-centric evangelism. Not a
      single-one of our fine neighbors has seen glorious light for
      more than a month at a time. In part this is because the old
      cars tend too often to do well in terms of manageble
      out-of-pocket expenses. Rats. Potential money savings is not
      always the best pry bar to help another person discover the
      benefits and advantages of self-mobility.

      Start with a $500 to $1,000 purchase price for a small 10
      year old automobile with a beat up body but otherwise good
      mechanical condition. Insurance for an adult driver without
      prior claims will run approximately $275 per year. Taxes and
      tags (these are all Montana figures) add in another $30/yr. With
      fuel selling at $1.30 per gallon, 5,000 miles per year at 35
      mpg requires about $185.71/yr. Tack in at minimum $200 per
      year for maintance. The spreadsheet sez'; this scenario
      results in a highly optimistic $65.80/month average cost, or
      $7,897 T.C.O. for the ten years. So, for the same number
      of miles the lovely one-seater Lietra imported from Denmark
      would likely finish, in terms of costs over ten years, in a
      near dead heat with an old-beater automobile. However, I
      suspect a more realistic break even point would happen
      closer to 7 or 8 years, baring any major accidents.

      Even seven years is long time to gamble on having such an
      investment pay off, obviously not an entry level option.
      When comparing against an older used car (or small motor
      scooter) as basic transportation, even the HPVs in the
      $2,000 to $3,000 range will ask for approximately two to
      three years before begining to pass on savings to the
      owner. The money situation with the high end bikes and
      trikes is not unlike converting a house to solar
      electricity, e.g., a long term commitment mixed
      in with a bit of luck. In my opinion if a person
      wants an expensive or better than average item,
      desire is the only rational needed to be given.
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