Comment 70164

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 29, 2011 at 18:28:55 in reply to Comment 70155

The problem with used cars is that modern cars have fairly well-set lifespans. Once it passes that magical warranty date one can easily rack up thousands in repairs as things start to break down. If you intend on owning it for a number of years, that's going to add up. Some of it's avoidable if you do your homework and know how to repair a car, but even so, I've known guys stuck paying for cars years after they're sold. And of course, for there to be used cars, somebody has to be buying new ones.

For longer-trips in city, a good quick bike is by far the best option, IMHO. Not much slower than a car, even over a distance, and a tiny fraction of the price even if you splurge. Lighter bikes with thin tires might not be as "comfortable", but the ability to get where you're going in less time with half the effort does a lot to balance that. Again, the mountain is a bit of a barrier here, but there are a lot of options in the west end (rail trails, stairs, Jolly cut etc).

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