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an extra $30,000...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bryceaugustine, Oct 26, 2011.

    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,093


    1st of all, you make it sound like he's going to drop the whole $30K on something. Is he? You can buy a pretty nice used Jeep of any kind for 1/2 that.

    Now this, I mean really, this is the way. Is this guy in to cars? Does he want a hot rod? Are you trying to live vicariously through this guy's dough and "help him along"? I don't mean anything bad by that, just that what many of us like does NOTHING for most people. But turning and burning cars, well everybody likes money.

    It's a dangerous game to play. You have to be ready to lose. You have to buy smart, hard and fast. You're better off KNOWING what someone or what some areas prefer. We all think early stuff is awesome and priceless. B U L L S H I T. Look at the classifieds. How many things just sit there? A lot of em do. SBC finned valve covers and finned flathead heads at 1/2 price? Sure, they disappear in a hurry BECAUSE THEY'RE 1/2 PRICE. Only the jumbo deals are selling. It's very tough to do and be a winner at it besides.

    In the end, leave the "kid" alone. Don't judge him and don't advise him. Tell him what you've done or are doing, not what you would do. Hey, you asked...
  2. Flathead Johnny
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 728

    Flathead Johnny
    from MA

    what I would do it buy a 2006 honda civic for about $5500, they are reliable and get 40 MPG a gallon (I have one as my DD and girls love the dash for some reason) then find a 50s rod between 5-8k you can find a fun reliable driver for that money that will not need work to drive on the road, take the remaining money and sit on it or use it for a cheap condo down payment....chicks like it when you own your own place over a cool car and a condo around 70k with a 15k down payment will have cheaper mortgage payments then a new 30k jeep
  3. If it were me, I would find a clean Riv, do a few things to it, and put the change in the bank
  4. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,872


    I'd tell him to extinguish that burning hole and keep adding to it. 30k seems like a lot, but it's nothing compared to 300k.
  5. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Sounds like this kid is smart enough to make his own decisions. If he has $30,000 extra let him do just that.
  6. i myself would put it down on my mortgage. he should save it for his future kids and exwife.
  7. Highlander - not offended, he did ask me what i would do. he also told me i could drive what ever he bought. so maybe a little bias.

    now probably wont drop all of it. but a decent chunck. then finance a little to make payments and get his credit score up there. hes looking at a pretty loaded wrangler. however he has had a hard time making up his mind. he has talked about the wrangler, or a new camaro, or a clasic car, or a pickup. i just dont think that buying a brand new car that cost him almost 30k is a smart decision. thats why i said old hot rod. he can find something he likes for way less, enjoy it... he can learn. if he figures he dont like it then he can sell it for probably the same money. maybe less. but he would loose alot less then if he puts that into a new vehicle. he is already doing other investing so that is smart. whenever does move out hes looking at renting. im trying to tell him that is a mistake. his big concern is what if the air conditioning blows up. i think buying a house is smart. thats what we did my wife wanted to rent, i said no. im not giving my paycheck to someone else.
  8. hillbillyhellcat
    Joined: Aug 26, 2002
    Posts: 595


    I was in a similar situation two years ago. I bought a house in my early 20s, fixed it up and sold it at a $20,000 profit. I didn't want another house and wanted an apartment in the city, so I bought a car that would more or less hold it's value. I had two old cars at that time, so I bought a 1999 Porsche 911 Carerra4 AWD for bad weather driving. Let me tell you, it was fun! I got bored with it and sold it a year later on consignment. I drove it 10-12,000 miles and lost maybe $2000 bucks. Not bad, plus I got that expensive, fast and fancy car stuff out of my system... It's not bad high rollin' when you're single and in your 20's.

    Would I suggest it? Maybe. I WOULD NOT! buy a brand new car. Wranglers/JKs hold their value pretty good, get a clean used one Rubicon and a project car. Does he have a garage to work on it?

    Having fun with your money is something you can do with you're younger and it should be done for the sake of fun. But not foolishly spent. Two years after the sale of my 911 I have a nice chunk in the bank again. But guess what - this time around I am starting a side auto business, getting married and eventually putting money down on a house. At that time I wanted to have fun, now I am ready for a different kind of fun.

    Hope this helps.
  9. He could by my coupe for that kind of money in my avatar and be in thick of hot rodding.
  10. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,191

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    If I were him, I'd buy a 57 Nash Metropolitan project.
  11. notrod13
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 988

    from long beach

    guns and bullets wait for the shitstorm to happen
  12. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 999


    If it were me I would drive the 95 Mustang, save another $30,000 while at mom and dad's (which should be a year or so) and then I would do the following:

    $30,000 down on house
    $10,000 in the savings account
    $10,000 for newer daily driver
    $10,000 for hot rod project
  13. Why does he have to go to college? I make more than most my college buddies and I learned a trade not bought a piece of paper.
    Why does he need to buy a home? Homeownership isn't for everyone... I sometime wish I hadn't bought mine...
    Why didn't you guys say.. "start saving for your first kids college fund."

    " what if you lose your job?"
  14. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    Shame for telling the kid to spend it on a Jalopy. That's a good waste of 30 thou, which is not a lot money these days. The kid should invest let the money work and multiply for the next 30 years.
  15. ZRODZ
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 449


    Tell that to the folks that lost all their retirement funds to the crooks on wall street.
  16. classicdreamer
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 589

    from nyc
    1. A-D Truckers

    finances are a very difficult thing to discuss. To each is own. If the kid wants a car and a car is his focus, he should buy a car. Now what the car will be is another question. Think dreddybear said buy a $5000 rod and learn.

    as for real estate. 30,000 here is nyc wouldnt get me a pot to piss in.
  17. gasolinescream
    Joined: Sep 7, 2010
    Posts: 614


    If this world of cars was in his blood he wouldn't have $30k spare and he'd have a cool car in the garage already, a list of mods not yet done that he can't afford and fu** all money in the bank. Jeeps are his thing and leave him to it.
  18. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,853


    $30K is $30K, but it means different things to different people. How long did it take for him to accumulate $30K? If it's his life savings and would take a long time to replace, then he'd better be careful how he spends it. If he saved it in 6 months and can replace it in 6 months, then party on dudes!

    Living with mom & dad can save a guy a fortune but it usually doesn't last forever. I bought my first house when I was 24 and still living with my parents. I rented out the house I until I got married and then bought a second house. I ended up selling the first place for more than 2X what I paid for it (and the end profit was about 10X what I had invested in it) because all the carrying costs were paid by the rent income.

    Now is a good time to buy real estate again, especially income properties that can be rented to those folks losing their homes.

    Cars (except high-end collectibles that aren't driven) are basically toys that depreciate with wear and tear. Sure, sometimes money can be made by fixing and selling them but most cars are sold for alot less than the owner invested.
  19. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,885

    from red oak

    The first thing I`d do is stop telling everybody I had 30,000 grand in the bank.
  20. 2manyprojects
    Joined: Jun 5, 2008
    Posts: 201


    x 2
  21. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,304

    Atwater Mike

    I like the guy up the street...he stopped by to 'admire' my '55 F100 a coupla years back.
    Every time after that, he'd stop by to talk, and always a 'critique'. "You know, that F100 isn't getting any younger...maybe you oughta trade it in for something new while you can."
    I laughed.
    Then he stopped by to show me his new Chevy...all he could talk about.
    Had it 2 months, then lost his job...told me he thanked God he'd bought this new Chevy, he could sell it for what he'd paid for it.
    I laughed again.
    Stupid bastard went back to the dealer, bailed out and only lost a few thousand dollars.
    Guys that buy new cars (nowadays) make me laugh.
  22. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    Here's another plan for your friend: take a portion (10 - 25%) of his $30k and find some other dumbass who blew his $30K on a car that he can no longer afford. If the car is something your friend is looking for, he can buy it at a fire sale price and invest the balance of his cash in something that will earn a profit.

    Of course, this is coming from an old geezer ... if I was again young and foolish, I'd still probably blow the money on a hot rod or a new camaro.
  23. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,247


    The reason he saved 30K is because he ain't stoopid enough to mess with hot rods!
  24. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    High-class hookers, and plenty of them.
  25. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,626


    1. Find a home where you can live comfortably with a nice garage or working area.
    2. Find a cheap project car to work on.
    3. Finish the project and sell it to help finance the house and the next project.
    4. Keep every third or fourth project when finished, if you like it.
    That worked for me to pay for my home and my 6 cars,but I never had a new one.I never missed it either....
  26. Use tha money to Wine and dine a rich "cougar/widow", get married and have all the cars you want. Simple, you can marry more money in five minutes than you can save in fifty years.+
  27. Win^^^^
  28. Flathead Johnny
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 728

    Flathead Johnny
    from MA

    now i have a new mission in life

  29. Pharouh
    Joined: Sep 18, 2008
    Posts: 437


    Amen to that!
  30. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

    Tommy R

    ^^ This.

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