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Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, instead of being a stigma
6/18/11

Posted on 06/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by DallasBiff

I noticed that a co-worker had gotten a new car while seeing each other in the parking lot and congratulated the person. The co-worker said "thank you", but stated that I shouldn't tell anyone else.

The co-worker in my opinion felt they had a Scarlett Letter attached to them for buying not only a new car but an import model.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: automobile; chrysler; debt; default; ford; gm; government; notnews; obama; palin; revenues; socialism; uaw; vanity
I guess the only cause for celebration in Obama America is if one was to purchase one of those so called "smart" cars or the $40,000 Obama Volts.
1 posted on 06/18/2011 3:21:01 PM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

They shouldn’t feel that way. Many of the Japanese cars are built here and in that they’re built in non-union plants by Americans in Right-to-Work states, they’re a heck of a lot more American than the ‘American’ cars.


2 posted on 06/18/2011 3:23:33 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: DallasBiff
I have nothing against someone buying a new car as long as it isn't from gubbermint motors. OTOH, buying a 2 or 3 year-old car with low mileage is a better deal economically.
3 posted on 06/18/2011 3:25:12 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DallasBiff
The co-worker in my opinion felt they had a Scarlett Letter attached to them for buying not only a new car but an import model.

I remember back in the day it was a bad thing to do this if you worked at Mack Trucks or Bethlehem Steel here where I live. Import cars were a no no to the Union folks. I had no idea it was the same today. Why be scared to let people know you had a new ride? This seems odd to me. Whenever I get something new, I am sure to let people know about it just because.

4 posted on 06/18/2011 3:25:31 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: DallasBiff

In Socialist countries you do not celebrate success. You cannot be excited over acquiring anything new or expensive. You are to feel guilty that everyone cannot live as high as you. This is coming soon to the USSA.


5 posted on 06/18/2011 3:26:15 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: DallasBiff

Well, I suppose that your co-worker is aware enough to be sensitive to the horrible economic plight of their fellow Americans, and doesn’t want to flaunt their good fortune at a time such as this.

I can understand them feeling that way.

You say the car’s an import. Depending on the brand, it may have been built right here in America by non-union labor.


6 posted on 06/18/2011 3:27:50 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DallasBiff

I can understand his situation. It’s obviously a big deal to afford anything more than 10 grand nowadays but remember that he is surrounded by co-workers who may have financial issues and didn;t want to rub it in their faces so it was the right move. Be humble and answer nicely only if asked upon it.

Reminded me of one of our acquaintances who just bought an Ipad 2 and made it such a big deal, one person simply just told him to “shut up” about it.


7 posted on 06/18/2011 3:33:08 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: originalbuckeye
In Socialist countries you do not celebrate success. You cannot be excited over acquiring anything new or expensive. You are to feel guilty that everyone cannot live as high as you. This is coming soon to the USSA.

Obingo!!!!!

8 posted on 06/18/2011 3:34:44 PM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff
I noticed that a co-worker had gotten a new car while seeing each other in the parking lot and congratulated the person. The co-worker said "thank you", but stated that I shouldn't tell anyone else.

Just my analysis, but if the co-worker and the car were seeing each other in the parking lot, maybe they really didn't want you to tell anyone else.

Luckily, you put this in "News" so no one will know about their little tryst.

9 posted on 06/18/2011 3:37:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

The problem is ignoramuses who think that a foreign nameplate means the vehicle had to have been manufactured overseas. Many American auto names are made in Mexico or Canada, with a straggling few still “imported from Detroit” as I’ve seen one ad put it.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 3:39:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Larry Lucido

Silly, nobody can trace them from Free Republic.


11 posted on 06/18/2011 3:40:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: originalbuckeye

Conspicuous consumption is in bad taste, but congratulating the Joneses rather than condemning them (though it’s said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) is a very American tradition.


12 posted on 06/18/2011 3:44:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: DallasBiff

I have five imports sitting in my driveway and I’m not one bit ashamed!

I gave American car manufacturers a chance, they screwed me. Then they went belly up and screwed me again.


13 posted on 06/18/2011 3:44:45 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

My BIL is looking at a new car. He’s driving a Toyota Highlander, and has looked at Ford. But Toyota’s built by a non-union plant and Ford isn’t. So he’s sticking with his current model.


14 posted on 06/18/2011 3:52:56 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: DallasBiff

Then your co-worker is an idiot. They were able to get a new car - fantastic!


15 posted on 06/18/2011 3:56:31 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: DallasBiff

My parents bought new cars every 3-4 years, but never talked about it. They considered talking about the acquisition of ‘things’ to be poor manners. I have followed their example. Funny thing is, people seem more impressed to learn you have a new car when you haven’t said anything about it.


16 posted on 06/18/2011 4:03:03 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Throw away your papers, blow up your TV...and set yourself free.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

We only buy vehicles assembled by US non union labor.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 4:06:57 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Preaching to the choir. I haven’t bought a new car in 15 years, and I never will again. I look for a 4 or 5 year old car with 45-50000 miles on it, preferably a Toyota (although the last one was a Lincoln Navigator for my wife and turned out to be one of the best cars I ever bought.)


18 posted on 06/18/2011 4:09:04 PM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bingo!

Apply that logic to the POTUS.

My G_D, what a barbarian.

Half the country is unemployed, no problem, I will take 150 C-130’s to france. Let them eat union cake!


19 posted on 06/18/2011 4:11:18 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Your parents must be wealthy - my newest car is a 2005. 6 yrs old.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 4:13:59 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: DallasBiff

Do you live in Berkeley? at my work we all walk out to the garage to see anyone’s new car.


21 posted on 06/18/2011 4:20:44 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: patton

Beats me. Newest is my current 2004 Chrysler.


22 posted on 06/18/2011 4:25:49 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Whenever I get something new, I am sure to let people know about it just because.

Me too.

Especially if it's super cheap.

ESPECIALLY if it's super cheap!

23 posted on 06/18/2011 4:33:02 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Hubby and I like to brag when we really make a great deal on anything. If we get something useful for free we are really wound up. I am always amazed at people who like to brag how MUCH they paid for something- that is so foreign to me.


24 posted on 06/18/2011 4:41:03 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: DallasBiff

Not me. I just got a new Ford Taurus and I love it and I’m NOT keeping it a secret.


25 posted on 06/18/2011 4:45:04 PM PDT by pgkdan ( Time for a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: omega4179
Do you live in Berkeley?

If you haven't noticed, America has become Berkeley, IMO.

26 posted on 06/18/2011 4:45:28 PM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

I’m not adverse to buying an import, but my next vehicle will be a Ford, just to reward them for not taking 0bama’s blood money.


27 posted on 06/18/2011 4:49:00 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Tammy8
Lol!

I'm with you! When someone attempts to boast about how MUCH he paid for something, I can't refrain from laughing in his face.

Yeah, I suppose we're cursed by vanity too, but at least we get GREAT DEALS ON THINGS!!!!

28 posted on 06/18/2011 4:49:48 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: DallasBiff

BUY AMERICAN

A hopeful start. Make buying American something people actually think about. Even if it to avoid stigma. Very good start.

29 posted on 06/18/2011 4:54:23 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: richardtavor

A coworker once told me about an uncle who lived in New York City. At that time he wouldn’t pay more than $100 for a car. Yep, it was a long time ago. the man would do absolutely nothing as far a repair. When the car died, he left it where it died. And bought another for $100.

The last new car I bought was in 92. Since then I’ve looked for higher mileage vehicles with specific engines. The last vehicle I bought was a 1987 pickup with about 95,000. Before that it was a 1991 SUV with the same engine and about 140,000 miles. I stay away from anything with elaborate electronics that came later.


30 posted on 06/18/2011 5:29:40 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: DallasBiff

The co-worker is weak and shallow. It’s their money. Spend it however they want, period.


31 posted on 06/18/2011 5:49:15 PM PDT by 23 Everest ( 831 Bonnie)
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To: DallasBiff

I have sort of mixed feelings about this. Owning “stuff” in and of itself is nothing to be proud of, and the pursuit of “stuff” for the sake of “stuff” is not much of an accomplishment, either.

For a very long time, talking about possessions and money was the height of gaucheness and a sign of a bad upbringing. People simply did not discuss money or what they owned.

Character mattered. Family mattered. Manners and honor mattered.

So if it happens that people stop talking about the stuff they buy (too often on credit) and return to the things which actually matter, I will not mourn.


32 posted on 06/18/2011 6:08:29 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: DallasBiff
New cars are made by people who are employed. When you buy a new car, you are creating employment.

So what's the problem?

Seems all good to me.

33 posted on 06/18/2011 7:09:57 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: DallasBiff

If someone disapprovingly asked why one bought a car, quote Gov. Christie, “It’s none of your business.” Then walk away.


34 posted on 06/18/2011 7:15:09 PM PDT by healy61
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To: DallasBiff
That co-worker shouldn't have been embarrassed, so long as it wasn't some POS from Socialist Motors, it's a good thing that you can afford to buy a new car in this economy. As far as I'm concerned,

it's Ford, or it's Foreign
35 posted on 06/18/2011 7:19:00 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: mountainbunny

My folks never talked about the “stuff” they had. But my dad loved his cars. New or not. I have so many photos of him and my mom standing next to cars going back to the ‘40s.

Mom next to her new Buick. Then her Buick next to Dad’s older (but still shiny) station wagon with Dad. Then Mom & Dad by the cars, etc.


36 posted on 06/18/2011 7:22:25 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Tammy8
I'm known at work to brag a bit about my bargain finds whereas a former co-worker bragged about his $1500 kitchen patio doors,etc. He declared bankruptcy,got to keep his house, and a year later bought a new Lincoln Town Car!

So why do I bother worrying about actually paying my bills?

37 posted on 06/18/2011 7:29:48 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

We have nice stuff. I always look for a heckuva bargain. Always pay cash. If I can’t afford it I don’t need it.
Along with you I have watched people buy huge houses, take out large sums of money from them to buy expensive boats, cars, etc. Walk away from their house and figure out a way to buy another one just like it.
It amazes me because we live within our budget. Shrug.


38 posted on 06/18/2011 8:48:30 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Flycatcher

47 mpg $1000. 95 Geo Metro.
23 mpg $30k new 2000 Chrysler 300M
Favorite by far, $140k Dragonfly trimaran sailboat made in Denmark.

No math necessary


39 posted on 06/18/2011 9:42:47 PM PDT by Senormechanico
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To: Senormechanico
My favorite?

A 16-foot 98-pound canoe that I bought used for $200.

I can't even begin to tell you all the fun my family and I have had with that monstrous canoe!

40 posted on 06/18/2011 9:49:30 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: DallasBiff
Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, ...

Funny, but in all my 62+ years, after buying a new car I never felt like it was a cause for celebration. More like I was just personally violated and had immediate buyers remorse - which wore off in a couple days.

There were only three exceptions -- when I got my '88 Benz, our 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the 2002 Kia for our daughter (I had ALL the bottom line 'buy prices'). I also felt like celebrating in 1974 when I bought my 'pre-driven' '72 Cadillac Sedan Deville. I felt like I stole that one from the dealer. The tires alone were worth about $1K (brand new Goodyear Double Eagle, $200 ea iirc)

But nowadays I'd sooner poke my eyes out with a fork than buy one of those $40,000 Electric Mini Clown Car Death Traps. Or any of those mini 'hybrid' death traps. Or ANY gubmint motor or UAW made pieces of garbage.

Nope. Next new car is coming from Germany or South Korea (I don't like any Japanese made cars, been there with a Toyota)

41 posted on 06/19/2011 7:03:31 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: DallasBiff
I would hate to admit this in public, but I just put a grand down on a 2012

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42 posted on 08/10/2011 8:04:29 PM PDT by America_Right (Ron Swanson 2012)
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