How many vehicles is too many?

United States
January 12, 2010 12:58pm CST
Okay, so my husband and I have a: 2005 Lincoln LS 1993 Ford F250 pickup 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty Pickup 1998 Jeep Wrangler 197? Ford Pick up (classic/antique or whatever) 2005 Victory Motorcycle 2007 Polaris RZR (dune buggy/4wheeler kind of thing) 2005 Polaris Sportsman (4wheeler) Kawasaki KX (dirtbike) Polaris Predator (4wheeler) 2006 Polaris 550 Snowmobile 2007 Polaris 900 Snowmobile I hate paying insurance... although I only pay on my car and the F250... but one day, we'll have to pay on the others' (my mother in law's company pays the rest). I hate the maintanence, I hate the room they take up, and the time they take up as far as repairs and such go. And the kicker is... he's getting ANOTHER truck next year from his mom. How do you put your foot down and just say ENOUGH! Or is having a lot of vehicles a dream of yours?
12 responses
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Hi shell. Can you say ebay-auto?! I'd hate to see your insurance bills. I only have two, and I already hate it. You should start disposing some of the vehicles. If not only to make space for the new truck that is coming. Where do these vehicles park? Do you have a big garage? If one or two of the vehicles gets disposed, just imagine the storage space you can recover. Can you say walk-in closet?!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Haha! I love it when you rant. It is always a good read. It could be any topic, as long as you get going! Sounds like your husband has a pretty sweet life. Is your mother-in-law adopting? I would love to become her son, if only that she could take care of my insurance bills too. Mommy...
• United States
13 Jan 10
Um... darling of mine. As far as I know she's not adopting... and even so, I love my mother in law with all my heart... I really do (which is fortunate because I sit next to her all day at work! lmao!) but she isn't the easiest person to get along with. Unless she's known you for years and years and years... she's not going to be nice to you. I think she just wanted TJ to find a woman to pump out a grandbaby or two... is why she was so decent with me. haha And she even got a bonus by... I all ready had one kid pop out! Its like "just add water and.... INSTAGRANDBABY!" =) And I'm glad you like listening to me ramble. Fortunatly for me I type REALLY REALLY SUPER FAST... so its not hard for me to get going! haha
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I kinda get that. That you indeed type very fast. From all the long responses and comments you make (I didn't say rant). Just be careful you don't get too close to water or else Jos(did I get that right?) might become a big sister quickly!
@esjosh (915)
• India
13 Jan 10
You must be very rich, huuummmmmmm. Yes I also dream to have different vehicles. But at once I will keep only that much which suffice my need.
• United States
13 Jan 10
Oh no.. we're not rich at all! Hell - I don't even think we qualify as middle class... we're lower class. And thats another reason why the repairs and such are so hard to keep up with!
@esjosh (915)
• India
15 Jan 10
Hey never disgrace your self!!! Who say you are not Rich. Your belief makes you what you are. Happy Posting, Happy myLotting!!!!!!!
@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
My husband loves toys also. we have 2001 740i BMW 2004 Chevy Tahoe 1996 Nissan Sentra PPC Ultralight 1989 Ford Motorhome He would like to had a motorcycle and a 4 wheeler to the list but we havent' had the money. He has had a motorcycle before but sold it to get the ultralight. It is hard to put the foot down, what we have done is if we aren't using it then it needs to go. We use all the things we have to that is how we justify it but teh insurance does get expensive. The maintanence is worse though I feel like there is always something that needs this or that.
@cmhjjh (99)
• United States
13 Jan 10
A PPC is a Powered parachute you can check them out at www.wisconsinppa.org He has wanted to fly since he was a kid and didn't do it as a career well one summer he worked a lot of overtime and we used the extra money to buy a PPC and he got his sport pilots license. They do have single seaters that are 103 legal which means you don't need to have a sport pilots license but I like to go up with him and we have 2 kids that when they are old enough will want to go up also. It is fun but another thing to maintance. Like your husband mine also does all his own repairs so he is always running like a mad man but I told him he does it to himself.
• China
13 Jan 10
Oh my ,you are so many cars ,i am very jealuos for i havn't the vehicles even one ,i am chinese and it's extravagant for me to owne one car,but I will try my best to earn the money to buy a car for my family.i just want to know why you keep so many cars,just one car is enough for you to drive,isn't it?
• United States
13 Jan 10
Well, they're not all cars... there's 4 "daily driver" types, one that he wants to be a show truck, the rest are ATV's. I wish you the best of luck with earning the money so your family can have a car!
@rimarima (80)
• Philippines
13 Jan 10
Lucky you have so many. My father's dream was to have plenty of cars. When the time came that he finally can afford it, he started buying cars. He is not into luxury cars, just the ones that he liked in showroom or offered by good friends. Then a rent-a-car owner offered to utilize some of his cars for rental, the idea sounded good to him as we did not have enough parking space. Since he thought it was a good business, he added a few cars more. When the vehicles started to depreciate, the cars were gradually returned from car rental. Then the parking lot problem came. My father stopped buying cars and learned that while they were really profitable and useful when new, they were high maintenance when depreciating. From this experience, I intend to maintain just 2 cars, one for me and the other for my husband. So why don't you have your cars for rent while they are in their best condition so you can get the maintenance, registration and insurance costs from the profit they will gain. And when they start giving you headaches, sell them.
• United States
13 Jan 10
That does sound like a good idea, but as I said... we use them all. AND - I've seen the way people around here take care of their vehicles... and I don't really think I'd like to rent them out. I have a friend who lives close by whose car doesn't work... so when its nice out she takes mine from time to time and things like that. Plus, the newest car we have is 5 years old, and thats my baby! lol
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Wow that's a lot of vehicles. i live in a country where it's crazy expensive to own cars or any auto vehicles, apart from motorcycles, so it'd cost a huge fortune to own all that you have, not to mention the insurance! a normal ford sedan would cost close to US$40,000. cos of taxes that the government levy as well. I guess for you it's hard to put your foot down because most of these cars are gifts, and your mum in law's company is paying the insurance on most of them. perhaps you can try palming them off to other siblings that you hubby has?
• United States
13 Jan 10
Well... that's about what it would cost for a smaller ford truck or something of that nature here too :) Where are you from? My husband only has one sibling, a sister, and although she doesn't have as many 4wheelers and such, their mom takes care of her as well. lol None of the vehicles are gifts... they're all paid off except for my car, one dirtbike and the RZR - but we did pay for them. The gift will be the truck that he gets next year. I pay the insurane on my car and my truck and his mom pays it on his truck, jeep, snowmobile & RZR... I hate to see the day that he pisses her off just right to say "ok, your vehicles are uninsured!" lol I'm just going to have to get used to the fact that we'll never have enough garage space and the oil changes will be never ending! lol
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
12 Jan 10
We currently have four and I think THAT'S too many! Man, you guys have a whole car lot! We each have our daily driver and then my husband has 'his baby' hobby truck that lives in the garage under a car cover and rarely sees the light of day. I drive an '05 Escape and my husband drives a '95 Corolla. We also have a '92 F150 'garbage truck' that we insure a few times a year to haul garbage or building supplies when we're renovating. It's currently mired in about 3 feet of snow in our backyard and that looks TERRIBLE! In the next little while I'm going to upgrade to a newer Ford Edge and hopefully my husband will find a truck to use as a daily driver so he can get rid of his car and the 'garbage truck' bringing our count down to a modest two out front and one in the garage.
• United States
12 Jan 10
Now... not all of them are cars/trucks... a lot are 4wheelers and such... but I still count them! Before we bought this house I used to drive my RZR to work! haha And even better yet, my daughter used to go to daycare close enough that I could take her to daycare in the RZR! That was awesome!!! My truck is my daily driver/garbage truck... but only b/c garbage seems to accumulate in the bed of it *sigh* lol We'll never be a 2 vehicle family... he came from money and for some reason, his parents feel the need to have: a PT cruiser, an excursion, a motorcyle, a trike (spelling?), a new F550 flatbed, they did have a h2, but they got rid of it, a jeep, an older 550 (that's part company, part personal) and then they have 3 snowmobiles, 3 4wheelers, 2 rzrs and 2 or 3 dirtbikes... oh, and 2 boats. Oh! and 2 mini trucks, an old econoline truck, and a 70's ford truck. I'm destined to have multiple vehicles at all times. lol
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Whoa! That is too many! I always complain that we have too many but you have us beat completely! We live in a little duplex with a two car garage but we have 3 cars and 2 trucks. One car is mine, One is my mom's, one is my grandmothers and my grandfathers has two 1 tons. Its so annoying because we take up half the street and it drives me crazy!
• United States
13 Jan 10
Isn't it great how much space they all take? At least we have the driveway/parking lot to accomodate. But still... its like... what the heck man! We're always shuffling this and that around so we can... I don't know... play basketball without worrying about hitting the jeep or moving stuff so Jos can ride her powerwheels around without the car in the way and... *sigh* its just never ending. lol
• United States
12 Jan 10
You own a used car lot. LOL I thought we had alot of vehicles owning 5 cars and trucks with 3 drivers but you certainly have us beat. Maybe you should consider going and getting a dealers license and put them in the front yard with a for sale sign on them. You could make a few extra bucks and clean up your yard all at the same time.
• United States
12 Jan 10
Well, we only have 6 street legal vehicles... for 2 drivers. Ugh. But I can only personally drive 2 of them, as the other ones are stick (and one motorcycle). What can I say? My husband has been spoiled his whole life... but I think its time for him to snap back into reality. We've talked about selling some of them, but in all reality, we use ALL of them. The lincoln is my daily driver, in the summer... its rear wheel drive so it doesn't go anywhere in the snow The 93 ford is my winter daily driver, and also our hauler of anything we want to stay clean b/c the super duty diesel has two nice shiny stacks on it that coat anyting in the bed of the truck with yummy black soot. lol So that's our pulling truck - for hauling the camper/4wheelers/snowmobiile trailer, etc. The jeep we honestly only take out once or twice a year to go riding on the dirt roads and out to the waterfalls and such... but with the super duty being down, its my husbands daily driver. The motorcycle is run very frequently in the summer... the only one would be the 70's truck... but he's "been working on it" for years now and isn't about to let go of it now... even tho he hasn't touched it in 2 years. lol Oh the joys of being a hillbilly. haha
@MrKennedy (1994)
13 Jan 10
A man can never have too many cars, just like how a kid can never have too many toys However, this massive collection does seem slightly obsessive, and if you are paying insurance on all of them, I do think that maybe it's time to say that enough is enough and out your foot down.
• Sri Lanka
13 Jan 10
Oh.. my goodness Too many vehicals isn't it...Didn't you try to explain him about having loads of vehicals is something which permits your free time...?
@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
13 Jan 10
Wow that is definitely too much but to each his own .I personally think that anything more than two or thre vehicles is too much .I think that one car and an Suv should suffice because that allows you to access any kind of terrains.