"In the meantime" cars

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by wildcatsrule, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    The car of your dreams. You know the car that is the must have. While searching for the right one, have you ever come upon a car that reminds you of the car you want, but isn't quite what you've been trying to get-and then buy it anyway, thinking, well I'll buy this car and enjoy it "in the meantime"until the perfect one comes along. I've sure done it before!
  2. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Dont do it. Something I've heard from real successful people is to never have a plan b. Life to short.
  3. Brandon Cocola

    Brandon Cocola Well-Known Member

    I have done that before. I bought a 87 chevy short box fleet side 2wd for cheap that needed work, I want a round headlight square body chevy step side short box 2wd. So after realizing I was not in the position to do the frame work it needed that I didn't see when I bought it. I started trying to figure out a way to make it the truck I wanted and realized the money I would spend in fixing or finding a new frame, fixing the cab floor, getting new front end sheet metal, and finding a step side box I would be better off selling it and buying what I wanted.

    On the other hand I want a 70 GS 455 but I bought a 70 skylark but I already had the GS hood and 455, but I guess it is pretty much the same since I don't care if it is a real GS.
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  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Spent 6 yrs of my life doing just that,...
  5. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Spent or wasted big bro?
  6. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    I remember when I was in my young 20s and dumb. I walked into a dealership and wanted an those newers ss monte carlo and with my non credit at the time I could not get, but I could get a v6 monte carlo. I walked out there kinda down. See what I REALLY wanted was a g body monte carlo. 1 years later I had it. Another year after that and i got the v6 swapped with a 350.
  7. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

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  8. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...au contraire, just don't choose a poor plan B...
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  9. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    Before you buy a "plan b" car, be aware that it will virtually guarantee that you will never get your "plan a" car.
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  10. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    That's true. I was actually looking for a '71 - 72 Eldorado convertible when I found my current Buick. Now it's unlikely I ever will get one because turns out I really like the Buick.
  11. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Usually we always agree but not today lol. Still got love for you.
  12. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    So what's your dream car and plan b
  13. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    My dream was a 4-speed Wildcat...I looked from 93 to 99 for one. So I got impatient and purchased an automatic 65 Wildcat Coupe.
    While that car was in transit I found a 4-speed car in Texas...and had to get it. Lucky to be able to do what I really wanted. 65 wildcat - norwalk.jpg
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  14. Eddie M

    Eddie M Well-Known Member

    I opted for plan B a number of times when I could not find a quality car to match my budget. I was searching for a 57 Bel Air I ended up buying a nice 57 Star Chief. When searching for 60 Catalina, I bought a 62 Catalina. My pursuit of a 70-72 GS led to my 68 GS400. No regrets.
  15. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    You have to apply what I said to all aspects in life.
  16. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    The starchief is actually an upgrade. And the stepchild is a monster in it's own right.
  17. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Am I the only crazy guy who has dream car(S)
    I remember one day making a list and crossing off a bunch of cars.
  18. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...kinda knew that, '54 Skylark, '58 Eldo Biarritz convertible, or '65 Riviera GS were always out of reach, but no regrets...:)
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  19. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Since I already have a garage full of plan B cars, I think I'll hold out for the car I want-you know- the one that is in bold purple in all of my posts!
  20. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    I think in part it depends on what your dream car (woman, job, etc) is and whether it is realistic or a "pipe dream". If your dream is to own a $1M supercar, and you are making $50k a year, that probably is a pipe dream and you should buy a plan B car. If your dream is to marry Jennifer Aniston, you probably should have a Plan B.

    Now if you "dream car" is reasonably attainable for you, and if you buy Plan B car you will not be able to buy dream car (due to financial / space limitations, etc.), that you probably should hold out.

    But if you can buy Plan B car now, and still buy dream car when/if it comes available, then do it. Life is to short to not enjoy Plan B. Just do it wisely. Buy Plan B car low, limit your investment knowing you are going to get rid of it, and sell high. If you aren't sure how that works, call Jason Cook and have him teach you. :>)

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