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agp423
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:41 PM
Title says all :D

agp423
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:42 PM
Before, when I was an active musician, having more than one car is a necessity because I had to carry my amp and instruments in a big car (my Hummer H3), but now that I'm retired as a musician, having more than one car is a luxury.

CieraSL
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:47 PM
I think it's a necessity. That way, if you're married or whatever and you have conflicting schedules you won't wind up fighting over the car. Or, if you have car trouble, you have another car to fall back on. I only have one car right now, but my parents have 2 cars and a van. The van gets used on trips and for hauling, the two cars are for going to the store and work and trips around town. I don't think you could persuade them to get rid of one of their vehicles.

Tuck91
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:50 PM
I would like to have a weekend truck and a weekday truck.

key words: LIKE TO HAVE

MyFirstES300
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:05 PM
Well, my 02' Corolla is my Daily Driver and it shows. My 01' ES300 is my toy and usually is not driven in inclement weather (mainly snow). My 04' 4Runner is my winter special. Do I need all of these? No. Realistically, I could get by with my 02' Corolla for everything, but I like variety. Otherwise, life would be boring for me.

Cars are a hobby for me. Expensive, but brings pleasure into my life.

Maserati Mario
Jun 21st, 2009, 07:19 PM
I have to have a sports car for the weekend or grocery getter and a luxury car for my daily driver.

Carfire
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:03 PM
I think of it more as a Luxury. Basically all you need is one car to get you from place to place the rest is just for showing off and having fun. Now do not get me wrong here but I as Nick/Tuck91 has already mentioned I would LIKE to have another car as a toy or one as a junker but that simply is not my case at least.

dope92cc
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:04 PM
I wish I had an S10 or regular cab Silverado to drive every day, move people, and keep outside.
Keep my Baby(ies) locked up in a garage or a showroom.

ClearlyCoated
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:28 PM
To me, it's more necessity than luxury, although some may argue with my reasoning. I live in a residence with no assigned parking, so I'm at the mercy of available street parking. After 9:00 PM, the spots fill up and there were times I had to park on the next block if I arrived after that time.

After I bought my new Accord last year, I decided to also keep my 16 year old Civic to permanently occupy the parking space in front of my house. It's main purpose now is to reserve that space for my Accord, and I play parking valet every morning and evening.

With the Civic, I can control the parking space just before my neighbor's driveway. So there's never a car parked in front of me, and I park the Civic back far enough to create ample space between any car that parks behind it and my Accord when I move it into the slot at night. Has worked to perfection so far, although I could save money in registration and insurance by selling the Civic.

The Accord now has 12K miles over 10 months, the Civic has gone maybe 300 miles in the same time. I also use the Civic if I have to go to poorer sections of town (it blends!), or when I go to the stadium during the NFL season (people carelessly brush or rub against your car as they maneuver between other vehicles and tailgate parties.)

john m.
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:57 PM
I voted necessity but it is somewhat both to me. With my family there is 5 of us. My dad drives to dallas every day so he needs a car and when we were younger my mom needed her suburban to drive us around, than with me and my older sister in college we needed our cars and my little sister is about to get her permit! :omg: but in reality we could get on with only two it would just be much more work. Which is why I also say luxury :)


Oh and agp you said you were a musician! What kind of stuff did you do? I used to wanna do that but changed my mind lol

agp423
Jun 22nd, 2009, 04:26 AM
I voted necessity but it is somewhat both to me. With my family there is 5 of us. My dad drives to dallas every day so he needs a car and when we were younger my mom needed her suburban to drive us around, than with me and my older sister in college we needed our cars and my little sister is about to get her permit! :omg: but in reality we could get on with only two it would just be much more work. Which is why I also say luxury :)


Oh and agp you said you were a musician! What kind of stuff did you do? I used to wanna do that but changed my mind lol

I'm a bassist primarily. I had my 3 people band, and we were a jam band of some sort. There's really no definite way to define our music, we played anything from soul, contemporary rock, hard metal, to parodies of other songs. I myself played everything from bass and guitar, to xylophone and saxophone. I had an Ampeg PR410 speakers, which weighs about 130 lbs and is 26in x 31in x 19in... That is just the speakers. The amplifier I had was Ampeg SVT Pro 2, which weighs 70 lbs and is 20in x 8 in x 16in. Being a musician is fun, but it doesn't pay well, the little money you get, you'd have to split it with other band members, and booking gigs also costs money. Unless you're an extraordinary music, which anyone can be with lots of practice, or your have your parents' trustfund to inherit, you're better off choosing another career.

john m.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:12 AM
^ that is awesome! I am a sax player myself, only done a few gigs they payed pretty well for something for fun but I was also sitting in with a really good group :D There is just so much competition out there that you really have to stand out to get any kind of money. My freshman year there was a kid I competed against who was a senior named Matt Morance I think, and when he graduated high school already had people looking at him for recording stuff! He was freaking good! And plus im up at UNT (north texas) which is like jazz capital and that makes you feel like you **** :D

agp423
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:41 AM
The key to being a popular musician is not only excelling in music theory and instrument technique, but also in what type of music you play and how well you can "sell" yourself. The most popular bands definitely are not made of the most talented musicians, but they do consist of musicians who play the most widely-accepted music and musicians who know how to advertise themselves. One good thing about the music industry is that there's never a wrong way to do something, just not-so-effective ways.

xantonin
Jun 22nd, 2009, 11:58 AM
I think it's a luxurious necessity

Eddie6th
Jun 24th, 2009, 02:20 PM
I have to have a sports car for the weekend or grocery getter and a luxury car for my daily driver.

That's the way to do it!

Johnson
Jun 24th, 2009, 02:38 PM
I think it's a luxurious necessity

I almost have to agree with you!

I live in South Dakota. so driving my Monte Carlo that sits 2 inches off the ground in the winter time just doesnt work out very good. It can be done.. But, I hate to beat the heck out of it when in the summer its my baby! :hotrod2

Calais
Jun 24th, 2009, 03:12 PM
Both. I, personally, only have one car; but my parents have a 2003 Saturn and a 1995 Volvo station wagon.

When parking is sparse (as it always is in New York) we take the Saturn. When the whole family is going somewhere, we take the Volvo. The Volvo is also for long distance travel as it is a more solid car. Even though it is old and not very well maintained, the Volvo is luxurious and surprisingly fast (turbocharged). I hate driving the Saturn, the V4 is really rather embarrassing and I am a big guy, I don't fit very well at all.

My car is not very practical; it is a coupe, I rarely allow people in the back seats and it's not fuel efficient. I am a teenager, I'm allowed to be selfish and throw practicality to the wind. :D

Alfist-GTV6
Jun 25th, 2009, 09:11 AM
For me it's luxury, but also kind of a necessity.
1 classic when it's good weather, basically mostly in the summer.
And a daily drive for the regular km's/miles, like going to work, etc.

And what the necessity is for, well.......sometimes the daily car isn't available.
That's because a familymember needs the car sometimes, mostly if she has to go to work.

BigRed150
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:48 AM
Living in the country, gotta have 2. My Luxury is that I have a daily driver to save wear and tear on my new truck.

01GPGT
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:57 AM
I need to use 2 different ways. I do some mowing on the side and for 1 or 2 days a week I need a truck to take the lawn mower and junk in because I would never think of trying to put in in side my car.
But my dad has a truck so I use his until I buy a truck.

new2detailing
Jun 26th, 2009, 12:52 PM
I have a DD compact car with over 160K mileage. I also have a used and well worn GMC Sonoma for dump/HD runs. My wife has a 14 year old Honda for going to school in the city. All cars are paid for.

J. A. Michaels
Jun 29th, 2009, 08:55 AM
I think it is necessary. There are a lot of times you need versatility, then on the other hand you need economy.

sleepy
Jun 30th, 2009, 02:57 PM
A real necessity, at my house. My wife drives 45 miles westof where we live, and I drive 15 miles east of where we live. My '64 has come in handy when one of our other cars is sent to the shop.

memnuts
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:29 AM
I see a second car as a necessity. If one of the cars has broken down you can save yourself the cost and hastle of renting a car. Not to mention the fact that the insurance and registration is probably cheaper than a two day car rental. Plus the second car can also be a test bed for new Meg's products. In my eyes it is a win win situation

FLINTstone
Jul 4th, 2009, 03:28 PM
i think its a necessity depending on the two vehicles you drive. i personally have a two door coupe and a truck. the car gets decent gas mileage and the truck is useful when i need to haul stuff or go out to the lake, desert, or mountains when a car isnt practical.

for folks that drive two cars, or two trucks i would see it as a luxury so it all depends on what you're driving...

Bill Davidson
May 11th, 2010, 08:08 PM
I had to put necessity. I have REALLY BAD MOOD SWINGS and the only way to resolve them is by driving a different vehicle.

Sometimes I'm in the mood to drive the truck, other times I'm in the mood for the Camaro. On real nice days, I'm usually in the mood to ride the motorcycle. :-)

David79z28
Nov 4th, 2010, 03:08 PM
Depending on how many drivers you have in the family it could be a necessity...

We have 3 daily drivers for me an my kids who are in High School and College.

Now we do have 3 cars that are toys. One, a 2010 SS Camaro is my wife's driver but she works from home...

So for us I would say its a luxury.

TLMitchell
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:30 PM
I used to think 2 vehicles were a luxury but am now convinced I'm going to need a 2nd vehicle out of necessity. I drive a 7 yr old 4x4 year round and spend most of the summer on the bikes. I like the truck well enough that I'd like to keep it another 7 years. Which means cutting back on the miles and reserving it for winter use. There's times when a bike isn't practical so I'm shopping for that elusive low-mileage creampuff with some charactor at the right price. Figure with some patience I ought to be able to find something interesting by Spring.

TL

Kyle R
Feb 26th, 2011, 08:34 PM
It really depends. I can see someone owning two cars for a necessity, but anything more than that is just a luxury.

MELLOWYELLOW06
Mar 18th, 2011, 11:54 AM
You only really need one and you get one that fits all your needs. Just look at all the varieties to everyones demanding requirements..