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Any spare seats to the Araps this weekend? 1-May-2010 At 11:27:50 AM Paz
On 30/04/2010 cruze wrote:
>Registration + Insurance per year = $1300 per year
>Replacement tyres every two years = $800 ($400 per year)
>Brakes $200 per year
>Servicing $300 per year
>Timing Belt/points/coolant/etc throw in about $300 per year
>Total estimate if nothing major goes wrong/needs replacing = $2500 per
>Not including depreciation obviously

I think this is way overgenerous. Rego and insurance more likely$800 p/y (at least for my Magna). Replacement tyres more like 70 bucks each every few years. Brake pads are one of the easiest things to replace yourself, takes 5 minutes to watch a how-to video on youtube, then the pads only cost $90 for both sets. As for having a service, once again do it yourself if you're keen on saving cash....

>Average number of kms per year = 25,000 (which is more than most drivers
>will do)
>Return trip to Araps = 660 km = 1/38 of total.
>So by my tight-arsed budgeting the cost of turning up to the doorstep
>of the person getting the lift is about $65.
>I don't understand why the driver would wear this cost in addition to
>the cost of a share of the petrol when all passengers are benefiting.
>At the end of the day you can do what you want but if you want a lift
>you should at least recognise that the cost of petrol for a trip to Araps
>is probably only half the story.
>Sorry about the way this thread turned out OP. I hope you get your lift
>with someone a little less tight-arsed than myself.

As stated above, this is fair if you're always giving someone a lift but for a case of a one-off, and if you have spare seats, it's definitely worth taking more people to cut the cost of petrol at least. The hitcher doesn't have the convenience of the car all the time, it's a choice we all make.

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