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Old July 29th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #21
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Wouldn't you also need to factor in the insurance and registration for both vehicles? If you are suddenly paying and additional 50-75 dollars a month, it will take longer to break even.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #22
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My question was hypothetical and only involves fuel savings. I have no plans to by a new car, this was a question we were kicking around a work the other day.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #23
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do you work with inbred that don't know how to do math?
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Old July 29th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #24
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I just bought a new car. The payment plus gas is cheaper than just gas for the jeep. It's also $200 less a year for insurance.

Also, if you're buying a car for gas mileage, why would you get one that only gets 20mpg? It isn't 1995 any more.
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Hell if it was 1995, I would go buy a new Saturn SC 2. 35mpg and 15k new.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 01:17 PM   #26
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do you work with inbred that don't know how to do math?
Maybe so. Can you show me the correct way to set up this problem?
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Old July 29th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #27
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How do you set this problem up on paper? I came up with a different answer.but mine was exactly 2x your answer.
I figured that every time I drove 20 miles in the car vs the truck I would save 1 gallon of fuel, so I used 20 over 3.50= X over 10,000.them I cross multiplied and figured out X.
X = 57,143.
Did I do this wrong?
You are correct. You are saving 17.5 cents per mile driven by driving the car. $10,000 / .175 = 57,143
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Old July 29th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #28
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If you buy a car for good mpgs "they" win.
I prefer smiles per gallon over miles per gallon anyday.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 02:00 PM   #29
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I'm so confused. What is this algebra you speak of?
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It will take 58,000/58,000 miles
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Maybe so. Can you show me the correct way to set up this problem?
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Hell if it was 1995, I would go buy a new Saturn SC 2. 35mpg and 15k new.
That's exactly what I did (except not new obviously). Sold my 30mpg Focus, bought 1996 Saturn sl2 getting 40mpg and still had about $3000 left over

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That's exactly what I did (except not new obviously). Sold my 30mpg Focus, bought 1996 Saturn sl2 getting 40mpg and still had about $3000 left over

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Where did you find a 96 Saturn that was still mobile?
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Where did you find a 96 Saturn that was still mobile?
there are plenty in my town
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Where did you find a 96 Saturn that was still mobile?
They're all over, it's not like they rust...they're made of fucking plastic.

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They're all over, it's not like they rust...they're made of fucking plastic.

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Damn, all the ones I see either have a bad head gasket or shot transmission.

Oh, and while the BODY doesn't rust, the stuff the body screws to DOES rust.
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I have a truck that gets 10mpg.
I buy a car that gets 20mpg.
I paid $10,000 for the car.
Gas is always $3.50/gallon.
How many miles do I need to drive before the car starts to save me money?

miles = 10 miles per gallon / $3.50 per gallon x $10,000 = 28,571.43 miles
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How many miles do I need to drive before the car starts to save me money?
If you drive the car at all, you are saving money. So drive the car 1 mile and you save money.
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Damn, all the ones I see either have a bad head gasket or shot transmission.

Oh, and while the BODY doesn't rust, the stuff the body screws to DOES rust.
Not if you live in NM :D

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I have a truck that gets 10mpg.
I buy a car that gets 20mpg.
I paid $10,000 for the car.
Gas is always $3.50/gallon.
How many miles do I need to drive before the car starts to save me money?
The way you state your question, (and I think what you are really wanting to know is: that if my MPG go from 10mpg to 20mpg how long will it take me to save $10k in gas.

If that is the case then, basically you are doubling you MPG so cost per/month in fuel will decrease by half. So say you drive 1000 miles per month which noramlly would cost you $350 now it will cost you $175.

A savings of $175 per month.

However if you leave you question the way its stated in Post #1, then the person that said drive it 1 mile it will save you money is correct.

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miles = 10 miles per gallon / $3.50 per gallon x $10,000 = 28,571.43 miles
Winner winner chicken dinner ^^^^^^^.

The reason you got twice this answer Curbdog, is because you used a factor of 20mpg. You need to use the difference between the 2 wihich is 10mpg.

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