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OneMoreTry
04-13-2004, 03:59 PM
I'm gonna buy another car when our daughter gets her license this year.

I could get a Solara convertible or go cheaper and add-on DVC points.

What would you do?

(I want the convertible. My wife and I could drive down to Orlando in it this fall.)



[EDITED 9/14/04]

We got the car!! About a month ago. Love it. Convertible. Red. Black top. 3.3L engine. See picture posted below. It scoots. Like a vacation every time we drive it.

If weather is good we'll take it to HH next month.

Zoomzoom.:earsboy:

mrsdon
04-13-2004, 04:05 PM
Im probably the only one to vote for the car,
I sat in the Solara convertiable at a car show.
That car is awesome..
But, now Im thinking I should change my vote.
Buy more points and get a less expensive car.

DisneyBill
04-13-2004, 04:06 PM
Without knowing your particular points ownership, future desire to take more trips, longer trips, stay in larger units, I voted the way I would do it. In other words, I need more points!

Nick@ VB+OKW
04-13-2004, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by OneMoreTry
I want the convertible. My wife and I could drive down to Orlando in it this fall.

http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/trans/fahr29.gif........................

Kelly Nelly
04-13-2004, 04:21 PM
I think cars are one of the poorist investments around and I really do not see any value in them what so ever, I just see them as a way to get from A to B. I would buy more points if I was yourself, do not get yourself caught up in the whole statice symbol thing that they represent. While your car has been in the scrap yard for years you will still be enjoying memoriable Disney Vacations.

garylpn
04-13-2004, 05:14 PM
yes you could drive down in the car, but when you got there where would you stay?
i personally miss the $100 car, a staple of the automotive resale economy right up until about 1982
and i know i would enjoy more points, after all, no one can see my car while it sits all week in a dvc parking lot, ( i spent 22 years looking at the world through a windsheild, now i go to wdw and even on the few trips i've had a car, it just sits in the parking lot 99% of the time, i may be the only poster who doesn't mind the buses most of the time, i've met some very nice disney knowledgable people on them, and thinking out the transport system had led me to link through other resorts whose amenities and theming i might not otherwise have enjoyed
pirate:

LIFERBABE
04-13-2004, 05:20 PM
When you are lying on the beach or by the pool (anywhere), no one cares what you drive or what you live in.

A car takes me to work, if I did not have to work, I would not need a car as i could stay home and grow food in the garden LOL

As long as my home and vehicle are functional and maintained, Im going on Luxury vacations!:tongue:

CRSNDSNY
04-13-2004, 06:07 PM
I would definitely do the add on and a less expensive car. DVC will last longer than a car.

Frozenfingers
04-13-2004, 07:17 PM
You only go around once.. do both!

OneMoreTry
04-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Solara::yes:: Addon:tongue: Solara::yes::Addon:tongue:Solara::yes::Addon

I've been back and forth so many times in my mind.:crazy:

The points are definitely a better investment, but hour for hour I spend more time in my car during a year just driving around than I do at WDW. I have never been distracted by a car before. I was always like most of you, looking at a car as just a way to get from here to there. Up to 3 years ago all I drove was a junker '75 Corolla, then an Escort then a junker Buick. Then I bought a Camry for reliability, which it has. But now, the Solara .... so beautiful!!:sunny:

But Disney World is so FUN.::yes::

I guess I'm enjoying the choice.

leanne2255
04-13-2004, 08:11 PM
Go for the car! I have a 99 Solara, (no convertible) and the car is AWESOME!

Bugeye
04-13-2004, 10:12 PM
We used to have a Solara. Buy the car.

Pa@okw95
04-14-2004, 06:23 AM
You forgot the Harley and the dinette set! I would go for the car but would prefer the young lady behind the guy saying Harley or dinette set in the now famous commerical for Harley. I know a lot of women out there would go for the guy with the Harley. :p :p

3DisneyNUTS
04-14-2004, 06:50 AM
It is so ironic you post this. I currently have a maxima but I really wish I had purchased a 4 wheel drive to drive on the LI beaches here. My husband got an incredible bonus 2 years ago so it wiped out our car payment since we used it to pay the loan off. I still technically have 2 years left paying if we hadn't done that...ANYWAY.... Our joke around here before purchasing the DVC last week was "DVC or SUV?" and now we point out all the SUVs I could have had instead of buying the DVC. PLus it seems like we got off cheap since the SUV would have been double the cost of the DVC and tell me what car lasts 50 years!

SO I would say forget about the car and go for the points. PLUS if your daughter is newly licesed get her something you would not mind her messing up a little. Like a bump to a garbage can or sign at the gas station. I remember all too well my first car and all of its dings and scratches from misjudging.

I don't miss the SUV at all :) I am saving on gas too :)

x5x5x5x5x5
04-14-2004, 07:19 AM
Get the car - I just traded my suv in for a convertible and WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!!!!!! Nice choices either way though.

pirateeast
04-14-2004, 07:45 AM
Go for the car, have a 02 Solara convertable AND LOVE IT!!!!!

::yes::

dianeschlicht
04-14-2004, 07:51 AM
I'd go for the extra points. The car will only last so long, but the points will be there to use for years yet! Also, in this climate a convertible is a liability, and needs to be stored for about 7 months of the year. Not a good investment around here!

Granny
04-14-2004, 07:58 AM
Gee....drive every day in this?

<img src= "http://www.toyota.com/images/vehicles/camrysolara/gallery/exterior/large/photo_1.jpg" width=400>


Or more vacation time?

For me, it would probably be more points if I needed them. But hey, not a bad decision to have to make! :p

LIFERBABE
04-14-2004, 09:49 AM
I didnt know it looked like that!!!

I may have to change my new view on life again! :p

Sweeeeet!

BillPA
04-14-2004, 11:13 AM
Get the points. In 10 years that car will be worthless. The points should have increased in value, and still have 40 years of vacations ahead of you. You can probably add on many points for what you save with an older car just with the lower insurance bills.

calypso*a*go-go
04-14-2004, 12:18 PM
Buy the add-on then RENT A CONVERTIBLE for the drive to WDW...that way you have the best of both worlds!!!

OneMoreTry
04-14-2004, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by LIFERBABE
I didnt know it looked like that!!!

Sweeeeet!

See the problem here? Brain vs heart.

Toyota is going to have a Solara in NASCAR in 2006.

::yes::

jaysue
04-14-2004, 01:31 PM
For heaven's sake, it is just a car :jester:

Don't think the car will last until 2042 or 2054 :sunny:

Take the add-on.....

thanks
jaysue

weathernlu
04-14-2004, 01:40 PM
I voted for the car, sorry. I am car guy. I waited on buying into DVC a few months to pay off my Ford Expedition, my favorite car! It's worth it if you are a car guy.

How were you planning to pay? Maybe you can spend half the money on each thing and finance the rest?

I am about to have $10,000 extra to play with and I am going to use half of it to put down on the van my wife wants, the 2005 Grand Caravan SXT with the stow and go and then I am taking the other $5,000 and adding on.

Get the best of both worlds, but BUY THE CAR for sure. I can tell that's what you want to do, so DO IT. Like someone said though, find a way to add on also if you really want that as well, because we only live once!!!!

WOW
04-14-2004, 06:27 PM
Very interesting question. I wouldn't be able to decide either. Good Luck::yes::

sandieb
04-14-2004, 08:02 PM
I had to laugh...I had never heard of a Salara and looked it up online. At first I put in Solera, and came up with a retirement community in Arizona. I am not a "car guy" so it is a no-brainer. But as my husband points out, I could have a BIG diamond or DVC - now, that took about 2 seconds to decide.
Sandie B - BCV owner with 2 BCV add-ons.

disneycrazed139
04-15-2004, 08:51 PM
I'm with everyone who thinks the car is just a means of transportation and nothing more. But it really is matter of what YOU will derive more pleasure from!

Xtine76
04-15-2004, 09:13 PM
ADD ON! A car is a car that will depreciate to nothing in less than a decade! You will have 50 years of memories with DVC. What's more important? Material possesions or family memories?

LSchrow
04-16-2004, 08:34 AM
my vote is for DVC.
BUT:
A) rent the car for at least one vacation (you could be driving the newest model EVERY year that way :teeth: )
B) do the Richard Petty Driving Experience

then again, i've had lotsa different vehicles (including a convertible), and i still LOVE my '95 Jeep GC Limited ~ almost 100k miles, but can run over a corvette with ease :eek: (DH did that, NOT me!! lesson learned ~ check to see if anyone is driving on ppl's lawns when making a right turn :rolleyes: )

jmminarik
04-16-2004, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by OneMoreTry
Toyota is going to have a Solara in NASCAR in 2006.

::yes::

First, they stop racing stock cars, now they're adding non-north american name plates. Why don't they just drop the NAS and call it CAR racing. :crazy:

FWIW, I'd buy the add-on and hunt down a slightly used car. A 195X Impala convertable...now that's a car to cruise with the top down. :cool2:
-Joe
who as a yankee city boy, doesn't quite get driving in circles as being fun. :crazy:

Zurg
04-16-2004, 09:27 AM
Points last a lot longer

OneMoreTry
04-16-2004, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by jmminarik
First, they stop racing stock cars, now they're adding non-north american name plates. Why don't they just drop the NAS and call it CAR racing. :crazy:


-Joe
who as a yankee city boy, doesn't quite get driving in circles as being fun. :crazy:

I live in Bristol. Have been to one race -- it was Dale Sr's last race here. Might go back if friends were going but I'm not a fan either. I agree that NASCAR is going so far past its roots that it's unrecognizable. Big money is what is changing it.

Toyotas are made in the US now for the most part. I don't think it will be a problem unless they start to win. I'd hate to be at the Bristol Toyota dealership on that day!!!

DSNY FN
04-16-2004, 10:09 PM
Buy more points cars only dissapoint you in the long run unless you go big and buy a Ferrari or Lambo etc. A car is the biggest money pit you can own it always depreciates and costs you money no matter what you do you pay for a car wether it is for gas or insurance etc even after the car payment is gone you still pay for it. I love cars but love DVC more. Now if it was a sport bike Like the new Honda CBR600RR that would be a tough choice.

OneMoreTry
09-14-2004, 12:28 PM
We got the car about a month ago. Posted details on original post. Just posting here to bump.

rinkwide
09-14-2004, 03:53 PM
Well choosen. Driving a convertible is like going on vacation everytime the weather is nice!

TheRustyScupper
09-14-2004, 03:58 PM
Different Approach . . .

1) Buy a cheap car.
2) Buy add-on points.
3) Give the points to daughter as a present.

EVERYBODY gets happy.

TiggerFreak
09-14-2004, 05:59 PM
Do what any Red Blooded Flag Waving Platstic Carrying American would do.

Buy BOTH !

kenziesmamaw
09-14-2004, 06:33 PM
We did both! Bought the Sebring convertible about 4 months ago and DVC yesterday. Riding with the top down is the only acceptable substitute for being on vacation!:cool:

Hey, we've spent the last 21 years raising children, they are both independent....for the most part....and it's our turn. I've seen too many people who keep dreaming about the car and the vacation and the time together as a couple...waiting for retirement or more money or more time....just to have one spouse get sick or die before they realize the dream. I'm not going to do anything stupid, but I'm not going to just dream....I want the reality too!

ClarabelleCow
09-14-2004, 08:17 PM
Well back in june I bought myself a Jeep Wrangler, I love the thing, 2 days later my guide phoned and said she had points available for the add on I wanted. My husband would have freeked if I had suggested the add on after I bought the car he didn't want. (we had a used 1996 BMW 328I Convertible, nice car, but just not me!! plus every time something went wrong it was over $1000.0!!)

After our trip to VWL for the first time as owners in August, he has decided he really likes it, would like to go for longer trips and have the luxury of the 2 bedroom for the 4 of us. (we usualy go to WDW once every 18 months, and Vero eveyr 12)

So now I sit and wait patienly for my guide to call with my points, I don't want alot, but at least I will finally get my cake and eat it too!!!!!

I seriously thought about the SSR add-on of 130, but decided I just want to deal with VWL!

ClarabelleCow
09-14-2004, 08:20 PM
I think cars are one of the poorist investments around and I really do not see any value in them what so ever, I just see them as a way to get from A to B. I would buy more points if I was yourself, do not get yourself caught up in the whole statice symbol thing that they represent. While your car has been in the scrap yard for years you will still be enjoying memoriable Disney Vacations.

Well that depends on the car you buy!!! We bought a $12,000.00 1968 Shelby GT500, bought it about 6 years ago, we were just offered a little over $60,000.00 for it!!! But hubby wont get rid of it!

momof3disneygirls
09-14-2004, 09:35 PM
You never know you might add on points before the next section opens.

emememem
09-15-2004, 08:11 AM
Glad you picked the car!

Kelly Nelly
09-15-2004, 09:40 AM
I am dissapointed you bought the car:mad: