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Buying a Used Car: Cheap Gas Changes Everything

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On: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 3:59PM | By: Gary P Garry


Buying a Used Car: Cheap Gas Changes Everything

As a geezer, I'm at a disadvantage in certain ways. I used to have game, but now the only hops I have are in the micro-brews in my fridge. Cats standing on the sidelines at the playground aren't asking me to run with them anymore. That kind of hurts my feelings, but I don't have to put down my forty, and that's always a consolation.

Plus, my brown hair isn't brown anymore. If it was long and I grew a beard, I'd look like Santa, but I do have something up there, and that has to count for something. And, hey, I could always get a temporary holiday gig for beer money if this writing thing was to dry up.

Anyway, there are some genuine positives that go along with aging. I have experienced a lot of things that younger people can never experience, and up to this point, low gas prices were on this list.

Recent developments have changed everything. If you are interested in the price of gas, GasBuddy.com is a good resource to check out. At the time of this writing, the average cost for a gallon of gas across the United States is right around $2.04.

Back in the day when gas was cheap, the whole act driving was something entirely different. People would go on long rides for the sheer enjoyment, and this would include families.

Of course, for younger people, cars were apartments on wheels. They gave you an enormous amount of independence, especially if you still lived at home with your parents. They still do, of course, but you could ride around for hours when I was a teenager, and it cost you next to nothing.

When it comes to buying a used car, you have a great deal of leeway at the present time because of the low gas prices. There are a lot of cool classics and semi-classics out there that do burn their share of gas, but when you are paying a couple of bucks a gallon, you can afford the luxury.

You come across conflicting opinions when you look into the anticipated longevity of this cheap gas phenomenon, but you have to consider the source. Players that are in some of the foreign oil-producing countries are claiming that the savings will be short-lived, but others see things differently.

Personally, I would place more stock in the opinion of someone like the CEO of BP, Bob Dudley. He says that the rock-bottom prices could be the norm for up to three years.

We have a window of opportunity at the moment, and it looks like the moment is going to last for quite a while. If you ever wanted to own a cool but thirsty classic car, right now may be the time to take action.

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