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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:01 am

davidricardo86 wrote:If I really needed it, I'd buy a second i-MiEV. I fully enjoy how inexpensive it is to operate. It truly is a car or low-income folk such as myself. I'm on $9.50/hr and I can afford it. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

dittos to davidricardo86. Most all of us have spent time at that end of the pay scale, but with continued wise economic choices like an undervalued i-MiEV, I'm sure you'll be climbing that economic ladder quickly! I hope that more folks of limited means will see the sense of an i-MiEV. There are efforts underway around the Puget Sound to ensure EV charging access at apartment complexes and in areas of on-street parking.

Automotive thrift was a good lesson from my old man. Back during Jr High when we had a Dodge and a Pontiac in a neighborhood full of Mercedes and Cadillac and some kids tried to rub that in on me, he showed me how our house was going up in value, while the fancy cars lost a lot more value than basic transportation did...

unFortunately, that logic doesn't seem to apply to TESLA... Were I not a stockholder, I'd love for those cars to be undervalued!!!! ;)
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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:55 am

Federal tax credit.
I think the tax credit is a good approach rather than a rebate. However, what need to change is to allow the credit to be used over multiple tax years. In IRS language, allow the credit to be carried forward to future years until the entire amount is used up. That way a person who may not have a tax liability of $7500 in one year can still fully benefit.
This may be all mute if the credit expires in 2016. If it does continue we need to contact our representatives and change the carry forward rule.

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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:28 pm

Said bye, today, to the Dodge Grand Caravan, 145k miles at 15 mpg. What a relief, 9 years of gas, oil leaks, maintenance/repairs.

Now all we own is the 'Miev.
2012 iMIEV ES
2014 Chevy Volt

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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:35 am

Congrats on leaving the ICE age :lol: .

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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:44 am

I live in Orange County CA and the most amazing thing about this car that you can't quantify a value is the CARPOOL Sticker. I save 30-60 min a day driving to work!

The iMiev is the cheapest car to own that get's you in the carpool lane!

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Re: Cheapest car in the US to own?

Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:18 pm

GMoney wrote:...The iMiev is the cheapest car to own that get's you in the carpool lane!
The i-MiEV is THE cheapest car to own AND it gets you in the carpool lane as a bonus, never forgetting that it has ZERO EMISSIONS :!: :mrgreen:
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
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