Do You Own Any Vehicles?

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  1. Koala

    Koala Well-Known Member
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    Vehicles, such as cars, bikes, motorbikes and similar are extremely useful in survival situations that require us to travel big distances.

    Me and my partner have two cars; one that I use for my personal needs and one that he does. My car is an Opel Corsa D 2012. It is great for the area where we live which is still somewhat close to the city. My partner drives a Mazda CX 5 2015. Besides the two cars, we also have two bikes for each of us. Nothing fancy though. We also have an electric scooter that can go up to 100KM/H.

    So, do you have any vehicles? If yes, which? If no, why not?
     
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  2. Scarlet

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    No, because I don't know how to drive. I also felt scared of seeing people dying on the streets because of car crash accident. I would rather be a passenger than a driver if ever I would own a vehicle.
     
  3. Neiltarquin

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    No. But I'm planning to get me one in the future.
     
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  4. Koala

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    Wait, have you actually seen somebody die from the car accident or it's just your fear of happening? Either way, you shouldn't fear at all. Yes, driving can cause accidents but you can also walk down your stairs, fall and break a leg... that doesn't mean that you shouldn't use the stairs. I think driving is a good skill to have.

    @Neiltarquin that's very nice! What kind of car are you planning on buying? We always buy the used cards because the brand new are too expensive... we've had loadsa luck so far. Our previous car was also used and it lasted far longer than it should :)
     
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  5. PedroP

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    I used to own a Suzuki bike. I loved it got me anywhere. Every since I moved back with my parents I don't have it anymore since I had to sell it. I really value bikes over cars. Fuel consumption, maintenance cost, style beats most cars any day.
     
  6. Neiltarquin

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    Something economical. Maybe a van if given a priviledge. If not, maybe a mazda 6
     
  7. Joshmoy

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    I personally do not own a car, but my uncle has a car which I cruise around in with my friends. The model of the car is Honda Bullet. Although I love cars, especially the fast cars, I am thinking of buying a Kawasaki power bike. I've loved the bike since I was a kid and besides, the bike is more economical than a car.
     
  8. Bishop

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    Jeep Wrangler caravan pickup truck car SUV
     
  9. JimLE

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    i dont have my own at this,simply because i cant afford one..but yet.i do have full and complete access to my moms 2008 KIA rondo..i dont like small vehicles..but yet,this car has been a nice/good one so far..
     
  10. Rhodolite

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    Currently not really. Owned a couple of cars in the past and with me constantly moving around it's moot point to own one anymore. I just lease, Uber and public transit for the most part. Gonna get a motorcycle though. Those are fun and I have been licensed to be able to ride them for several years but haven't had the chance to really settle down to justify purchasing one since I'd also like to work on it as well.
     
  11. Keith H.

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    Yes, living off grid in this day & age you need to have motorised transport, though if things were to change, I would have no problem with using a horse & cart.
    We have three 4WDs, one which remains on the property for work purposes, & two for on & off road use. We need to have 4WDs out here as our roads are dirt & we have creeks to cross to reach the tarmac. My wife has a Toyota Hilux with a hard canopy, & I have a Triton. The work vehicle is a Lada.
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      I see that little Niva there in the background :) I love those.
       
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  12. OursIsTheFury

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    No vehicles since I live in the middle of the city and I can get public transportation like cabs or buses easily here. Also, I don't really see the need for me acquiring a vehicle since I'm mostly home and if I get a car (which would have a serious dent in my bank account), I would not be using it a lot and it will mostly end up collecting dust and having its engine and other parts degrade in time because of non-usage. It's a lot easier for me to hail a cab, and it would be cheaper too compared to shelling out a ton for a new car.
     
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      But if SHTF, cabs are gonna be hard to catch, Maybe a scooter or something? Just suggesting.
       
      omegaman, Oct 5, 2017
  13. texsun54

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    I live in small town and commute 60 miles round trip daily to work and back, so yes I have vehicles 3 in fact, car for me, car for my wife and a pickup.
     
  14. omegaman

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    Jeep Grand Cherokee 2009 is the family car. We have alot of bad roads. And the Jeep is really comfortable for long hours on the highway.
    Suzuki SJ413 1986, suspension modded with VW 1,9L turbo diesel and 410 gear parts and diff locks is my funtruck
    If I find a good Lada Niva Ill buy it. Got an awesome project in the back of my head.

    Masey Ferguson 67 tractor

    Two Skidoo snowmobiles
     
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  15. lonewolf

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    I have a 2004 Vauxhall Agila 12oocc utility type vehicle-the back seats go down and I use it like a van, its very fast and small enough to get through the deep dark Devon lanes without having to stop for vehicles coming the other way, apart from Tractors!
    wife has the same only her's is the 1000cc model.
    their cheap to buy and cheap to run.
     
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  16. Keith H.

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    Top to Bottom: My Triton 4WD, my wife's Hilux 4WD, & our forest vehicle the 4WD Lada, & a 4WD Kabota tractor with dual rear wheels.
    Keith.
     
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  17. TexDanm

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    We have two ford trucks, one SUV and one Sedan I also have two or three boats. I sold my Motorcycles years ago but am looking at them again. I would like a smaller scrambler type that is street legal but has some off road abilities.

    I tend to prefer older vehicles. I pay cash for a car or truck that has a lot of miles or even a blown motor and then take the money that I saved and often put brand new motors in them. A three or four year old car with a blown motor is worth almost nothing. I have bought a couple for under two thousand buck that after putting in a new motor were worth nearly three times as much as I had invested in them. If you like doing a little mechanic work and have the tools it is actually sort of fun and a great way to have good dependable transportation without spending a lot.

    I'm getting too old for all that now days and my wife and I are discussing actually buying our very first brand new car. Maybe for our 45th anniversary of going steady next year.
     
  18. Tom Williams

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    A good investment for use is a rokon trail bike mine is a 1968 with care and mantaince it has never let me down runs as good today as the day i got it new warn ya even used they are not cheap but you get what you pay for
     
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  19. Keith H.

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    Sounds like a good option, you could even carry this in a vehicle just in case.
    Good post.
    Keith.
     
  20. Mr Boots

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    I have a 05 VW T5 1.9D lwb panel van which i am converting into a an secret overnighter (still need it useable as a daily)
    4 tractors (which will all run after an emp)
    1977 zetor 8011 crystal
    1983 zetor 6011
    massey ferguson 135
    ferguson 20
    Dont know years of last two they were my god father's and grandfather's never had plates and never failed to start
    also 2 kayaks and a 16ft canoe
    I do plan on getting 4x4 more than likey a tractor to help on farm
     
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  21. C.J.

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    My boyfriend and I have a car and a truck and two bikes. An 03 Civic a 99 Silverado and a 72 Shovelhead as well as a 05 Ultra. But since I haven't been riding much since our son was born we are thinking about selling my shovel. Im not sure how well any of them would do in a survival situation though. The civic gets amazing mileage but it is really high mileage and probably wont last much longer. The truck runs well but its a rust bucket that we end up putting a lot of money into to keep running. Honestly of everything, the best running thing we have is my bike. Odd that an old AMF runs better than my boyfriends Ultra. But to be fair, it was passed down to me from my father, and he did a lot of work to it.
     
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  22. Oldguy

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    Toyota 80 series Landcruiser petrol/LPG fulltime 4wd, engine improved somewhat and a 4in lift kit
    They do not come any better. the standard by which all others are compared to;)
     
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  23. Ystranc

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    Toyota hilux D4d, Peugeot estate car, Peugeot panel van, tractor and quad bikes...
    Scarlet I have seen a few deaths from road traffic accidents but the ones that really upset me most are the avoidable ones, the ones that should have been foreseeable but were caused by stupidity and negligence.
     
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  24. Keith H.

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    Agreed! When you apply for a firearms licence over here you have to pass a written safety test & a manual one. To get a vehicle licence you only need to know the road rules. I think the anti-gun lobby would do more good for public safety if they petitioned for a better safety vehicle test. There are far more people killed on our roads than there are in firearms incidents!
    Keith.
     
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  25. Ken S LaTrans

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    2016 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4
    2017 Audi Q7 AWD (Wife's)
    1994 Ford F250 4x4 Diesel
    1976 Jeep CJ5
     
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  26. Keith H.

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    A nice collection you have there Ken.
    Keith.
     
  27. Ystranc

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    Damn right Keith, especially as vehicles are getting used as weapons for pretty much any reason these days.
     
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  28. Mr Boots

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    I think most people cant drive anymore as they are too reliant on parking assist and not being able to judge the size of the vehicle they are driving
    Hell you don't even have to think of breaking now as a computer will do it for you
    And dont worry about the white line on the middle of the road your seat will vibrate if you cross it they be hard seen when your an idiot
    And that's without drink involved
    Cars might be smarter but people are getting more stupid and more dependent on some computer doing it for you
    I wonder is there an app to light a fire in the wilds
     
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  29. Ken S LaTrans

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    Until I bought my Dodge...the last vehicle I bought was my Ford. I am one of those people who will drive a vehicle for 20 years and just keep up the maintenance. I plan to own my Dodge til I die. I bought my Jeep when I was in high school...so, lord I have had that for 35 years. My wife's Audi is a lease. She leases a new car through her medical practice (she is a trauma surgeon) every 3 years because the hospital she works for pays for it...so why not right?

    Nothing rusts in AZ, so as long as you keep up the maintenance...vehicles won't rot out on you like they do in the eastern US.
     
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  30. Keith H.

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    Yes, I know what you mean. When I first arrived in Australia I got a hearse, great for sleeping in, but for driving off road it was not so good. So travelling as I was at the time looking for work, I bought an old Toyota SWB 4wd. I loved that car & would still have it if my brother-in-law had not sold it whilst we were away!!!
    I went all over in that Tojo, took it places other people probably wouldn't think of going. I gunned it & drove it out from under the rubble after cyclone Tracey in 74, & went hunting for food. Wish I still had it.
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  31. Ken S LaTrans

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    KSL Desktop CJ Collage.png I bought my old Jeep when I was in high school. I was raised on a working horse and cattle ranch and I worked in our family's service station as well. The Jeep came in for a major repair...the man who owned it had beat it nearly to death. The body was good, but he had burned out the clutch and blown the engine. After we did a complete rebuild on the engine...he didn't pay the repair bill and it sat for nearly six months. My grandfather kept trying to work with the guy and offered him payment plans, etc...all of them were ignored. Finally, my Grandfather put in a mechanic's lien on the Jeep, then filed a title claim. I had some money saved and I bought it.

    I drove it through high school and through college. When I graduated from the police academy I bought a used GMC pickup that had air conditioning which was a luxury, but I kept my Jeep. I put it in my garage and didn't drive it for quite a while other than to move it out of the garage to work on something...etc. After a few years, I thought about selling it so I cleaned off all the accumulated dust and remembered how much I liked it...so I kept it.
     
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  32. blade_foxhollow

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    I actually own 6 vehicles, out those 6 vehicles only three are running, My truck, my wifes suv, and the four wheeler. But I have a older Truck than the one I own and a bit bigger as well and two suvs that are the same year make and model just two different versions of it.
     
  33. Keith H.

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    We added another 4WD to our collection, this one a single cab manual Triton Diesel. This is mostly used on the property but is occasionally used for picking up stuff in the city. This replaces the 4WD Lada Niva, though we still have the Niva. We are very pleased with it's performance off road.
    Keith.
     
  34. TexDanm

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    I have one car, one SUV, one F150 Truck and one Ford Ranger truck. All are old with a lot of total miles but also two have less than 30,000 on this engine. I keep a body as long as it is solid and just drop a new engine when I have to. My SUV has 160,000 but only 30,00 on the motor and the trany is brand new. The Ranger has 237,000 but the engine only has 25,000 miles. I got over 200,000 out of the first motor. My F-150 has 115,000 on the original motor but all I do with it is pull my boat. The car has 130,000 on the original motor and we are thinking about using it (selling it) for part of a down payment on a brand new Small SUV with a towing package. We never have less than three vehicles and I'm thinking about another motorcycle. I'm getting to old to drop motors and mechanic much so we are probably going to move towards newer vehicles.
     
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  35. WarHorse52

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    I have a 6x6 that I bought on gov planet for 7k! It will go anywhere!
    H2 that I drive daily! Dodge 2500 diesel 4x4, and several 3 wheelers!
     
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