This topic was suggested by forum member Brink5. It's a great question and I admit that I'm guilty of this myself. For some reason I'm happier driving a junky old car over a new whatever. My reasons are simple and I state them in the video. I've also noticed this trend in many other mechanics and technicians. I'd love to hear your input as well. Are we wrong in this, or do mechanics really drive junk?

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    • maingun07
      maingun07

      Contempt. That word pretty much sums it up.


      I took auto shop in high school because I loved turning a wrench. In the service, although I was a tank crewman, I enjoyed fixing the tank almost as much as taking her out and playing. I was always fixing the cars of guys from my company and even a few of their girlfriends' cars as well. Hell, if my buddy got the girl before I did, then maybe she drives something cool that I can work on.


      The trouble began when I got out and started going to an auto tech school. I was working as a grease monkey at a couple of different shops at the same time. As I learned more and could do more, the techs at work would let me help more. Wrench turning slowly went from something that I loved to do, to a job that I had to do. What's worse is that 90% of the problems that we were fixing were the result of lack of maintenance. I remember one customer that I actually wound up dating for a while. I don't remember her name anymore. What I do remember is that she is the girl with a pretty smile, nice rack, great legs, and completely F'ed up brakes that could have been saved if she just fixed them about 4 or 5 oil changes back when she was first told.


      I was getting mad at the customers, getting mad at "The Engineers," getting mad the salesmen at the front desk, and what's worst is I was losing my love for wrench turning. I finally quit the job and quit the school because I was learning very little new anyhow.


      It's great if you find a job you love. The trick is staying in love when what you love becomes a job.

      about 7 days ago
    • Jesse’s Adventures
      Jesse’s Adventures

      Well I was driving a 94 Ford Explorer but ran into transmission problems that I haven't had time to fix yet so I had to take the cover off my 85 Crown Victoria daily driver I plan on buying another 500 to $1,000 vehicle has back up so I don't have to drive the LTD

      about 14 days ago
    • cosgrove notts
      cosgrove notts

      I've worked on cars and trucks 47 years. Never had a secondhand car. Never had a junk looking car. I don't even service my own

      about 27 days ago
    • Andrey Bondarenko
      Andrey Bondarenko

      I became a mechanic because I love cars and the only car I could afford back then when I was young was of the same age I was myself. Now I buy new cars because [cars of the same age as I am should be in a museum, not on the road - lol!] working on my own cars sucks - nobody pays for my time and I even have to pay for the parts out of my pocket!

      about 1 month ago
    • Geeshik Borgenhagen
      Geeshik Borgenhagen

      I am a former diesel technician and currently in a career as a journeyman industrial maintenance technician (electrician/millwright). I have a standard trans '06 Ford Fusion with 220,000 miles on it, and an '03 F150 Supercrew with 210,000 miles on it. I have always had the philosophy that my wife will have the newer vehicle. Hers is an '09 Chrysler Town and Country 3.8 with about 80,000 miles on it that we bought used.

      Honestly, the reason I drive what I drive is because it is what I can comfortably afford, meets our needs, and I like to drive vehicles that are easily serviceable. (My F150 is somewhat an exception to that rule with the engine set so far back under the cowl/firewall). Many of the new cars require lots of specialized equipment to repair, and as time goes on, it is only getting worse.

      I value design. I value getting to know your vehicle and its quirks. The only reason I give up on a vehicle is because my wife doesn't like it, our family outgrew it, or rust destroys it.

      about 1 month ago
    • laz foot
      laz foot

      Why mechanics drive junkie cars? because they can. They save their $$$ to blow on wild women.

      about 1 month ago
    • Eddie Court
      Eddie Court

      I drive junky cars. I am no mechanic, but I can fix almost anything.
      But getting to into way I drive junky cars are
      - One - it can be totalled off in a blink of an eye... and what am I out, $300. You... would have to pay $300+ full coverage insurance deductible, to get a car “around” the same value.
      - Two - I can fix it.
      - Three - Personally I would rather have the headache of fixing my car every weekend, over having the headache of “The Bank” owning my car. I understand that some... most would rather have the headache of the bank. My car I am driving right now, I bought it for $300 cash. I “owned” the car before I even drove the car. Yes there was problems with it from the beginning. Water pump, 10 hours in and a broken finger I got the water pump out... I am not even counting the hours on getting it all back together, plus working around the broken finger. Today, 7 months, it runs just fine. It gets me to point A to point B and yes... back to point A.

      about 1 month ago
    • Forbidden Knowledge
      Forbidden Knowledge

      so you can just buy the liability and medical insurance.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ironic Zombie
      Ironic Zombie

      Well said and this is exactly how it worked for me.

      about 1 month ago
    • Vince Scalise
      Vince Scalise

      well said

      about 1 month ago
    • Scott the crazi one
      Scott the crazi one

      Hey Eric, I totally agree with you. I am a hobby mechanic and like to tinker when I have time. I only have one nice car. I have a total of 4. (my mini-fleet). They other 3 do not look good, but they run. Since I started repairing things, I look at cars a different way. Why take the hit on the expense to get a car salesman rich? I am a lot more frugal on what I but now. As a matter of fact, I just acquired a 2004 Durango for FREE. I just had to pick it up. Does it look good? No not at all, but it runs and has a 5.7 in it. Not bad for a freebie.

      I like your videos, I have learned a lot. Thanks for doing what you do and sharing it with us.

      about 1 month ago
    • Stealthy Pirate
      Stealthy Pirate

      Know how to fix stuff, daily a 1990 Honda CRX

      about 1 month ago
    • Cody Featherstone
      Cody Featherstone

      I agree 💯

      about 1 month ago
    • mechanix1228
      mechanix1228

      Drive a 2002 hyundai sonata base model. She needs some work which im doing but the motor and trans run beautiful. About to cross 180k but its paid off. More money for shiny snap on stuff lol.

      about 1 month ago
    • Quito Archibald
      Quito Archibald

      i think this is all mechanics they all drive beat up car

      about 1 month ago
    • Brandon S
      Brandon S

      I'm the same way except I don't drive junk cars. I just drive older cars. Not sure why you have to drive a junk car.

      about 1 month ago
    • Brett Cannon
      Brett Cannon

      No joke, the cars I've paid the least for have been the best to me. 1984 300d $500. 1985 Ford E-150 club wagon $500. 1984 VW vanagon sunroof 7passenger $1600, 1999 Jeep Cherokee $2300. I still have them all except the Ford. Should have kept it. It had 71k on it! Drove it to California and back with all my stuff and towing a 2000 Wrangler!

      about 1 month ago
    • Brett Cannon
      Brett Cannon

      As a mechanic, there's probably only two cars I'd daily drive. An XJ Jeep Cherokee or a Mercedes diesel (w123, W126).

      about 1 month ago
    • Brett Cannon
      Brett Cannon

      You nailed the question, "I don't have to worry about it."

      about 1 month ago
    • Brian Ortiz
      Brian Ortiz

      Junk all the way 👍

      about 1 month ago
    • Louis Fields
      Louis Fields

      As daily mechanic I can agree on the junkie car I normally drive a 98 corrolla best reliable pos. After 8-10 hours under a car last thing you to do is work on your own car.

      about 1 month ago
    • Darren Farrell
      Darren Farrell

      Because they buy too many Snap-on tools...

      about 2 months ago
    • Random ID 10 T
      Random ID 10 T

      Lease

      about 2 months ago
    • William Egler
      William Egler

      TRUE...
      Old DOESN'T mean junk.
      My current car is a 2001 Saturn LW300.
      It is loaded and in near showroom condition.
      My elderly neighbors bought it when they retired and seldom drove it.
      They offered it to me for $2000.00 two years ago.
      When I got it it had just had a timing belt service as well as new tires and brakes.
      Less then 38k miles to. ..

      about 2 months ago
    • Steven Stringer
      Steven Stringer

      bought a 92 explorer for $250. Did the Ujoints, Ball joints and swapped a low KM engine and Transmission i had laying around for less than $800

      Runs and drive fine.

      about 2 months ago
    • cgrscott
      cgrscott

      There is a little tire shop in Warsaw, Kentucky, and the owner loves his restored 1970s Ford Maverick.

      about 2 months ago
    • Benjamin Bugarin
      Benjamin Bugarin

      Old cars are just cool. No down payment required.

      about 3 months ago
    • Benjamin Bugarin
      Benjamin Bugarin

      We can fix everything cheap and fast. 71 c10 94 burb 71 f100

      about 3 months ago
    • R J
      R J

      As an advanced home mechanic who's been working on cars since I was kid in the 1960's... who's never paid more than $500.00 for a car... I agree, when you work on cars, you don't see what other people see.... Cars are a composite of parts, some more comfy or more luxurious or faster than others... Some are easier to fix and some are more fun... But model year or status of ownership really boils down to how much rust you have to break to loosen a nut or how much the parts cost...


      But seriously any good mechanic can find a half decent car, that's not running right or that doesn't look pristine and fix it for a few hundred dollars in parts over a single weekend... At least to make it drive and stop. Mechanics have skills that take years to develop, not even to mention the couple of grand worth of tools and because of those special skills we get to drive free or almost free cars for the cost of parts and sweat. So why would any half way decent mechanic pay half a years salary for a new car? He would have to be an idiot. I mean carpenter's fix their own homes and no one freaks out over that.


      That's not to say, I haven't done some fun project cars that cost a little bit more in the long run. But on those cars, I prefer showing off my handy-work more than the parts of the car someone else made.


      And to be honest, no one should trust a mechanic with a brand new car... If he is any good he could be driving for free or nearly free, So the only reason he had to buy a new car is because he's not good at fixing cars, he's lazy, or he's just dim witted. And no one should let a slacker or a fool under the hood of their car. They might hurt themselves or worse yet, damage your car.

      about 3 months ago
    • The Orange
      The Orange

      You may notice that most mechanics would never ever buy a brand new car, most older cars are built better than newer cars these days and are much more reliable, plus they dont need to worry about a payment. And if something does go wrong, the older cars are generally easier to work on and cost less to maintain, a mechanic would rather have an older simpler car because things are less likely to go wrong, their jobs are to wrench on other peoples cars, so the last thing they'd want to do is be stuck constantly wrenching on their own!

      about 3 months ago