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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Comments

    • Tony
      Tony

      You and Scotty Kilmer

      about 2 days ago
    • Mago Gomez
      Mago Gomez

      Because we fix everybody else's car.lol

      about 4 days ago
    • William Chemini
      William Chemini

      Im a training technician and drive a 91 miata

      about 8 days ago
    • Matt Geiger
      Matt Geiger

      I never really cared about what I drive but got a new job that pays me a vehicle allowance so I got a new truck and it's nice to have something nice. Of course I ALWAYS Got the wife a nice RELIABLE newer car bc woman need that, dont let your woman drive junk

      about 10 days ago
    • xpicklepie
      xpicklepie

      "The cobblers children have no shoes"

      about 10 days ago
    • Treyton Brown
      Treyton Brown

      I drive junk cars because I pick them up with the knowledge that I can fix them and it's a good deal because of that, but then I spend so much time working on other peoples cars that I don't want to work on my own which leads to them becoming junkier.

      about 14 days ago
    • Rollin' High
      Rollin' High

      I am offended that the "junk car" on the thumbnail is a ford..

      about 14 days ago
    • Cyberstrike98
      Cyberstrike98

      2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Leaks oil everywhere it's parked. Loud friggin exhaust. No a/c. Needs shocks, needs sway bar links. Just put an el Cheapo battery from Walmart in it. But it's got heat. 4x4 works and it still goes. The best part? It's paid for...

      about 14 days ago
    • Darrell Cole
      Darrell Cole

      Sir I know this is off subject please forgive me but what the hell happened to your nose?

      about 19 days ago
    • Shadowz Edge
      Shadowz Edge

      I've got a couple daily runners. A 2012 Impreza Hatchback and a 1999 OBS Tahoe.

      about 25 days ago
    • bigbifter
      bigbifter

      I’m a mechanic in England and I currently drive a 17 year old bag of shit Peugeot. But I can park and leave the thing anywhere and not give a shit. Parts are cheap as hell on eBay

      about 28 days ago
    • alpha2011a
      alpha2011a

      1989 K1500 can be rebuilt are affordable and collector policy $60 a year

      about 1 month ago
    • Charles Grohn
      Charles Grohn

      Having been a mechanic for more than 20 years I have also developed a theory on this topic. I personally think that we drive beaters because after spending all day working on customer vehicles we don't want to spend "our time" working on vehicles. Plus it helps (or hurts, depending on your point of view) that we know what problems can wait and what problems need immediate attention. We aren't concerned about every little rattle. As for my vehicle, 1997 F-150 4x4 w/ 4.6L 2 valve. But this one's not a beater. It's as ETCG1 would say #builtnotbought. I built the motor, trans, transfer, and both axles w/ 6 inch lift blah blah blah. BUT mainly because my wife. She doesn't ask for much, but she loves our truck.
      So that's my 2 cents for whatever it's worth. Thanks for the vids ETCG1. I know this is an older one, but a good question. Anyway, thanks for your time and efforts. Stay dirty

      about 1 month ago
    • Tony Hernandez
      Tony Hernandez

      I've bought and repaired vehicles through the years.....drove them and sold them.... beats having a car payment!

      about 1 month ago
    • Aaron Pedersen
      Aaron Pedersen

      I'm not a professional mechanic, but I've been working on cars all of my life. I've never paid more than $1000 for any car that I've owned. I currently own three cars. I have a Buick Park Avenue which is my Utah car. I've had close to two years, and has around 220,000 miles. I've put 30,000 miles on it since I've had it, with very minimal repairs. If it wound up needing any major, that I wasn't able to fix, I'd simply replace it. There's no reason to have a $300-$400 a month car payment. It's just a waste of money on something that's going to lose its value anyway.
      I also have a 69 Ford LTD, which is my Alaska car. Again, I only paid $800 for it, and it runs like a top. Parts are cheap, and still costs less than a car payment.

      about 1 month ago
    • DC Autosport
      DC Autosport

      ive been a mechanic for about 20yrs. I'm in 2 frames of mind when it comes to my cars, i have what you would call a "beater" which is my 2010 ford ranger, didn't pay much for it, it did require a bit of work, but all good now. It is the car i can park on the street, take to the shops, and not be overly concerned about. But i also have an older 2004 ford falcon xr6, has next to no miles on it, it have never been left out of the shed over night, makes a 1000hp, and im more than paranoid about it. Regretfully I still have the passion for cars, and that is the reason i havent had a holiday in over 5yrs, and i work 70+hrs a week.

      about 1 month ago
    • Guccibeast 0
      Guccibeast 0

      Junk food junky

      about 1 month ago
    • 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Forbidden Knowledge
      Forbidden Knowledge

      so you can just buy the liability and medical insurance.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ironic Zombie
      Ironic Zombie

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

      about 3 months ago
    • Vince Scalise
      Vince Scalise

      well said

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Stealthy Pirate
      Stealthy Pirate

      Know how to fix stuff, daily a 1990 Honda CRX

      about 3 months ago
    • Cody Featherstone
      Cody Featherstone

      I agree 💯

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago