So what you are saying is that you paid $18,200 for a new car to save a few bucks in gas?
I had heard those commercials before on TV and the radio and told myself that no one would be stupid enough to buy a new car just to save a few bucks in gas, but I guess I was incorrect.
Yes, my options for my drive were my 13 year old truck with 115K miles on it that gets roughly 14 mpg, a '72 Chevelle that was getting maybe 12-13 mpg and required additive, or my Mustang that required 93 octane, got maybe 15 mpg if I kept my foot out of it and rode like crap (it's set up for the track, not the street). None of those choices were economic or convenient for me to drive to and from work or to haul my boys around in.
I sold my Chevelle for a nice profit, put that towards the Focus, wrote a 1.9% interest check on a credit card for the car and immediately began saving money each month. With current gas prices, I'm saving right at $150/month in gas. When it was around $4/gal, I was saving over $250/month in gas. That's more than a "few bucks" as you call it. Now I have a car that I needed anyway to haul kids around in that has already saved enough money to pay for the difference I needed from selling the Chevelle. I've had it 2.5 years, it's paid for, has 37K miles, and has only needed oil and just recently tires. I'll drive this car to 150K miles or more. In the meantime, my truck mileage stays where it's at, the mustang doesn't get much mileage, and the wife's car doesn't get as much mileage which prolongs it's life as well.
So yeah, go on and generalize about how stupid it was. Yes, many people that bought cars to save a few bucks on gas went overboard. I did it after an extensive study on what I'd really save and pitted that against what I needed -- something comfortable, reliable, and efficient for a long commute that was still suited for hauling around 2 young children. It took just over a year and then I was right back where I was -- 4 cars in the driveway and no car payments. Now one of the cars is super reliable, comfortable, and gets over 30 mpg instead of 3 gas guzzling & uncomfortable cars for a daily commute. Thanks for showing your complete lack of knowledge and wisdom.