After pricing insurance & DC titling information, I decided to pass on the car. All I’d use it for anyway would be runs to the suburbs for giant tubs of cat litter, right?
I have a dilemma.
I have been offered a car. Free.
I have been offered a free car.
Just, in case you missed it: FREE. CAR.
It doesn’t run because it needs a radiator (been sitting in a parking lot for six months). It’s also on its second clutch, and I’m not always easy on my clutches. It would have to pass DC inspection before I could register it in the District. I would also have to purchase insurance.
It’s a twenty year old Infinity G20. Stick shift. 250,000 miles. Basically, a perfect beater for city living. I mean, I’d probably only use it for picking up cat litter in Bethesda and running up to the burbs to visit my folks.
The guy making the offer works with me. He bought it specifically for a cross-country trip from California, and it passed an emissions test in Pennsylvania last year. The previous owner bought it new and used it to drive back and forth to and from work.
He’s been considering donating it for the tax benefit, but he’ll just be happy to be rid of it.
The pros: I could acquire a car for cheap. Even though it’s free, I’d still pay out $400 for the radiator and labor. Folks on Twitter are telling me registration, licensing, and permit ran them around $200 (but I think they had registration transferred from Maryland or Virginia), but I think somewhere there’s some ridiculous tax. Although, if the tax is based on purchase price, I’d be set – even 100% of zero is still zero, right?
The cons: Would I use it enough to justify however much I’d spend getting it running and legal? Would I be justifying the cost in insurance? Worse – would I use it as an excuse not to walk as much as I usually do?
Also: could I justify NAMING this car? Like, putting paint on it that would say HMS Beater? (I wouldn’t really name it “Beater”, though, and points to anyone who can figure out the HMS).