Dashing dreams as we go

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Yahoo Answers screenshot: How much money do I need to make a year to afford a bmw i8?

This tells you one thing right up front: the dreamer wants to finance this purchase, because paying cash up front is obviously not happening. The base price (including destination charge) for the i8 is, as of this writing, $137,450. Thirty grand down and $2800 a month? Not for someone making nine bucks an hour as a shop clerk.

I see several of these every week, and they all sound the same:

I’m A guy who is Dreaming to own a Lamborghini Aventador. The price of Lamborghini Aventador is about $600,000. Can I pay 600,000$ for 10 years monthly? Which is about 5,000$/month. Or Do I have to pay everything when I’m buying Lambo?

What in this paragraph might make you think it’s at all possible for this yutz to own anything beyond a ten-year-old Toyota Corolla?



  1. fillyjonk »

    26 September 2016 · 5:01 pm

    He might as well dream of world peace; getting that seems equally likely.

  2. CGHill »

    26 September 2016 · 5:26 pm

    And it would do more good in the long run, since Lambo-Lovin’ Yutz is probably overestimating his driving ability and will probably wrap the damn thing around a tree.

  3. McG »

    26 September 2016 · 5:44 pm

    For all we know, that could bring world peace.

  4. CGHill »

    26 September 2016 · 5:45 pm

    If that’s all it takes, it’s worth the 600 grand.

  5. fillyjonk »

    26 September 2016 · 6:11 pm

    Yeah, I would benefit from world peace; I wouldn’t benefit from yet another Immature with an overpowered car.

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  7. Chuck Pergiel »

    27 September 2016 · 8:36 pm

    I am beginning to suspect that a new Toyota Corolla might be the cheapest car to buy and operate, assuming you can take reasonable care. Which in these circumstances might be asking a lot.

  8. CGHill »

    27 September 2016 · 8:50 pm

    The Corolla is mostly old, proven tech; even in 2016 you can still get one with a four-speed automatic, at least in North America. The 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine dates to 2007.

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