When we retired to America in October, 2002, we purchased a ten-year-old Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. We both loved it, so when it wore out, we bought another Roadmaster wagon. These cars are becoming rare, however, so we decided to look for a cheap daily driver to save wear and tear on our prized "woodie" wagon.
The Honda served us well for a year, but then we sold it for the purchase price and bought this beautiful 1982 Buick Skylark with only 24,000 original miles on it for $2200. We drove it seven months, but with winter approaching, we thought it would be a shame to drive such a nice survivor on salty roads...
...So in November, 2011, we sold the Skylark (for a profit of course) and bought a 1994 Buick Century for $1200.
It got us through the winter fine, but in April of 2011, we found a much nicer low-mileage 1995 Century, so the '94 was sold for our purchase price and we bought the '95.
In August, 2013 we sold the Century and bought a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis for $1,400. In December, a lady ran a stop sign and blinking red light and totaled our car. Her insurance paid $3,734 and we bought a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis for $2,750.
We love the Mercury almost as much as the Roadmaster wagon that mostly just sits in the garage. We now get collector car insurance for it that costs only a fraction of normal insurance. Ralph also repairs and sells small sailboats for supplemental income. He sold this donated Laguna Windrose on July 12, 2012. You can see more boats on www.rvharvey.com
Check out the Mercedes sports car that Ralph bought Verna (really!) here: