Pay cash if you can and it is paid for.You will enjoy it that much more, not worrying about next payment.
Paying cash also keeps you from living beyond your means. Like the good old days...save up then buy it.
In 2009, we will hear about teh plight of credit card companies (read: banks again). This time, no one will feel sympathetic about giving tax dollars to the bozo's that have been raping consumers with 20%+ rates.
"I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime."
My philosophy is to buy used, big hit on cost is already taken.
Never finance more than you can afford, not just monthly payments but also if you ever need to unload the boat in a fire sale. Don't get upside down in the financing. Even in this market, I could unload my boat and cover the loan and put money in my pocket.
I would guess that 90% of boats are financed. I have financed every boat I have ever owned. I, like most people, don't have the cash to pay.
Finance smart, use a decent down payment, and never get upside down.
I don’t buy anything unless I can pay cash for it. With that said, that doesn’t mean I pay cash for it. I believe in keeping strong cash position in my businesses and personal life. For example, there is NO resale market for boats right now. The ~300K looks a lot better in my bank right now then in my boat. If it was in the boat and I need access to the cash right away for an investment opportunity or an emergency how could I get it out of the boat today? Go ask Lehman of Bear….
This philosophy goes for my house too. It allows you to stay within your means and also use the system for it true use.
Last edited by crb76; 01-06-2009 at 10:09 PM.
Cash on the incremental road to h*ll plan for me. The only thing worse than blowing 80 cents on the dollar would be owing 80 cents on the dollar .
Cash for toys, period. No truck payments, no boat payments. I sure dont have the trickest shi+ on the pond, but I can sure relax when I decide not to use it one weekend.
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