Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Hummer

December 29, 2006

“What do you need that thing for”, I ask myself every time I see another Hummer driving through the neighborhood. Out here in suburbia I just don’t understand why in the world people would own such a money pit just to drive around town.

I searched online and found that Jim Walczak over at about.com wrote an article “Should You Buy A Hummer?” that covers the pros and cons of owning a Hummer. He sums it up

“the Hummer is a symbol more than anything. It’s all about image and attitude. It’s purchased more for looks and brawn than practicality and purpose. So, if you’re looking for another way to get noticed…the Hummer could be just what you’ve been waiting for.”

Below are some of the negatives that he lists about owning a Hummer:

  • Insurance is higher than most vehicles.
  • Gas mileage is poor (roughly 12mpg), especially when used as a daily driver.
  • Maintenance costs are high.
  • Resale value isn’t very high.
  • Expensive to buy, and even more to keep.

In my opinion, owning a Hummer is obviously not a wise move financially. I guess I’ll never understand why people choose to buy one, the only thing I can say is don’t do it!

One thing to note, his article covers the H1 and H2 models, not the newer, smaller H3 that costs less and has better gas mileage. It doesn’t matter to me, H1 or H5, you’re not being smart with your money if you buy a Hummer! I guess if you have no debt, an emergency fund, and fully funded retirement accounts then you can spend your “play money” on a Hummer; but people who have 30K of play money laying around probably aren’t reading this article.

In summary, Just say no to Hummers!

Ben

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2 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Hummer

  • moneysmartz

    I guess I hadn’t thought about the potential alternate meaning of the title. Obviously, it’s not a good idea financially to pay for a hummer, of any type. And I agree, there are much better things to define yourself by than your car.

  • Big Cajun Man

    I don’t have to pay for hummers! Whoops, sorry misunderstood the headline! A hummer is the sign of someone who believes their car defines themselves, which in their case is true. –C8j

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