6.01.2010

Want or Need: CAR

In an ever-growing materialistic society, it's becoming more difficult to distinguish the difference between what we really want and what we really need. It's time for you to weigh in on this discussion. It's real simple...is it a want or a need?

A CAR

WANT or NEED?


10 comments:

Matt W. said...

Car is a tough one. Couldn't have started us out with an easy one like, dinner at Texas de Brazil? :o)

Anyway, cars can go either way, depending on ones situation. They could be a clear need for some people, while being a mere want for others, and being in a gray area for still others. Some people live in a place and have a lifestyle such that the car is merely a want, they could ride the bus, or walk or whatever, for others, those things are not an option. For some, those things might be an option, but maybe sometimes they might not, so the car could be seen as a need, when really it would just take some work to do without it, so it becomes a sliding scale. Not so cut and dry for most people.

On top of that, what kind of car? Certainly if you need a car, you also need one that is reliable, but will almost always want one that is nicer than what we actually need. How many of us are currently driving beyond our needs? Probably almost all of us. Is our minivan a need or a want? Well it sure comes in handy a lot of times if we need to move something, or want to pile a bunch of people in to go somewhere rather than taking multiple vehicles, but by and large wouldn't a subcompact fill our actual need? Probably, but don't tell Amy I said that. :o)

Don't you love when I give short concise little answers? I know, I know, you'll let me know if it ever happens. :o)

Crystal G said...

I think it depends on things like location and public transportation options. In some place like NYC its a want. Here locally its a need because jobs or groceries are sprend out.

Erin said...

I would be inclined to say it is a need. Have you ever had to pay for a taxi before? The prices are ridiculous. I couldn't imagine having to pay for a taxi every time I needed to go to work or run errands. I certainly wouldn't want to do it with a baby or small children. The type of car is another thing, while we might want a $30-$40,000 car, we really only need a reliable clunker to get from point A to point B.

Gary Durbin said...

I say it's a want. There's always means for public transportation. It's actually a lot cheaper where I live to ride the bus, as opposed to paying for gas for your car, not to mention car payments & insurance.

Josh Smith said...

hmm... in this society we live in now i would have to say it's a need for most people. consider the ones who in this economy are also able to use their cars as part of their job for a work vehicle. also, public transportation doesn't help most people get to where they're going when they need to get there. the bus route may go to publix, but if the route stops at say 7pm and their job/shift doesn't end until 8, then what are they supposed to do for food? i think even 15-20 years ago a car would've been a want, but now i think it's a need.

ERL said...

I think in the U.S. your life would be totally different if you didn't have a car which might be a good thing. You would run into a totally different group of people. In Europe it's definitely a want.

Daniel G said...

Gary,

Also not everyone has access to public transportation. My county doesn't offer it so the closest bus line is 10 miles. Now I like to walk as much as the next person but 10 miles in the FL heat is a little much. Going farther from metro Jacksonville leaves you with no public transport options.

Gary Durbin said...

What about riding a bike? A lot of people do that.

Leslie said...

For me a car is a need...we live twelve miles from town so public transportation doesn't extend to our house and there are no jobs out here either. I need a car to be able to work to feed and house and clothe myself.
What a car is not for me is a want. I don't like cars, don't like the expense and effort of continually feeding a car, and I really miss living in town where I didn't have a need for one and could walk/bike/bus everywhere.

Crystal G said...

I have light sensitivity which in summer months pretty much means after about 10 minutes of direct sunlight I can get sick. That limits how far I can walk or bike ride. Without a car and no public transportation I'd be unable to do anything so for me the car is a need and not a want.