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We have a 2008 DTS LUX II White diamond paint with a new cloth top and 44k. I love that car, but I'm driving a 2005 PT Cruiser cause I can't stand to get the Caddy dirty. Sure seems silly, maybe some online counseling but it's mainly the salt I hate.

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Sure seems silly, maybe some online counseling but it's mainly the salt I hate.

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Been there, done that Guido. I had a '73 Eldo that I bought 3 years old from an engineer who worked in Chicago and took public transportation. Only drove it on weekends. I bought it with about 5000 miles on it. Wouldn't drive it in the snow and that evolved to not driving it in the rain. In the end, I think I was putting more money in insurance than in fuel. I sold it with about 44K on in in the late '70's. In the end I wound up saving it for someone else. I learned my lesson.
 

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Realistically, I agree with Ranger. When buying and using a commodity, which most automobiles really are, you might as well get the use and enjoyment out of it yourself; it is very unlikely that anyone else will value the car's condition, and be willing to pay you for that condition. So you might as well get all the pleasure and utility out of the item yourself.

That being said, there are certain items that you so value and enjoy that you want to prolong the experience for as long as possible. In the case of a particular car I can thoroughly sympathize. I would never buy a car as an investment, but I certainly would buy one for my own, personal pleasure. And I have been known to take very good care of a car so as to prolong my enjoyment. So I would say, if you have alternative mode of transportation to use for transportation when conditions are bad, by all means drive the alternative and save your favorite for those beautiful days!
 

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Been there, done that Guido... In the end I wound up saving it for someone else. I learned my lesson.
Realistically, I agree with Ranger. When buying and using a commodity, which most automobiles really are, you might as well get the use and enjoyment out of it yourself; it is very unlikely that anyone else will value the car's condition, and be willing to pay you for that condition. So you might as well get all the pleasure and utility out of the item yourself.
Also making this mistake, I agree with these posts, 100%. It's not in your best interests. You are essentially saving your pride and joy for the next owner, who will then probably enjoy it more than you did.

Even IF someone was to value the car's condition and willing to pay, how many smiles behind the wheel did you sacrifice for those additional peanuts? Is appeasing next owner really worth your smiles?

Drive the wheels off of it as long as you care to. Then, buy something else and do it all over again.
 

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I have had the same battle going on in my head with my 87 Brougham. I have wondered why I was saving it from winter. Winter is such a great time of the year to be coddled by a Cadillac's warm embrace. I remember fondly driving my old 74 and 76's in beautiful Wisconsin snowstorms.

I will drive it in winter if the snow is falling hard and fast, or if the roads are dry enough. It is the slushy mess in the middle of those extremes that I avoid at all costs. I have the memories of scrapping out my beautiful 74 Talisman too. When the rust got to the point it could no longer be dealt with.

Like anything, moderation will be the best way to go. My 87 is not a rare or valuable collector car and will never be in my lifetime. I do hope to keep enjoying it though, while I still have breath in me.
 

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Drive it the way 'you' enjoy it: save it, trash it (only kidding), coddle it, drive it like you 'stole' it, etc., (but you already knew that). I treat my car 'special' and don't drive it as much as I should (my bad); but it did help when trading up (got a better value than I thought I would).
 

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Unable to drive it today....Cold enough everything is frozen, but all the other cars look so bad. I'm gonna just save the money for extra carwashes and cleaning products and install a hot and cold outdoor freeze proof spigot this spring to wash it here easier as the carwash really does a poor job and had to be gone over after anyway. I want to enjoy the goodies inside the Caddy,but want it clean too..
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If you install frost-free hose bibs, use the longest ones you can install correctly and never leave a hose connected to one. THAT will positively, absolutely blow the bib when (not if) it freezes.

Always pitch the hose (outside) end down a couple of degrees - that insures that the bib pipe will drain completely.
 

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