Thursday, July 31, 2008

More money than sense, part 5

This post reveals my heart behind today's post: if you have a lot of money, you should give away what you don't need.*

I love cars. I love fast cars. I'd love to even just drive the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster. But I could never own one with a clean conscience. Basically, I know that $146,000 could feed an entire village in Kenya for about two years.

So if someone goes to F.C. Kerbeck in New Jersey and buys a new Vantage with cash, they could save about $28,000 just in interest payments. Again, a village could eat for a month, at least.

I'd challenge any Vantage owner to visit rural Africa. They might sell that car and drive a new Prius instead. And send the proceeds to the village they visited.

* I speak to myself on that too. I don't have a lot of money by Vantage owner standards, but by African villager standards, I'm fabulously wealthy. (I could be a lot more generous!)

See comments for more thoughts.


Anonymous said...

That's a great idea...everyone stop buying expensive cars from FC Kerbeck. Then they can close their doors and all of the charity work they do in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia - you know, right here in the United State - can go ask the Prius buyers to donate all of the money they are saving on gas. Great idea.

Paul Merrill said...

Well, I just don't know how to respond...

I wouldn't want them to go out of business, and it's good to know they do good things in the community.

But two people not buying Aston Martins from FC Kernick wouldn't put them out of business. And probably not even two potential buyers would even consider not buying an expensive car to donate the balance to a worthy cause - be it in the States or in a poorer part of the world.

What's more, my post probably won't even be read by any potential buyer. So it's just conjecture, anyhow.