Frugal Friday, Pony Car Edition

Allergies have much the best of me today. Hope that doesn’t show in this post. I think with the recent increase in dewpoint comes an increase in mold to which I am quite allergic. Add that to abundant pollen and I’m struggling. Do drier climates have less mold? If so, another argument for moving to such a climate.


I asked this of WordPress and only received a “partial” answer. Do any of you bloggers out there know if an increase in referrals from search engines is significant? For April, the number of such referrals was greater than the total for January through March combined. The percentage of total views for April that were referred from search engines was more than twice that of January-March.

I am hoping such an increase is a harbinger of a gain in viewers. Of course, if any of you Grade A “social media influencers” are reading a recommendation would be much appreciated. 🙂


As the post title suggests today’s Frugal Friday is about pony cars. (Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country? Yes, a Seinfeld reference. Sue me…)

The current US pony car market consists of the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. Camaro sales have slumped to the point where it is now last in this segment. In 2017, the Camaro outsold the Challenger 67,940 to 64,537, but for 2018 through the first quarter of 2019 the Challenger outsold the Camaro 80,147 to 63,046. For the same period Ford sold 92,759 Mustangs. Note that for the last five quarters almost a quarter-million pony cars were sold. I think some segment of the car-buying market still wants a good-looking performance car.

Using I searched for these three cars for model years 2010-2012 with V-8 engines and fewer than 60,000 miles. I also used a 200-mile search radius from my house as I suspect a nationwide search would yield too many vehicles. I like the fact that Autotrader lets you search for multiple makes/models simultaneously. I exercised some discretion in terms of cars that seemed acceptable based on the photos and the ad copy.

When sorting the results by price from lowest to highest it seems as though the Mustang dominates the lower priced segment of this market. Not many Challengers were found near the bottom of the price sort. Of course, I don’t really know how much these cars cost when new.


Used 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe w/ 2SS Thurmont, MD 21788 - 509296719 - 4


A picture of a 2010 Camaro SS Coupe with the 2SS trim package in Red Jewel Tincoat over Beige. This car has about 51,000 miles and the seller, a Chevrolet dealer, is asking $16,888. I think these cars look good and pay homage to the first-generation styling. Having driven both a fifth-generation and sixth-generation Camaro I can say that the cars have large blind spots to the rear. This car has a 6-speed automatic.


Used 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Fredericksburg, VA 22408 - 502646122 - 3


This is a 2010 Dodge Challenger in Silver over Black. Like the Camaro I think these cars are well-styled and are a good updating of the original design. This car has a manual transmission and has about 56,000 miles. The seller is asking $16,990.


Used 2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium PASADENA, MD 21122 - 506686307 - 1


This is a 2011 Ford Mustang GT in Grey over Cream. I don’t dislike Mustangs, but I am not a huge fan of them, either. Still, I appreciate the significance of the model and understand the rabid fandom it generates in many people. This ’11 has an automatic transmission, has about 57,000 miles and the seller is asking $17,866.


Here are three good-looking pony cars with V-8s, each at far less than $20,000. Remember that the average “transaction price” for a new vehicle in the US is approaching $40,000. Life is far too short; have some fun!





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