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Young buyer advice
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I agree with the "buy the best you can afford" part of that. Pay now, or pay later is how a friend of mine puts it.
As far as 180 vs 185, that's a personal choice. My 180 fits my needs perfectly, I don't really want or need a 185. Maybe the OP does, maybe not.  The 185 is more capable, but for most of us the 180 is plenty good enough- plus there's lots of advantages including mogas use. Then there's price-- I have seen a number of pretty nice early 180's offered for sale in the $60-75K range (sometimes even lower), but I rarely see a 185 priced at less than $100K. That leaves them out of the picture as far as I'm concerned.
 

Having been there and done that, my advice would be to get the 185 out of the gates.  I would also buy all you can afford as its always cheaper to buy a plane with upgrades and modifications already installed vs. trying to do it yourself.  The best way to prepare for purchasing is to save your nickels and start educating yourself :)  Looks like you are well on your way.

 

Mike Perkins

Berthoud, CO

 

 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Austin Levin (Austinaviatorlevin@gmail.com)" <mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com>
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015 13:40
To: "Purchase Tips" <PurchaseTips@skywagons.club>
Subject: Young buyer advice <<$139102888727$>>

Hello,
 
I'm new to the forum so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 21 year old mechanical engineering student at Colorado State University. I hold a VFR Commercial certificate with a large amount of my flight time spead among various 182's and Citabria's. I once received a ride in a 180 from a gentleman from Skyview WY and have been enamored by skywagon's ever since. 
 
Ideally I'd like a IFR capable 180/185 for long cross countries with moderate bush flying abilities (No STOL kit needed, but unimproved and off-airport operations will happen)
 
I have about 2.5 years until graduation at which time I'll likely be able to finally purchase a 180/185. I have a few questions regarding this:
 
  • Assuming I never plan on selling the aircraft, is it more beneficial to get a higher end 180, and hot-rod it to a 185 at a later date? Or better to get a lower-end 185 right off the bat?
  • Aside from increasing my financial stability, are there any things I can do to prepare for purchasing/ownership while I'm ~2 years out?
 
Thanks for your help!
Austin
 
Hello,
 
I'm new to the forum so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 21 year old mechanical engineering student at Colorado State University. I hold a VFR Commercial certificate with a large amount of my flight time spead among various 182's and Citabria's. I once received a ride in a 180 from a gentleman from Skyview WY and have been enamored by skywagon's ever since. 
 
Ideally I'd like a IFR capable 180/185 for long cross countries with moderate bush flying abilities (No STOL kit needed, but unimproved and off-airport operations will happen)
 
I have about 2.5 years until graduation at which time I'll likely be able to finally purchase a 180/185. I have a few questions regarding this:
 
  • Assuming I never plan on selling the aircraft, is it more beneficial to get a higher end 180, and hot-rod it to a 185 at a later date? Or better to get a lower-end 185 right off the bat?
  • Aside from increasing my financial stability, are there any things I can do to prepare for purchasing/ownership while I'm ~2 years out?
 
Thanks for your help!
Austin
 
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