Hummer lovers sacrifice lunch for gas

July 12, 2008

Some Hummer owners aren’t deterred by high gas prices. Also, an insight into ‘Hummer culture’

Raleigh resident Chris Benson, a member of the Carolina Hummer Owners Group, said that while others are trying to cut gas costs, he spends less in other places to afford the gas. He drives his H1 to his job in information security in addition to off-roading.

“I can cut out other things like eating lunch out at work to be able to drive my truck everyday,” said Benson, 34, who spends $130 to $140 every two weeks in gas.

“When you’re a Hummer driver this really gets to be one of your priorities, which I think makes us different from other drivers.”

Benson said the people who are looking to off-load their Hummers due to high gas prices are those who never used them to their full capacity.

“The people who may have just bought into it for the name and now can’t afford the package, those are going to be the people who are selling them off,” he said. “For us, it’s an extension of our personalities.”

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