I was talking to my friend Kris about job hunting the other day. One position that I’m trying for would increase my salary by $20,000 a year. One of her comments in passing brought up how great it would be to finally have the money to replace my much-hated Chevy Aveo (My Crappy Car). As I walked out the door to go to the job I don’t want anymore, I realized that I probably wouldn’t buy another car even if I had the money in the bank.
The car still works. Despite the few problems it has had due to really awful craftsmanship, it is still a driveable car and not costing me more money than $35 a month for liability insurance, though I could still compare car insurance rates and get it cheaper, $75 a month for gas, $20 a month for tires on average if I buy tires online at a discount, and $150 a year for registration, inspection, and oil changes. This little piece of doo-doo car really only costs me about $1700 a year plus whatever breaks (which has been about $350 in parts this year and $500 last year). Not too bad for my main mode of transportation.
In fact, looking at it like that, maybe I don’t hate it as much as I thought I did. It will depend on how long it lasts before something else breaks. I dislike car payments more than I dislike my car, but I hate errands more than all of it. If it starts giving me regular problems, I will drop it like it’s hot, hehehe. 🙂
What about you? What is your line in the sand for your vehicle?