Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In our first years of marriage we went through a parade of old cars. One we paid $200 for, one $400 - we bought what we could find for a cheap price and they would last us a couple years and then die a natural death. It was a huge deal when, after over ten years of marriage and four kids, we were able to buy our first brand new car, which was a stripped-down Chevy Astro van. There were no electric windows or seats and I think air conditioning was about the only luxury. That van owed us nothing when we were done with it - in fact, we drove it for ten years and then gave it to our daughter who drove it back and forth to college for a couple years.
After that we bought a Ford mini-van, which we had for another ten years. By that time the youngest was in college and when it came time for a new car I was thrilled to order a PT Cruiser, which I have loved all these years.
But its time for another car now and we're looking, not at new ones, but once again we're buying a used car - this time from a dealership. And I have to say we've kept our cars for so long that I am a bit behind the times and find the numbers shocking. I know we have to have a dependable car and I know we must buy one soon before this one begins to break down, but spending half as much on a used car as we did on our house boggles my mind.
That new bike I got for my birthday is looking better and better to me...