Saturday, December 28, 2013

On not falling in love

I recently put some money into repairing my car and was thinking about getting a new one. My Honda Accord is going on 15 years old and has been very reliable, but it is starting to get old. I thought it would be a good idea to look for a new car before it had another major repair.

I test-drove a Civic, same trim line as mine. They have made the Civics larger and it's about the same size as my car.  It felt almost exactly like driving my car, but instead of having a $0 payment, I'd have about a $400 payment.

I had been nervous about going into a dealership because I thought I'd get talked into buying something, but I was able to leave with no problems -- I wasn't in love, there was no urgency to make a decision, and since my car has very little trade-in value, it seems smarter to keep driving it. If I was looking at a lower payment or a more exciting car, maybe I would feel more of a push to do something.

I haven't been feeling great about work lately -- I haven't felt supported or valued. That's just the way it has been going in higher education lately, everywhere, not just at my workplace. Maybe that's why I'm reluctant to commit to a new monthly expense?

4 comments:

  1. I'm of the mindset that there is no reason to replace a perfectly good car. I kept my last car for 12 years until it needed more in repairs than it was worth. And I intend to drive my current car as long as possible!! I'm hoping for a good 20 years.

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  2. I believe in driving a car until there is nothing left but a review mirror and steering wheel or the repair bills bankrupt me. I hope you have a better week. Happy New Year!

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  3. Trying to remember how many miles you have on it. It is always tough when you get to this stage between driving it until it drops, trying to decide whether to pay for repairs.

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  4. My car was starting to feel unreliable, so I did end up replacing it. Posting about that today.

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