Since 2000 my wife and I have been leasing vehicles. Before that, we each had our own respective vehicle that we brought into the marriage. She had a 1987 white Chrysler LeBaron convertible and I had a 1987 brown Ford Bronco II that I had purchased used. I practically drove it into the ground, even though it had better than 87,000 miles on it when I bought it in 1990. Somewhere around 1999 I sold it as a junker, someone had seen it parked by the side of the road and offered me (as I recall) about $1200 for the hulk. Since it had been sitting for the better part of 4-5 months I figured ‘what the hell’ and accepted the offer. The guy showed up the next day with a trailer, hauled it up, paid the money, I gave him the signed registration card and the deal was done. At that point we went from 2 vehicles to 1. And it’s been that way for the last 20 years.
Over the last year or so, I’ve been pondering getting a used car for travel to see my girl. As it stands right now, in order to get down to where she lives, I have to either drive the family vehicle or rent one for the time needed to see her. The last time I rented, it cost me close to $800 for the 4 days I needed the car. The last time I saw her in 2018, I drove the Edge that we had. Of course, if I have the vehicle, then the wife is left stranded without one, and in case of emergency, that’s not a good thing in a semi-rural area. Sure there are taxis and other forms of transportation available in extreme circumstances (Uber and Lyft don’t exist in my area for the time being) but I’d feel better if she needed a vehicle, she’d have one at her disposal.
The other thing that has gotten me thinking about used cars is the fact that the vehicle my girl has right now is a hole in the road. It seems every week there’s something else wrong with it that’s going to take $$ to fix, and she just doesn’t have the available, necessary funds to keep pouring into it. She got the vehicle from her sister, who sold it to her on a payment plan, and now the vehicle is paid for. Too, it has four almost new tires, the suspension in the front has almost been entirely replaced, as well as new shocks and other items that have been related to me over the many months. I’m beginning to wonder if by the time I see her again it will be an updated version of the Johnny Cash song ‘One Piece At A Time‘. But in this case, it will have cost way more “than a dime”.
This is going to be an ongoing thing, but right now, I’m looking at used cars.