For years, I’ve owned my Mazda. It has no power windows. It has no power locks. It has no cruise control or toys like a sunroof. It has no multi-disc CD player, let alone an MP3 port or iPod docking station. In fact, I’m probably lucky this thing has a CD player; that works sometimes. My Mazda has an amazing little heater but no functioning air conditioning system. I need the fix the latter. My Mazda runs for over a week on a tank of gas, if not two weeks. This 4-cylinder standard just hums along and sniffs gas which is fine by me. My maintenance charges for this car have been for the most part, minimal over its lifespan. I change the oil every 8,000 kilometers and get the brakes inspected semi-annually. I need to get new front brakes this fall.
It’s not flashy and it’s definitely not fancy but my Mazda works for me.
Why do I still drive an 11-year-old car?
- It runs just fine.
- It gets me from A to B.
- Maintenance costs are affordable.
- I have no car payments. I save hundreds of dollars a month for other things (instead we pay down our mortgage, we are paying off our LOC, we are investing in dividend-paying stocks for some passive retirement income).
- It’s not worth selling.
- I’m cheap.
- My insurance is lower (than a newer car would be).
- I don’t need a new car (yet).
- I don’t have the money for a new car with our outstanding LOC.
- It has great fuel economy.
- I’m trying to “out-frugal” one of my buddies who owns an even older car in Toronto.
- We have another, newer car if we want to drive it (that has working air conditioning)
- Few people would ever want to steal it.
- After so many years I’m kinda attached to it.
- My wife tells me we don’t need a new one (yet).
All good reasons, some are more important than others, I’ll let you figure out which ones!
Do you drive an older car?
If so, do we share any of the same reasons?