A couple of weeks ago, my husband called me for a rescue. He was at Target and his car wouldn’t start. I drove over and picked him up, went back to the office and he took my car so he could start getting his car situation resolved.
Back at the office my friends, who are also co-workers, gently suggested it was time for my husband to get a new car. That is not what someone who recently broke the shackles of debt wants to hear!
We are a two car family. My husband is retired but seems to have some kind of errand nearly every day (not always necessary in my mind but what can I say). His current vehicle was my last car and it’s a 1998 Ford Windstar van with about 150,000 miles on it. It’s not the one pictured above but you can see it and learn more about the decrepit state at Frugal Confessions‘ beater car page!
I drive the “new car” which will be six years old in a few weeks. It is our last new car and is in excellent condition. When we retire, we’ll downsize to one car and, depending on where we live, maybe a golf cart to get around.
Diagnosis and Solution
My husband’s car problem seemed to be something with the charging system meaning the battery, cables or alternator. He changed out the battery and a few days later had the same problem, but at least this time he was at home. At this point, he took it into a nearby shop who diagnosed it was a cable problem.
$175 later including the new battery the car is as good as… well as good as it was.
Do We Need a New Car?
Maybe my friends were kidding me but their comments stuck in my head. One of the reasons so many people have debt in our country is the tendency to replace instead of repair sometimes.
It’s not necessary to spend $20,000 just because an item is older and will need extra maintenance. We won’t get a brand new car again but at some point we’ll buy a newer used car; but not now. Have your friends ever advised you to spend money ?