Before kids, I had a nice car. We had bought a 2002 Lincoln LS. This car had everything and I loved it but buying that car was one of the dumbest things we ever did. It came with a nice car payment. (note sarcasm) This was an impulse buy and a decision not blessed by God and boy, did He let us know. I won't go into how, just trust me on this.
We ended up selling that car when I went onto bed rest when I was pregnant with the triplets. The day after I got out of the hospital (they were still in the hospital) we went car shopping and bought a 2001 Ford Windstar LX. Brad refused to spend a lot of money on a vehicle because it was mostly going to be sitting in the garage and wouldn't be driving too many places with 3 babies. We had a car payment for a short time but paid it off as soon as we got our tax refund the following March. That means I have been without a car payment for almost 5 1/2 years!
I admit, occasionally I get car envy. I want that new mini-van or SUV that someone else has. But then I start thinking about the car payment I would have, how much taxes and plates would cost and realize, it's just not worth it!
One of my favorite blogs to read lately is Money Saving Mom. The other day I was reading her blog and this post by her made me laugh, mostly because I can relate. It's true, when you have an older vehicle there is always stories that go along with it.
Here are a few things about my vehicle that you just won't get with that new car:
1- I don't care if you ding my door or scratch it. Not that I want you to do it but it's just not that big of a deal.
2- My windshield has been cracked for 2 or 3 years. (I lost count)
3- Sometimes I have a little leak in my windshield when it rains. I get to occasionally enjoy a little bit of the rain while I drive. (unrelated to the crack, the leak was first and in a completely different spot)
4- My interior lights sometimes flash like a strobe light. Not a big deal during the day, a little odd when you are driving at night.
5- I have spent time in parking lots when my car didn't start. Always a good time when you have 4 kids asking when we can leave.
6- I sometimes try and see how many different lights can come on at once. Currently I have 3 but one of them is because I'm almost out of gas.
See, now doesn't that sound fun! Way more fun than a car payment!
Want another story about vehicles? Check out my sister-in-laws post.
If you have a funny story to share about your used car, I'd love to hear it.