Our cars have been in a lot of accidents - many of them all by themselves while legally parked. My little Mazda alone has now been in three car accidents - this last week's, the spider one, and the one where we got rear-ended by the kid in the Jeep in which I got whiplash and the poor kid cried while his drunk friend remained unconscious. The only side of the Mazda that hasn't been replaced now is the passenger side.
Even though the Mazda is coming home soon with one side all shiny and new, the truth is that its days are numbered. Why? Nothing personal, you understand, but it has nearly 100,000 miles on it, has had to have several thousand dollars of repairs over the last couple of years, and more importantly, it doesn't meet our needs any more.
|The only one of our car accidents I took pictures of, probably because |
this one was so awesome. The Subaru was slaughtered in dark of night
only inches from where the Mazda - only a few weeks old - was parked.
When the time comes, our little blue Mazda will be replaced by something less fun to drive. It will have all-wheel drive, probably have an automatic transmission, and it might even be a small SUV. I might as well hang a sign on the back saying, "I have abandoned my youth." The truth is that getting in and out of the low-slung Mazda wrenches my knee nearly every time and working the clutch in traffic can be awful. Zoom-zoom has a price.
We aren't buying a new car yet, though. You know how I mentioned in my last post that we'd done Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University? I didn't spend all that time getting out of debt just to jump into another car payment. We're going to wait until we can pay cash for a car, and that's going to be a while.
It's hard to be patient and wait, though. It's hard when I had to spend another $1,200 on car repairs last month. It's hard when my knee complains every time I get into the car. It's hard when I'm in a little blue Mazda (without side airbags) staring down a large Chevy truck aiming right at me. It's hard when everybody else is driving shiny new cars that they financed and my cars have developed that "old car smell."
But I'm staying strong. And I'm watching this because it helps me remember why I'm waiting:
I wish you safe driving. Keep your eyes peeled for those big Chevy trucks, and watch out for spiders, too!