Hello all, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend enjoying friends, family, and sunshine!
I had an extra special weekend because I finally got a new (to me) car. I’ve been driving a 1998 Chrysler Concorde for about 2 years after my parents had driven it for quite a while. (Before that, I used the bus and my 2 feet and a heart beat to get around.) My dad fixed it constantly, and was able to keep it running. However, it did shake when slowing down and idling, the battery died twice this winter, and it was incredibly loud. Oh, and did I mention, it had over 410,000 km!!!
So, when my dad moved from a small shop to a dealership, he started to keep an eye on the cars that came in for sale. There were a few cars that seemed good, but it just didn’t work out until recently. I was able to get a 2006 Ford Focus with 140,000 km – a big improvement! My parents did me a huge favour, and bought it for me, and I will pay them back as I am able. It cost just $2,500 but since I had paid insurance for the year on the other car, I only owe them $2,000. (You’ll notice my debt has actually increased this month – but I’m okay with it because it means I have a reliable vehicle!)
I do need to include my insurance payment now in my monthly budget, and I’m not sure how it will affect my gas budget. I’m hoping having this car won’t affect my budget too much. I don’t think it will, but it’s one of those things that you can’t be sure of until you have at least a full month to adjust.
How did you decide what type of car to get? Or have you decided that public transit is the way to go for you? Do you ever feel like your wasting money on a vehicle?