Big Investments = Big Decisions

September 6, 2011 at 7:28 am | Posted in Life and Living | 3 Comments
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This past weekend was a very active one for me.  Lots of going out and having fun, and lots of just catching up on things that were put on hold with vacation.  It was also a much-needed long weekend where lots of sales were to be had.  I took advantage of a big one — and bought myself a new car!

I’ve blogged in the past about my long love and hate history with driving.  Since that post, not much has changed.  I am rarely seen driving my current car — to the point where my friends have asked me if I even own a car — but it’s not from a desire not to drive.  My car has been falling apart for a long time and I just don’t feel safe driving it anymore.  It can’t pass inspection, the headlight is shot and can’t easily be fixed, and there’s a weird sound that I just don’t trust, so I keep the driving to a minimum.

With the engagement, the fiancé and I decided to fore-go the big move as we knew it would be too costly at a time where we really had to strategize to pay for our wedding.  But this large expense was not one we could afford to fore-go.  It seems like almost every week one of our cars has an issue and we just need one reliable car.

I didn’t need anything fancy. I just needed to feel safe and have a car where I wouldn’t have any problems for the next 5 years or so.  But safety has a price, and it’s not cheap, even when you don’t get an SUV.

This is the first new car I have ever bought on my own (well, with help from the fiancé who is part owner).  I bought my last car myself used, so the cost was significantly lower (as clearly was the value — I only had that car for 3 years!).  But that car served its purpose.  I was not in the position to buy a new car 3 years ago so it helped to bridge the gap.  My first two cars were gifts from my family — one was new, and one was a hand-me-down.

So what this means is that I have a new bill to pay every month that is not a small bill.  I definitely have some anxiety over it, but I know I made the right decision.  So when I go pick up my new car tonight, I’ll have some piece of mind driving it home, and where ever else I decide to go.

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  1. i used to live in L.A. and was tied to driving all the time. like seriously, driving to a grocery store two blocks away to buy a gallon of milk. yes. one. gallon. of milk. who does that?! when i moved out of state 9 years ago, i was fortunate to live in a public trans friendly city – i didn’t have a car at first then said i’d get one after a year just after i get settled and all – well, i still haven’t bought one. frankly, i’m kinda used to not having one. now when i go home to L.A., that’s another story. then i get road rage! LOL

    • Yea, I actually live outside of NYC so I commute on public transport everyday. But my nights and weekends usually mean a lot of driving, and now I hope to enjoy it again!

  2. […] said I was going to buy a new car, and I did, and I’m certainly enjoying driving more […]


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