The Benefit Of Bad Cars

Posted: January 24, 2015 in Articles
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For a long time, we’ve owned some pretty bad cars with the exception of our great Ford van. We had been buying our cars from a man in the next town for $2,000 – $4,000 each. We purchased a nice Honda Civic, which was stolen 2 weeks after we moved to Philadelphia. Then we purchased a Ford Focus and a Nissan Sentra.

The cars broke down occasionally, and the threat of a breakdown loomed over us whenever we took any of the cars a long way from home so we realize that it’s best just to have good cars, but right now, we can’t quite afford that since we need several cars. There are a lot of kids here who need cars but don’t have enough money to buy them all by themselves. So, cheap is the way we are going right now.

Recently, we lost two of our cars. The Nissan Sentra was totaled in an accident (no one hurt) and the engine blew in the Ford Focus. The Nissan Sentra was going to be Dink’s car as soon as he got his license, so that was too bad.

Luckily (or unluckily as the case may be), the man at the auto shop down the street where we took our Ford Focus, was selling his son-in-law’s silver Chevy Cavalier for him. It has 170,000 miles, but the auto shop man put in a newer engine – how new he didn’t know – and he was asking $2,000 for it. We took it. He’s a semi-friend of our dad’s and this will be Dink’s first car. It will also only be driven very locally.

So that replaced our Nissan Sentra and then our dad bought a Nissan Maxima to replace our Ford Focus. It’s a 2001 model, with around 80,000 miles on it. The whole back seat can open out into the trunk, and it has a sunroof! Perhaps my enthusiasm is misplaced? I’m hoping this will be my first car when I get my license.

Anyway, why did we name the article “The Benefit of Bad Cars”? Because when they get totaled, you get the excitement of getting a new one! Always look at the bright side of things! Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy riding in and examining new cars, and I only lose interest after about a month.

Tonight at supper Dink said, “What the heck. I went to work this morning and when I come back home, we’ve got two new cars!” 🙂 Both cars put together didn’t even cost $10,000.00. That’s better than our last two cars. The last time our two cars put together didn’t cost $7,000.00. Moving up in the world we are.

Does anyone else live like this or is it just us?

By the way, there is no picture of the Cavalier because we don’t actually have it yet.

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