Friday, October 19, 2007

I Love My Car

About a year ago I bought a new car. OK, new to me. She is about 13 years old now (yes, it is a she and her name is Inger). She is a 1995 850 Volvo Estate Turbo. I paid $4,800 cash for her and have her title.

Inger in her favorite color, red. I think she is lovely.

Her original MSRP was about $35,000. She has a full leather interior, power moon roof, CD changer, fancy climate control... lots of stuff. She is sporty, too: 222 bhp and 0-60 in 7 seconds, and passive rear wheel steering. When I drive her around, listening to say, Debussy's Estampes or Steely Dan's Aja I am happy. I have wanted a Volvo 850 Estate since 1995—now I have one.

She, like me, is a little idiosyncratic thanks to her age. But she is nice to look at and great to drive. Her quirks are just her personality and the patina of age is just character. I like to think the same of myself. Inger has 166,000 miles on her and because she is a Volvo 300,000 is not asking too much. I drive very little, about 500 miles a month. At that rate she could be the last car I own. I wonder if it will work out that way.

One of the things that makes me specially happy is that I have no car payment. I own this car free and clear. I cannot imagine taking out a car loan any more. In the past I used credit. Today I have no credit cards and no car loans. I don't own a lot of expensive items but I do really enjoy what I have. I only wish I had learned about this 20 years ago.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I too now drive a payment free used car. I realized this around 1999, when I was almost 40. You must be near that age also, or think mature. It is more important to have money in the bank than money on the road...
The next thing you will learn most likely, is that european cars are not as trouble free as a toyota. i bought a couple of toyotas on craigslist for about $3k each. you are a smart guy. take care.

Fri Oct 19, 06:33:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous simcop287 said...

I too have volvo from around that era, GREAT cars, mines a '93 240 that gets great gas millage


Tue Jan 01, 12:35:00 PM EST  

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