Matthew wants me to buy a new car. I don't need a new car. Matt keeps pointing to new cars or "new to me" cars and saying, "I will buy you a car!" Not bragging, but I could walk into a car dealership today and pay cash for a car and drive away - even without trading in my current car. I.AM.NOT.GOING.TO.DO.THAT! Suze Orman would also say my decision is sounder and more financially responsible than Matt's suggestions.
my car - a 2004 VW Passat
(uniquely colored Samoa Red, the color of Shiraz or Chianti wine). He hates my car because the battery keeps dying (explained more thoroughly below). He also hates my Passat because it doesn't have Bluetooth, a 6-CD changer, a nav system, or the pizzazz of a new, 2011+ car - whatever the model.
Matthew also remembers that I frequently took my car in for oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and brakes upgrades. For the first 3 years of owning the car, I was traveling 100 miles a day to/from work; aka 2000+ miles a month!! It made sense for me to keep my car running properly and in tip-top shape. I wasn't taking my car in for fixes or repairs; it was standard maintenance that any good driver and responsible car owner goes through. I would have done the same with ANY car I owned at the time. Having to rely so heavily
on a car "drove" me to look for a job in the city where I used public transport to commute - not a car.
Matt leases his cars; he doesn't provide his cars with the same intensity that I did when I was driving so much more (explained below). He takes his car in for maintenance before a big trip, like up to Provincetown or Newport. He's never (to my knowledge) had to get new tires or brakes.
Since the beginning of 2007, I think I might have driven my Passat 4000 miles. Maybe. And the car has about 74K miles total on it now (roughly 120K km). I haven't driven my car at this point since getting a new battery in June 2011. The time I drove the car before that was to get a new battery the June 2010. Matt think the CAR is the reason that the batteries keep dying; the batteries die
because Matt doesn't like to ride in my car, so we take his leased Acura SUV everywhere. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't make sense to drive his lease as frequently because for a lease, you wanna keep the mileage low.
While I have entertained the thought of a new FIAT, a SMART car, or any of the electric cars out there (even Ford! YIKES!), it doesn't make sound financial sense. Electric cars are a no-go, since we don't have electricity at our parking spots. I've entertained the thought of trading in my car for a one-owner used car, but frankly, all I need from my car is to get from place to place when Matthew is either teaching or if I want to go somewhere when he doesn't want to go.
Matthew wants us not to be a one-car family, which I kind of get. His reasoning isn't very convincing or compelling IMHO since we have a modicum of public transportation here - more so than when I lived in Trenton. There are extremely rare instances when we really want to do something without the other present. I, frankly, don't really want to go and do anything without Matthew, but he seems to think that we need to do things apart from time to time.
It'll cost - TOPS - $800 for me to get my car up and running. That $800 would cover a new battery (if needed), new tires, new oil gaskets, new spark plugs (I think that was the total run-down). That $800 expenditure would prepare my Passat to support my personal transportation needs for at least another 5 years. In that 5 years, I can save enough money for TWO cars and lots of vacations. I'm firmly standing my ground and making sure that I keep my Passat. There is no good, sound, fiscal reasoning to getting a new car right now.
I work from home as a consultant; i.e. there is no commute and no distinct job guarantee. I would possibly need a car to go somewhere maybe, perhaps, possibly once or twice a week. Honestly, though, for the things I "must" do without Matthew, I'm happier planning a day for us to do the things together - using his car. If I'm desperate for his car usage, I can drive him to school, use his car for errands, and pick him up again. I think that's happened three times in the last year.
Am I right or am I right?