Anyone else have three old cars--and a "first-name basis" relationship
with your mechanic?
I was just listening to my husband on the phone with the shop where we always take our cars, and he identified himself by his first name--and knew who he was talking to. :sigh:
And we do *not* live in a small town! :lol:
Two of our vehicles are 20 years old (with the tow vehicle having 185K miles on it, and the Volvo station wagon probably about 250K miles on it--we don't know for sure because the odometer stopped working about 4, 5 years ago, at 185K!); the third and "newest" car is 6 years old, and has 125K miles.
They have all been paid off for many years, so we figure it's cheaper to just keep repairing them as needed than to take on a car note, though eventually we will need to get a 4th car for my 18 year old daughter (which will be used!) The only reason we keep using the same marginally competent mechanic (other than the "devil we know" syndrome), is that we such are repeat costumers that once in awhile they will cut us a break ;) Obviously, nothing has been under warranty for a long, long time...
Every day, all around us, we see brand-new cars, and both younger *and* not so young people in our area seem to feel that they "need" some shiny new car every few years. For whatever reason. (Of course we do live in "Northern VA, land of bloated, self-aggrandizing gasbags with high-powered jobs, large incomes, and plenty of ego".) Lucky for us that we don't give a damn about keeping up with the Yuppie Joneses.
Also, we are "horse poor" (like many on this board, I'm sure!), and prefer to spend our money on other things. OTOH, we cringe when something goes wrong with one of the vehicles, living in fear that it might be of those "BIG" repair bills that will really break the bank--if so, at what point do you cut your losses?
Anyone else relate to this?