I was thinking about cars recently. They’re great, because you can literally go across the country in one, so long as you buy the gas or charge their battery. Of course, I’ve had a few unpleasant experiences with cars.

For example, the most recent one with my van. For some reason, the rear bumper cover I guess decided it was done with life and tried to “yeet” itself when I drove to Vegas last Sunday. Yesterday, I had to finish removing it, because the duct tape holding the bumper cover in place wouldn’t hold in the heat. Then there’s the tires. Why are tires so damned expensive? For my van, roughly $100 a pop (and I have a tire that will need replacing real soon, beginning to show cords).

That’s one gripe I have about cars: replacing part is so…fucking…expensive. When the A/C compressor went out, that was a $700 repair job. The timing belt snapped about three years ago. That was $1200 to fix. The day the engine finally dies in that thing is the day I scrap it. There’s no way in hell I’m plunking down upwards of five grand on an engine. That kinda money is one hell of a down payment on a newer vehicle. I’m very fortunate my van is a Toyota, as it has in excess of 304,000 miles and it’s still rolling down the road.

Several things have broken down on my van, but I manage to get them fixed and keep things going. I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I should sell the van and get a newer one. I really don’t want to get into another car payment again. My credit is not great, and I’d end up with a really high interest rate. Insurance on a newer car is a lot higher, as well. I’m also the kind that gets attached to my vehicle, especially after I’ve owned it for a long time. Back in 1997, I bought a ’96 Chevy Cavalier. I had that thing for over 13 years before I reluctantly got rid of it. It had something like 225,000 miles on it, but I couldn’t afford the upkeep anymore. The A/C had gone out on it, the headlights had trouble turning on in cold weather, and some other stuff was having trouble. It got to be too much to deal with. It was a difficult decision to make, as I had gotten attached to it. That was the first car I actually bought and paid off. It was also rather reliable and great on gas. Sometimes I miss the little thing.

Here’s today’s motivational quote to round things out today:

“Always have a willing hand to help someone; you might be the only one that does.”
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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