I’m in a car-buying conundrum.
I try to stay responsible with my car ownership and just be happy with the vehicle I have. I really do. I bought my current car new in 2007, got a good deal, paid it off within two years and planned on keeping it until the proverbial wheels fell off.
I’ve had the car almost four years now and, just for fun, tried out the DealFinder Price Analysis, which said my car is worth around $11,000. That gave me an idea…
Whenever I glance at the car now, all I see staring back at me is a hefty pile of hundred-dollar bills, a pile that gets a little smaller every day (screw you, depreciation).
So I’ve been casually searching some used car listings for vehicles that cost between $2,000 and $4,000 and flirting with the idea of selling my car, buying a cheaper one and inflating my savings account with the balance. It’s pretty tempting.
The trouble is sifting through the cars in that price range that are fairly reliable, ride comfortably and, preferably, don’t spontaneously combust. You see, I’m finding a lot of mid-’90s Pontiac Trans Sports, which, at least in my experience, tend to randomly catch on fire. That just won’t do.
A late-’90s Honda Civic or Accord might fit the bill. Or a ’90s Toyota 4 Runner. Perhaps even a GM pickup or Suburban/Tahoe. I even found a semi tractor trailer for $3,500, complete with a 10-speed transmission and Detroit Diesel engine. Talk about dropping my kids of at school in style!