So since our eleven year old Honda Accord is reaching 184,000 miles, we have been thinking about the day it is going to finally die. Which will probably be sooner rather than later. But, I think that it has performed beyond the capacity expected of a car, with only a very few things giving out in its old age. I have never owned any car other than a Honda since I have held a driver's license, and I happen to think they are one of the best makes out there. Boring, but the best.
And there lies the rub.
I was reading this article about the Kia Sedona, a minivan. And in it, the author refers to one Amy Bowman, a 32 year old mom-to-be who has foolishly sworn that she will not buy a minivan because of "the image thing."
Hello, are we still in high school?
A car is a machine that takes you to and from. It should be reliable and relatively comfortable.
Anything else, and you have entered the realm of keeping up with the Joneses, which is never a good idea. Some Jones, somewhere, will have something better than you. It's a guarantee.
Anyhow, once you become a mother, you are never as cool as you were pre-child. It's just impossible to be as cool as someone with no cranky baby and lots of disposable income. So when you pull up in your Escalade or whatever, you look cool until you open the back doors and struggle with the stroller. I have never once seen anyone look anywhere close to cool unloading a stroller and diaper bag. If you have, let me know.
I know it is tempting to see a car, since many of us spend so much time in it, as an extension of ourselves. A way to let the world know where you stand in life. But really, a car is not a great investment. There is no other investment that loses almost half its value less than 15 minutes after you sign on the dotted line and commence driving on city streets.
And hey, it's a free country, right? I mean, who cares about the world supply of oil when you have total strangers on the freeway, who you will never see again, to impress?
But, since it is a free country, if you have the right to buy a Hummer, then I have the right to think you're a fool.
*I couldn't resist using song lyrics.