The Big Think

January 21, 2009

Old is Beautiful

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 5:14 pm

The virtues of driving an old car. I currently drive a 1992 Chevy pickup truck, and while it’s not the most beautiful thing in the world, when I look at it I see the fact that I haven’t made a car payment in well over a decade. Alas, the Chevy will probably be replaced sometime soon (with a late model one of these), but I’ve gotten my use out of it. The list of things broken/breaking on it are too numerous to mention, and repairing them all would comprise a pretty significant chunk of the “new” used car, so it’s off to pasture with her soon.

Still, according to this article’s calculations, I’ve saved something like twenty grand by being happy with the old bucket. That’ll make getting the next one significantly less painful.

Anyone got an older car?


  1. You have us beat by a couple of years — I think our Escort is a ’94 or so.

    Your should join this car club:

    Comment by seanmctex — January 21, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

  2. I used to drive a 1984 Oldsmobile Delta ’88 affectionately named Beulah. I loved that car but was suckered into letting my dad sell it when they bought a new car – I was getting a used, but much newer, Dodge Stratus out of the deal. The Dodge turned out to be a truly horrible car and my dad sold Beulah to a guy right out of prison with the word “Weasel” tattooed on his forehead. It also turned out that the amount of cash Weasel used to buy the car was stolen from two streets over. A car matching Beulah’s description was found in the next town a few weeks later, completely burned, and rumored to have contained a charred body.

    When I drove it, she still had the original huge-push-button radio in the dash. :’-(

    Comment by darla — January 22, 2009 @ 10:15 am

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