Certain Costs Of A Car That I Could Live Without!
When I was in college, I drove a used 1987 Honda Accord. It had 180,000 miles on it, but it ran great. During college, I was working a lot, had some money, so I upgraded to a new 1997 Chevy S-10 pickup. And after about 3 years of working in the real world (and 165,000 miles on the S-10) I upgraded to a used 2001 BMW 530.
And the following things happened:
Gas went from 87 octane to 87 octane to now 91 octane. $$
Oil changes went from $19 to $19 to $79. Granted I need them less frequently in the BMW. $
Insurance has stayed consistent as I have gotten older, the age discount has evened out with the increased car value.
But the one that really gets me: TIRES!
Tires on the Accord were like $50 each. I had some meaty truck tires on my S-10 that ran about $90 each. But I'm buying tires this week on the BMW that are $140 each. If I went with the Continental Brand that BMW recommends, they would be $220 each. $$$$$
Not only do they cost more, but I could swear they wear down faster than any tire I've ever owned.
Okay, I understand that I love my car, and I'm happy to be in a BMW 530, so I'm not necessarily complaining. Mostly, I'm just trying to evaluate whether all these extra costs are worth it. Because in all honesty, my 1988 accord was pretty nice and much cheaper. I'm still 2-4 years away from purchasing another car, but I wonder if I'll remember how much these costs are and buy a car that is more practical.
Can I be happy again in a used Honda Accord?