Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Years Resolution - A Newer Car

My 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I have certainly written a lot about commuting by public transportation over the years.  I actually own a 2000 Chevy Cavalier that I bought as new in April 2000.  In 18 years and 9 months, I have put on only 69,000 miles on it which average to about 3,600 miles/year.  I must say that I had pretty good luck with this car over the years, but it is time for a newer one.  Over the past year, I had to get an oxygen sensor for about $200 and a catalytic converter for about $550.  In recent weeks the car has been making a noise which I suspect means it needs a new exhaust system.  I was going to wait until the spring to look for a newer car, but I certainly don't want to spend money on an exhaust system and then getting rid of the car. I must say that I got my money's worth out of this car.

I have done some "window shopping" online for a few weeks.  Since I do such little driving, I would rather buy a used car since a car depreciates in value during its first year.  Since I have owned only Chevys since my first car in 1972, I want to stick with that brand.  The Cavalier was discontinued some years ago and was succeeded by the Cruze.  I found a 2015  model with low mileage and will be looking at it later this week.

Stay tuned.

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