Monday, May 18, 2009


My facebook activity has increased quite a bit lately. The other day one of my high school friends posted the results of a facebook application thingy that showed all the cars she's owned. If you are a facebooker, you know how those things work ... someone takes a "quiz/test" and post their results - you then have an opportunity to do the same. Well I began to take this little quiz thingy and realized that I've only owned 2 cars in my lifetime! Wow, I'm in my early 30's and I've only owned 2 cars, well 3 if you count the one my mother let me drive in high school.

During my senior year in high school, I worked and saved money to buy a car ... a Toyota Tercel. I paid the down payment (20%) and paid for insurance; my mother paid the car note. I kept that car until I decided that I'd "outgrown it." At that time I had a job where my clients were fortune 500 companies for the most part. It was nothing to have clients in my car daily. My little car wasn't quite "fitting" any more so I gave it to a friend and bought another one. My second car was a used 1998 Honda Accord, which I still have today. The car has almost 200K miles on it but it runs very good. I still drive it when I go out of town, it's still very reliable, and I still like it.

Me only having 2 cars is not because of financial disciple, it's because I'm too stubborn to compromise. Honestly, I would love to purchase another car, however, until I can purchase what I want, I'm in no hurry to do so. If something happens to my car, I'll just find something decent that I can pay for in cash and keep it moving. Now let's pretend money was no option ... I'd purchase a pearl black Range Rover. Yep, that's the car that I absolutely love. Who knows, next year it could be something else, but for the past 5 years, it's been the Range baby!

How many cars have you owned?


Kim said...

I am 34 and I have owned three. I still have two of those.

If I had the money I'd buy a navy blue v6, 6speed camaro :)

~Truly Tina~ said...

I'm swiftly approaching 30 and I've only owned one car (it's over 7 years old)...still have and it's running strong!

Shtinkykat said...

Don't be so modest. You are disciplined financially, not letting appearances and peer pressure getting you to constantly upgrade cars. I'm in awe how you saved your money in highschool for a downpayment on a car. Your parents brought you up right!

Ms. MoneyChat said...

kim - awesome (btw...i still can't access your blog, it freezes on me).

tina - if you make it 3 more years you would have surpassed me.

shtinky - i've always been good with short term goals, it's the long term goals that get "boring" to me, and therefore, causes me to get off course. i'm doing much better now that i know better;-)

Money Funk said...

The adventurer in me wants this one. Then, I can be GI Jane. :p