When I was a junior in high school (2006), I got my first car.
It was a 1998 Toyota Rav4.
And today in 2017, I still drive that almost 20-year-old car.
That car, affectionately named Gomez, has been the perfect car.
It got me through all 5 years of driving back and forth to school in Indiana. Gomez hung out in storage for a bit while I lived in DC, and now is an amazing city car. But since my car is so old, I don’t get concerned about any new bumps or marks from everyday street parking.
At first, it may seem a little silly that I still drive the same car I did when George W. Bush was President and when I could not legally vote. My friends’ have all gotten new cars since high school (for the most part), and my brother has gone through what feels like eight cars.
But ultimately, I think it is kind of neat that my car is still around and running.
At this point in life, I don’t need to replace Gomez. I do not rely on my car for work and am not traveling copious miles each day on my commute, but there are definitely some drawbacks to driving a car that was designed and built when I was 6 years old.
Pros of Driving My Super Old Car:
- No monthly car payments
- No obsession over keeping it scratch free
- Gomez is very recognizable (that could also be considered a con)
- Tiny SUV makes parallel parking easy
- Can fit a lot of stuff in it
Cons of Driving My Super Old Car:
Probably notIs not fuel efficient
- Probably lacking in safety technology (there are at least 2 airbags)
- Lacking in all technology (it was upgraded to a CD player before I got it, but that serves as a reminder that it originally came with a cassette player)
- It’s showing its age and those repairs cost $$$
Even if I eventually replace Gomez, it won’t ever be with a new car straight off the lot. A used car will work just fine.
How do you feel about driving old cars? Is it better to drive them til the end or upgrade to a more efficient model?