Hey everybody! Today I am actually asking you all a question instead of really answering any. How long have your cars lasted?
It just dawned on me that my stupid car is already 6 years old. My husband’s Prius is 4 years old. We only ever really expected for our cars to make it 7-8 years overall. That means that I will hopefully be quitting my day job to blog full time at the same time my car is hitting the big 7 year mark.
My Car History
I know, you are going to ask me why I only expect 7-8 years out of a car. Honestly, I don’t know. The car I drove the first part of college, a 1999 Mazda Protegé, was very badly abused before I owned it, so I shouldn’t use its sad 4-5 year existence to judge cars as a whole.
Plus, the 2003 Chevy Cavalier I borrowed the year after that is still going strong with my sister, so that’s good news. In short, I really don’t know why my husband and I only really expect 7-8 good years…
Of course, the crappy parts they used to build my Chevy Aveo don’t hold much of my esteem. I mean, what sort of car company builds a car with a plastic thermostat housing?! For those of you who may not know, the thermostat housing keeps the radiator fluid enclosed…it’s a part near the engine. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that plastic is probably not the best material to use next to a searing hot engine! Even Chevy must have figured it out since the replacement part was a metal one. But there was no recall…grrr…
My Husband’s Car History
So, I do not have high expectations about my car. On the other hand, my husband’s 2007 Prius hasn’t has even one little problem in the last 3 years that we’ve owned it (it was 1 year old when we bought it). We’ve had its oil changed and have replaced the tires, but no parts have broken or seem to be dying. Overall, it truly impresses me with how easy it is to own. I did not expect that out of a hybrid – I just assumed the technology would give us problems. I’ll let you all know if/when it does.
But, we sold my husband’s last car, a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, after 5 years since it started sounding funny. It never really was the same after a huge wreck we were in when it was only 6 months old. The other guy’s insurance company “fixed” it instead of totaling it, which I thought was truly awful since there are just some things that can’t be fixed. Like a completely crumpled front end…engine and everything…
Of course, I should base the life of a car off of something like that either since our current cars have never been in a wreck.
So, what kind of cars have you owned? How long did they last in general or just with you? What do you think I should reasonably expect out of my 2005 Chevy Aveo and my husband’s 2007 Toyota Prius?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!