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I've been using my car as an example lately. It's 1997 Jeep Cherokee sport. I've had it 8 years and have tried to take good care of it. The body of the car is fine but the paint on the bumpers and some other places is peeling a little. My husband had a fender bender and now the front bumper is dented in and the side plastic bumper ends are gone. I'm not having it fixed yet because it's not essential but I feel like I'm driving a junker sometimes!

The example I use is, together, we make about $95K/annually and we cannot afford a new car! Now, I am paying for several years of on/off employement and debt but still. I drive to work and it seems that 75% of the other cars I drive near are pristine, new, shiny cars. I often think how nice a new car would be and then stop because I have no car payments and that is worth more to me, not to mention a lower insurance rate.

My husband's car is paid for, too, he bought a used car recently.
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