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Subject: Re: How we got into this mess Date: 9/20/2005 2:14 AM
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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!

Greetings, mew5280, my 1992 Toyota Tercel amazes those who've worked on it because they consider it uncharacteristically clean. But it spent the bulk of its life till now in a winter climate and suffered from rust spots in places. I decided that since I keep the rest of my enviroment neat (at least I try to, especially at work) that it would mirror me best to choose to have the car detailed and the rust spots corrected. Total cost for this degree of vanity: $400. Total number of years since I've had a car payment (car was paid off in 1994): 11. The math speaks (shouts) for itself. I saved that $400 by putting away $20 per paycheck and had the total saved in under a year (given that I am paid every other week). It was a sweet day when my reliable little car was returned to me all shiny and new - it made me puff up with pride every bit as much as any new car would have, and I was glad to save up to have it done.


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