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.xraymd
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