At $24,340, the loaded four-door sedan is a great choice for an affordable car. Our week of driving consisted of a trip to Port Gamble for a mountain bike race. The Civic easily hauled two mountain bikes and trekked through muddy fields. Take that, SUVs and trucks!
Since the 70s I’ve wanted to buy the classic Mercedes 230 SL. I was young, broke and newly married so it just didn’t happen until this year, 40 years later. For some reason I just liked the looks of the little sports car but I never really knew much about them so here’s what I’ve recently learned.
I think New Year’s resolutions are kind of silly but sometimes I make them anyway. As my more avid readers will remember, last year I resolved not to buy any more cars for the year. Well, I made it to September when I accidentally found and bought a real nice ‘49 Studebaker business coupe that I just couldn’t resist. I even drove it yesterday and it’s a pleasure to drive. I rationalized that purchase by saying I would sell one of my cars by the end of the year and thus have no net gain in cars for the year. That didn’t get done so my resolution for 2014 was a failure. I was close though, so I thought I would make the same resolution this year. The saying goes: “The definition of madness is when you do the same thing over again and expect different results.” Well I did the same thing over again and sure enough, this year I only lasted two weeks!
Alas, my record of never damaging any of my vintage vehicles is broken. I’ve had plenty of mechanical difficulties (including a blown engine) and made use of my AAA membership lots of times but up to now I’ve never actually incurred any body damage.
I’ve been thinking about insurance lately. Warren Buffett became a multi-billionaire by using people’s insurance payments for free until they actually made a claim. We pay life insurance and never see the money ourselves (since we have to be dead to collect.) The only way we collect on our home insurance is when our house burns down and even then our lender gets paid first. We pay title insurance on our homes and then have to sue the title insurance company to collect anything. And then there’s car insurance which actually protects us from liability claims and covers our cars even if we are at fault.