It's nearly two years now since I bought my car. The old one had become just too old. Fuel economy and expensive repairs forced me into the decision to dip into my savings and buy a new-to-me car.
My old one had seen me through caring for my disabled Mother and the final years of ministry in my parish. It had had a lot of hammer and owed me nothing. However, my lifestyle is now vastly different and I want this car to last as long as possible. It was quite expensive for an eight year old car but it had less than 7,000 miles on the clock and it had the necessary ramp so I can get my trundle truck in so I bought it.
I need to take care of it mechanically and aesthetically so it is always regularly serviced and Jack often runs a sponge over it to keep it looking good. I insure it for 10,000 miles per year. I allow myself a "mileage budget" of 800 miles each month and any miles I don't use are added to the "float" of 400 miles which is very handy when I want to go on holiday. I bought my car 1st July 2014 so my year runs July to June and this year I expect that I will have 1000 miles in hand before I zero my budget on 1st July 2016.
Motoring is expensive and there is no getting away from that. However, for me it is essential. The nearest bus stop is over half a mile away but I can barely walk a hundred yards and that's on a good day. Errands however are clustered so that mileage is kept down. With care I can still afford a car. Other things get cut back but I'm hanging on to my wheels!