A few months short of five years ago, I purchased a new 2004 Honda Civic to replace a failing older model that had not been in my care. Today, this “new” car is passing 100,000 miles on the odometer, and it’s still running great. While I occasionally find my mind wandering towards the purchase of something sportier, at this time, I plan on sticking with the Civic until maintenance costs more than the car is worth. I hope to stretch ownership for another 100,000 miles.
Here are the expenses I’ve put into the car so far:
|Interest on Auto Loan||$413|
The main accessory I purchased was a lower-end GPS device, which was ultimately stolen from the car while it was parked for the weekend in a particularly bad parking space in Queens, New York. I never replaced the device. The next most expensive accessory was a replacement stereo that fully integrated with my iPod. The service category includes regularly scheduled maintenance as well as a slew of oil changes. It also includes my $500 deductible after a “minor” accident, a tire replacement after one was punctured and unrepairable, and a couple of traffic tickets.
I paid off my non-industry auto loan with an interest rate of 2% somewhat quicker to keep my total interest expense down to $413. Also, according to edmunds.com, my car has depreciated a total of $7,580 since it was purchased.
Many of the expenses should be controlled better, and it may be time to re-evaluate my insurance coverage.