Me and Automobiles

I admit, when it comes to cars, I am a snob. But not in the way one might assume.  I am not impressed by the latest and the greatest; instead, I am a ‘frugal car snob’. My admiration goes to those who get the maximum number of miles from the least expensive vehicle.

My current vehicle is a 2001 Kia Rio with 250,000 miles. While a quarter million miles is not unusual in trucks and other sturdy vehicles, it is extremely rare for a low-end first-generation Kia. At the time my wife bought the car, this was the cheapest vehicle on the market at just over $10k. She drove it for 12 years, and then I took it over. Since then, I have done all major work on it myself, including cylinder head overhaul, fuel tank replacement, wheel bearing replacement, A/C service, brake service, etc..  It runs perfectly, though the paint is discolored and there are a few dents.

My average cost of this vehicle is about 15 cents/mile. This includes everything, from depreciation, maintenance, repairs, insurance as well as gas and oil. Not bad, when the national average is about 50 cents/mile. That’s my automobile snobbery.