Car, no car!

It started last weekend and some you have seem my tweets about it. It is such a dilemma when you lose the function of your car as I did this past week. It really tests your concepts of attachment and dependencies. My car has been faithful for the past twelve years. Back in 1996 it was a brand new Acura Integra. Twelve years later, it still looks good but it has about 133K miles on it. Last weekend the engine overheated and the radiator blew. It was not a pretty sight. My decision now is whether to repair it or to get something new. Everyone I spoke to says it is a great time to buy a car. Bottomline though is that it will still put you out $20K - $30K. Some say get a used car but you still need to go through the process of selecting the right car. If I go the repair route it will cost about $2000. Question is, how many more years can I get out of the car. Kelly Blue Book value put the resale of an excellent condition Acura Integra at $1900. Am I just sinking money into an expense well? So as you can imagine I have my head wrapped around this one. After spending many brain cycles on pondering this, I decided to repair the car. The things that compel me to go the repair route first off is cost. I can deal with $2000 much better than $20K. Secondly, I actually prefer to drive my old car around. There's a certain attachment to it, but there is also a non-attachment. I am not as bothered about the scratches and dings you get at the shopping mall. If it was a new car, I would be bothered and bummed. As far as new car deals, I don't really see them. There are some low interest rate deals you can get but you are still going to pay a good chunk of money in a time when there isn't a whole lot of money to go around. Maybe I should be thinking I should contribute to the economy by buying a car but this is survival, my survival. Being without your car does make you realize how dependent you are on it. We've grown, I've grown so accustomed to having a vehicle it is hard to imagine not having one. All the things that need to change once you are without. Carpooling, bus, renting a car are all considerations. It will be at least three weeks before I get my car back so I may be exploring all these options. All this car trama hasn't made it feel like Christmas for me yet. I did feel a sense of relief though this past weekend when deciding to repair rather than buy. I am saving money that could be put to better use. I am keeping my carbon footprint relatively low by not consuming more hardware. And finally I am squeezing a little more out of what I have, staying within my means. I think those are good lessons for this Winter Solstice 2008.