Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How I just saved $1300 a year (in theory)

So, do I have your attention? Good.

It was really rather simple. I just got rid of my old, gas-guzzling car. It was a good car, a Pathfinder that got me a lot of places. But at 155,000 miles, with the brakes going out, and the current price of gas, it was a good time to change. As are many other people these days.

I didn't get a hybrid (though I wouldn't mind one). I didn't even get a new car. I bought a 2007 Toyota Camry, with 21,000 miles on it. The way I figure I'll be doing around 10 miles per gallon better. With my current driving and guessing I'll be filling up at $3.80 a gallon for a while, I could save around $1300 a year in gas.

Here's a picture of my beautiful, new, plain white car.
My Camry

Of course, the last time I owned and drove a sedan I had very bad luck. Like the lady turning out in front of when when I was going 70 down the road - totaling the car. Or the time I had the squeeze play with my car getting squished between an SUV in front of me and the 18-wheeler that rear-ended me. (Yep, totaled again.) So wish me luck with the smaller car. Please!

So, what car do you drive?


erin said...

Wow, only 21,000 miles? Nice!

I drive a 2002 Maza 626. It gets decent gas mileage, AND it's a pretty color. Hehe.

Anonymous said...

Good luck!

I drive a 1994 VW Jetta. It's been a while since I've calculated the gas mileage, but I'm sure it does better than the Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi that my husband drives!

You only pay $3.80/gallon??? I just paid $4.46. Eek.

euphrony said...

I used $3.80 as a reasonable but conservative number. On our recent drive to and from Tennessee we payed as low as $3.81 and as high as $4.05 (I didn't watch the tank and let us get stuck at a high-price station. Five minutes later we passed a place five cents cheaper.) The gas prices around here are in the $3.80 - $4.00 range for regular unleaded. Living on the gulf cost does have its advantages.

Did I mention that I bought this car without Mrs. E ever having seen it? Yep, that's the way I roll - boss-man of the house.

Amy said...

I drive a 2007 PT Cruiser. I love it. :)

congrats on the new car!

Chaotic Hammer said...

2003 Honda Civic. Great gas mileage, very reliable. Love this little car. And it's a couple of months from being paid for. Yay!

Lord willing, we plan to keep this one a long time, and not get under another car payment.

Miss Mandy said...

The biggest SUV ever made...the Excursion. I haul around a lot of kids. Girl Scouts.

It's been parked for several months, except for one trip to the ER.

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