I cannot seem to surpass the mental hurdle of having a car payment.

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So, no friends, family, or party on this Independence Day and my wife is working. So I’m kind of relaxing (see the beer), but mostly troubling myself with tasks anyway.

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I ran out of yardwork to do, so now I’m jotting down my next parts run for the fleet. Nothing major, nothing interesting. Nothing expensive.

And yet, I cringe at the list because it requires me to spend money. It costs mere hundreds of dollars a year to maintain a old pickup and a less-old hatchback. Of course they have no modern features... And dubious safety. Even with the misadventures with my wife’s car, I did everything myself and spent $370.22 on parts.

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I was browsing last night for various vehicles I want but will never buy. The “average” car payment in the US is allegedly $550.00 or something like that. I’d like to think that $300 is modest to the average person and probably my hard line. As you well know, $300 doesn’t get very far these days.

So it’s like... Imagining financing and car out of warranty, pushing or exceeding 100,000 miles, and paying for various repairs out of pocket as you go... Brutal! Even though it’s not really all that much money at all! I really am my father’s son.

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Part 2 of my rant: used trucks, even crappy ones, ones that are known to explode, ones that are even sawed in half, are commanding way too much gosh darn money. But then you look at how much it costs to buy new and you just want to jump off a cliff.

But one day... One day I’ll get a vehicle made within the last decade. You’ll see. You’ll ALL see.

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Photo: Credit? It’s my fucking yard, Kinja.

Beautiful day, tho

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