A few moments later Fancy McButterpants pulled next to me.
Fancy was driving a brand new car worth at least $50,000.
I have no idea how much Fancy McButterpants makes, whether the car was leased, financed, a company car or whatever.
And I have no idea if she was one of those “get my personal value from my car value folks.”
But how sad must those people be?
How sad would it be to get your personal value out of a car, that’s GOING DOWN each month?!?!
Would you then value yourself less every time the odometer registered a new mile?
Would you lose half your personal value the second you drove the car off the lot?
Would you be a “total loss” if you crashed into a tree until you got the insurance check to tell you how much “you” were worth and then start over with a new car?
But looking over for a moment got me thinking about how much I’ve spent to buy cars or motorcycles in the two decades I’ve been driving.
Here’s my timeline:
1994: 1984 Ford Bronco II for $2,400.
1995: 50% interest in a motorcycle with a buddy for $500.
1997: New 1997 Geo Metro Hatchback for $8,100.
1998: New motorcycle for $5,850.
2004: Another 1997 Geo Metro Hatchback $2,500.
2009: New Honda CR-V for $20,600.
Total spent on cars/motorcycles since 1994: $38,950.
Less the “we just had a kid and should probably upgrade to a Honda” car: $18,350.
So the total value of my personal cars and motorcycles in 20 years was about $10,000 LESS than the price of the one blaring “Since You’ve Been Gone” at the red light next to me at that moment.
And since the average price of a new car is about $30,000, that means the odds are I’m going to pull up next to people driving cars that are worth more than I’ve spent on cars in my entire life.
How about you?
How long have you been driving?
How much have you spent on cars/motorcycles/airplanes since you started?
How much did you pay for the car you are driving now?