The Sixth Digit

My car hit something tonight, but fortunately, it wasn’t something on the road! It was a nice little milestone.

100,000 on the odometer.

I told my dad recently that it was approaching that sixth digit, and he said, “It won’t be long now.”

“Til what,” I asked.

“You’ll be shopping for a new car.”

I assured him that this would not be the case. At this point, I’m fully prepared to drive this car until the wheels fall off of it. I have no desire to own a new car, and I have no desire to go into debt buying a used car.

Yes, I said used. The whole “pre-owned” thing is ridiculous.

Given the choice of shopping for something newer, or keeping a car that’s paid for in as good a shape as I can, there’s really no choice at all.

I hope she hangs on to the 200,000 mark.


  1. Wow I’m amazed! Lucky you don’t have major repairs everyone with those miles. Seems my first warranty the moment it was expired things started to go wrong. Interestingly I got a new one by rolling over my SUV…not something I would recommend and luckily I was ok. This time I got the extended warranty so I don’t have to pay huge chunks of $ at one time. I have a family member who just got a G8. His Alero was starting to need so much work and cost so much it was like making payments on a car.

    1. Well, literally the week after I paid off the car, the transmission completely died and had to be replaced. Goodbye monthly car payment, hello $2800 repair bill! 🙂

  2. 100,000 really isn’t all that much for a car these days. That’s, what, about 160,000km? In my experience, about 200,000km is average mileage for the life of a car, and well maintained cars often pass 300,000km. So, with regular maintenance, and a little bit of luck, you could put another 100,000 miles on yours.

    I had one customer who was aiming for 1,000,000km on her compact pick-up truck. She babied it along until it finally failed at about 970,000km (over 600,000 miles). She was disappointed. She was hoping to roll over the odometer, and hand the truck back to the manufacturer with 000,000km on it. I think she thought they’d give her something.

  3. My little truck is currently at 197000 and I fully expect to see 300000! I bought the little mini pick up (Tacoma) new in ’98 and, like you, plan to drive it till it falls apart. Here’s to those vintage (read paid for) vehicles!

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