|After a 4 hour drive from the country there are bugs sticking to the grill and|
There is a member of our family you have not officially met - Mavis.
Mavis is our frugal car, the car we paid cash for, the car that is a classic (well almost!), had only done a genuine 63,000 km's, perfect cloth interior, affordable to run and old enough for me to service myself.
|We have done 10,000 km's in Mavis this year.|
We've chatted recently about cars and car loans HERE and similar notions are also supported by Australia's Bare Foot Investor and USA's Dave Ramsay regarding cars and car loans.
Mavis is a real sweetie and meets our needs perfectly. We have two L plate drivers with a third about to 'hatch' later this month and a P plater as well as Mrs HM and I. Mavis's fuel economy beats the pants off our big family car (Rosa) and thus the girls are keen to use "Mavey" (as they affectionately call her) for all their commuting needs. She draws a crowd of admiring fans wherever the girls take her as she has a certain amount of 'cute' value.
|Mavis in all her 1980's glory.|
Mavis cost me $700.00 and although she has very little kilometers on the clock there were things that needed doing due to the age of the vehicle. I spent over a period of one year about $1,500.00 slowly working through these small but important repairs and thus have paid in real terms $2,200.00. She is in top mechanical nick now.
|Very neat and tidy little car indeed.|
So my girls are unknowingly achieving the following frugalities:
- Car sharing
- Debt free whilst many of their friends have car loans
- Economical 4 cylinder
- Shotgun proof go-for-ever Mitsubishi pack-horse engine
- Leveraging classic (well, classic to them anyway) styling as a social talking point that costs zip.
Recently Dear Daughter number 2 (DD2) drove Mavis down to her rural teaching placement 4 hours south and Mavis went there and back a few times without missing a beat - so Mavis can certainly be relied on and is not just a fragile old heap. We have bugs on the grill to proove it! hehe.
|The cloth interior is spotless.|
I did have plans to use this as my car....but the dear daughters have 'commandeered' it and I am permitted to use it to drive to the train station! Truth is, I am happy for them to commandeer it if it is saving them from being in debt and teaching them lessons in financial prudence.
Anyway.....just thought I would show Mavis to you all and that Mr HM does put his money where his mouth is and encourages others to do the same. You can now have a chuckle as you imagine me shoe-horning myself into this little cutie every morning at 4.30am to drive to the train station - ha!
Take care folks, stay nice.