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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saving a few coins whenever possible

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Two years beforehand, part of my preparation for retirement was a decision to buy a brand new “practical car.” I wanted something relatively affordable with a decent gasoline mileage rating; I was tired of seeing my money going to countries who openly despise us. The car had to be something small but spacious enough for two people to endure long road trips. It had to have enough trunk space for our luggage along with my customary contingency-gear. Safety features such as side curtain airbags were essential. Since I was buying something “practical,” which is against the will of my ego, I decided not to skimp on luxuries; the car had to have power sunroof, heated leather seats, etc. I settled on the 2005 Chevy Cobalt, made in Ohio, USA.

This past July, after five years of driving, the odometer rolled over the 70,000-mile mark. Aside from an initial savings of around $10,000 by my not buying a full size SUV, the fuel-savings over five years amount to a respectable $6,000 ($1,200 per year; $100 per month).

I am leaning toward making my next vehicle the all-wheel-drive version of the Chevy Equinox, which achieves the same gas mileage as does my Cobalt. The purchase will have to wait for a while; I will not buy another GM vehicle until Uncle Sam sells its ownership down to zero. Perhaps by then there will be a hybrid version of the Equinox with even better gasoline mileage.

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