We are on our 11th day of our cross-country trip from Alaska to Florida. The drive has been absolutely beautiful. The crisp mountain air, flowing rivers, and abundant wildlife has made this one of our best road trips yet. Sometimes I may worry about where the next gas station is, or when we will be able to stop for lunch, but one thing I’m not worried about is my car.
We are driving our 2011 Honda Odyssey with 99,851 miles. Sure, it’s almost at 100,000 miles, but it drives just like a brand new vehicle. Before we left, we had a full inspection done, and changed the oil. Everything looked great for our long road trip ahead. I’m not quite sure why people seem to believe that a car somehow magically becomes dangerous and unsafe when it hits this certain 100,000-mile threshold. There’s this idea that cars become worthless at this point, and it’s time to get a new car. The truth is, as long as you perform regular maintenance, your car can last way past this point.
Cars are made a lot better than they were in the past, and 100,000-miles is not a death sentence for your vehicle. There are many cars that reach 200,000-miles, 400,000-miles, or even 500,000-miles. If your car hasn’t given you any trouble, there’s no need to upgrade just because you’ve hit some arbitrary number. I’ve heard so many excuses to buy a new car, and most have to do with safety. I think we try to convince ourselves that it’s in the name of safety, so that we can justify the purchase. In reality, most of the time it’s just a want disguised as a need, and the truth is, we just want a shiny new car. If you just want a shiny new car with a shiny new car payment, that’s fine, but don’t kid yourself into believing that it’s all for the sake of safety.
We plan to drive our van another 100,000 miles as long as it doesn’t give us any problems. Cars are one of the most expensive purchases we make, besides a house. There’s no need to buy more cars than we have to. Buying a car every 4-6 years is one of the biggest financial mistakes people make. Perform regular maintenance, and see how long your car will last. Besides, my son has already spilled an entire bottle of apple juice, and things got pretty messy with his ice cream bar today. Another reason why I have no plans of upgrading my vehicle anytime soon.