Today I walked around my car sitting in the garage and did a ruthless inventory.
Paint's still okay though rubber trims are already no longer rubbery. Too many years exposed to the sun. Plastic bits are already crumbly at the edges... time to replace. Cushion covers need replacing too. Some rusting spots and of course there's the skewed whatchamacalit that I need to replace that's causing my car to prefer to move to the left rather than straight ahead on the road. But that whatchamacalit is going to cost me at least five hundred of my precious little ringgits. But I shouldn't complain cos I did that to the car when I hit the bridge. Heh.
Time to replace the car?
But the engine's still good ... most of the major bits are still working fine. And whenever I think of blowing a five-digit sum on an asset (not!) that depreciates the moment you buy it, I always back away. I've never bought a brand new car.. it's always been a secondhand car for me and I don't think I'm ever going to change. I'd rather blow the money on something like a house. Hmm, come to think of it, I haven't got a house yet.
Okay, car, I fix you up some lah. You may not look as pretty and as shiny bright as some of the models on the road but at least I'm not going to land myself in financial hell.