Over the last few weeks, I've had several folks say to me "Why don't you get a new truck?" and my reply is always "I don't need one" Then, we
invariably get into the part where they try to prove their point by asking "What year is it?"
Me: " 96 "
Them : [ with a knowing smirk ] "How many miles?"
Me : [ with smirk wiping reply ] " A little over 126,000"
Them : "Oh"
I'm just not a "throw it away 'cause it's old" kind of person. I know folks who will throw out a washer or dryer because the timer went bad or
they just want a newer model. You can install new timers for much less than a new washer and if I'll be damned if I'll throw out something just
because it ain't the latest and greatest. I'll never understand folks who upgrade to new phones because the new one does 1 more thing than the old
My criteria is : "Can I make or receive a call"? Yes.
"Can I send or answer a text?" Yes.
Then I don't need a new one.
Now, could my old truck use a few new parts? Yeah. This Spring I plan on doing a bit of an overhaul,replacing belts, hoses, a few gaskets, front ball
joints and new shocks and springs too. It doesn't have any dents, dings or rust, but the paint is faded, so I figure as long as I'm at it, I'll get
a new paint job. Since I'll do all the replacement work myself, I'll save LOADS on labor and the new paint will set me back maybe
I'm lookin at around [ hand waggle ] $2000 - $2500.
I keep hearing -
"But the new ones have built in GPS"
I can read a map and I've had a TomTom for years. I think I've used it maybe half a dozen times. I don't need to spend $2000 on built in anything
to get where I'm going.
"They have heated/cooled seats"
Man the f**k up.
"You can link your phone to the car"
I don't talk/text while I'm driving. You know why? 'Cause I'm too busy looking out for the idiots who think we're at Daytona and take that whole
"rubbin is racin" thing way too seriously.
On to cost.
$2500 to rebuild my old one, have some fun doing it [ I like fixing things ] and enjoy some time with my son while teaching him how to fix stuff
or...go in debt $30,000 - $43,000 for a new one.
Do the math.
Of course, I'm the kinda guy who'd rather drive an old truck than a new Cadillac..............or trade it for a new truck