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AIBU to decide whether I should be celebrating or commiserating?

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JaceLancs Fri 31-Jul-15 23:43:03

On the way home tonight I looked down at the milometer on my car (nearly 12 years old) to see it pass over the 200k milestone!
Is this an achievement I should celebrate? A friend said I must be a good driver as I'm only second owner and have had car for 9 years
I feel more like commiserating - it can't carry on forever - and I can't afford to replace it in the near future
I'm very lucky as DP maintains it and fixes most things so its not cost me much over the years
Anybody else driving old bangers to give me hope?
I've never seen a car as a status symbol particularly but do feel a bit fed up that at 50+ this is the best I can do

Birdsgottafly Fri 31-Jul-15 23:47:33

I'm a big "count your blessings, not what you haven't got" person.

But besides from that, what Make is it? On some modern makes 100k is nothing. The clutch etc needs replacing, but the engine can still be sound.

kickassangel Fri 31-Jul-15 23:49:52

See it as a badge of honor. You've got more life from that car than many would have.

NetballHoop Fri 31-Jul-15 23:51:02


Many years ago I spent a few days with someone who was unimaginably rich. They never bought new cars or paid for first class on (short haul) flights as it was a waste of money even though they could easily afford it.

We have an R Reg and a 60 Reg and I prefer the older one.

DadfromUncle Fri 31-Jul-15 23:57:12

YANBU to wonder but I've had a couple of cars go past that. The main thing for me is if you still like it. I've had brand new (company) cars including some quite flash ones in the past, now I'm paying I have two ten year old and one 47 year old car - none of which is worth very much. I would never want to splash out on a newer flash car. Cars are so much better made these days they last for ages.

DadfromUncle Fri 31-Jul-15 23:57:55

Oh and your friend is right, you must be a good driver.

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