Wish I hadn’t seen the piece on the news at all.
That kind of thing appeals to me – getting the most out of a vehicle is satisfying.
As long as it makes any sense to keep putting money into repairs and avoiding a long term commitment — known as a car payment — it sounds like a good deal.
Plus, the “new” factor doesn’t really interest me. Get me where I’m going and the car payment money will be used for other things.
But back to the three million miles.
Apparently, there’s a guy in New Jersey who has taken his prize 1966 Volvo P1800 to a whole new level. He’s been driving the car for almost 50 years now.
Irv Gordon explains it as a quest more based upon his love for Volvos than just adding up the miles. The occasion is one of loving his Volvo and the experiences of seeing America that it has offered him.
There was also his 125 mile round trip commute to work each day, which racked up the miles pretty quickly. It took him just 10 years to total 500,000 miles with his car.
Gordon is totally faithful to maintenance and has used the same certified Volvo technician for 15 years now.
And one more thing – Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998 for the most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle with a total of 1.69 million miles.
So, I’m looking at this guy’s record and having delusions.
My last car made it 10 years and very close to the 300,000 miles mark with probably $1,000 to $2,000 spent on real repairs – that’s not counting tires and oil changes and things like that, of course. Someone else was responsible for its demise or it would still be sitting in the driveway ready to go when needed.
Anyway, all that said, I’m in the neighborhood of a little more than 200,000 miles on my 12-year-old “beauty” right now and it’s not about to give up the ghost.
Realistically, there’s always a point where it’s just not worth putting money into an aging car.
But here’s my philosophy.
If it just takes a couple of car payments of investment, it’s probably still worth it.
And that’s how I go about it.
No need to worry about long-distance trips; I don’t take them and that’s by choice. My traveling shoes were hung up a long time ago.
Driving my old car has its setbacks, though. No air conditioning all summer can be uncomfortable, but we made it through a relatively mild season this year.
And the radio’s been out since a new battery was installed last year. No one knew how to “reset” the programming for it.
OK, I can live without it.
The odometer went out years ago, so the total miles are a mystery to us all.
All I know is I’m happy to keep going…but wish the odometer worked so Mr. Gordon’s extraordinary feat could be tested.
I’ll keep you posted.