Here’s a new look at the finances associated with purchasing and operating a modern auto:
I generally figure in all my finances that it costs about $200/month to keep each vehicle running, roadworthy, and safe. This is actually a really low number, especially when compared with AAA and other guidelines. However, it figures (a) that I’m actually a fairly accomplished mechanic, (b) that I will have at least some time to work on the cars each month (which I count as recreation, since it refreshes me and is enjoyable), and (b) that I can get new parts reasonably priced from online vendors (or used ones for cheap at a junkyard). 
But think on this: an inexpensively purchased car “pencils out” very quickly in light what become proportionally high maintenance expenses.
If you can save money from that already really low maintenance figure, then the car doesn’t really have any type of “invested” funds or value.
If I buy a car for $800, and then over the course of six months replace a tire with a used one ($40), change the oil ($60), put new rear hatch struts in ($55), new brake pads up front ($30), replace the windshield ($180), put new wipers on ($20), top off the other fluids ($15), but spend no other money on the car, my already-allotted maintenance amount of $200/month for this car has completely penciled it out in those six months.
This is in fact what we have done with our 1990 Volvo 760 Wagon Turbo Intercooler (these numbers are approximations because I don’t have my real figures handy, but they are really close).
This is very free-ing from the what has become a “normal” type of financial entrapment in motor vehicles. Since I have already “gotten my money’s worth” from my Blue Volvo, if the engine cooks, a tree falls on it, or something else God forbid happens to it, I can walk away without worrying about the financial loss — there is none.
If I should wish to sell it or try something new, I am not bound to it by any guilt or sense of value. Of course, this freedom is balanced against all the other inconveniences of driving ridiculously inexpensive cars… from AAA towing calls (the costs of a AAA membership is included in that $200/month figure, BTW) to moldy seat belts, to intermittent dash lights, and so on.
 If you don’t have these factors working in your favor, what you have is a higher necessary cost for maintaining an automobile. Provided you can actually afford an auto, this works out in your favor: you get to spend more up front and/or see your vehicles pencil out quicker (e.g. if your costs are $400/month, your car’s purchase costs will pencil out quicker).
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II), reprinted November 9, 1978, issue of The Wall Street Journal from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops
“Freedom makes man a moral subject. When he acts deliberately, man is, so to speak, the father of his acts. Human acts, that is, acts that are freely chosen in consequence of a judgment of conscience, can be morally evaluated. They are either good or evil.”
(CCC, n. 1749)
These are the different ones I’m looking at…
The built in electric level sender is a must, and obviously I have to fabricate something to function as a pump retainer and vent.
When the weather is clear, a mother allows her little children to wander and be free. When the clouds gather, she draws them closer. When the great storms lash the house, she holds them close to herself.
Don’t you see that Satan and his agents take possession of all inventions and all achievements of progress to convert them to evil? All the more reason to finally wake up and and get to work in order to reconquer the positions taken up by the enemy.
~ St. Maximilian Kolbe
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