Joel Vernier

was enjoying a nice mid-morning nap in my “Comfy Chair,” I was jolted awake when I remembered that I needed to go to town to fill up my car. Finally, fully awake, I petted the dogs, stood up, and headed to the kitchen for a snack. As I enjoyed a crisp apple, my wife yelled, “Joel, grab the shopping list and pick stuff up when you go to town!” “On it!” I replied.

I jumped into my 2018 Ford, and it struck me that it was four years old. When I was a kid, a four-year-old car with 60,000 miles on it often had many problems. With proper maintenance, cars today can rack up many miles. My 2010 Ford Focus, still being driven in the family, has over 240,000 miles and still rolling. It’s a good thing because inflation on new cars is formidable. Since 2019, the average price has jumped over $10,000, according to Car & Driver. With 10 percent down, it is like having another house payment.

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