New Car Follies – Rental Cars

New Car Follies – Rental Cars

I am currently driving a brand new Nissan Maxima.  No, I’ve not lost my mind and spent 35,000 – 40,000 on a 4 door sedan.  It is a rental supplied by my insurance company.  I have a rental, thanks to a group of teenagers using their car to re-arrange the front end of my Ford Focus.  They hydroplaned around a corner, and smashed head on into my wife, as she calmly drove to work.  Thankfully, the car was the only casualty, as all humans involved were fine. After some inquiries,…

$90,000 – Choose your car wisely

$90,000 – Choose your car wisely

All figures in this article are my best estimates based on vehicle miles driven, miles per gallon, and current gas prices ($2.49).  These numbers only include my professional working career which began in August of 2004, and my wife’s career which began in the summer of 2006. I’m the proud owner of approximately 13,005 gallons of gasoline. I don’t own a gas station, nor did I install tanks and a pump in my back yard, as some type of bulk purchase savings plan.  In fact, I only still possess around…

Free Car Inspection

Free Car Inspection

I don’t condone or recommend what is written, its just something that brought me personal pleasure for a few years. I have been participating in a little project to gain a free years car inspection.  As far as I know, this project is my own idea, how good the idea is, remains debatable.  Here in PA, we must get our vehicle inspected annually which I find annoying and expensive. Nearly every year, I drop off the car, and wait for the phone to ring. “Yes, hello, its Greasy Wrench calling,…

Little Car = Big Car

Little Car = Big Car

A jog stroller, kid carrier backpack, his and her adult bicycles, and a bike wagon for the little guy.  Our family of three is perfectly geared up for a family run, hike, or bike ride, or so we thought. Christmas this past year was a record warm day, so we decided to try out the new bike wagon and take the little guy on his first ride.  We’d take a short drive, and then ride on the beautiful Northwest River Trail which connects several small historic towns along the Susquehanna…