I killed a car driving 180k miles in 2 years...all in circles!

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 Moving Truck Some days lately, it feels like I'm driving an RV from signing to signing.  Especially with gasoline prices for regular unleaded now approaching $4.00 a gallon.  In 2004, I bought a brand new mini Cooper "S"...  I highly recomend this car...it is the most fun you'll ever have behind the wheel of a daily-driver.  It's not bad on gas, at about 30mpg, and quicker than anything in its class, it is just a blast.  Unfortunately, with no room for a spare, one is forced to purchase the "performance" run-flats that are designed specifically for this little mover at about $400 a pop.  Proper tuning by BMW is also not an inexpensive proposition.  Buying this little baby at the peak of my notary signing career was both a blessing and a curse as I quickly racked up the miles and made lots of money.  By 2006, the car was still running strong at 180,000 miles but, the maintenance, with a slowing business was beginning to make little sense.  I finally let my baby go with a vow that one day I would buy another brand new one, just for the garage Monday through Friday and just for me and the open road on weekends. 

I'm toying with the idea of increasing my trip charges due to the   Freeway Sign Blue nasty gas prices we are all enduring right now...my fees have been at a minimum "trip" charge of $25 for what I call "mobile notary" signings for few documents (plus a per signature charge of course).  I have held that fee in place since my last increase in February of 2005.  Lately, I have held the line on pricing but fear I must raise them soon to stay alive.  Loan package pricing is the only saving grace and we all know how little work there has been in the refi market this last year.

Shaved Head Perhaps I'll come up with another way to save fuel that is more "wind resistant".  I thought about a hybrid when I bought the 2006 Honda civic I now drive.  What stopped me you ask?  The additional six thousand dollars  on the sticker price.  Why?  Because when you wear out a car in two years, that extra $6k just doesn't pencil out... 

I can't wait for the wall-to-wall return of my signing volume...and my new mini Cooper for Saturday mornings!

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Comments (5)

Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA
RIP cute little mini Cooper!  That's a lot of driving you do.  Our local taxis have a special fare increase just for the higher gas prices, so I hope you add may be an extra surcharge for times when gas is extra high to off set your extra expenses.
Apr 18, 2008 04:38 PM
Bill Exeter
Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC - San Diego, CA
1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Expert

Hi Shannon,

Great post.  You are so right.  I've killed two cars now and I'm on to my third.  They have been great cars, and they kept on ticking. 

Apr 18, 2008 04:45 PM
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
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Gas is killing us isnt it?  Whew !! 4.00 a gallon!!!  WHEW!!!

Tom Davis DE REALTOR

Apr 18, 2008 04:57 PM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

I like my car because it is paid for.

I was talking with some friends today and we all  agreed that the next car we buy will be a hybrid.

Apr 18, 2008 05:32 PM
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Coopers look like fun,  maybe a resale would be a good idea?
Apr 18, 2008 05:45 PM