I recently was involved in a car accident and totaled my vehicle, so I had to buy a new one. No this is not a repeat post, but it is kind of like deja vu. You may recall a very similar situation from just 6 short months before this most recent wreck.
However this story ends much differently. After my wreck in December I was flying high and awash in unexpected cash (inheritance windfalls, signing bonuses and severance packages) and I threw all fiscal responsibility to the wind and purchased a brand new Audi A5 coupe. The total price tag after all the bells and whistles and tax was around $52K.
I know. Ridiculous. By pretty much any measure there is. But I paid for it. I never felt comfortable in that car and didn't really end up liking anything about it. It was too flashy for me; I couldn't figure out how to use the computer systems (yes, plural); I hated the way people noticed me on the road (particularly cops and parking officials); and I cringed at what my friends clients and colleagues - much less strangers - must think of my values and personality when I rolled up in it. I wanted to tell everyone that I'd previously driven a 6 year old used Volvo.
So it was actually kind of a relief to get a do-over, not that I'd wish the stress and hassle of another major car collision on anyone. Thank God no one was injured, and I had only chest pain and soul searching to deal with.
And this time I bought another used Volvo.