My 16-year-old car is about to hit a milestone.
It will soon be at the 200,000-mile point of its existence. As I write this column my car is only about 120 miles away from hitting 200,000 miles. That is a big deal.
My Toyota Corolla has been a great car. I have only had to put it in the shop one time in nine years. That is an impressive run for a car.
Since my car has been so reliable, I think I should do something special for it when it hits 200,000 miles. I could start by cleaning my car. It has been awhile since I gave my car a good vacuuming and wash. Maybe I could take it to that new car wash that is under construction in New Albany on Park Plaza Drive.
I am over 6 feet tall, so some people might think a compact car like a Toyota Corolla might be too small for me. But it is the perfect size. I prefer compact-sized cars because they are easier to park and maneuver in traffic.
I bought my Toyota Corolla in Cheyenne, Wyoming after my previous car, a Saab, was hit by a driver who ran a red light. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the wreck.
Even though my car will soon have more than 200,000 miles on it, I have no plans to get rid of it. I plan to keep on driving it until it quits. I don’t see the point in buying another car if the one I have right now is working just fine.
I don’t do a lot of driving these days. I mainly go back and forth to work. If we take a family trip, we usually take my wife’s vehicle, which is an SUV with more space and less mileage. But we have not been taking too many trips with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
I have never been a person who is obsessed with vehicles. As long as a vehicle runs and gets good gas mileage I am happy. My Toyota Corolla is a 2004 model, which means it has averaged about 12,500 miles per year. That is pretty low annual mileage. When my car was manufactured, I was still in my mid-20s. Fortunately, I am also still in pretty good shape like my car, but sometimes I feel that I could use a tune up mentally and physically.
My Toyota Corolla may not be a flashy car with lots of bells and whistles, but it has been good to me. With that said, I am not a person who gets emotionally attached to a vehicle. But I should give it a good cleaning because currently there are papers from doctor’s appointments on the floor of the back seat. There is also a coffee cup underneath the front passenger seat, and there are about 15 tennis balls on the back seat. The console and glove compartment are also crammed full of things, such as CDs and an old GPS. I don’t use the GPS anymore because I just use my smartphone to give me directions.
My car may not be worth much money once it crosses the symbolic 200,000-mile mark. That’s OK. It will still be my car, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it went another 100,000 miles.