190. My Pretty, Pretty Prius

In January 2008, I bought a 2002 Prius with 126,000 miles on it. I hoped it would last long enough for me to pay what I borrowed to buy it – and it has lasted long past that.

Now it has more than 224,000 miles on it. Earlier this year, I brought it in after I knocked off the driver-side mirror, and later when a warning light went off. Both times, I ended up paying more than $1000 for other problems they found.

So today it was with much trepidation that I brought it in for a state inspection and servicing. The only thing they found was that a tail light was out! It only cost me $134.

It still gets around 40 miles per gallon, and is such a wonderful car. Now I hope it will keep running until I can pay down my debt enough to be able to afford a new one. That may take awhile! But meanwhile, I’m so thankful for my little car!

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