Mr.Frugality

Buckle up first and then start a car.

We own a 2008 6 cylinder Mercedes-Benz E-Class sports package. I purchased this car few years ago from a friend. He was moving out of the country and need it to sell it quickly with only 38,000 miles on it. Now it has only 56,000 miles.

I paid for it nearly 50% less than what it was the true value. I knew the car was in great shape and that was sitting his garage for the last 3 years.

We don’t drive it in the winter at all. This car is used only in the summertime.

We really need one car, but it is hard to give up a luxury vehicle when there is still equity in it. As you know, I commute on my fat tire e-bike.

However, I have noticed that every time my wife gets into the car, she always starts the car first then adjusts: seat or seats, steering wheel, turns on the radio, helps our kids to buckle up, so about 3 to 5 minutes later, she is ready to drive.

I was like wait a minute. This procedure is a complete waste of our money, so I asked her if she could simply reverse the order of things she does while preparing to drive. I asked why don’t you do everything that you need to do to get your ready for driving first, and then once you are 100% ready start the car and drive.

She said to me, I never thought about it this way, this is a good idea. Well, I am glad that she took my advice. -:)

After a few weeks of doing the reverse procedure, she stated in a passing comment. The tank in the car stays full longer. I was glad this new methodology is working.
Quick analysis for encouragement:

A 6-cylinder car consumes about at best 1/5 gallons of fuel per hour. My wife idled the car on conservative side 10 minutes a week that comes out about 8.50 hours a year. Thus, she was accidentally wasting about 13 gallons of fuel per year, which is about $39. This is not a lot of money, but this $39 will be put to better use from now on.

Of course, I would prefer not to have the car but for now, we are keeping it. We don’t have any loans on it. We turn off the insurance on this car in the winter. We drive very carefully so we don’t break anything.

However, our next daily car will be a used electric car. We don’t drive a lot, but with a family of 4 like ours, it is not practical to rides bikes everywhere.

Oh, BTW an estimated cost of keeping our car for 10 years is about $20,000 versus $5,000 is for electric. Owning an electric car for everyday driving around town is a no brainer.

Hopefully, you can save $39 per year as well. Lastly, isn’t it ironic how things seem to work out better many times when we do things in the completely opposite way!

Thanks for reading..