There are many reasons I'm in no rush to replace the Earthf**ker. Some are financial: Having no car payment is really nice, doubly so now that the Mrs.' car is paid off, too. Taxes are lower on an 8-year old vehicle, as is insurance. It may need the occasional repair, that's true, but unless and until something major goes wrong, I think I'll hang on to the Dodge for as long as I can.
The real reason for this revelation, you ask?
Simple. I *HATE* the car shopping process. When I bought the Earthf**ker, I had it narrowed down to three vehicles: The F-150, the Toyota Tundra, and the Dodge. I forget exactly what it was about the F-150 that turned me off, especially considering I have a friend who's a Master Mechanic for Ford, but the decision came down to the Tundra vs. the Ram.
I was all set to sign on the Tundra, too.
And then the dealership went and reneged on their deal, expecting the Toyota name to be worth enough that I would accept $2,500 below book value for my trade while paying above MSRP for the Tundra. Nope. Doesn't work that way, guys. You want above MSRP for your new vehicle, you pay me top dollar for my trade. You don't undercut every single used car guide out there and not take a penny off the sticker price.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to buying a new car with about as much relish as I am going back to the dentist after a long absence.
It helps that I have a larger pool this time. I'm looking at small, economical cars. If gas prices stay where they have been, this will be an easy thing. When gas was $4 a gallon, you couldn't get anywhere near a Toyota Corolla. Now that it's under $3 (I paid $2.57 yesterday), larger vehicles are back in vogue.
Also, the field is larger. While there are five vehicles that qualify as full-size pick-up trucks (counting GMC and Chevy as one, of course), there are literally dozens of small, fuel efficient cars out there. I'm also not averse to looking at the used market, either - I won't do that for a truck that will be used for towing, because I've seen *way* too many abused trucks out there to pick up someone else's tow vehicle (unless I personally knew the person selling the truck).
Being willing to walk helps. I'll do my research, have a half-dozen competitors' vehicles in mind, and gather several appraisals of my trade-in (KBB, NADA, representatives on the used market). I'm also not opposed to selling the truck privately if I get a screwball low offer, either. We recently sold our travel trailer in record time in the off season because we knew a willing buyer and made them a rather generous offer. While we could have waited until spring, cleaned the RV up and put out ads, we offered it for a bit below the going rate for other campers of that size and vintage. I'm willing to do the same with the Earthf**ker if I have to sell it outright.
But no, I'm not looking forward to the new car buying experience.
That is all.