Life and Peak Oil04 Feb 2008 11:46 pm

Until recently, I had two cars: my real beater, an ’88 Honda CRX that I bought new (for $14k!) shortly after moving to Texas (just out of college), and a beater-in-the-making, a ’92 Honda Accord I bought a few years back (for $2.4k) from my mother-in-law.

Last fall I sold the CRX to my neighbor’s son. He is a mechanic, and knew exactly what he was getting — a great old car, tons of fun to drive, but with lots of mechanical issues. He wanted a fixer-upper, and that’s just what he got.

So now I’m left with the Accord (which has about 170k mi). But lately I’ve mostly been biking to work. This means that my car — which used to log roughly 5k mi / year — will now see about half of that.

Recently it occurred to me that — given the likely changes in the global oil market — if my Accord holds out until 200k mi or so, it could well be the last internal combustion vehicle I own in my lifetime. And depending on how other factors play out, possibly the last motorized vehicle I own.

That’s a sobering thought.

But not an entirely unpleasant one.

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