Taking Advantage of High Oil
I have taken steps to retire the 89 Honda Prelude and get a newer vehicle. I am in the process of purchasing a 2002 Toyota Sequoia (sp?). So, I am going from a smaller, reasonable on gas vehicle to one of the SUVs that I hate. The price, $12,000. It has 154,000 km, or getting close to 100,000 miles. Most of those miles are highway miles. It is in very nice shape to look at so it looks very well taken care of.
One thing about being up north is the roads are such that a higher vehicle is a good thing, less rock damage. I can't believe how pitted the car got in a single year.
I also don't drive much. Seriously, my battery would go dead between taking the car for a drive and the battery was new this year. I suppose I will drive about 400 km, or 240 miles per month. That's a return trip to town. In the Hamlet I am living in, well, the whole thing is about 3 km, or 2 miles and I live centrally so I mostly walk every where. I do have friends that are a 30 minute brisk walk away so for an evening visit I drive, but for an afternoon visit I walk.
I'll also do the roughly 2,000 km or 1,200 mile drive to Vancouver. I did the trip twice for the last school calendar year and I suspect that I will do it twice per year. It really depends on how much the airlines turn me off. The schedule for flying out of the north is terrible. It should be a 1-2 hour flight. I had a 4 day weekend in November and I couldn't get out until about 2:30 the first day off, had a 6 hour stop over and I could have left after teaching all day the day before and driven and gotten into Vancouver a couple hours before I got in from flying. Going back north the flights are much better. And they charge you $1200 for that. At Christmas they lost my luggage to boot and I had to pay to get it picked up. For the first week I had all this fun stuff planned that I had supplies for in my luggage and I didn't have my luggage until the second week. I flew three times this last year and I don't have nice things to say about any of the flights. They lost my luggage twice and I ended up paying both times to get it back, costs which they are supposed to cover. And I didn't fight them on it. It really turned my off, but it wasn't worth fighting over. They get passive loss of business instead. I avoided a 4th flight by driving.
I load the car up with supplies from Vancouver when I head north. I can save 20-25% on any staples I buy in Vancouver before heading up. I can pay for the difference in gas, or even more, with being able to buy up to a year's supply of some things. And there are some things I want to move that I just can't move with the car. Heck, the ellipical trainer I am bringing north would cost over $200 to ship and I think that is the cost of gas difference.
So, at this point in time a pig vehicle works for me.