Back in 2013 I purchased some ol' Swedish wheels -- a 2001 Volvo wagon for $5,400. Then 8 months, a Baja trip (that ended with a tuna can lid duct taped over a hole in the engine), and $6,500 in unforeseen maintenance costs later I sold the piece of junk for a measly $1,900.
In 8 months I lost $8,000 on that car. That's almost as bad as purchasing a new car on a loan, one of the seven deadly sins of obtaining freedom. The memory still gives me the shivers.
I then went into car-diac arrest for 5 months. It was heaven. I used my bike profusely before, but then I had to use it for everything. The inability to quickly go places forced me to slow down. I began to find a deeper solace in reading, writing, and relaxing with myself and others nearby. I've found that adding a boundary to parts of my life often makes me happier.
But in time I needed a little extra boost. My family lives about 20 minutes South. And I had rarely seen them over those lovely car-free months. So at that time I decided to buy Luna -- an epic 2009 Yamaha Vino 125cc scoot for $2800. Yes... more than what I sold that hell-hole Volvo for.