I own a 2004 Toyota Prius.
It’s not a flashy car, at least it isn’t these days. It’s two models behind the current Prius, for one, and the Prius brand isn’t as flashy as, say, Tesla, these days.
But I’m still proud to own it, not just the fact of owning it outright, which is cool enough, but also that I never had to borrow money to buy it. I saved up and wrote a check.
And yet, as proud as I am, I can admit here that it wasn’t the best financial decision I could have made. Even putting aside the financial considerations inherent in owning a car versus not owning a car (which are considerable), my decision making process wasn’t quite always financial.
Here’s what happened.