The attached picture is recognized by anyone who follows my articles as my beloved 1979 Impala. August 2011 marks thirty years that I own his car.
On a personal level if it could talk it could write my biography. I was single when I bought it, and I am now single again. My daughter, who today is an intelligent young doctor, was brought home in this car. It has won car show trophies, and was seen in the movie Brooklyn Rules.
Let’s look at its longevity, however, from an environmental perspective. Buying a new car increases a person’s carbon footprint. Even scrapping a car has an environmental effect, so the longer you keep your car, the lower your impact on the environment.
Of course many newer cars would not allow you the longevity I’ve enjoyed, as the cost of repairing a newer car can quickly exceed its value. Even if you can’t get thirty years out of your car, you can enlist the assistance of a qualified mechanic and keep it longer.
Al Gore once stated in an interview that every time we turn off a light switch that we have a positive effect on global warming. By the same philosophy, getting even a few more years out of each car you own should have an even greater effect as well as saving you money.