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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Toyota Yaris: Enduring Value

This is for everyone on a tight budget. I'm talking to all you working families who penny pinch, all you writers who are not on the New York Times bestsellers list, editors who wish their authors were and that they worked for New York City firms, teachers in the low rent end of town, pastors of small churches, and everybody else who fights the good fight to make ends meet. In 2009 we bought a Toyota Yaris. Why? The price was right and I have a passion for small cars (I blame that on my grandmother's Nash Metropolitan [if you're not familiar with the car, see: and with manual transmissions. It's as simple as that.

Now, around rolls the 2013 inspection season and I take the Yaris in. We change the oil, rotate the tires, and the car passes inspection with flying colors ... as it has done each year since purchase (in a snowstorm in December ... never mind, that's another story and one most ridiculous). From 2009 to 2013, I have put over 60,000 miles on that car. In that time I have had to replace oil and filters, one set of tires (the originals that I wore out running back and forth between work, seminary, and wherever we had to go on family errands), and most recently ... wait for it ... windshield wiper blades. That's it. That's all. Nothing else. That is one economical little car ... and I fill the tank for the week for under $35 (so far, we'll see where gas prices go next).

It's small, easy to handle (it is simplicity itself to parallel park in a car with the back and front bumpers so close together), wonderful to navigate in city traffic (the first car I've owned that I could make that claim about), and has more air bags in it than any other vehicle I've owned. I highly recommend this car to you. You won't draw any oohs and ahhs from the people you pass ... but you'll saw phew each time your dependable car passes inspection and doesn't cost you an arm or a leg. Just sayin'.

For my most useful Yaris post, see:

To reset the Yaris clock:

For writers who do not have books on the New York Times bestsellers list:

Of course, this would be economical too:

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