If you have listened to my show a while you know my love-hate relationship with this stupid car. It is a 2016 Hyundai Sonata with about 75000 miles on it--all of them hard-earned. My now husband lived in Round Rock and when we were dating, I lived in South Austin--so I spent many hours on Mopac. Many, many hours--worth every second to end up with Chris. :D
Looking back, I had always been a Toyota girl. I learned to drive stick on a 1970s Toyota Celica fastback when I was a teenager--and have owned multiple Camrys, and other models over the years.
I made the switch to the Sonata after my divorce. Of course, I managed to get the one whose ENTIRE ENGINE WAS RECALLED!! Who does that?? Seriously? Then, I was an idiot about the whole thing, and was not smart in my purchasing or trading in of that recalled vehicle. I will not go into detail--I had bad credit, but I also believe I was taken advantage of--but that is the past, and we all learn from our mistakes. That mistake cost me a lot of money.
Fast forward to now, and that expensive mistake is fully owned by yours truly. Of all the cars I have owned (I believe there have been 10 or so that I have owned or co-owned), this is the first one I have paid off, and not just rolled into a new loan. Pretty cool!! Bama was teasing me on the air because this car has a lot of new parts--front and back bumpers and new hood--at least.
At first, I thought paying off the note was no biggie--but then it felt pretty good. No more interest payments--ask me how I did it! Well, I have a steady job and an amazing husband who also has a great job, so I am totally blessed. My husband was kind of a smarty about it: congratulations! Now you totally own that piece of crap! Haha!
All kidding aside--it is an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve. Just keep chipping away. I feel like I want to call Dave Ramsey to tell him. (But then he would ask me about my other debt...I am not ready to talk about that yet.)