During a recent conversation with my oldest son, I mentioned that my dad would buy inexpensive vehicles when we were growing up. With five children and Christian school tuition to pay, there wasn’t a large amount of money available to purchase the latest model. But I have to say that none of us ever felt as if we were poor. God always provided for our needs. We never lacked for food, clothes, or interesting transportation. Who can forget the 1970 Ford Econoline “Turtle Top” or the two-tone 1969 Plymouth Satellite station wagon with mag wheels? These were interesting vehicles which we all enjoyed.
But what about today? Is it possible for God to provide a decent car for under $10k, $5k, or even … $2,500? It may take a bit of looking, but there are decent, inexpensive cars available for sale if you are willing to live with some minor imperfections. Let me tell you about our family’s recent purchase.
I had looked through the semi-local Craigslist ads near Willard, Ohio and found a few inexpensive vehicles. But the better ones were located in Detroit which is about 2 1/2 hours away. Before I could drive up, business took me to the Pittsburgh area. As I traveled toward Pittsburgh, I wondered if anything would be available in the area. After a prayer to God for wisdom, I did a quick search on Craigslist.
After finishing my business, I contacted the owner of a 2001 BMW 525i and arranged a test drive. Everything looked good including the fact that it had a manual transmission. (This, I thought, would be good to teach our kids how to drive stick.) Nothing about the car’s condition scared me away.
- Yes, the car had lowered springs which I am not especially fond of.
- Yes, several ABS brake lights were on, but I grew up without ABS.
- Yes, it had 263k miles on it. But the vehicle ran well and looked good.
After a 20 minute conversation, I agreed to purchase the car for under $2,500. The ride home proved to me that God had answered my prayer for wisdom. It ran well and was fun to drive. Now the only thing I need to pray about is patience teaching stick to three children.