I'm Down RM12.5k Because I Got a 'New' Car

I can’t believe I own a car now. I mean I had a car before, but that was in KK and my dad kindly bought it for me (I will always be grateful for that). But this time it’s MY car, and I feel like a proper adult.

I’ve always joked with my friends that once self-driving cars were cheap and available, then I would get my own car. I didn’t see the point of owning a car when Grab and public transport is easily available here. On top of that, I didn’t want to deal with the financial cost and the hassle of maintaining a car.

I also reluctantly admit that I have driving anxiety. Here is not the same as KK, the roads are bigger and the drivers are less friendly and I am paranoid that one day I'll end up in an accident *touch wood*. But life is full of surprises because it turns out that I won’t be able to book a Grab from my new workplace. The job was perfect for me, but the location not so much. However, I cannot let something like this stop me from growing. As scared as I was, I had to suck it up.

On Costs

2004 Kelisa: RM11,500

Touch & Go: RM50

Roadtax & Service Charge: RM815

Sunshade: RM50.64

Car Accessories: RM62

Car Wash: RM11

GRAND TOTAL: RM12,488.64

At first, I did consider just getting Grab to work everyday, even though it was really expensive. I would have to spend RM56 everyday to get to and come back from work. Thats RM56 x 20 days = RM1120 every month minimum. Yes - my driving anxiety was so terrible I considered that. The fact is -- getting a car was the cheaper option in the long run. And the fact that I really can't get Grab from my workplace because it wasn't available forced to take that option. I had to suck it up.

So I got a little 15 year old car and its all paid for. To me, it was 'cheap' enough and I didn't have to spend money on instalments every month for YEARS. I admit that actually seeing and sitting in the car made me a little excited, and I had a nice time getting the car new accessories and even a car wash. It's a secondhand car but it was new to me.

I have been practicing for awhile now and I am happy to say I'm not that scared anymore. It's just that I'm only going to use it to drive to work and around my area..that's it. No where else lol


About Me

My name is Marion and I'm Malaysian. My website is where I like to blog about my personal finance journey, personal thoughts and anything that I feel is interesting. All I want is to have a balanced life.


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