Recently, several of us we're in the break room and we started talking about how many vehicles we've owned in our life. After thinking about it, I have only owned four vehicles in my lifetime.

My first car was a 1973 Volkswagon Beetle. It was white and still had the original AM radio in it. I loved that car. But as a teenager will do, I was rough on it. I think I had it for about 4 years or so. If I could get another one, I would.

From there, I moved on to a 1996 Chevrolet S-10. I'm not much of truck guy but I enjoyed having this one.

After that I got a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2. It was a zippy, 2 door, 4 banger that sipped gas. During a couple of trips to Dallas, I kept track of the gas mileage and I was getting close to 50 miles per gallon. It didn't have cruise control, though, which really sucked for interstate driving.

I traded that one in for my current vehicle, 2004 Saturn Ion Redline. I bought it in 2006 so I've had that car now, gosh, 13 years now. It's time to upgrade but I haven't had a car payment in several years. Kinda enjoying that.

However, I seem to be among most people. According to a May 2017 article from CNBC, the average person will keep their car for 11.6 years.

I know some people that change cars every couple of years. I don't know if I could do that. There's something about finishing payments and getting that title in the mail. Here's to my next car, whatever or whenever that might be.

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