Recently, several of us we're in the break room and we started talking about how many vehicles we've owned in our life.

As I got to thinking, it has only been four.

My first car was a 1973 Volkswagon Beetle (Not what's pictured above. I need to sort threw printed photos to find a picture of my bug). 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, too. 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. The S-10 was replaced with the Colorado years later.

After that I got a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2. It was a zippy 2 door, 4 banger that sipped gas. 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, 12 years. It may be time to upgrade but when you haven't had a car payment in five years, it's hard to get back into that.

But 12 years is roughly around how long people are keeping vehicles today. 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 that might be.

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