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Did You Remember Your Car on National Odometer Day?

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On: Wed, May 13, 2015 at 10:15AM | By: Gary P Garry

Did You Remember Your Car on National Odometer Day?

When you buy a new motor vehicle, whether it is really new or just new to you, the right way to go will depend upon your objectives. There are those who want to buy their dream cars, and they don't necessarily think about the long run, because they intend to trade up before the cars rack up too many miles.

Practicality and durability can be the selling point for others. There are people who are most concerned about the staying power of the vehicle, and I have been one of them at times. Sometimes you buy a car with the intention of keeping it until it simply stops running.

Though I espouse the virtues of American cars for my own reasons, I recognize the fact that some foreign models are built for the long haul. I owned a Toyota Corolla for a number of years, and I sold it with over 220,000 miles on it. It had some dings here and there, but the engine wouldn't quit.

Recently I published an article about a couple who drove through every county in the lower 48 United States. They completed the feat in the same car every step of the way. The vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Intrepid, had 540,000 miles on it when I wrote the article back in March.

The couple, Jennifer and Jon Riehl, intend to extend the journey by systematically covering every county in Hawaii and Alaska as well. Whether or not the Dodge Intrepid will be able to carry the load throughout the adventure remains to be seen, but the car has certainly done its job and then some.

Why do I have odometers on my mind? Following Facebook feeds can provide you with some interesting information that you never would have known about. On the day of this writing, I saw a post by Mike Wolfe of American Pickers fame. He wanted to let everybody know that May 12th is National Odometer Day.

To be positive, a car's odometer can certainly tell you a lot about the vehicle, and it is quite cool to see the old school applications when you look at classic car dashboards.

On the other hand, I like old cars as much as anyone, but I'm not so sure about this one. I know that Hallmark has created a lot of holidays for their own purposes. I haven't seen any “Happy Odometer Day” cards yet, but you never know.



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