Automobile Ownership Roadmap for myself
by, 3rd Jun 2012 at 16:03 (890 Views)
Last few days were fun for me. I had some time off from work. But instead of going on a road trip, I chose to spend my time on this forum, wrote two travelogues, revisited to some god times we had as family, read some good travelogues and went on virtual trips around GQ, Bhutan, North East etc.
From tomorrow, it will be work as usual for me and going back to school for my daughter. Summer vacations got over. Today afternoon, instead of having a good afternoon nap, I thought of indulging into a typical “Gear Head Thinking” and chalk out an Automobile Ownership Roadmap and KM per Year (KMPY) for myself. It took couple of hours to put together these two things.
Automobile Ownership Roadmap mainly lists the vehicles owned / driven by me and the ones which I plan to own in coming years..
The KMPY chart is also self explanatory. I expect the current run rate expect to continue for next 3-4 years, after which as the academic focus on our daughter increases, our road trips or number of vacations expected to come down.
My current car (ANHC) will continue to be used for another 4 years, after which it will be replaced. I am yet to make up my mind whether it should be a SUV or Sedan. I will be making the decision just prior to the purchase.
Wife as been asking for a vehicle for her so that her dependency on me will be reduced. I feel that in next 4 years horizon, this request will become stronger, ending in a vehicle purchase whose main purpose is to take daughter around for her classes, hobbies, skill training etc. Of course the decision for this vehicle will be made by wife.
When my daughter turns 18, like any other 18 year old, she will demand a vehicle for her. Hence the provision for a two wheeler.
Of course before retiring from corporate career, I will be looking to change over to a brand new vehicle so that the maintenance costs will be lower during the initial ownership period which co-insides with my initial retirement years.
There is a vision to provide a four wheeler for my daughter and a caravan or SUV for myself at the fag end of the driving life.
These are just thoughts as of now. Need to work hard / smart to execute on this roadmap.
So it is back to work for me...