It is such a natural tendency to buy new things in our society today. If something doesn’t look quite right or doesn’t work exactly as planned, the first reaction is to just get a new one and to throw the old one away! Not only is this wasteful, but it’s expensive! My case and point is with my car.
When I bought my 2001 Honda Civic almost a year ago, I wasn’t particularly fond of the headlights. The body of the car was without rust and the paint job was still pretty good, but man oh man, those headlights were ug-ly! One of them was actually yellow (from the many years of wear), but even if it wasn’t, the purple low beams just didn’t do it for me. Every time I pulled into my corporate job, I secretly hoped that no one would see me driving my car, mainly because of these stinking headlights.
I really had three solutions to this problem (well, four if you count “just dealing with it”, but I really didn’t like that option), (1) trying to clean the headlamp, (2) replacing the headlamp, or (3) selling this car and buying another one.
I know that third option sounds silly, but did you know how many people would have gone with option #3? Of course they wouldn’t say that that was the reason, but they would be all impressed with a different car (that had shiny, non-discolored headlights), and then make up some excuse that their current car didn’t provide them with the room that they really needed (or some B.S. like that).
As you may have guessed, I started with the cheapest option (go figure! :)) and tried to clean the headlamps. It definitely cleared up the fog, but it was still yellow and ugly (and still purple! LOL). Needless to say, I still wasn’t satisfied. $9.95 down the hole.
My next option was to replace the headlamps back to the original. I found a great deal online for some new ones and it would only cost me $75 for the pair. After purchasing some new bulbs, the total purchase came to about $100. It took me a little longer to install than what I would have liked (I needed to replace the entire front fascia), but they sure are looking pretty now!
For only $100, I now feel like I’m driving an entirely new car. Instead of going out and scouting the used car market for a new ride, I am now content to drive this one long through the winter. The investment was small, but it made a huge difference! If you ever have the option to refurbish some of your possessions, I say give it a try. You might be impressed with the results.
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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.