Posted by: thaishin | February 12, 2009

We just bought a new car

Finally, after 1 year in Joliet without a car, we just bought a new car. It’s a Toyota Corolla LE 2009.

They say there are 2 times in a year where we can get great discounts. One is when they change to a new model. I think that is during autumn. The other period is during the winter months where the weather is driving away customers.  A friend of ours was kind enough to enquire for us (as he is more experienced in this area) and we bought the car in his home town of Peru (illinois), around 1 hours drive away from joliet. We decided to pay a sizable downpayment and then by loan.  We went for the five year loan. This will give my wife a chance to get a good credit history with the grant of the loan.

Yes, we got by the first year without a car. But it is evident to us that having a car is almost a necessity. In our case, our son just started attending pre school now and he needs to get to school at 1230 pm and knock off at 3pm. I have to drop him off 10 minutes before school and pick him up 10 minutes after school.  Thank God we have managed to borrow a car during this winter from a neighbour of ours. It is most difficult to walk the 15 minute walk to preschool in winter conditions, especially for a 3 year old. I took a cab once and it cost me 22 dollars for the two trips to drop off and pick him up. Going by bus is impossible as the schedule is only hourly.

We really need the car, especially when my wife starts getting assignments in other hospitals.

We decided to buy a new car instead of a used one. Mainly for a peace of mind because we expect to drive a toyota corolla without major repairs for at least the next 5 years. Moreover, it gives good mileage and is less painful on the pocket for gas. Also, we heard that the resale value of the toyota is quite good.

Any maintenance tips, anyone?

1 Timothy 6:17

17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; – kjv

Give thanks to God for giving us a neighbour who has a car to lend us during this winter period.



  1. Good to hear that you finally bought a car and I think you make a right choice of buying a Toyota Corolla as I am also driving one for coming to 6 years without any major problem!

    Some points to take note: the battery of the car need to be checked or changed at least once in one or two years time, especially for the new maintenance free battery, unlike the old battery which can last 3 to 4 years if well taken care by adding battery water, it will just go dead without any sign. I recently found my car couldn’t start up after 1 days without driving it and the culprit was the battery! So my advise is to keep a spare one in your car after one year if the service station is not near your place. Or just ask the technician what is the average life time of the battery and change it after the time expired even before it give you problem.

    As long as you do you maintenance regularly as recommended, and take the advise from the technician for changing some of the parts that subject to wear and tear, e.g. break pad, grudge pad, timing belt, break oil, air filter etc which will be checked regularly anyway in the normal maintenance, you should be safe.

    Pay more attention to the break if you think it is not very effective as new drivers tend to apply more break and hence it will wear more often!

    The last advise, drive safely, no speeding especially in high way.. The straighter and less traffic of the road, the higher chance that you will have severe accidence happened since less attention will be paid!! This is just my personal experience.

    Lastly, drive safely and enjoy the ride of your new car!!!

  2. thanks for your advice.

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