Can I go a decade without buying a new car?

I have owned more cars than you would guess based on my age. I like cars way more than I should, and not just sports cars and exotic cars, I like ALL cars. Yes, even the Mitsubishi Mirage that I will hate on every chance I get. Every model to me represents a series of interesting engineering and business choices the manufacture makes and I’m always fascinated with the end product. If I could afford to, I would probably own one of every model ever made. It’s because of this that I buy too many cars. Every new car for sale I see feels somehow like a good deal, a great interesting find. I want one of everything for my collection, or it’s not complete.

I think this is the exhaustive list of the cars I have owned and/or had driven for a period of time as my own vehicle since I was 16 years old:

  • 1985 S10 Blazer I4
  • 1994 Chevy Beretta V6
  • 1996 Chevy Beretta Z26
  • 1987 Ford Bronco II
  • 1995 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan
  • 1997 Saab 9-3 SE convertible 2.0T
  • 1991 Chevy Beretta GTZ
  • 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT V6
  • 1995 Subaru Impreza L sportwagen
  • 2007 VW Rabbit 2 door
  • 2007 Mazda MX-5 GT
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent hatch
  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco
  • 2010 Mazda MX-5 GT
  • 2018 Kia Forte Sedan

My household now has three vehicles we have settled on. The 2010 Miata, the 2018 Forte and a mid-size cross-over. I’m committing myself to keep all three of these vehicles for a minimum of ten years. This is a big deal for me. I find great deals on really cool cars all the time and continuously have an instinct to buy them. For the sake of financial security and a happy marriage, I’m attempting to go an entire decade without purchasing another vehicle. I assume my next vehicle purchase will be electric just based on current trends and where we will be in 2027 when I allow myself to look again.

What do you think, can I do it? Would you be able to?

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