I mentioned it briefly in a post last week, but I’m a big fan of The Junky Car Club. The JCC is a laid-back coalition of happy drivers who intentionally tool around in less-than-new vehicles. Why? Three big reasons:
1) Junky Car Clubbers think it’s important to get off the materialism treadmill, that there’s no real need to drive a nice, shiny new car when a used car will get you around town just as well. The Junky Car Club is a polite rebellion against consumer culture.
2) Clubbers think it’s better to spend money on things that matter. Having cash available to donate to a social justice cause or organization can be impossible with a big car payment. Why not drive an older car that’s paid off, and use the extra funds to help someone? The JCC motto is challenging: Living with less so we can give more.
3) Clubbers share environmental concerns. In a world suffering from the weight of too much stuff, it’s better to hang on to things a bit longer, to re-use old things whenever possible. New isn’t always preferable to old, just like bigger isn’t always better.
I’ve never been a big car guy — I guess I’ve always seen a vehicle as more of a tool for getting from one place to another rather than a statement about social status or coolness or whatever. And other than the 1999 Honda CR-V my wife and I bought when our first child was on the way (we’re still driving it), I’ve never owned a new car. Probably would have bought that one used, too, if we had a do-over.
So I have my convictions, and as someone who’s always been a little uncomfortable with consumerism and materialism and a culture where spending and buying are just an accepted part of life, I think the Junky Car Club is an incredible idea. That’s why I’m part-time blogging for the organization, and that’s why I’m a member. The Junky Car Club would love to have you, too.
In fact, you may already qualify for membership. Find out for yourself at the Junky Car Club website and blog.