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Should I buy a new car?

This week’s question from Tom Wilson…

> OK, I realize a car’s major carbon footprint is the actual gas that it uses. What is the carbon footprint to just build a new car before it uses any gas?

> Am I shrinking my footprint by not buying a new car? The last new car I bought was a four cylinder, five speed manual transmission, four door sedan purchased in August of 1987. It still averages 22-24 mpg and I drive it 5-6 thousand miles per year. Equivalent new cars average 27-30 mpg.

> Should I stick with my plan? Being car payment free since 1992 is enjoyable.

Can you help? Answers in the comments section, below.

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