Give Me the Simple Life: Cars


When it comes to simplicity in the car department, I’m there. 

I drive a 13 ½-year-old minivan. I have absolutely no ego tied up in the car I drive. For me, a car is a means for getting from one place to another.

My husband maintains our cars very well—regular oil changes, rotates tires, fixes things right away. There are so many benefits to holding on to a good ol’ car: insurance and taxes and registration fees on my car are a fraction of what other people’s are.

I can take my minivan anywhere and not worry about it being broken into or stolen. (As my children are the first to admit, no one would want it. What my children won’t admit is that the exterior of the minivan is covered with battlescars from their years as new drivers. I can point to a big scratch on the side and remember the day Gary scraped a metal fence. Or the dent in the front bumper conjures up that moment when Tad hit the side of the garage. Ah . . . sweet memories.)

A few years ago, a friend asked me when I was going to get a new car (she drives a Lexus SUV). Well, I told her, trying to mask my annoyance, there’s no need. As my husband pointed out, what would we do for Christmas tree hauling, for visiting grandchildren, for friends who ask to borrow it? Why would I want anything else?

A week ago, my husband and I returned from a trip back east. We left our trusty mini-van in the Park N’ Fly lot for the entire time. When we returned home late at night, the minivan started up without a hitch.

And isn’t that the point?  

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. MS Barb says:

    Amen! And isn’t life nice, w/out car payments! I drove my Toyota Sienna, for over 10 yrs–had over 235,000 miles on it, when an adult child asked to buy it…she had the oil changed @ 240,000 & the man who changed the oil told her that the engine didn’t look like it had 240,000 miles on it because someone maintained it! Preventative maintenance is a good thing! And, I’ve never heard of a mechanic complaining because someone changed their oil too much!

  2. donna ratliff says:

    I’m with you on the car issue. I imagine one of the ways you’ve used it is for transporting the dogs, as well. No car payments, no need for worrying about the “first” dent, for grandbabies spitting up, etc., etc. They are made to use. We call our car “blessing”, for it came to us in a very special way. We actually purchased it without seeing it, because of trust of man who found it in a city far from us. Also, the price couldn’t have been better, and the 2005 Le Sabre Buick has treated us well. We do have a second car, an old Volvo, used to haul things, left to by deceased family member. Enjoying For the Love of Dogs, Suzanne.

  3. Sharyl B. says:

    I feel the same way. My minivan is almost 12 yrs. old and I still love it. My girls have grown up in it and our three big dogs have enjoyed many rides in it. I also love not having car payments.

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