It seems like the measuring point for all events is either Beckett’s birth in August 2008 or the last Christmas – almost like B.C. and A.D. – but in this case it’s “After Beckett”, “Before Beckett” and “Before or After Christmas”.
So, sometime before Christmas we upgraded our second car. Well, upgraded is a relative term. We traded in our beat-up, well-loved, mid-90s Ford Taurus that my husband used as a work car for a 1986 half ton Chevy diesel truck. It’s a beast. It made my husband’s day like the Red Rider Double Action BB gun could in A Christmas Story. He loves his truck. I mean luh-oves his truck. And, if you want to snap Beckett out of a grumpy mood or get her to shapen up quicker than any candy could do, offer her a ride in the “big red truck”!
So, why’d we get what many of you are probably presuming is a gas-guzzling, exhaust spewing, hunk of metal?
It’s the biodiesel, baby!
Moneywise, the miles per gallon is a toss up between the Chevy and the Taurus. The gas mileage was nothing short of dreadful on the sedan and the truck is pushing upwards of 22 mpg – just over what we were getting. We also reasoned that, for the same bottom dollar, we’d rather have Jacob in something that made his heart go pitter-patter and didn’t remind me of a granny car.
The big red truck sounds like a semi warming up in the morning and can get even the dumbest, slowest, deafest dog to move out of the road when it comes around the corner.
But, what I really love is the biodiesel. Oh yeah! I love that we average 40+ miles to the gallon with our primary vehicle (a 2007 Toyota Prius), but I never dreamed of being able to purchase an alternative fuel for one of our vehicles. I like knowing that the diesel we are filling up with is completely renewable, easy-ish to find, cleaner burning and affordable.
So, if we can trade in one hunk of metal for another – a sexy, manly truck that runs on unwanted waste and eliminates one more petroleum-based gasoline guzzling engine, I say we made the right decision. Gotta love the biodiesel, baby!
Are you a fan of biodiesel yourself? Do you use it in one of your vehicles?
Biodiesel isn’t readily available at all gas stations, but if you are planning a road trip or looking for locations in your hometown, check out this link for retail pumps. It’s not the most user-friendly site, but it has the info you need.