The author makes good arguments. Working two jobs with a wife and two children living in a NYC apartment with a broken down car couldn’t be much fun. Taking the time to drop the transmission pan to maintain the fluid and filter may be too much to do on your back in a gravel parking lot with a car parked closely on both sides. It is so much easier to go to the Ford Store and put $2,000 down on a 2 year old Fusion and make payments.
I had radiator hoses blow off my car a couple times. I learned the hard way that if you maintain your car, those things happen rarely. My Oldsmobile 88 has 252,000 miles. I have a maintenance log that has tons of entries. I also have a spare car to drive when my main car is down for service. I did have my primary and secondary car both break down at the same time once. I blew a brake line dodging a deer in one car, then I blew my tire and busted the wheel in my other car the next day when I hit something on the highway!
All I can say is that saving money isn’t for everyone. I couldn’t count how many times I jacked up mine or a friends car, ripped the pads and rotors off and replaced them.