Let’s see… We buy food.  We buy gear.  We buy guns.  We buy ammunition.  We grow gardens.  We can food.  We talk about Bug Out Locations.  We talk about Bugging In.  We talk about a lot of things, but as I was driving home from work this evening, I had a couple of thoughts.  The inspection on my car is coming up at the end of June, and I am concerned, as I usually am around this time, that my vehicle might need a few things this year; Brakes, tires, rotors, etc.  This brings me to the topic at hand.  First, how many of use prep and store the consumables our vehicles use?  I am not talking fuel, assuming fuel will be available when we need it.  I am talking about those consumables we only need once in a while when we get an oil change or when we get our vehicle inspected.

I was a little taken back by this thought.  By this, let’s assume that we have a car or truck.  Doesn’t matter which one.  It is your Bug Out Vehicle and the vehicle you plan on using in a SHTF.  Let’s assume a couple of hypothetical scenarios for a moment.  Either one or both.  Hyperinflation, natural or man made disaster.  Maybe both at the same time.  You jump in your Bug Out Vehicle, head to your Bug Out location, or maybe you just shelter in.  Either one.   When the dust settles, the situation around you is grim, but you’ve got your preps and your BOV still runs.  Days go by and you quickly realize services are NOT going to return to normal.  As I let out a big sigh while writing this, I think; hmmm.  I have food, water, etc.  But my BOV needs tires and an oil change.  I’ve been meaning to do it and now the garage, Jiffy Lube, etc. are no longer services, standing, etc.  What do you do?

Did you prep for your car?  Did you buy cases of oil so you had a year’s worth of oil?  Did you buy four or five oil and air filters?  Should I go out and buy as “spare set of tires” to keep in storage just in case?  What if I have to use my vehicle for harder use utility?  Where can I get fuel?  I didn’t store any?  Should I store fuel?  Where would I store it living in an apartment outside the city?  Should I just buy a couple of 5 gallon gas cans and run to the gas station if I bug out?

I’m putting the question out there for responses.  What would you do?  Would you spend an extra “X dollars” on tires, filters, etc. to keep in storage?  How far would you go for prepping for your car?  Extra serpentine belt, anti-freeze, steering fluid, transmission fluid, etc?

I’ve been giving this thought, mostly because everyone talks about jumping in their car and getting out of Dodge, but the reality of it is, I think, at least I do, may take our vehicles for granted because we can just jump in the car and go whenever we want.

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