Alex Nunez:

Today we celebrate our independence as a nation with parties, parades, fireworks, and all the attendant fun. Chances are, you’ll drive to one or all of the aforementioned events.
 You will take that drive for granted. You shouldn’t.
 July 4th is a great opportunity to look at your ride, be it a Prius or a Pantera, and remember that it’s more than just a machine. It’s a symbol of independence, right there in your driveway.
 That car of yours is freedom.
 No, it’s not inexpensive to own and operate. Insurance isn’t cheap. Neither is gas. Depending on where you live, you might have the annual “privilege” of paying property tax on it, too. And don’t forget the ongoing maintenance costs. It can all get daunting at times.