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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Someone made me an offer for my pride and joy today. Yes that's right, it's time to sell the Fiesta. *stricken look* :(

We had some great old times together - pothole dodging, drive-by eggings, bank heists. It's not going to be easy to let go of her.

This time next week, some executive power-b*tch will probably drive past me in her (oh wait, no it's a Fiesta. Probably aiming a bit high there ). This time next week, she'll probably pass me in the street drive by some idiot boy-racer and I wont recognise her because she'll have various new bumpers and appendages and be covered in stripes.

No, it's not going to be easy at all. It's surprising how attached you can get to your car - for me, it was my own space outside of home. Various gullys and compartments held half my life - cigarettes, lipstick, loose change, hairbrushes, leaflets, bits of newspapers, even a pillow and duvet! (I've had to sleep in her more than once. )

Looking forward, I am now going to be car-less for the next 3 months, at the mercy of my family and public transport, but of course we dont have public transport where I live out in the sticks. Sigh.

Ah well, all for a good cause, must remember that....:)

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Have strength, girl, have strength.

To quote George Harrison.....All Things Must Pass.....and friendly, personable autos are no exception.

I'm not looking forward to our little Neon's exit from this life. She has 145,000 miles on her, and I'm trying to nurse another 100,000. We still get 30-35 mpg (20,378 kilometers per liter) .

You know how the seat feels when you get behind the wheel? Like an old comfy pair of shoes, like home, like a good wine buzz, like......

Courage. Be strong.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Poor Ev!

Welcome to the ranks of the car-less, where you get to rely on other people to drive you around and pick you up, and you have to pre-plan everywhere you go to make sure public transport won't leave you stranded.

On the upside, you'll no longer have to be the designated driver. Woo hoo!

4. Posted by ollyrules (Inactive 13 posts) 11y

Hi there,

I know exactly how you are feeling, I have to get rid of my little corsa in about a months time, before I go off to Oz.

I love my little car, and it is so great not having to rely on anyone. If you feel like going somewhere, you just up and go!!!!

Me and my little baby have been every, treking up the beacons in Wales (we got very lost!!!!), numerous trips to the beach and more importantly, taking me to see all my mates!!!!

I will miss her, but hope she will go to a nice home

Just think of whereever you are going!!!!

Holly

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Ev,

Just remember - no matter how bad you feel, keep that stiff upper lip thing going! Oh wait... That's the British... Never mind!!!! ;)

You definitely have my sympathies too! Like Beerman, I can't even begin to imagine how horrble I'm going to feel when the jellybean mobile rolls down her final mile. A great car is a great friend. They take you where you need to go, don't complain when you leave crumbs all over the seats, let you get a night's sleep when needed, their radio keeeps you company, they are convenient overflow closets (or drawers), and they only ask for the occasional feeding.

Stay strong, Ev! It was all for a good cause. When you do return, you can start a new relationship with another vehicle in need of a friend. I know it won't be the same... It never is... But you will always have that last night together with your pillow and duvet. Memories like those are priceless.

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I'm in somewhat of a different situation, though I can feel your pain. Me, I'm still driving around in my 93' Ford Explorer with 195,000 miles on it. I'm convinced it will make it well over 200,000 but it's really starting to do a lot of "old car stuff". The driver's side inside door handle just fell off. It makes the dinging noise, even with no key in the ignition nor lights turned on. I'm actually quite fine with all of that, but it's starting to sound like it's having some bigger issues than just aesthetics and upkeep. The 4-wheel drive has gone out (needed where I live), the muffler is completely eroded and I believe the brakes are down to their last bit of friction.

I could probably swing a car payment if absolutely necessary, I just feel that buying a new car makes me a grown up and definitely puts any future travel plans (saving) on hold. For me, it's not saying goodbye to my car that is tough; it's saying goodbye to no payments, low insurance and the irresponsibility of youth!

If I can fix the "dangerous problems" for a reasonable amount of money, I think I can get one more good year out of her! I fear I'm at the point where the fixing costs way more than the worth of the car.

7. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

In early days of my career I was used to public transport. But once I bought my first car 12yrs ago,I have never been without one. Now I have a ALTO ...its a great driving this cutie. I always make my trips in this. I have taken it to the Himalays above 4000mts. (Badrnath and Rohtang pass).
I just can't think of parting with it now. But times change for everyone......who knows....whats waiting for you in the next turn....
bibs

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting john7buck

I'm in somewhat of a different situation, though I can feel your pain. Me, I'm still driving around in my 93' Ford Explorer with 195,000 miles on it. I'm convinced it will make it well over 200,000 but it's really starting to do a lot of "old car stuff". The driver's side inside door handle just fell off. It makes the dinging noise, even with no key in the ignition nor lights turned on. I'm actually quite fine with all of that, but it's starting to sound like it's having some bigger issues than just aesthetics and upkeep. The 4-wheel drive has gone out (needed where I live), the muffler is completely eroded and I believe the brakes are down to their last bit of friction.

I could probably swing a car payment if absolutely necessary, I just feel that buying a new car makes me a grown up and definitely puts any future travel plans (saving) on hold. For me, it's not saying goodbye to my car that is tough; it's saying goodbye to no payments, low insurance and the irresponsibility of youth!

If I can fix the "dangerous problems" for a reasonable amount of money, I think I can get one more good year out of her! I fear I'm at the point where the fixing costs way more than the worth of the car.

BEERMAN - LOOK!!!! THERE'S STILL HOPE FOR THE JELLYBEAN MOBILE!!! 195,000 AND STILL KICKIN' - WAY TO GO JOHN!!!!!

John, we feel you pain too. The thought of car payments is scary!!! (Haven't had to make those in quite awhile ourselves.) Car payments mean we get to skip the Caribbean, skip the diving, skip TP meet-ups (NO - not meet-ups - say it ain't so) and (like you) pretend to be responsible adults. YUCK!!!!! Sorry - I don't want to grow up... I want to be a Toys-R-Us kid... But, it also means that future TP meet-ups will have to take place at Isa Manor... Oh, now there's a thought... Tina - we'll find a bubble tent for you!!

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

I just came back from doing 19,000km in 41 days with my car in May. She was transport, bedroom, kitchen, home, office, and bear repellant (black bear knocked on her window at 5am, have photos).

She's also my most expensive possession, so I know what you mean. I need to give her some new tires, a winter undercoating and a few maintenance things. Hopefully she'll go another 4 years before I have to say goodbye. She's the second generation of this model I've had. I'm travelling further and further by car these days, so while I enjoy being carfree while going to school downtown, I'd have to give up lots of my life without my car.

10. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Quoting Q_Zhang

I just came back from doing 19,000km

What is that, like 150, maybe 200 miles?