NaBloPoMo: Day 3
I sold my baby today. I can’t really call it my baby anymore as it has been over a year since I drove it regularly. My Mustang Convertible, the first car that I ever bought, was sold today. It will be picked up tomorrow and will be gone out of my life forever.
I am a little sad as I LOVED driving around with my convertible top down. Sunshine, to me, is like cocaine to a drug addict. It is one of the most addicting, and one of my favourite, things in the world. At least in my Matrix, I have a sun roof, so I am not completely deprived of my cherished vitamin D while driving.
As much as I loved my Mustang, but there were a few reasons why I decided to buy a new car. The car was getting old. It was a 1996, so it was no spring chicken. I found myself bringing it into the auto repair shop more and more and it just didn’t seem logical to keep spending money on repairs when I could be spending the money on payments for a new car. Plus, the odometer was reaching almost 205,000KMS. There was some paint chipping off the trunk and the whole back end of the car would need to be stripped and repainted, which would cost over $2000. It wasn’t worth it.
However, the final and most important reason I stopped driving the car is that it really was not a winter car. It enjoyed sunshine, not snow. The drivetrain was rear-wheel drive and I found it so scary to drive in the winter. Fish tailing would be a regular occurrence, even with 150lbs of sand in the trunk. After 6 years, I needed something more comfortable for winter driving. I wanted an all-wheel drive vehicle that would get me safely and soundly through the winter.
I started trying to sell the car in May and it has taken until now to finally sell it. I think I started out asking for too much for the car, but I was still so attached to it, that I didn’t want to lower my price. After a couple months, I started lowering the price in tiny increments. I had quite a few people come look at the car, but to tell the truth, the paint chipping on the trunk really seemed to scare people away. So again, I kept lowering the price. Finally, today an offer was accepted and it will be gone as of tomorrow. It is a sad day, but I am also glad it will not sit for another winter under a tarp on our parking pad.
So I’d like to say goodbye to my first baby and I hope it enjoys its’ new home!
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