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From: writerwench Date: January 19th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear, that's so SAD! Sorry, I get really attached to cars, it's very silly of me. My student daughter totalled our old, often-needing-expensive-repairs, but very beloved Escort Estate back in October, and like me she was incredibly sad that she'd 'killed' our car. Although it hadn't had a name until then, suddenly it was called 'Poor Jud' (I'm sure you know the Oklahoma reference)... but it was only one corner that was smashed up, the rest of the car was just fine, if only they'd been willing to fix the front axle and replace the wing and ... no, it really was NOT WORTH FIXING. But from behind it still looked fine.

I think the sadness is a reaction to the broader recognition that things, like people, DO wear out, and the time comes when they are simply no longer filling their function and must be replaced.

Thanks for the reminder, I have a binbag full of old clothes for the charity shop, and another full of rags for the recycling...

Your car looks really nice. Could you get a second-hand same model replacement? Any suggestions for models from me would be silly because I'm in London, England, so I know only the cars available here, and English roads are so different to American - we have so many bends and narrow bits! I've driven many different cars in my time, though. I'd love to have a Mark I Renault Espace again, but with perfect electrics, simply because they're a dream to drive, they're very economical, and incredibly versatile.

Hey ho...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 19th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, I get attached too. That's why I took a bunch of goodbye pictures.

I liked my car, but honestly I feel this one is cursed, or (since I'm not actually superstitious) at least I think I'll feel more comfortable in something different. (Four years ago I was in another accident, and I replaced that car with the very same one, this one. Not again! I don't even want the same color.)

From: writerwench Date: January 19th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, right, well in that case... it depends entirely on what your lifestyle requires, but I'd look very closely at reliability and a good driving position/seat comfort for a female. A lot of cars I've driven have been obviously designed for long-legged men, and the seat belts have driven me NUTS constantly creeping up around my neck.

I'm a bit odd with cars... I like things like the Renault Five and the Mark 1 Renault Espace, because they're such design/style icons and so distinctive, but probably in the USA any import would be pricey to maintain/repair/replace bits on. I'm incredibly lucky to have a very good, very honest young car mechanic just around the corner, who keeps my vehicles in good nick, but without one of them, it's always a worry.
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