Requiem for an old friend
Our dear and faithful car is about to give up the ghost after serving us well for the past 14 years. We bought it new in 1993 and since then it has done 200785 miles. It seats eight so took all the family to France for a family reunion in 1994, since then it has safely been across France several times, and into Belgium and Luxemburg. Of course it has been to Ireland a few times and up and down to Cornwall every summer for many years. It regularly visited London before Sam moved to San Fransisco and it knows its way to both Bristol and Heathrow Airports. Until recently it only required a little tender loving care a bit of a clean and regular services but like many old folk in the past few months it's been in for repair quite a few times and now it's needing major surgery which my hubby feels is not worth it. In fact he anticipated the garage saying no further treatment, so we are reluctantly going to put it out to pasture (more likely the knackers yard).
Having made the decision hubby took himself off to see an old pal who is a used car specialist. This time around we can't afford a brand new car so we wanted to make sure we got a good deal. Hubby came back quite excited and said he had made an appointment for me to view an Avenis Verso that is 4 years old with 56,000 on the clock which I thought was a bit excessive but hubby was quite happy with this. The car had only just come in and if we were interested we could have it slightly below book price. So we drove back over and whilst I'm really not sure why I was consulted, the car seemed comfy enough, there was plenty of leg room and although one less seat than old car it does have air con, CD player, back windows operate individually and it's 5 door, seats turn into tables and there is a storage box under the rear floor. Not sure about the colour, it's silver, and everyone seems to have a silver car (I wonder how many times we will loose it in car parks), but we paid our money and its now sitting outside the house. Hubby is busy reading up all the literature (boys and their toys comes to mind) and I can tell he is rather pleased with the new acquisition.