Saturday, February 24, 2007

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.

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17 Comments:

At 24/2/07 18:12, Blogger Beccy said...

Oh how exciting, that was the car I wanted but we couldn't afford it, I am so jealous!

 
At 24/2/07 18:14, Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I think that's a happy story. Farewell to your faithful old car.
Cranky and I bought a silver car last year. Our standing joke is "What color is your silver car?"

 
At 24/2/07 18:48, Blogger elena jane said...

congrats on the new car! and it still seats 7, well done. our SILVER van still seats only 7 ;-)

 
At 24/2/07 19:52, Blogger Little Miss Moi said...

Dear chrisb. I still have fond memories of driving with my whole family up and down the aussie highways in our old old toyota tarago. Cars are people too (not really) but they DO hold memories. I hope you have LOTS of fun road trips in your new car!

 
At 24/2/07 20:58, Blogger Asha said...

Good for you Chris! New car looks great.Enjoy your van and make new memories.

We had Dodge Caravan for 7 yrs with 80000 miles on it ,sold last year and bought a brand new Nissan Murano for Arvind and a Toyota Highlander for me.Guess what? Mine is silver too,my daughter who is almost 16yrs old calls it "old peoples color"!!I like it anyway:)

 
At 24/2/07 21:31, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy this one did not actually cost very much

CC, asha, elena jane I feel in good company having a silver car

little miss moi its going to get its first road test tomorrow.

 
At 24/2/07 23:33, Blogger Sam said...

hey - my silver car is quite silver too

comgratulations embee!

 
At 24/2/07 23:57, Blogger Beccy said...

So we're a family of silver cars then, how boring!

Where's the first road trip?

 
At 25/2/07 06:31, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Chris ~~ Thank you for your comments, and glad yor hubby likes the jokes too. He did well with the brownie points while you were away.
Loved to see signs of Spring. And the new car is beautiful and I hope you and it will have many happy miles together. Thanks for your visit, Hi to Hubby ! Take care, Love, Merle.

 
At 25/2/07 08:55, Blogger enid said...

chris, enid sympathises. she gets attached to cars too - they have been through so much with the family they do almost seem like part of it.

oh, and she and the man have a silver car too. she thinks that their next one should be something else, so she can find it in car parks.

 
At 25/2/07 09:17, Anonymous Willowtree said...

Chris, I don't know how you managed to get off the list, I clearly remember putting you on! Anyway, you are back on now...sorry for the stuff up.

About the car, it's hard to say goodbye. I've had mine since 1990 and it's only got 90,000 miles on it. I have to agree with you that the mileage does seem tad high, but it depends on how much you paid.

 
At 25/2/07 10:29, Blogger Beccy said...

Mum, did Dad manage to dispose any of the rubbish from the old car or did he transfer it all to the new car?

 
At 25/2/07 11:23, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy we're not boring well maybe dad and I are!!
the rubbish is still in the old car we ( please note the 'we') have to clear it before we get rid of the car.

merle we look forward to you keeping us entertained for a long time to come see you next week.

enid its been such a great car and so convenient as it had room for all the family. I don't somehow think I will get attached to the new one in the same way.

willowtree thanks for sorting out the link. I just hope we haven't made a mistake with the car but time will tell, we know the history and it's only one owner so fingers crossed and if it turns out to be half as good as the old one that will be OK.

 
At 26/2/07 15:36, Blogger Beccy said...

I didn't mean we were boring Mum, but silver cars are more than bland! If you help with the clean out then you can just dumo everything in the bin, Dad won't know!

 
At 26/2/07 17:13, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy he has been quite good so far and has thrown out quite a lot of rubbish!! In fact at this precise moment he is going out to clear some more. He got a quote for fitting a tow bar (because the you cant transfer) and it was around £800 so we have to look for a cheaper option.

 
At 27/2/07 13:24, Blogger Beccy said...

That sounds a lot, didn't realise they were that expensive.

Does that mean you're going to get back into cycling?

 
At 27/2/07 20:53, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy i have been wanting to get back to cycling for a long time but as you know I dont like the roads.

 

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