Goodbye My Friend -- And Here's to a New Beginning!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Olsen Ziegler Realty
Goodbye my friend. 

My-ex 1992 Honda Accord

A piece of my life just drove away yesterday, never to return, and I'm a bit nostalgic, not really melancholy, but my wife and I definitely took a trip down memory lane for a bit.

The reason for the nostalgia is pretty simple I think: I'm past the point of getting excited about cars anymore.  We decided to not buy a new car anymore after this one due the huge depreciation encountered in the first several years.  My goal and ideals are more practical: reliability, low maintenance, lower total cost of ownership, and practicality.

This car may well be the last new car we will ever own.  We owned this car for 18 years so it becomes a part of your life, albeit minor, but always there, nonetheless.

I know...I's a piece of sheet metal -- but --it used to be a gorgeous piece of sheet metal when my wife and I purchased this Honda Accord brand new back in 1992. Shiny red paint, a moon roof, and that classic tight steering that Honda is known for.

It's funny how one's priorities change over time.  When we bought this car, that was BK <before kids>.  So, we would wash, wax, and detail this car regularly.  We lived in the Washington, D.C. area so it really wasn't exposed to salt on the roads, and it was garage kept.

I tracked the model changes of the Accord over the years and I never found a body style I like as much as this one.

We brought our first child home from the hospital in the backseat <backwards..that was so disconcerting not being able to see her on the trip home> in her little car seat.

We also brought our son home from the hospital in this car.  By this time, our daughter had time to smash goldfish into every conceivable place, sippy cups being spilled, bottles being dumped upside down, and graham cracker crust was everywhere.  The time sticky fruit rolls entered the picture, I knew this car was no longer our shiny new baby, but a fairly cool way and still decent looking way to get from point A to point B.

By the time this car was 10 years old and we were living in Ohio with salt on the roads, more harsh winters, I struggled to keep this keep this still very fine looking car looking almost brand new. 

Our daughter's equestrian activities made this car smell like a barn <thanks goodness for Pure Ayre, an organic product that dissolves smells, odors, etc., naturally>.

I coached my daughter's soccer team for three years and many a game she would hop in the backseat after a wet, cold, muddy game and being the proactive, common sense parent, I forgot a towel so she could both dry off as well as sit on in the car. the miles poured on...227,000 miles to be exact, I really wanted to see this car to the 300K milestone, like running a marathon, I was determined to do it, but my wife had her sights set on a used Honda Minivan for it's ability to transport 7 kids as well as large things from Lowes, so I got overruled and we found a 5-year old minivan
(also on Craigslist) with 50K miles on it to get us hopefully through the next 10 years.

Luckily, we found a great owner (thanks to Craigslist) and we hope our old baby that was with us for 18 years will give this new owner another 100K and another 10 years of reliable transportation the way it has us.

Good bye my longtime friend...18 years is a long time...and you were very good to us and I will miss seeing you in my garage every morning, always ready to go.


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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

WOW -  that is amazing.  I've never owned a car for more than 2 years!!  I am impressed with the memories you created with your vehicle.  Good luck with the new one.

Nov 21, 2010 12:24 PM #1
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Awww... I am gonna cry!! dang... Made me think of my first car that I had for so many years.. Good luck with the van... I hope it becomes as special to you... :)

Nov 21, 2010 12:25 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Chris, not too many other name brand cars can last 18 years, Diane, my other half has one that is going on 11 years and she would not want any other brand...

Nov 21, 2010 12:26 PM #3
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!"

Chris - very touching tribute to a good, old friend! Good luck moving on!

Nov 21, 2010 12:30 PM #4
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

227,000 for 18 years thats pretty good I wish I could do that.  My car is 2006 model and already has 130,000 miles and I hope it will get me to 200,000 and beyond.

Nov 21, 2010 12:34 PM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Chris that car is in great shape for a that would have half those years and mileage.  You and your wife must take excellent care of you vehicles.

Nov 21, 2010 02:25 PM #6
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Susan -- Thanks, good luck to you too.

Hi Sheila -- Thanks.

Hi Endre -- Hondas do seem to run almost forever.

Hi Kathy -- Thanks.

Hi Andrzej -- Woe, you drive some serious miles -- I hope yours holds well for you.

Hi George -- We try to, kids can tend to get in the way of that! :)

Nov 22, 2010 03:13 PM #7
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

I love this post...My husband and I recently went through the same thing with our 15 year old Trooper.  It's amazing how the right car can become part of the family!  I now drive a Honda...Love Them!!!

Good luck with the new friendship!

Nov 23, 2010 09:08 PM #8
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Amy -- Wow, 15 years is a long time also.  Happy Hondaing around!

Nov 26, 2010 09:09 AM #9
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Chris--I plan to have my six year old Lexus a long time.  I am currently at about 125,000 miles and most folks think it is a fairly new car.  If more of us would be willing to admit it, I think we would discover that many people have an emotional attachment to our vehicles.  My car has been so reliable.  It seems to have 'taken care' of me these past six years!  Hope you have the same good luck with the new car!

Dec 04, 2010 01:49 PM #10
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hey Pat -- Lexus have such a solid reputation I bet it holds for a long time.  I hope it stays that way for you, and thanks as well! :)

Dec 05, 2010 04:55 AM #11
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