Thankful For My Vehicles (#7)

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"They say the car we drive says a lot about us.  I believe the way we drive says just as much or more."  -Carol

Last year I wrote about my car in the 12 Days Of Thanksgiving 2017 Challenge.  Whatever year it is, I can't pass up the opportunity to express my thankfulness for my vehicles.

When my husband was alive we usually had 4 - 5 cars at any given time.  He was almost always working on a project.  He was partial to the classic muscle cars, but his very first project was a 1930 Ford Model A.

When my husband passed we had 4 vehicles: The 2008 Ford Taurus that I still have, a 1989 Chevy custom van, a 1971 Buick Riviera and a 1973 Buick Centurion.  It took me about 3 years before I could bring myself to sell the extra vehicles... the van, the Riviera, and the Centurion. 

I managed very nicely with one vehicle until last winter when my neighbors decided to sell their van Toyota Sienna van.  Neither could drive anymore, so they asked if I wanted to buy it.  I was tempted but didn't really NEED another vehicle.  I told them I would be willing to buy it, but they could definitely sell it for more money than what I would be willing to pay.  Their daughter called me and said they really wanted to sell it to me and asked how much I would be willing to pay.  I told her.  Shortly after that, the daughter called back and said they really wanted to sell it to me even if it was for less money.  They liked knowing I would take good care of it.  I did buy it and love it.  The real reason I bought it was because it accommodates our entire golf team (6 of us) and all of our clubs and other gear.  We can travel to events together which is a lot of fun.  I also like that it sits higher than a standard car.  It is not AWD like my Taurus, so the car is the vehicle I'll use mostly in the wintertime. 

I am so thankful for both of my vehicles!  They are ready, willing and ready to go on my every whim.

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Joe Pryor
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I used to be a car lover but now we buy one every ten years. We stick with Toyota and Lexus with two in OKC and one in Jupiter Florida.

Nov 16, 2018 08:34 AM #12
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Faster and no parking hassles, right Nina Hollander ?

Nov 16, 2018 08:44 AM #13
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Hi Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida 
I tend to keep my cars about 10 years too.  No need to replace them if they're running good and look good, right?

Nov 16, 2018 08:45 AM #14
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Hi Wayne Martin 
I've always kept my cars fairly long because I've liked them.  No point in changing if they run well and look good, right?

Nov 16, 2018 08:45 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Grant Schneider 
Yes, it is good to have a choice.  Before I got my van I had to ask a friend to help with a pick-up or SUV to pick large items up... like my 55" TV and a couple of living room chairs I bought.

Nov 16, 2018 08:48 AM #16
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
Sometimes it's good to have the choice. 

Nov 16, 2018 08:48 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Hi Joe Pryor 
Those are two great brands that should stand the test of time for those who don't like to trade vehicles often.  I usually keep mine around 10 years too.  Hard to justify buying a new one, though, when the current ones are running well and look good.

Nov 16, 2018 08:50 AM #18
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Carol Williams always nice to have a play car .Especially a car that for you who like to golf can be used to carry your sports equipment . Life is good

Nov 16, 2018 09:06 AM #19
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Ha, Carol, like you, I've also had the Mustang convertible (1965) and the Porsche, drove convertibles my whole life. Now I have a C-class Mercedes can't even tell you what model, but it's got all the bells and whistles for tooling around Sac, and I love love love my Subaru Forester in Hawaii.

Nov 16, 2018 10:15 AM #20
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HI Carol Williams - I never thought about writing about my car in a gratitude post.  You have changed my mind!  I am happy you golf team can travel together. In our business you have to be happy with what you drive. There really is no public transportation....so I would be lost without a car. 

Nov 16, 2018 11:20 AM #21
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Hi Hannah Williams ,
At this point in my life, they're both play cars.  LOL

Nov 16, 2018 12:21 PM #22
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,
Having a car you love makes a good life even better, doesn't it?

Nov 16, 2018 12:22 PM #23
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,
Real estate agents spend a lot of time in their car and you want to be comfortable and have something you're proud to take clients in, right? 

Nov 16, 2018 12:23 PM #24
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Carol,

I remember feeling that way, when I was in college in Minnesota.  I was always thankful that the car started in the winter...Now I am still grateful to the car we drive, it is exacly what we wanted to own and drive.  A

Nov 16, 2018 12:52 PM #25
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A couple of weeks ago, I had lunch with a gal I had gone all through school with since 2nd grade.  She recently had a slight stroke, but can no longer drive.  You don't know what freedoms you have with your car, until you lose it.  I'm grateful for my vehicle too, Carol.

Nov 16, 2018 04:39 PM #26
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Hi Carol- I've never owned a van but my friends had one and I love them. They're so practical, too. I drove an Expedition for several years but sold it about 3 years ago. We have a Prius which I love because of the mileage and 2 convertibles. But, I still love my big Expedition. 

Nov 16, 2018 05:38 PM #27
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Carol, Sounds like you lucked out with that new set of wheels, even though you thought you did not need it!  

Nov 19, 2018 11:27 AM #28
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I like having an extra vehicle and it come in handy so many times. That was smart of you getting the van. Those times of being together are worth it.

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That was so nice of your neighbors to sell it to you - simply because they knew you would care for it as they had, Carol! And, the van sounds like the perfect vehicle to transport your golf team...and clubs! 

It's like those who own two homes - you have one car for winter months and one for summer months!

Nov 20, 2018 11:33 AM #30
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Buying new car is not a issue we need to think about how the resale value we can get and how many kilometer car run because at the end we need to change and to buy new one so we will not get big loss .
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