Several weeks ago, Kate’s VW car died. Since that had been a long lingering death, we were not surprised. Only disappointed it had not lasted another month or two. Transmission problems, there is hardware hanging down in the front. We are not fixing it. But as is always the way with these things, couldn’t find the pink slip, so we couldn’t even give it away. And of course since the registration was almost due, we had to register the car before we could get a new pink slip. Lucky for us, there was the non-operational option which only cost 20 dollars and another 20 dollars for a replacement pink slip. It arrived earlier this week and so the green VW will get ignomously towed away to the bad car junk lot.
At my house, we all expect the luxury of having a car for transportation. Me, I like to drive to work. It takes 30 minutes instead of 2 hours each way. Bob, he likes taking the dog out for long walks in pretty places and being able to buy groceries or lumber or other stuff with ease. Kate much prefers driving instead of walking 5 miles to school or riding a bike over steep hills. That means one car per preson. Extravagent but hey that’s the American way. So we decided to get a new car with Kate sort of inheriting Bob’s truck. I of course have a nice scion that should keep on going for many more years. So Bob was the one to get a new car.
We rented a car for a month. Bob said no way at first until he realized that meant he was stuck at home while everyonne else was out doing stuff. First rental was a ford focus. Awful car, the headrests are extremely uncomfortable. And when you look online for instructions on adapting headrest positions, the first step is to get a vise. Second step is to bend the metal. Not a car for us. Since I was such a nag, Hertz was able to get me another rental car and thus we were free to start car shopping.
At first Bob wanted a new toyota tacoma truck. However because the gas prices have been stable and even gone down a bit, the old small truck isn’t being made anymore. The newer bigger truck is expensive, lousy gas mileage, and not what he wanted. Amazingly, the older trucks like Bob’s cost more than the new truck. It was time to consider other cars. Bob decided he wanted a Honda Fit, manual transmission bcause it had a great space for Elly in the back. You see the back seats fold up creating a cave for her.
So here are some pictures of Bob, Elly, and the new car. In the last picture, Bob is picking Elly Hair off the back carpeting. But we will enjoy this car and have already put blankets down in the Elly designated space.