Ten years ago today, I brought my first ever brand new car home, and today it turns ten years old! This delights me to no end, because I firmly believe that keeping a car as long as possible is the best way to save money on a car (yes, there's the whole don't buy a new car adage, but I happen to believe that getting a new car and keeping it for over a decade is just as economical).
I think I named my car once, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what I named it, so I keep renaming it every few years and then forgetting what the name was, and then renaming, etc etc etc. Rosie? Nellie? Florence? I don't know. I think it's had all of those names at one point or another so, I will just call it 'Car.'
Car and I have been through some great times. We went to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2003, immediately after a big blizzard that had just hit the northeast. We went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania once when I was still a Tastefully Simple rep (for a TS conference), and at that point, that was the farthest I'd ever driven by myself. Since then, of course, I went to Corning, New York a few weeks ago and now I think that is the farthest I've ever driven by myself. Let's see... Car and I have been to Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland (a bunch of times), and once ex-hubby and I drove car down to Tampa, Florida to visit my sister. Car and I have traveled 170,000 miles together.
And, at 10 years, it's my longest relationship!
Car looks a little dirty in the picture (actually, if I had taken the photo of the passenger and not the drivers side, you would see mud splattered all up the side because there is weird construction going on at one part of my commute). Trust me, Car is very dirty on the inside. So, for Car's birthday, I am going to get it a full interior and exterior detail. She deserves it. Ten years, no major problems, and the mechanic that I use seems to think that we can get another 80,000 miles out of her.
There is just a hurricane coming to the northeast, so the birthday gift may have to wait until after that passes.