May 24, 2008

Parade of Vehicles

Filed under: transportation — origamifreak @ 8:33 pm
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1988-1990 Eckbert (the license plate had letters EKB)

1979 AMC Spirit

paid $250, got $12 for scrap

This was my first car. Like all of them, it had a manual transmission, and like all of them, I paid cash. It had a gazillion miles on it, and this was the good side for pictures, because the other side had a dent where someone had T-boned it. When I got it the first thing I did was go scavenging at a junkyard, because it was missing all kinds of knobs and dials, and even the windshield washer reservoir and pump! The fact that the previous owner threw in a Chiltons Manual for free says something about what kind of condition it was in. I learned a lot, though, doing my own oil changes, and with a friend’s aid and timing gun even adjusted the timing belt. It had acres of empty space under the hood and a distributor cap and rotor.

It had rear-wheel drive and really loose power steering. I had it when I lived in CT. Whenever there was any kind of snow or ice, I was usually in the gutter within 5 minutes. I once had a very scarey freezing rain experience in it, and after that didn’t drive it much. By the time I got it towed for scrap, there was a small treeling trying to grow up through the bumper!

1991-2008 Horace Les Carage

1991 Honda Civic DX

paid $8500, got $100 for trade-in

This was my second car. I finally started needing to get around again, and the Spirit used too much gas and handled very poorly. I got this one after much agonizing – it was the biggest purchase I’d ever made, and the thought of spending that much, let alone being responsible for my Very Own New Car was daunting. It lived with me 3 places in CT, one in NV, and 3 in NY before retiring. It handled exceptionally well, laughed at snow and ice when wearing winter tires, gave me 2mpg better than the EPA estimates, and hauled all kinds of things, including kiddie swimming pools, large furniture, a plasma TV, and once even a 14-foot Sailfish boat – INSIDE. See previous post for more.

2008 – ? Yet to be christened

2008 Honda Fit Sport

paid $15905

This is my latest ride, as of this afternoon. It looks black except when the sun shines on it, when you can see the sparkly purple highlights. A bit low-rider aesthetically, but definitely better than the other option, bright royal blue. I was happy to find a place nearby that actually had one (let alone two) on the lot. Of all the new features, I think I might actually be most excited about the cup holders. Really. On the way back I stopped at Circuit City to pick up a cable to plug in my MP3 player, and bought a Vitamin Water. It was So Very Convenient to have somewhere to put it, besides wedging it between the parking brake and the passenger seat. 🙂

My system for paying cash, by the way, works like this:  I start a long-term, high-interest CD to which I contribute something like $100 per month, automatically.  By the time the car needs replacing, I have the cash to buy it.   Whatever is left over goes into the next CD. It’s like paying a loan, except I get the interest.



  1. ooh la la! very nice!

    Comment by woj — May 24, 2008 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

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  3. Suh-weet!

    And how very weird. . . my first car was an AMC too . . . a 74 Matador. And until I just looked it up, I’d forgotten how truly homely it was. . . 😯

    Comment by ToyLady — May 29, 2008 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  4. Wow, that really IS homely. Although, strangely enough, a first car very often feels more “homey” than “homely” at the time… 🙂

    I always kind of liked how the Spirit looked, in profile. The silhouette just somehow has nice proportions to me, even now.

    Comment by origamifreak — May 29, 2008 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  5. yaknow, the color shows up much better when it gets a bath…..
    Nice car.

    Comment by havasurose — August 18, 2008 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

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