Last year or the year before (I’m not sure which, when you hit middle age, the years begin to run together), we got rid of “my car,” well, the car that mostly I drove: a 1996 Nissan Maxima sedan. At the end of September, we got rid of The Wife’s car, the car that she mostly drove: a 1995 Saturn Piece of Crapola.
If you click on the hyperlink about her car, you’ll see the sentimental post she wrote about it. You’ll get no such sentimentality from me as you can tell by what model I thought it was. The car had zero power and sucked getting up hills. No, I mean, it literally sucked getting up hills. When it went up a hill, it was trying to suck you back into the valley. Enough said about that car.
At the beginning of October, my parents, who had just bought a 2007 Nissan Altima sedan, gifted us their old car, a 2000 Mercury Sable station wagon:
Shortly after they gave us the car, and we had all the paperwork done for it, I saw this article on Yahoo News about four well-known car brand names that have gone kaput. Among them, you guessed it, were both Mercury and Saturn. So basically, we traded one discontinued car for another discontinued car. The other two car brand names to go this year are Hummer and Pontiac.
The main thing I like about the “new car” is that it was