OK, so I got the call this afternoon and the diagnosis was not good… my car, just a little over 2 years old, has been declared a total loss and they have taken it off of life support. When the guy at the body shop started totaling up what it would take to make the repairs, he stopped when the tally topped $15,000. He said he had only got to about 40 percent of the damage and decided the car should be put out of its misery.
The good news is that, because of the great deal I received when I bought it, the cash value of the car is more than what I owed the bank on it, so I’ll have a little insurance money for a down payment on a replacement.
So now I’m officially car shopping. Anyone have any recommendations for a particular car or dealership? I had a very good experience at Gwinnett Place Ford last time around.
I got used to the relatively good gas mileage the 2010 Ford Fusion SEL gave me (25/33 MPG), so I’ll probably go with something similar, although I might be tempted to go with a classic car. A late-1960s Mustang would be fun to own. A convertible would be a blast. But I’m going to take this nostalgia to the extreme and look for the first car I owned, a 1974½ Mustang II like the one I drove during high school—that car was a nightmare.
In 1974, the Mustang II must have been a sharp car (see below). I mean, look at the cute girl hanging out of the sun roof (my car did not have the sun roof, though, and hence, no cute girl). By the time I got it, in 1984, it was a pile of crap that nevertheless got to and from high school and work at Straw Hat Pizza and off to college.
I think I paid $1,700 for it when I drove it off the lot and, over the next five years, another $5,000-plus in repairs. Remind me to tell you the story about when threw a rod on Highway 99 in Chowchilla on the way to Fresno… that was a real treat, I tell you. Yeah, seriously, on the way to Fresno for a college journalism convention in 1986, my trusty steed threw a rod. It was a very expensive weekend.