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I dare say this stupid car is aging gracefully

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My car has seen its fair share of shit, and it’s getting old and a little crappy, and isn’t really clean. But it rained yesterday and I used my “new” wheel brush I bought ages ago (but never used) specifically to clean the awful caked up brake dust from my stupid StopTech pads off my wheels. Now my wheels are mostly de-crudded. *Hate* that I let them get cruddy. Covid times!

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So I went for a little blast of a completely unnecessary, asshole but responsible drive before shopping at the grocery store with the well-lit garage, a half mile from my house. And damn if the car done went and made me happy anyway.

Illustration for article titled I dare say this stupid car is aging gracefully
Photo: Textured Soy Protein
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I’ve been virtually shopping for cars I have no intention of trying to buy right now, to get something supposedly less stupid. But if there’s any time to easily live with a slightly tempermental, but nonetheless well modded up, and PAID OFF 🥳 car, it’s when I’m working from home during covid times and only driving to the occasional errand. It’s totally practical enough for that *and* my wife’s CX-5 with “I get political for animals” and “imagine” stickers on it is at my complete disposal as my comfy practical cruiser because she’s driving even less than me. Good enough!

The only thing is at some point there needs to be a decision made to stop throwing money at it that will not really impact resale value. I need to replace the crumbling rubber trim around the windshield (new part is sitting in the box in my garage!) and I’m also pretty sure my shifter bushings are shot. I think I can replace those too. Those little piddly things keep adding up!

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But really, right now we don’t gotta do shit about buying cars. Might as well relax and have fun with the stupid one that’s lived an interesting life.

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