Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Good home needed....

This season of life for me is bringing some really uncomfortable changes. One being, that we have decided to sell my car. Yes, the Volvo is going. Yes, I have actually shed a few tears over this one…not because I don’t agree with the decision (I actually suggested it several months ago) but because I love that car and I kinda (sorta) don’t like my mini-van in a “it makes me feel fat” kind of way. That is not intended as a blanket statement about everyone who drives a mini-van...I know tons of cute, together, fun Moms who drive mini-vans...I just never quite caught the fever. Oh yes…it is all about me and all about vanity.

This sweet car has been my companion in a sea of giant BOHVs (AKA: Big, Ole, Honkin’ Vehicles otherwise knows as SUVs) and mini-vans in the carpool line for lots of years. It is 11 years old and way past the 200K point but I think it still looks pretty spiffy. Unfortunately, it has decided that it isn’t comfortable in supporting my addiction to A/C on a guaranteed, must have or I get really cranky, basis. I have wrestled with the decision to either pump the money into fixing it or just selling it as is and driving the mini-van (which is much newer, with way less miles and has a kickin’ AC but gets amazinly bad gas mileage) that sits idly by in the garage. The big advantage to reducing the number of cars is that it will greatly reduce the appearance of a used car dealership in my drive way (with the mini-van, dd’s car, dh’s car, and my car we kinda look that way even with 2 continually in the garage…not to mention the annoying auto version of musical cars we have to sometimes play to get chosen vehicle out of said garage…the neighbors must just sigh and give thanks that at least none of them are up on blocks!).


I do know this shall not be my last Volvo (I feel like I should be dirty and sweaty and standing in a turnip field as I wave my fist to the sky and say this), nor was it my 1st -- my 1st one was 13 years old when it left the nest! I have my heart set on a Volvo C70 (yes, that would be the cool, “safe” convertible!) but it will take some time to find a price that is right as we have developed a severe allergy to car payments and our kids have this ridiculous idea that they must eat on a regular basis.

So, for the time being….Much Loved Volvo For Sale to good home (references required)….lots of miles, very reliable, has carried lots of car seats, regular provider for retail therapy sessions, sunroof, all power, leather, underseat fries and M&M stains no charge, new brakes and CD/Stereo, A/C needs work but a fantastic car in rare "amethyst" color……FairTax bumper sticker included at no extra charge.



14 comments:

Mrs. G said...

NOOOOOOOOooooo...say it ain't so, Chloe!

Not the purple Volvo :(

Belle-ah said...

Yes...sadly. So, the next time I am playing tour guide in the mountains it will be with more leg room.

preppypearlgirl said...

AHH!
I just got a Volvo S80 so I can see why you are going to miss yours so much. I just had to stop in and say that I just love your site!

Southern Sugar said...

do the suv volvo thing. they are great. you might even be glad you did it.

Robyn Haas said...

Oh I have to say this blog about your beloved Volvo has me howling! This is the same with my mom (who is british) and had a dickens of a time selling her pristine white volvo with well over 200,000 miles on it. She loved it so much that she shipped it over from Madrid, Spain to the states! Yes, so I know the love you feel for your volvo! Lovely blog by the way! I hope you don't mind me added you to my fab favs! Hugs!

Thirty-One Trendy said...

Ohhhh no! I'm soooo with you. I hae a volvo too that I just love. I'm dreading the day we have to get rid of her. I already know we'll be getting a minivan in it's place and it makes me a little queasy just thinking about it.

swab4 said...

Maybe we should get our volvo's together for a going away party?

Katy

Emily said...

I have a volvo c70 & LOOOOOVE it!! :) Mine is 2004 so its a soft top & not the hard but I love the new ones too and next upgrade I might just get it again!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Though I personally have no emotional connection to my car, I know several people who do.... I hope you come to love your next one as much! PS - I've been visiting some of your commentors blogs to see if I can "meet" some more ladies from the ATL area! I've found some cute blogs.

Kelli said...

I'm sorry to hear you are going to have to sell your car...she sure is pretty. :0)
Kelli

Christy said...

I know how you feel..husband is wanting me to get a new car. I've had my Honda for almost 10 years and there really isn't anything wrong with it except some of the paint on top is chipping. I have no idea what I want to get next. Maybe another Honda.

suburban mom said...

that's so funny, we're right now trying to decide what to do with our volvo.

It is a 98 S70 with 145,000 miles on it. Still working pretty well, but little things are starting to fall apart all the time.

My husband thinks we should push it to 200,000 miles and I kind of agree. We have three little boys (part of the reason the interior of the volvo is totally trashed) though so a minivan is somewhere in our future....
(where did you get those high mileage decals?)

Lizzie said...

I become sentimentally attached to things as well... especially something that has been of good service, and so many family memories can be tied to.

When my mother and father had their roof redone and opted not to go with tin like the farmhouse had on it for 100 years, I cried. :-)

Lyndy said...

Oh I can relate as my beloved Lexus with unteen thousand miles on it bit the dust last week.

I have heard great things about Volvos and it sounds like it served you well.