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It’s Gone

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Now you see it, now you don’t. On Friday, Cyndie was able to trade in our beat and battered red pickup truck while making a deal on a used 2019 Honda CRV. That truck served us perfectly well during our years of hauling hay, but it was falling apart from rust –literally, hunks of rusted metal were sloughing off and clanking to the ground while the truck was parked in front of the shop– and we don’t need to haul hay anymore.

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We were a little surprised the auto dealership was willing to accept the truck. It had been through a lot, including the time Cyndie slid off the road and it rolled over onto the roof. With a bare minimum of insurance coverage on the pickup, we elected to have equally bare minimum repairs done to get it functional again.

It looked like they pounded out the roof with a ball peen hammer to get a new windshield installed and then painted it with dull red spray paint that quickly faded. There was a resulting air leak that whistled as we drove.

The truck also had a phantom drain on the battery that we were never able to solve. The final solution in dealing with that was to install a disconnect on the battery that required we open the hood every time we needed to drive anywhere.

It was a farm truck, and it served well enough for that. I never felt bad when driving through tree branches that might scratch the paint. There was frequent evidence that mice and squirrels sought shelter beneath the hood. There were probably as many acorns stored in it as there were bales of hay hauled over the years.

I’m happy that we had it around when needed, and I’m even happier to have it now gone from our driveway without having had to try to convince someone it was worth buying.

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Written by johnwhays

May 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. Re the new car does it come with a spare battery? There seems to be some fault in the way it charges or rather doesn’t charge. I guess it makes sense to upgrade your wheels – if you have the expenditure – but here I am still with my old Subaru and happily so – maybe till death do us part:-)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 13, 2019 at 7:21 am

    • I love that both you and I are Subaru guys. However, I did upgrade my Crosstrek to a newer model recently. Maybe this one will be the car I hold to the end. I am rather smitten with it.

      johnwhays

      May 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm


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