The Tree Won
I’ve driven the same car for the past 21 years: a 1990 Miata that I bought in 1991. It’s been a great car, and it’s so much fun to drive.
But, did you know that trees are bad for Miatas?
Yes, the tree won. (Thankfully my son and his girlfriend are just fine. I’m so glad for that.) Even the tree was ok, but the starting estimate to repair just the obvious damage on my car is $8K.
I haven’t yet made up my mind what I’m going to do. My son feels horrible about what happened, and will of course be paying for at least a reasonable amount of the damage.
I feel a little bit ridiculous that I like a piece of metal as much as I do, but I am still considering repairing it. It’s not about the money for me; it’s about that particular car. I just don’t know if it will really be ok afterward or not.
I did spend the weekend though test driving other cars to see what’s even out there that might appeal. I discovered that I don’t like the new Miatas (maybe because they aren’t mine) and am not a fan of the Camaro, Volvo C70, or Z4. So far, out of the cars I’ve driven, I like the Mini and the BMW 135 the best.
I have to say that the car-looking experience has changed a lot in 21 years, which was the last time I bought a car for myself. It’s much more pleasant now, since people no longer tell me to come back with my dad or my boyfriend.
Paying cash or nothing
Whatever I end up doing — repairing or replacing — it will be with cash. But I don’t actually need a car at all, so the only decision I need to make right now is what to do with the Miata. I live within walking distance of almost everywhere I go, and of course my husband has a car. So I could also just do nothing, and get more exercise. (And that certainly would not be a bad thing.)
Have you ever had to deal with something like this? How did you handle it? I don’t usually have trouble making decisions, but in this case what’s holding me back is the uncertainty of how effective repairs might be.