My old Ford station wagon sits in the garage, tired and rusted. It’s been there awhile now; I haven’t driven it in weeks. It’s served me well over the years, but the time has come to finally let it go. As much as it pains me to have to get rid of it, it’s something that must be done.
About a year ago, I took the wagon in to get a few repairs done, and the shop told me that they wouldn’t even bother doing the repairs. The frame was shot, and it was unsafe to drive. At the time, I couldn’t afford a new vehicle, so I took it to my mechanic friend. He told me the problem wasn’t the frame, but that the floor was rusted. He did some welding, fixed it up as best he could, and told me I’d be able to get a little more out of it.
A year later, the car started to run poorly. It started shaking when I drove. The heater broke. The tires were balding. I took it in to a different mechanic a few weeks ago for inspection, and it didn’t pass. Once again, I was told that the frame was shot, and the car was unsafe to drive. Living in New York, I was told, this wasn’t uncommon, due to the salt on the roads in the winter. The salt gradually eats away at the frame, and that’s essentially what had happened to my wagon. Unfortunately, it was time for the car to go. I drove home from the mechanic’s more than a little upset.
I’ve been looking for a new vehicle since then, and in the meantime I’ve been driving my mom’s van. My search hasn’t been easy. I play in bands, and have to transport lots of equipment, so I need something with a lot of room. That was the beauty of the wagon. I had plenty of space to carry guitars, my amplifier, etc. I simply wouldn’t be able to do it with any other vehicle besides a van or a wagon. Unfortunately, there aren’t many used wagons or vans for sale in my area.
Even when I do find a new car, I think it’ll take some getting used to. After all, I’ve had my car for a long time, and it’s been a great car.
I’m sure going to miss that station wagon.