Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Car Go Bye Bye

It is a sad event to say goodbye to an old friend..a trusty companion, a good steed. Yet, as we found out a while back, this chariot had, after 15 years and 140,000 miles, given out. We already had the replacement, all that was left was the disposition of Hilary's old car.

Because we bought her new car in a private sale, the old subaru had zero trade-in value. We could have perhaps tried to sell it ourselves, but with all the necessary fixes and its present lack of road-worthiness, we'd be lucky to get much of anything for it, and then only after a lot of legwork on our part. No, instead, we donated it to NHPR. They make it real easy - just an initial phone call to get some information (make, model, etc.), then a follow-up phone call from the auction house that would send a tow truck for it. We've been told that, should the car fetch more than $500 at auction, we'll get a sort of itemized donation receipt for tax purposes. Frankly, I'd be surprised if NHPR got that much for it, but we'll see.

Thankfully, they were able to do a pickup on Saturday morning, which was about the only time we'd be available. Though there was some difficulty when the truck arrived. The driver was all in a huff and a hurry and dismayed that, at 7:30 am, half an hour before the scheduled pickup window, we hadn't already fetched the (plateless) car and laid her out ready to go. Thankfully, Hilary was already on the way, and we'd already cleaned out most everything of use and moved it to her new wagon. The main thing to go was a set of snow tires, which ought to come useful if the new wagon lasts to winter.

Some fussing around with chains, some whirring of the winch, and there she was, laid up on the flatbed, and off around the corner with hardly time for a proper goodbye!

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