|Bill in his Old Buggy - his 1990 Jeep Laredo|
This morning Bill made The Decision. What decision is that you might ask? The decision to give up his car.
Bill has been driving for 67 years, since he got his driver's license at age 16. Bill is 83 years old now.
Perhaps one of the hardest decisions as we get older is the decision to give up driving. Bill hasn't given up driving. He has only given up his car.
Bill has had a 1990 Jeep Laredo. He brought it brand, sparkling new with part of his severance package from General Electric. He expected this car to last him the rest of his life. Well guess what? He's outlived the car.
This past month he's spent $690.00 for repairs. Now he's told he has to have more repairs which will cost at least another $1,100. Time for a new car. When you get to the point where you're just pouring money into a rust bucket (the engine), time for a new car.
So we go out this morning and look at used cars. Sticker shock. Used cars, 68,000 miles, 2005 $16,000? What is going on here? We can't afford a new car.
|Bill checking the used vehicles yesterday - sticker shock!|
We go back to Kenny of Kenny's Auto Repair and Bill offers to make him a deal. Knock some of the repair price off of his old
|Bill checking the used cars - high mileage, high prices|
Now here is the new reality. No longer will Bill cart my behind all over southern Sussex County whenever the whim hits me to "go out." I will drive. Uh huh. Okay, I can handle that. But can Bill handle not having his own wheels? This is a big psychological step in a man's life.
|Bill in his new set of wheels - my chariot|