I don’t love the way the new poll gives results. Does anyone have a recommendation for a better poll service? A better explanation of the poll topic seems called for here.
We own 3 cars. The Jeep was Doug’s car. The neon was my car. The station wagon was given to us by Doug’s parents when Amy was born. My parents gave us an old van and we sold it for cash.
1997 Neon: I bought the neon as a brand new car in 1997. It has a built in child safety seat and seats 5 people. I spent an entire paycheck putting a stereo/cd player and speakers in it. When Amy was born we parked the neon on the driveway and ignored it for a year and a half. It had a leak in the trunk which neglect has turned into a nasty mildew smell. The doors are very squeaky and Doug broke the back taillight when he backed into something. The plates are expired and it is uninsured.
1995 Jeep: Doug recently replaced the starter so it doesn’t have to be push started any more. It has no radio whatsoever. The plastic roof and doors are duct-taped in one place and the zippers don’t work anymore. The noise inside the vehicle makes a conversation nearly impossible. The heat and air are not very helpful in the less-than-air tight vehicle with manual transmission. It seats 4, sounds like a train and rides like a truck.
Station wagon: The station wagon is the only that we all fit into. It also has the most problems. It has a broken tail-light from Doug backing into something. The transmission is going out. The U-joints need replacing. It needs new brake pads. The motor on the automatic windows works intermittently on the middle windows. It came to us with the speakers half blown from someone who must have hearing damage listening to marching band cassettes (no cd player stereos compatable with this car) at full volume to pick out the tuba. It now has two completely blown speakers. Although it was immaculately clean when we received it, the foam in the seats and armrests has dry-rotted and it crackles when you move.
More car stuff. Our county’s new mayor just raised the wheel tax from $6. to $36. and insurance on 3 vehicles is very intimidating. None of the cars are in my name at all. It was made very clear when we were given the wagon that it was only to be put in Doug’s name. The neon is in my ex-husband’s name until we find the title which he signed over to me. That is somewhere on Doug’s desk and you’ve seen the desk pictures. The house isn’t in my name either. In fact it still has Doug’s ex’s name on it and although she signed a quit claim deed I am positive that if something happened to Doug she would file papers to have us evicted while we fought over the house in court. But that isn’t important right now. We have more car than we can afford and we need to cut back.