Adios, Baby!

How many of you have had a love/hate relationship with a vehicle? A car or truck you just love to drive, but you know in your heart of hearts, you have to get rid of it? That’s my relationship with Ruby in a nutshell. The time has come to say goodbye. It’s going to be a sad day.  

If you read the previous articles about my baby, you’ll know this relationship was doomed from the start. After all, what kind of dependable friend decides to stay in Toronto for a month, after you’ve only known her for five days? Ghosted by a car. I know I am attributing human characteristics to an inanimate object, however, that’s what it felt like. Let me explain.  

I love my 2014 Ford Edge, but she doesn’t love me. As I detailed in the Trapped in Toronto series, she spent more time in the shop during the first few months, than most cars do in a lifetime. Thankfully, the previous car dealer put a powertrain warranty on this vehicle. This resulted in each visit to the dealership service department only costing me a $100 deductible. However, after six or seven times in the shop, it got pretty old, pretty quick.  

In addition to the drive shaft that was replaced in Toronto, the rear axle eventually had to be replaced as well. This was because of a chronic whoom, whoom, whoom noise they couldn’t identify for months. Unbelievable. However, if it wasn’t for the warranty, the repair cost could easily have been in the thousands. So, thank God for that previous dealer and their warranty.  

Last year, I started thinking about getting rid of Ruby. However, if I traded her in, the loan balance would have left me hundreds of dollars in the red. Not an option. Fast forward one year, and I have arrived at the financial sweet spot. Sell my car, get a new one, and still have some money leftover. Nirvana.  

This is where Carvana stepped in. They offered me way more than I would have received as a trade-in on a new car. The paperwork was completed in a few minutes and they are picking her up today. They will even pay off my loan and send me a check for the difference. It doesn’t get much better than that.  

So ends another chapter in my car saga. I have owned some real stinkers over the years, but Ruby was special. Immaculately clean, a great ride, and functional as hell. That’s when she wasn’t in the shop. I’m reminded of my friend Joe talking about his old Fiat Spider.  “It’s the greatest car in the world when it’s running!”  That sums up my relationship with Ruby completely.  

However, I couldn’t trust her to be true, so off she goes. Maybe all of the work she had done will ensure many years of dependability for her new owner. Who knows? Hopefully, I’ll have better luck with my new car. At least I know I’ll have a good warranty!

As usual, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this article. I hope you will continue to enjoy and follow this blog. Please feel free to share these stories with your family and friends!

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