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not a clunker

August 8, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
I was all prepared to accept my old Dodge Caravan being called a "Clunker" if it meant a good trade-in on a new car. The van is definitely old enough to be a clunker since it's 10 years old. It has 108,000 miles under its fanbelts and it has just a smidge of rust on the left side. I'm not sure why it makes some rattling noises but in dog years it would be classified a senior citizen for sure. Yet, when I actually looked at new cars I was told the bad news that my old van got ONE MILE too many per gallon to qualify for the government trade-in deal. One mile. And then I could not find the deal I wanted to even consider a five-year payment book for a new car. My husband and I like to dicker when we buy a vehicle. We like the give and take of the experience, but alas it was not supposed to happen at this time. I was sad as I pulled off the lot and gave my old mommy van a pat on the steering wheel. I will be paying attention to the car ads in coming weeks and maybe, just maybe the right deal will be apparent. Until then, just a little respect please. Despite the missing hubcap, the itty bitty area of rust and a slight rumble under the hood on cold mornings, it still gets me where I want to go. It's not clunker. It just looks and sounds like one.


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