Monday, July 20, 2009

A Woman and Her Car

Spend a couple of minutes watching this lady. She is 89 years old and has driven the same car for over 40 years. She is a real inspiration. I love stories like this.


I don't know if I could go 40 years with the same car.
Seven years is my record so far.
What is the longest you have driven the same car?

18 comments:

Shelley in SC said...

Oh, I LOVE this story. What a positive, spunky, enthusiastic woman!! I just wanted to reach through and hug her!! Thanks for sharing and giving me a smile this morning!

Melody said...

You know that van I was complaining about the other day? It is our longest owned vehicle: 10 1/2 years. I'm soooo ready for a new one that I can't imagine driving it for another 30 years!

tricia said...

I saw the lady on tv last week. I thought it was great. The longest I have owed a vehicle is 10 1/2 years. I don't know if I could keep a car for 40 years.

Tracy P. said...

Joy, that is awesome! She is quite the live wire.

They will be doing a story like that on my husband one day, I suspect--except that it's not that he loves them so much, he just wants to get every mile he possibly can out of them.

Currenly, we have the '95 Taurus Lee bought new, and the 2002 Caravan we bought in '01. No plans are being made for purchase, but with the good deals they are giving out these days, we may have to break down and let at least the Taurus go.

Susan said...

Fantastic!!!!! My mother had a '64 Comet and it was given to our youngest son on his 16th birthday in 1985. I can't think of the longest we've driven a vehicle, but my husband currently has a little "run around" S-10 Chevy pickup that we bought used 5 years ago with over 200,000 miles on it and it's still working like a top. He intends to keep and use it until it literally dies.
Susan

Betty said...

The video doesn´t show up, but it sounds intriguing.
My husband is the one that keeps selling our cars, so 2-3 years is the longest we ever had the same car. But I think the one we have now, we will have longer ´cause I love it! (XTrail)

LuLu said...

i love this lady too cute. so glad you showed this on your blog! I'm at 8 years on my car and would love a new one but i love not having a car payment so i'll keep on driving what i have.
LuLu

Givinya De Elba said...

That's quite a story! I must say, I thought it was a simple photo, so when you said "Spend a couple of minutes watching this lady," I thought you wanted me to sit and gaze at this JPG.

Glad it was a video, she's great. Mr de Elba drove his first car for 10 years, that's the longest we've managed.

Gombojav Tribe said...

That's a great story!

For most of my adult life I haven't owned a car. I drove my parents' car until I got married. Then we moved to Mongolia where we took mostly busses or taxis. We had a car there for about a year, but I never drove it. (Driving in Mongolia scares the poop out of me!)

For the last 4.5 years I've driven a 1996 Mazda MPV. I do not think it will last me 40 years, especially since I hit a washing machine that was unexplicably in the middle of the freeway.

Joy said...

What a wonderful story and what a delightful lady.

I drove my '96 Lumina until this year. Something went out on the engine and it wasn't cost effective for us to fix. We gave it to a mechanic who fixes cars and donates them to charity. The car was my baby and I loved driving it for 13 years!

My husband still drives his '65 Malibu SS today. It's 44 yrs old and he bought it from his brother in 1969. It's been in the family all 44 yrs but my husband has owned it for 40 yrs. He has purchased extra parts for it over the years and when something breaks, he replaces it himself. I joke that it's easy to fix since there are only 14 parts under the hood! They just don't make them like they used to!

Charity Joy Bell Childs said...

Some people in the Philippines drive the same car for I think 80 years... :)

The Farmer Files said...

The longest I have ever had a car is my 6 year old Honda Odyssey I drive right now. It is hard to justify getting a new car when my car only had 60K miles on it! The year I bought it I was pg with my son and moved my job just over a mile from home. Then I did not put many miles on it living on an island for 4 years! We have the 7 yr extended bumper to bumper warranty, 100k mi, whichever comes first. We always thought I would get a new car at the 7 yr mark and we imagined a car with several more miles but it just hasn't worked out that way. I think hubs and I are going to go at least 100k on this car before we talk a new car again!

Ronnica said...

40 years...MAYBE if I didn't drive so much!

Pam said...

I LOVE THIS WOMAN! I hope I'm like her when I grow up! She is really sharp and boy oh, didn't you love that gun she pulled out?

Brenda said...

That was great! She is my hero! My grandmother had an old car like that, its too bad we got rid of it.

I want to still be driving when I am 89.

Cicero Sings said...

The longest I had a car ... 13 years ... a white Toyota Corolla

stephanie j. said...

Cool! And I love that she proudly is showing her good stewardship. If only we will be content, and able to hold onto our '96 Toyota Corolla and '04 Subaru Outback wagon this long!

Tiffany said...

That was terrific! She is an inspiration - and a hoot! She made me smile ;o)

Oh, and the longest I've driven the same vehicle is 5 years - not much of a track record.