In July 2002, we bought a 2003 silver Toyota Corolla.
It’s been a good car and we drove it. A lot. Over 134,000 miles.
Last week, we had it at the dealership and found out that the gas tank is corroding. It’s not leaking yet, but will soon. The cost of the repair is expensive enough that we have decided to retire the car.
We have decided to donate the car to charity. We have begun to make the arrangements and will probably be able to turn over the car by the end of the week.
Daughter T has graciously given us permission to use the car she inherited from Grandma as a second car for now, so we are holding off on getting a replacement.
My dream is to replace it with a fully electric, plug-in vehicle. I am very interested in the Chevy Bolt, which will appear late this year or early next. We’ll have to see if we like it when it becomes available to test-drive and what it would take for us to install a charging station at our home.
Meanwhile, we say good-bye to our car of fourteen years, longer than we have ever owned a car. Thanks for your service and for getting us safely and economically from there to there. Many, many, many times over.