We're new-car shopping. Well, technically it's new-truck shopping but the process is the same. She's been a good one but after 15 years, it's time to retire Ol' Blue.
That's something of a record, really...we've never owned a vehicle for that long. And I suspect if we used her in a different way, we probably would have replaced her before now. She's great for going to the dump, has plenty of geocaches under her belt and hauls golf clubs up to the course with regularity but her age makes her an unlikely long-distance companion. That and her faulty air conditioning.
Ol' Blue is a Chevrolet S-10, a small pick-up truck with few bells and whistles, and the original plan was to replace her with something similar. Then we started looking. It seems everyone in the truck-driving world wants a big truck so small trucks are almost non-existent. Only Nissan and Toyota still make them so we're looking at full-sized Chevrolets too. I say we because I'm tagging along but we all know who's driving the truck and at this point the car to get to look at the trucks.
It's a lot of sitting in showrooms, listening to sales people give the hard-sell disguised as the soft-sell and trying to figure out which four wheels will be the right fit for us. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell of a new vehicle but I don't love getting to the point of taking that smell home with me. Wayne, however, does. We're in the wait-them-out stage, wagering among ourselves how many days will pass before the saleman calls us offering to sweeten the deal. At least that's what we hope will happen.
In the meantime, Ol' Blue will be making her bi-weekly trip to the golf course as usual in the morning. We'll see if it's her last.