Monday, March 14, 2016
GOOD-BY LINCOLN - THANK YOU FOR YOUR 14 YEARS SERVICE !!!
As you can see, I traded in the Lincoln this weekend. It was not my because I wanted to, but because I had to.
I purchased the 1997 Lincoln in 2001 from a Toyota Dealer in Florida. The man who owned the dealership's wife would not drive a Toyota. So every four years he would buy her a Lincoln Town Car and sell the previous one at his dealership. That's how I found the car. I was driving my the dealership, went in and looked at it.
As I was driving a 1999 GMC Yukon, which I did not like, my car was newer than the Lincoln. After a lot of dealing, I finally got the Lincoln and they paid me money - I didn't pay them money. That Lincoln was the car I had always wanted.
There are a lot of memories in that car. I moved from Florida to New York full time in that car in 2002. I had two dogs, Niki and Rickie. Had the car all through the time I had my store. Also went and sold at a lot of gem shows. That was the only car that I could hold the tables in, my jewelry in, table coverings, boxes, bags, etc. in.
When I got New York State of Mind, I have put I don't know how many miles on that car going to Jean's, Elmer's, Martha's and more. Also going places to take pictures. Most of the miles on the car are for that.
My Dad use to drive a Lincoln Town Car. I know the car is an earthly object, and my Dad is with the Lord. I felt closer to my Dad with that car. It might sound silly, but I did.
You know all the problems, I had last June. Most of you gave money to pay the bills on this car. I thought those repairs would be the end and I would have the car for many more years. But, that is not the way things turned out. It seemed one problem after the other. The catalytic converted started making noise. Car started leaking oil. In the near future it would need a new gas tank as the other one was almost rusted through. The ALB (or whatever your call it), went out on the brakes. The drivers door wouldn't close right and would cost $600.00 to repair. It was smoking in the back end. It needed to be jump started as something was drawing on the battery. I had the car to two garages and a Lincoln Dealer and none of them could figure what was draining the battery. Finally, it started leaking gas. It would not pass inspection which was do next month. I did not feel safe in it with gas leaking and it not starting. It would cost in the thousands to fix it up again. It was 19 years old.
I went looking from dealer to dealer. My credit is far from best in the world. Either that or they were trying to sell me cars that I could not get out of easily because of a back condition I have. I thought I would have to go to one of those pay here places. But I feel the Lord lead me to the dealership He did yesterday. I got a car I like. They took the Lincoln in on trade. My loan went through a bank. The payments are just a bit over what I wanted. Now, I have to make the payments.
I hope you understand why I traded it in. If it were in better condition, I would have kept it. There were tears in my eyes as I drove away and left my old car there. I felt, in a way, that I was leaving my Dad. But, I also know, if my Dad were alive he would not want me going down the road in a car like that. I hope everyone understands, too.
I will tell about my new to me and Pierre car tomorrow.
NOTE: Elmer, Anna or Porter were NOT on that Amtrak train that jumped the track in Kansas. They are on an Amtrak train, but not that one.