Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, I had to get rid of my beloved 1999 Chevy Express, MoCa. It was a shock to me when I brought her for her annual inspection to find out that she failed. In disbelief, I asked the tech why. He explained that all of the systems were working perfectly, but underneath, there was extensive rust. The rust was so advanced that it just could not pass inspection.
With a tear in my eye and a heavy heart, I drove MoCa home all the while thinking, “I’ll bring it to my own mechanic. He’ll tell me the real deal and she will pass inspection.” I just knew it was impossible for her to be rendered undrivable. After all, she has four brand new tires, a rebuilt transmission, excellent engine, backup camera, new radio, a cozy interior and a comfy swivel seat on the passenger side. There’s no way she’s ready for the junk pile.
The Unwanted News
The failed inspection occurred early on in the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home order. Hoping my mechanic was open, I called and was happy to hear that he could see her immediately. After all, everyone else was at home so he was glad to have a customer.
I drove to his shop and he pulled her into the bay right away. With face mask in place, I paced around the waiting room waiting to hear the news. I just knew the prior technician was mistaken. When my mechanic came to the waiting room and said, “I need to show you something.” I knew it was not going to be good news.
Keeping the social distance of 6 feet, I followed him to the bay where my MoCa was on the lift. We walked beneath her and he pointed to the rust. He was able to put his finger through part of it. He refrained from demonstrating further because he saw the pain in my eyes.
As compassionately as he could, he told me MoCa was done for. Trying to make me feel better, he said, “When you get your next car, bring it in and we’ll give it a good looking over.” I nodded, thanked him and drove home feeling like I lost my best friend. What was I going to do? This was totally unexpected.
Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist
After letting the news sink in, I began browsing Craigslist. I found MoCa on Craigslist, maybe luck would strike twice. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The cars on Craigslist just weren’t what I was searching for. I was getting a little discouraged when I remembered that my husband’s co-worker purchased a vehicle through Facebook Marketplace. Not being much of a Facebook user, I was a bit skeptical, but I was also desperate so I began browsing there too.
After a few days, I came across a 2005 Chevy Express that looked pretty sweet. I contacted the owner and within a week, I drove several states away (yes, during the lockdown) to pick up my new vehicle. I named her Faith. Why Faith? I believe everything happens for a reason and usually, once it’s all said and done, the reason is a good one. And, with Faith, it was all good. The prior owner took meticulous care of her and we were able to negotiate a fair price.
When I got back home, I bought Faith four new tires and rear brakes. My mechanic looked her over and was impressed with her condition. All is good. The only thing about Faith that I don’t like is her backup beep. The prior owner installed a backup beep. It’s driving me crazy! I’m leaving it in place until I get a backup camera. Once the camera is installed the beep has to go.
What Did I Do with MoCa?
At first, I was going to sell MoCa for parts. After all, she had new tires (which couldn’t fit on Faith), a good motor, transmission, backup camera, clean interior and a clean exterior. The only problem with her was the rust underneath. However, the thought of seeing MoCa dismantled was too much for me to bear so I donated her to a charity.
Within twenty-four hours the charity arranged a pickup and took her away. It was rather emotional for me, but at least she’ll be able to do some good for the charity. With her gone, I can now focus on creating a cozy environment in Faith like I had in MoCa. It will be different because Faith has four doors where MoCa only had three, but I can work around that.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do as much traveling with MoCa as I wished. However, I intend to put Faith to better use. Since we’re in the middle of a COVID-19 lockdown my options are limited, but I will find a way to explore. In the meanwhile, I’m getting to learn a bit more about Faith’s personality.