Ode to Zack

Cars… I’m notorious for keeping mine until it gives up the ghost and the truck comes to tow it away. I purchased my little Toyota in 2005 and named him Zack. He has been the best car. Okay, he grumbles on occasions, his brakes are not the quietest, and my passengers are basically horizontal thanks to the dodgy mechanism on the passenger seat. And he has more knocks and scratches than I can count. But never once has he let me down, and we’ve travelled some miles together over the years, I can tell you.

Zack has suffered my rants, my woeful singing as I joined in with Bruce Springsteen’s anthems, he’s learned some pretty colourful language during those times when I encountered less than mindful drivers, and he’s listened to me rabbiting on about plot points and characters who refuse to do what I want them to do. He’s heard all about my worries, and my hopes and dreams.

Sadly it’s now time to say goodbye to my trusty four-wheeled friend. I’m needing to do quite a lot of long-distance travel and AJ was worried about the toll on old Zack. Oh my, it was hard letting him go, but I know it’s for the best and I already LOVE my new four-wheeled baby. Not that I didn’t initially put up a fight and voice all kind of objections: he’s easy to park, he’s SO reliable, he nips in and out of traffic like a little mechanical ninja. But eventually, my head won out over my heart.

So it was with a heavy, but grateful heart that I bid farewell to my trusty steed. All that’s left for me to do is thank him for all those incredible years of safe and reliable driving, wish him well, and bid Godspeed to those who are lucky enough to travel with him in the future.

How about you? Do you get attached to your cars? Do you find it hard to let them go? I’d love to hear that I’m not alone in this. It would help to know there are other crazy car lovers out there.

4 responses to “Ode to Zack

  1. Oh my gosh. I am just like you. Not only do I keep my cars for forever, I NAME them. I had my last car, Zipper, for 16 years! Only had Merle for 4 years, so hoping for a lot more years together. Congratulations on getting new wheels. I hope you work out lots more plot points with this new inspiration. 🙂

  2. Ahh this one I don’t share. No sentimental attachment for me. I love the new safety features on the new cars and while some of the old features are hard to give up (and there are always ones that I don’t understand being retired) I adjust pretty fast because of the new ones. And I’ve never named a car. I mourn and worry enough over pets not sure I have anything left for cars. 🙂

  3. I DO get attached to mine- and I keep them a long time, too- I name them- always have- and they have all def heard some salty language from this gal. I love that we have these things in common. An ocean might separate us, but we are very alike. I’m sorry Zack had to go, but he has good memories of your time together as you do. What is the newbie’s name? Jillian

  4. Love this post, Tricia. I know how much you loved Zack but am sure your new beauty will be just as reliable and hope you have named him (or her) too. I get sentimental over cars, especially my lovely big blue one that got wrecked a few years back whilst parked up at work, and pleaded with the insurers not to scrap it, as it meant so much to me. After all, it was the first and only car I have bought outright out of my own purse, but there came a time it had to go. Love our new one just as much, despite the recent problem we had with it, but as far as we’re concerned it’s here to stay. Still no name for it though. Dave would think me mad. Happy motoring 🙂

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