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Time to Say Good-bye

I bought my Chrysler Seabring 14 years ago next month. It was the same day I met Brad. (What a great day, a new convertible and meeting my furture spouse!) But the poor car has suffered through 11 years of desert summers in the HOT sun in the driveway!

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That has caused lots of cosmetic damage! The window is stuck down...(had them all fixed once for 1600...and it happened again) This also means it must be hand-washed, and it is great fun to drive in the rain (good thing it hardly ever rains here).

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The paint has oxidized, and the convertible top is unraveling.

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The leather seats have shredded, and the foam is a mess.

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Let's see...the automatic key zapper thingy doesn't work, so I have to manually unlock the doors or trunk with a key, and the trunk doesn't stay open and will decapitate you unless held open with a pole.

I have endured all of this for years. My friend, Deborah's blog is called, "Old Shoes, New Trip". Well, I do buy shoes, but my blog could have been called, "Goes to Italy, but car is a pile of ____". Every time the topic of a new car comes up, the answer is always, "No, lets go to Italy, I can drive it a while longer!"

Today, I said good-bye to the Seabring...on a trade-in. Yes, someone gave me money for the car with only 76,000 miles on it! Click below to see my new baby...

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Brad was glad the car I bought 14 years ago was the ONLY thing I traded in today, but I am KEEPING him!

Comments (19)

How cute is that? Now you can be driving a fiat whether you are in Italy or not!
That Brad is definitely a keeper :-)

Sher Jones:

Wow sharp car. You sure deserve it. I drove a bronco for 20 yrs so I could travel, and save money for a new car. Then when I retired I bought a a mini SUV..cash lol, so I can still travel.Would love to see you two in Italy. Good health and happiness to you two. mimi

Congratulations! You look great in your new car!

Denise Curtis:

Congrats, Palma, and Brad, for keeping him! Your new car is beautiful and so cute! It's Italian, why am I not surprised? Keep us posted on how much you like it. We already know how much you like Brad!

Denise

Jo:

Super-cute! Yes, you, Brad, Luigi and the Fiat!!

Is that a new cinquecento???? You are one incredibly lucky gal!

sandrac:

I'm SO jealous -- I long to have my own little Fiat. I drove a 500 like that in Italy last year and loved it!

Carole:

What a cute car and perfect for when you, Brad and Luigi move to Italy!

So funny and LOVE your new wheels! At first I thought you were talking about Brad (only kidding)! Looks like you may have another 17 gears (Yikes - *years*) of fun ahead.

Shelagh (SJ):

Oh Man... now I'm really envious!!!
I have been going on and on about those cars since I saw them in Italy last year!
My Chrysler dealer has one in the showroom next to where I take my PT Cruiser for service.
I have a little seat in it every time, and dream of when I will get one of my own!!!
Good choice!!!!!
You'll let Brad drive it now and again won't you?!
Oh, and does it have a name....??!

Thanks, everyone!

Shelagh, I have named HER "Bianca".

WOW, I've been eyeing me a RED one! enjoy

Sharon:

You and Bianca are made for each other -- both adorable!

Marcia:

What sweet wheels! Drive safely and enjoy the ride my friend.

Sarah:

Love the new car! Congratulations!

Barb Cabot:

I love it!

Too Cute!! Just a little reminder of Italia everytime you go for a drive. ENJOY!!

Colleen Costello:

Love it!!!! Good luck,Palma.

Jan:

love the car can hardly wait to see the stripes.congratulations!
Jan

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