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What does brand new mean to me?  That is a question e asked this morning on  her post, “Brand New, Just for You.”  For me that term is “bran-spankin’ new” and my mind goes immediately to a 1945 Chevy my daddy bought after WWII.  It was hot off the assembly line.

As for my husband and I, our new car stories are sort of like this:  We bought a new car in 1953; it was a 42 Mercury.  In 1959, it was a ’55 Pontiac; in 1960, it was a ’59 Olds;  in 1963, a ’61 Olds; in 1969, a ’66 Dodge pick-up; in 1969 a ’39 Chevy.  That kind of story pretty much tells how it has gone through the 62 years of our marriage.  The car-memory expert in our family is Carl, our son.  He remembers much more than you want to know about our car deals

We were particularly proud of a ’62 Mercedes we bought in ’67.  I still have the ticket on it – imagine that!  I told you we were proud of it.  It cost $1795; we got $450 trade in on an Olds with the balance of $1325 in cash.  Wow, I didn’t know we ever had that much cash all at one time.

We have had a lot of new cars during the 62 years we have been married; they were all between two and thirteen years old when we bought them.  We bought a new car one time that only had 98,000 miles on it.

Our newest new car was brought into our driveway last night about 9:00 pm.  I went out to have a look at it this morning.  It is a 1991 5000 SL Mercedes.  Pretty little thing.

That’s my story on new cars.  Now for “brand spankin new.”  I had one of those one time also.  It was a 1955 Oldsmobile.  It was a give away; I’ve always believed it was sent from Heaven via of Tinker Air Force Base where I worked when I won it.   (I will tell more of that story in one of my ‘Tween God and Me stories. Watch for it; it’s a doozy.)

Thanks, e:

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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8 Responses to BRAN-SPANKIN’ NEW

  1. calensariel says:

    Boy! You have a great memory!!! New vs. well-aged has always been a debate in our house.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I can’t take credit for all that memory. I called my son; he remembers far more cars than I care to list. But, thankfully, I do not notice having any significant memory loss. I always say, partly joking, “I’m thankful that my husband like old classics.” That keeps me secure!

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    Oh girl are we on the same page! We’re pretty rich, since we own two whole cars, one is an 03 and one is an 04. (We got rid of the 77 a few years ago!)

    • oneta hayes says:

      There are lots of folks who own only a portion of their cars and if their “big brother” wants to recall they better be able to cough up some money. Bless those who save the money first and use it for buying – owning the whole car when they drive it off the lot. But everybody can’t do that. We had car payments a lot of the time but we bought cars that had already depreciated a big hunk of their initial value. My, my, look at us – the economics experts! Live and learn is applicable here.

  3. luckyjc007 says:

    The most important thing in buying a car is not necessarily the year, but can it get you from here to there??? 😊

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, that’s it. But just add some mag wheels and wrap around sound and electronic gadgets, and cup holders, and window tinting, and, dare I say it – I’ll whisper, listen closely “white wall tires.”
      😀 😀

  4. Faye says:

    Loved this post and particularly encouraged to find your new cars were like ours . New for us but had a few kilometres on the clock. Look forward to reading about the miracle of the ‘new’ really brand new car.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I have the story written someplace. I’ll find it. Basically I remember it but if I’ve written it our before, there might be details that I have forgotten. Don’t think so though. It is a very unforgettable story. I have a manuscript which is a writing to God called, Put Me in Remembrance, in which I am saying thanks to Him for many wonderful blessings in my life. I wrote it to God, being very careful not to stretch the facts. That’s probably where that story is. Thanks, Faye. I’m glad to have a sister in experience who chooses to not get headaches because of overspending.

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