Friday, September 23, 2005

ByeBye Protege

City Slicker I am, I finally sold Protege, my 5 yr old car.
I've been thinking about it for about 3 months, talked about it for about a month and finally pulled the plug. Wasn't the most pleasant, but once I located right outlet for the disposal it was fairly fast. I called the buyer guy this afternoon, and hoped on to the car and drove out to Walnut Creek. After about 30minutes of his inspection and talking, I had the check in my pocket and he the pink slip. All I have to do is to mail the portion of pink slip to DMV for updated record. Total of about 4 hrs.

I did call the Mazda dealer yesterday, made an appointment for this morning, and was spinned around from one dept. to another w/ yet another phone number to call and make an appointment. It was clear they wanted to sell, but not buy back the car unless it's a trade-in. The guy who specializes in pre-owned vehicle, or so I am told, hasn't yet called thus I'm sure I can't sell my car to the Mazda dealer in the city whether I still had my car or not.

Still got to call the insurance to cancel, and return the garage key and cancel my monthly-parking. But, I'm officially a carless person in the city, depending totally on public transit and friends driving me around.

With recent gas price surge, high insurance and garage fee for a car I drive about once a month, and wanting to get a new fashionable car had me thinking about it. The dealer I sold the car to also joked about registration renewal, which I did remember as I was driving out to Walnut Creek. He said many people do think about selling, and many of his clients do make up their mind to sell when it's time to renew registration.

So financially, it makes all the sense in the world to have sold the car. Ecologically, too.

I do miss my green mazda, nonetheless. I do feel somewhat helpless not having mobile power, too. It was a nice car that put up w/ my less than perfect driving, some bad weather here and there, and I shall miss that little car w/ sparkling tints.

Bye bye Protege. Be happy and on the road with your new owner~~~


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