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Death of a fishing car

July 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We bought it 14 years ago because it was large enough to take 2 dogs to Idaho. About half-way through, the 2 dogs were replaced by 2 kids. It made the San Francisco to Island Park haul at least 10 times.

We wanted 4-wheel drive to reach a few favorite fishing spots. Forest Green in Explorers was cool then. It has a dent on the rear bumper caused by a “boat trailer backing up jack-knife incident”. But otherwise, unblemished by accident.

Old Fishing Car

Old Fishing Car

It was replaced a few years ago as the kid hauler/boat puller/Idaho car, and became Dad’s fishing car and daily commuter.

What I spent in gas on that daily commute, I saved in depreciation. It was good to have a fishing car that did double duty as a hard sided tent. Yes, I slept in it dozens of nights. However, it needed new brakes and the ABS system was out. This year for registration required smog check, so we were going to put some money into it to keep it going.

Then, comes the Cash For Clunkers program. An obscene subsidy for owners of older cars, and car dealerships; exactly the Billion Dollar Boondogle that I hate. Except, this program valued my old fishing car at $4500.  Combined with factory rebates, low interest financing, it’s was too good to pass up.

The old fishing car will be scrapped for parts. I’ll now be driving a Ford Focus. This will cut my fuel bill in half, and has Microsoft Sync, which is a pretty cool integration between the car, the iPod, and cell phone.

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Such is progress.

Tags: Fly Fishing

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ray Found // Jul 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I don’t know what its like where you are… but there’s no way that thing would get into the places I like to fish.

    BUUUUT, congrats on having the gov’t pay for part of the new car… you’re paying for the program in your taxes, might as well get some value out of it.

  • 2 John Ruberto // Jul 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Hi Ray,

    We got the 4wd so we can reach a couple of spots. However, the 4wd portion of the road was maybe the last 100-200 yards. So, the 4wd saved us from walking a short distance down a hill.

    By the way, thank you for helping me pay for my new car 🙂

    John

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