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Why Do People Have a Sentimental Attachment to Their Cars?

Cars tickle our brains in some sort of way that makes us see them as a family member, a friend.

1y ago
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If you were to say "I've got a 30 year old toaster I love, and I can't get rid of it", it would be rather unusual wouldn't it? But we say that about cars, either old, or new. Cars tickle our brains in some sort of way that makes us see them as a family member, a friend.

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay.

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay.

They may represent your first paycheck, your connection to your father, your freedom or even those bad times where you sat in the driver's seat having a breakdown punching the steering wheel like a mad man.

For the good or the bad, we bond with our cars in ways we bond with no other machine, perhaps if we, the petrol heads, saw them as something that takes us from A to B, but no. We do think of them as something more, we think of them for the roaring engines, the exhaust notes, the paint job that makes us look stunned.

I know this because I own one of those cars, my first car in fact. A 1996 Honda Civic I bought two years ago. These two years have been full of adventures, from the times in which I polished it for 5 hours straight, to the time I changed jobs and I needed something more economical and converted it to LPG instead of trading it for a diesel.

Picture by Myself

Picture by Myself

Yes, it may be green. It may be a 23 year old car. The clutch slave cylinder maybe giving up on itself. The bodywork has seen better days. The bushings on the suspension are slowly turning into dust. The windshield is leaky.

-But I simply can't trade it for anything else.

It is my first car, the one I bought by scraping all the money I could get together from selling car parts on Facebook Marketplace. And that somehow makes it special, it is not a Type-R, not even a 1.6 VTi. But it's mine.

Picture by Myself

Picture by Myself

I've found a way to make this a love letter to my own car, but this is also a reminder for all car guys out there ripping hair off trying to fix their old worthless piece of tin.

-You are not alone. Please don't give up

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Comments (5)

  • I can’t speak for everyone, as I think the attachment is different for each individual. My first car was a 1965 Mustang. Back then there weren’t cell phones or an internet, so if you wanted to learn about someplace you either had to read a book about it or hop in a car and drive there. My Mustang represented freedom on a scale I couldn’t imagine and it shaped the direction of my life. I only kept the Mustang for a few years and eventually I bought a new Z28 that I kept for almost 40 years. The Mustang didn’t have the performance like the Z28, but I have special feelings for both of them. My Z28 has taken me the entire Route 66, to the Bonneville salt flats and cruising on Van Nuys Boulevard, but it also allowed me to make many friends on these drives. So I think the point of the journey isn’t the arrival at a destination, but the journey itself. I think that’s why I loved my cars. They were willing partners for wherever I wanted to go. They’re my friends.

      1 year ago
  • If you’ve only owned a car for two years, well, I see what you’re trying to get at, but the true perspective isn’t there yet. I recently sold a car I had owned for 25 years. I bought it specifically to use as a race car, and in the previous few years had used it as an occasional street vehicle. When it became obvious that it wouldn’t be used again by me for the purpose I had originally intended, I cut it loose. Cars can be a promise for the future, a reminder of the past, or a tool to achieve a goal or perform a task. You don’t need the physical car around to embody what it meant to you; that’s in your memory. Otherwise, you’re doomed to a future of dusty warehouses or yard art.

      1 year ago
    • Yeah, I'm probably a bit of a hoarder myself. But I've had other cars that I've sold in the meantime, and I just can't get rid of this one.

        1 year ago
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