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Car Talk

I drove pickup trucks for over 35 years. I finally got tired of hauling a relatively large vehicle over the winding roads that are necessary for us to reach the more civilized world and bought a Honda Fit 3 years ago. Which was a dandy little car. $17K complete (new). 1/3 more storage than similar size cars, 35 mpg, nimble on the curves.

All that ended when a rolling rock that I hit knocked the motor off its mounts a few months ago. It was so expensive to fix that AAA declared it a total and gave me $12K, a fair deal. Which helped a lot because Shelter Pubs was running on empty and it allowed us to pay a printing bill and avoid borrowing to stay afloat. I know, small peanuts in this day and world, but we’re a small peanut company.

I’m going to wait a while to get another car (meanwhile driving my 14-year-old Toyota 4-cylinder, stick shift 4×4, which gets about 20 mpg and is a magnificent vehicle and can go anywhere and pull other cars out of ditches).

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Blam! Storm Totals My Honda Fit

A big rock tumbled down an embankment in front of my car (on Hwy. One just north of Stinson Beach) last week and pretty well demolished the motor. Knocked holes in oil pan and knocked engine off its mounts. (No injuries.) Total loss. Insurance covers it and AAA has been really good in processing the claim. So I’m looking at another Fit and also checking out the Subaru Crosstrek, and other small hatchbacks.

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