We're planning to visit our extended family in the next state south next week. While we're excited about having another graduation party for Jonathon and having the chance to visit loved ones, we're a bit nervous too. Our old van is the same age as this son who just graduated but it's not a healthy youthful teenager. It's falling apart and it's no longer very reliable. There's a leak in the gas tank that we keep patching. The engine light stays on and nobody knows why. The brakes have gone out on us three times since we bought it four years ago. Now it has some rattles and other noises that cause us to question whether the U joints are bad.
We will not be able to buy another car for at least another year, even with that "Cash for Clunkers" program the government has put into effect. Even if we we could buy something else, it wouldn't be with that program - we don't agree that it's a good thing for a number of reasons that I won't detail for you now.
How old is the car you're driving now?