Sigh… The End of the Prism

Brief history of the Prism…

It started out as my (Larry’s) commuter car after the 5 speed black Prism that I had before was crushed between two SUVs on the morning commute to Cupertino… can’t remember when that happened.  But it was tragic because not only did the black Prism serve me well but it also was a 5 speed… which are a dying breed.

Brief history on Prisms… They were the same car as a Toyota Corolla, made right here in the Bay Area over at the now defunct NUUMI plant with its incredibly high quality standards and execution.  The plant is now the home of the Tesla but that’s another story.  The Prism was a shockingly economical and a quality vehicle just like the Corolla.   However for some reason the Blue Book value of the Prism was over $1000 less than the same year and features Corolla… Well knowing all this, I just had to buy another Prism.  Unfortunately, they stopped making 5 speeds and they had become kind of rare, so I had to settle for an automatic… Oh well, it was just a commuter car…

This Prism and I commuted over the hill for years… But then an opportune time came for me to upgrade to my dream car… a 5 speed, late-model, low miles, Honda Civic became available and I jumped at it.  And so the Prism was passed on to Spencer.

Sigh… not gonna lie, that turned out to be the beginning of the end for the Prism.

Spencer had three accidents in the Prism.  The first in a parking lot on a rainy day, the next when he rear ended someone on Highway 17 and finally when he rear ended someone else in heavy traffic on Highway 1.  The shop was able to fix the parking lot incident.  We actually did a home repair on the second incident.  But this last one was the final straw.  We just couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again…

The last drive down Whispering Pines… sigh…

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