Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Old Gray, The Truck: Almost 19 Years, 118,036 Miles, $16.37 a Month. .03 a Mile

The Old Gray Truck, she ain't what she used to be. My husband bought this truck 18 years and 10 months ago. We sold it this morning. We both literally had tears in our eyes. Okay, that's a little embarrassing, but we had Old Gray for a long time.

My husband paid $5,500.00 for this 1989 Toyota 4WD pick-up truck in 1996 when we lived in Oklahoma. Of course, it looked a lot better then. This old truck hit three deer and never left us stranded one time. Front panels were replaced, bumpers and other parts replaced, but Old Gray just kept on a-going. About 18 months ago, after Old Gray just about lost a trailer on the road, we decided to fix her up one last time. We said we were going to drive it briefly but then had a goal to buy a newer one in a year or two.

We paid cash for Old Gray when we bought it, so Old Gray never had any payments. My husband just sold her for $1800.00 this morning. So, it cost us $3700.00 to drive Old Gray for almost 19 years. That doesn't include insurance and registration etc. but you get the idea. Old Gray was a work truck, not a truck we used for driving around, at least not in later years. Old Gray moved us 6 times and my daughter 4 times. Old Gray hauled many tractors that my husband bought and sold and used for plowing and grading. Old Gray took us camping. Old Gray took my husband hunting and hauled many deer home for us.

$5,500.00- $1800.00= $3700.00. That is .03 a mile.

Goodbye, Old Gray, you were a good ol' pick-up truck.


  1. Wow, it must have been really hard to say goodbye to Ole Gray! We keep our vehicles a long time too. I like the way you are able to figure out how much it cost you to keep the truck, and will try to remember to do that with the vehicles we have!

  2. Saying goodbye to Old Gray must feel like losing a very good friend. The truck gets you through the worst of situations, being reliable, taking you where you need to go on the long hauls. Memories in Old Gray must be priceless, but, in the end, everything changes. Three cents a mile is unheard of these days. Goodbye Old Gray!