QOTD: What Is Your Biggest CC-Related Regret?

Looking back on the past can be a tricky thing. Hindsight always has 20/20 vision, and it can be hard to know how decisions will work out without possessing a crystal ball or the ability to travel through time. But while regret often comes with negative connotations, it can be useful if a lesson can be learned from a specific mistake or error in judgement, even if said mistake is more perception than reality. Just don’t let it consume you.

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My biggest regret? Selling my 1997 Mercury Sable. This car carried me all throughout my secondary and post-secondary educational experiences and beyond, and was proudly adorned with the parking stickers of each successive school. I learned the importance of having good tires when I almost rear-ended a pickup truck rushing to my first day of community college one rainy morning in the fall of 2005. It was a comfortable highway cruiser that shuttled me to various misadventures in New York and the Northeast with nary a complaint.

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The cloth seats were amazingly comfortable. I found the column shifter oddly satisfying. The interior was always aesthetically pleasing to my senses. I was going to emulate Top Gear and make a couch out of the back seat when it had to go the junkyard.

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Then the devil’s advocate kicks in, and I’m reminded why I don’t wholly qualify this as a regret. After all, it was a 16-year-old car that spent its entire life in the Rust Belt, and it was starting to show on the rocker panels. The passenger’s-side tweeter would buzz quite frequently, possibly because it was blown, and the seals around the driver’s-side door let in quite a bit of wind noise. Most importantly, I just didn’t want to sink more money into it after nine years of ownership.

So what do you lament, CC readers? A vehicle you should have kept? A car deal you passed up? A modification that didn’t work out as you had planned? A mechanical issue you failed to diagnose that backfired horribly? Let’s see your stories below.