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TwitchyTail Wed 07-Nov-12 22:12:17

DH's car is 20 years old (yes, really). It looks like a massive pile of excrement, but unfortunately still works. He is ridiculously attached to it - it was his first car etc. We live on a reasonably nice street and I feel sorry for the neighbours who have to see this monstrosity every day.

After three years of persuasion and threats , he gave in and we bought a nice shiny new one at considerable expense. But now he wants to keep the old one and "restore" it, because he just loves it so much. It's a Honda, not a fricking Rolls Royce. This means I can't park my own car outside our house.

AIBU to put my foot down and insist Monstrosity Car is scrapped?

WorraLiberty Wed 07-Nov-12 22:14:52

Yes YABU and sound a bit controlling I'm afraid

You live in a naice street and feel sorry for your neighbours...not your DH?

gordyslovesheep Wed 07-Nov-12 22:16:41

YABU he is entitled to have things he likes

TwitchyTail Wed 07-Nov-12 22:18:19

Oh dear. Not looking good for me confused

Husband is rubbing his hands with glee...

McChristmasPants2012 Wed 07-Nov-12 22:18:50

yabu, how would you like it if he scrapped an old ring or chucked something of yours because he didn't like it

YABU - Let him restore it - there are many, many worse things he could be spending his time and money on (booze, fags, women!).

(says she who has a 41 year old car in a vile 70s colour - but it's part of my history so tough titties to anyone who does't like it! grin)

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 07-Nov-12 22:27:14

YABU. I was really sad earlier this year when our monstrosity car finally had to be scrapped. It was known as "the jalopy".

It was really relaxing not to worry about anyone stealing it, or if someone dinged it in a car park. I liked driving it to school in amongst all the gleaming mummy-mobiles, with its rust on display. I liked the way the windows wound down rather than pressing a button.

I think if the neighbours are distressed by the crapness of the car that is all the more reason to keep it.

WorraLiberty Wed 07-Nov-12 22:28:56

MyCarHasBrokenDownAgain loving the irony of your name grin

Purplehonesty Wed 07-Nov-12 22:31:50

Ooh no YANBU get rid of the damn thing. Who does he think he is; hyacinth buckets brother in law? Does he keep it in the garden with a dog living in it? grin

Mmmm ... mutters ... lets just say when my friends and I say 'assume the position' it usually means we're lined up along the back of one classic or another ready to push it down the road! grin

neverquitesure Wed 07-Nov-12 22:32:37

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, you poor thing!

But but YABU I'm afraid. The car must stay. His devotion is quite sweet when you think about it really.

apostropheuse Wed 07-Nov-12 22:36:38

oh YABVU

It's his beloved car my goodness! It's not doing you or anyone else any harm and he's going to get some enjoyment seeing it restored to his former glory. Once it's restored no doubt he will want to drive it all the time and you will be forced to drive the shiny new one. So winners all round!

A car isn't just for Christmas you know!

WillYouDoTheFandango Wed 07-Nov-12 22:37:52

You can't make him scrap it, but if he wants to keep it he should be the one who has to park further away surely?

TwitchyTail Wed 07-Nov-12 22:39:13

Ok, I accept I am being unreasonable. I plead pregnancy. I think I've been unduly influenced by my mother who is slightly Hyacinth Bucket, and the fact that the car actually has moss growing in the windows.

CaliforniaLeaving Wed 07-Nov-12 22:40:09

My poor old Dh drives a P.O.S. car to work each day, and fixes it every time it breaks. It too is over 20 years old I'm amazed that it hasn't stayed at the junk yard when dh has gone looking for parts. Men!

TwitchyTail Wed 07-Nov-12 22:41:07

But yes I suppose I should be reassured by the fact that he likes decrepit old bangers and doesn't want to give them up for shiny new models.

<gazing appraisingly in the mirror>

LimeFlower Wed 07-Nov-12 22:47:07

Well,sometimes old bangers are better then fancy looking shiny new heap of plastic car.
YABU,let him keep it.It's still running,it's fit for a purpose.

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 07-Nov-12 22:47:30

Ooh, moss. We had a Morris Traveller when I was growing up, I think it was the moss that was keeping the windows in place. It had woodworm. Great car.

EndoplasmicReticulum Ha ha .. mine has woodworm too! It also grew mushrooms on the wood one year ...

My Mk6 Escort daily driver also had moss - I just thought of it as 'insulation'! grin

schoolgovernor Wed 07-Nov-12 23:12:59

Twitchy - what sort of 20 year old Honda is it?

TwitchyTail Wed 07-Nov-12 23:15:53

A crappy one grin

Ahem, sorry. I'm not actually sure, but it's a saloon car? I'll check with husband when he comes back from his victory dance.

schoolgovernor Wed 07-Nov-12 23:23:21

When you find out what it is Google it and see what it would look like done up, or customised. Not only could it get him out of your hair for hours pottering in the garage restoring it, it might actually end up worth selling. grin
Try googling for pictures along the lines of "honda classic car pictures" or "honda retro custom car pictures".

longjane Wed 07-Nov-12 23:27:19

but it wont really be safe for the baby will it?

schoolgovernor Wed 07-Nov-12 23:34:32

If it's restored properly it will be safe to drive, it will have to pass the MOT. But - he could either sell it once done up, or keep it as a fancy toy to play with. You could send him out to play with Pistonhead boys every now and then. grin

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