What part of the word “new” doesn’t he understand?


My husband has a truck.

An old truck.

My husband loves his old truck, has spent considerable money restoring his old truck and uses his old truck as a …. well, truck.



He’s loved this 1990 Ford F150 XLT truck long and hard. No matter how much time it spends at the shop nor how many thousands of dollars of repairs it needs, he consistently refuses to buy a new one. So imagine my surprise when he came home the other day and said he was thinking about buying a new truck.

I was thrilled!

I was ecstatic!

(His mechanic will be even more thrilled and ecstatic)

And my thrill continued..

All the way up until he drove me to see the “new” truck.



Technically, he’s not wrong. It is “newer” than his old truck….. by a whole 4 years.

Old truck? 1990

“New” truck? 1994

I was not thrilled.

His mechanic will not be thrilled.

The husband? Beyond thrilled that he’d found another Ford F150 XLT with a long bed in good shape with only 74,000 original miles.


The asking price was $11,800 which I thought was beyond ridiculous for a 28 year old truck….. but then I looked online.






Holy Mother of God…. I know used car prices are nuts right now but that is positively insane.

Because the dealer is a friend of a friend the husband talked him down to $10,000… and got him to replace the shocks, brake lines and ball joints so I guess in reality that’s a good deal. But rest assured old Black Betty will be going out on the lawn with it’s own overpriced for sale sign in it as soon as the husband drives the “new” one home.


33 thoughts on “What part of the word “new” doesn’t he understand?”

    1. He’s in love with this particular style/decade of truck… and always wants a long bed, which is harder to find. He’s beyond thrilled. I’ll be glad when he buys something from this century.

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  1. Trucks have always held their value better than cars. I blame Willie Nelson for that. “Nothing lasts forever but old Fords and a natural stone”. There’s some deep truth in that.
    That’s a nice truck for its age, especially in that part of the world. Around here, where the roads might get some salt or brine two or three times a winter, your average truck of that age would be seriously rusted through by now.
    Black Betty? Sounds like a cat I know.

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    1. Betty was originally a southern truck and we’ve always kept her garaged. She’s only two wheel drive so rarely sees winter. The “new” truck is from Kentucky and actually has more rust in the bed than Betty.


  2. Yep, trucks are hard to find right now. But anything over 20 years is not only a classic, but overpriced. My dad still has his 1988 Ford F-150 and refuses to replace it. He’s had people come by asking of he’s selling and my mom says yes but my dad says no. It runs well and other than regular maintenance it’s never given my dad any issues….okay it’s given him issues in that my mom is constantly wanting him to sell it and he won’t.

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  3. Many of todays trucks are built for show, more for Suburbia Mom who wants to own the road, with amenities that belong more in a Lexus than a log hauler. Old tucks – Better suspensions, better transmissions, better tow capacity, and get this – you aren’t afraid to scratch the bed! Can hardly imagine wanting to haul 135 bags of black mulch in a $65,000 sooped up 2021 Titan.

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  4. Yes covid has turned everything and anything upside down. That would include the truck and car market. I have been getting an email a month from my dealer trying to get me to sell my 2015 SUV. Even though they probably don’t have a new car on the lot to sell me to replace mine.

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    1. We just went through that. I have a 2014 Subaru Forester my husband is always after me trade. We tried a few months ago only to find nothing to test drive and nothing new available until June… on special order.

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  5. Coincidentally, I own a 1994 Plymouth Sundance with approximately the same mileage (most of which was put on it in it’s ‘youth). It seems that many men become almost as attached to their old cars/trucks as they are to their old wives, so I can relate to your hubby. If it’s any consolation, I’m sure he thinks you’re in just as good a shape (if not better) as his “new” truck. I know I feel that way about MY wife.

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