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A 93-year-old grandmother from Orlando, Florida may be the ultimate road warrior.

In nearly 50 years of ownership, Rachel Veitch has put more than 576,000 miles on her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente since purchasing it new for $3,289 in February, 1964 in Sanford, Fla. The Caliente may have more mileage remaining, but last month, Veitch made an announcement. She's done driving.

"I know I'm not safe enough to drive," she tells Fox News. "But I have taken it in stride."

Veitch is now legally blind and suffering from macular degeneration in both eyes. In the video above, she reveals the secret of how the car outlasted three marriages.

"Never lied to me, never cheated on me, and," she said, "I can always depend on it."


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      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great story! I hope she has a super good time on Jays show. Maybe he will let her drive a couple of his cars!
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wasn't even aware of the existence of penny auctions until about 6 weeks ago. Now I can't imagine buying anything other than food or clothing anyplace else. My favorite is at ( http://tinyurl.com/TopBargains ) It took me a few days to figure out how to bid but now I am savings big bucks there. How they can sell iPads, Macbooks, HDTVs, Digital Cameras, Gaming Consoles, and more for steep discounts of 75%, 80%, or even 85% off retail price, I don't know. I do know that I bought my son an iPad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Lowe's gift card for $48. Why would I shop anyplace else?
      gg0808
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a fun story !! I have a 15 yr old Ford Explorer Sport ...with 257,000 miles on it...it still looks great and "knock wood" ...well I'm not going to say it and jinx it ! haha.....but I love it and can't seem to want to give it up. The main thing is to keep a car routinely maintained ....and fixed when needed. I can thank my husband for that. We both wish we had hung onto our first cars...mine a 1968 Camaro convertible and his a 1959 Corvette...DANG ! But marriage and parenthood called for a "family car" Dang again ! :)
      My AOL
      • 3 Years Ago
      My parents bought a 1967 Ford Thunderbird Landau for $5900.00 IT WAS A PIECE OF JUNK
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am currently driving a 2002 Chevy Avalanche, Z17 1500 model. It has 430,000 miles on it, original engine. Still going strong, does not burn oil and does not smoke. Used Synthetic Oil on all changes. Would buy another in a heartbeat. Going for over 500,000. S/B there by next summer...
        • 3 Years Ago
        How often do you change your synthetic oil? Mileage and time in between essentially.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Had a 64 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible Burgundy with white top/int. back in 1985 I loved and miss that car. So she says she,s not safe to drive any more? Look at that car, there,s not a dent on it anywhere, it looks like original paint, even the bumpers are crisp and unmolested. CLOSE ENOUGH!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah macular degeneration, it'd be best for everyone if you stop driving... LOL
      • 3 Years Ago
      My F150 was bought in November 2003 but was the new body style 2004. It has never been in the shop for anything . I will always buy FORD over the others. They can lie in their commercials all they want. Who had to take money from the Government.
        dytimmys
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bought a 93 Saturn SL1 (first yr for Saturn) and it was just a little 4 banger and I put 700k on it...Plastic body so no rust, I gave it to my ex wife and its still going ...that was 4 years ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got a 1994 Lebaron Conv ,and it has 197k on it .It still runs very good ,and I love to drive it The stereo is great ,but I have maintained it well ,and now keep it in garage .Last year I got it repainted .Love that car .It is a chrysler product .I have had slant six dodges that were very good cars ,and lasted long time
      alfredschrader
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are some tricks to making a car last. The first is lubrication. You need to grease and oil everything. Grease is for the front end parts - upper and lower control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends, linkages. If you always have grease on those parts and the metal never touches, the parts should last forever. And oil everything: door hinges trunk hinges, hood hinges and latch mechanisms, the key holes and ignition key slot - if it gets dry and you gotta force it to make it work, it's gonna break, and my favorite is to apply oil to anything made out of metal. I drill a tiny hole into the door jam and using an oil can, I squirt oil inside the fenders, just be careful not to get it on the backside of upholstery. Under the hood I apply Armorall protectant to everything, especially rubber parts that can dry-out and crack. On the expensive rubber parts I apply good vaseline and wipe-off the excess with a shop towel, especially rubber exterior parts which keeps them "fresh" and alive almost forever. I drove a V6 Chevy Monza for 25 years and so many miles the odometer simply stopped turning. Go heavy on the coolant anti-freeze because it prevents corrosion inside the motor, of the freeze plugs, and of the radiator and heater core. Look out for acid spilling out of the battery which can corrode an entire fender completely away. Placing a soft material under the battery will maker it last longer because vibration shakes the lead paste out of the plates and shorts the cells = dead battery and $99.00 expense. I like to coat everything, the battery shelf, etc. with oil so it doesn't corrode - I don't care if the battery gets a little greasy. A good wax job to the finish is imperative. Smooth careful driving will make the brakes last twice as long and result in better fuel economy...Drive happy !!!...Al-
        alfredschrader
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        By driving that Monza for 25 years I saved the purchase of five new cars or in today's dollars about $150,000.00
      • 3 Years Ago
      great job good story says a lot for america an americans she needs to be the poster girl for ford motor company go get em granny
      • 3 Years Ago
      fix the video
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