That's all well and good, but someone external can come along and nullify years of work in an instant. It could be an old lady smashing up your well maintained car, or it could be a friend who comes over and chops on a plate with your knife. I enjoy taking care of my things, but it does put me in a bit of a quandary with guests. I find that almost everyone else in the world is so ignorant and/or careless about treating things well that I certainly can't trust them to not mess things up. So I can either be a dick and forbid them use, or I can be a dick and give them a bunch of instructions for how to use it right, or I can be a dick and not say anything but hover over them and wince. This always causes a lot of problems in my relationships.
Anyway it looks like the Prelude might be "totalled" which would be the best possible outcome I guess. I've started glancing at new cars again. I thought maybe I could get a 370Z used now for a decent price. WTF, people are listing the used cars for more than I know I could get a new car for. (for those that don't know, Nissan has standardized "VPP" (vehicle purchase program) pricing that's very low, about $2000 below MSRP, with no negotiation bullshit). I'm seeing used cars for 2000 - 5000 miles listed at right around MSRP. That's *used* for MSRP. WTF, does anybody pay these prices!?