This difficult time has been on its way for a while. I’ve been ready for a new car for the last year and I was well aware that when the time came to hand over the Punto in part-exchange for something racier, it’d be hard. I suppose some of you think that’s a typical female reaction to car ownership so I want everyone to share their experiences of parting with a beloved car. Boys feel like this too, you just might not be willing to admit it….

I am genuinely emotional in this video. It was a horrible mix of I-haven’t-been-able-to-sleep-for-days excitement and a nostalgia that had me on the verge of tears. I had the Punto for seven years and it was the car I drove while falling in love with driving. It wasn’t special or exciting but it was mine, paid for with very hard-earned money, and even though I might not have looked after it very well, I loved it (her).

That car has taken me on all sorts of adventures, such as driving cats to Sweden and attempting ridiculous mountain passes in the Lake District.

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This post will act as hommage to a great car. I don’t care what anyone says or what your experiences of Fiat Puntos are but let this serve as my official review: That particular Fiat Punto was a fantastic car, my loyal companion and reliable too.

When I bought the Punto I was told how expensive parts were and how unreliable it would be. Wrong – mostly – I have no experience of what other car parts cost so I can’t comment there but I wouldn’t say the car was unreliable. Hey, it got all the way to Sweden and back!

Farewell, lovely Punto.

A new era in car ownership is about to begin.

I’d love for you to share stories of your old, perhaps first, cars in the comments.