Courtney Barber
January 14, 2019

Carrie Chaffee grew up with Mustangs since her father always had one in the garage to tinker with. When she was a little girl, dad would hand her a piece of sandpaper to help smooth out the Bondo on the ’78 Mustang II that he was building, and it made her feel good to be able to help her dad. She said, “I always felt really special when he let me help, because I knew how much the car meant to him. He also would take me to the West Michigan Mustang Club shows, and we had matching neon jackets and we would sell raffle tickets and check out all the cool cars. He made sure I grew up a Mustang Girl.”

Her love of Mustangs came about because they gave her the opportunity to work with her dad on his cars, and she fell in love with the body lines, the square front ends, speed, power, and, as Carrie said, “the looks they get when they pass by. There's nothing not to love about a Mustang.”

Carrie continued, “I finally was able to buy my own Mustang in 2014, a 2007 V6 Pony Package with a 5-speed manual transmission in Redfire. I was so proud to take it home and show my dad. A couple of months ago I was rear-ended at a dead stop by someone going 50+ mph. The Mustang took the impact like a champ, protecting my daughter and I, but unfortunately, the insurance company totaled her out. I am incredibly thankful for how well made and fierce the Mustangs are, still made of metal and built to withstand impact. I knew that I had to find another one to replace her. I knew exactly what I wanted and I spent weeks searching for every single option that I was looking for. It was worth the wait and the effort. As soon as I found her, I fell in love. It feels like my old Mustang, reincarnated. She was the only car that would be capable of healing my broken heart after the last one was towed away.”

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