Kevin Duke’s daughter had just turned 16 and, like any other proud father, he wanted to do something extra special for her big day. As a result, he decided to buy her a car. He had to make sure that everything as in order.
Kevin decided to check the car thoroughly to ensure that it was safe. While cleaning out the car Kevin stumbled across something unexpected. In fact, his discovery made him think twice about keeping the car at all.
Turning 16 is a big deal in the life of a teen, not least of all because you get to have a car and a driver’s license. Jada Duke would receive a car on this big day like many other kids her age. Her father bought her a used car a few weeks before her birthday.
With his daughter’s birthday in March, Kevin started to looking for a car in January. It wasn’t long before he heard about a used silver Ford Fusion which was for sale. Apparently it only needed a little maintenance.
A Little Maintenance
While the car was well used it had been kept in a remarkable condition. Apart from a squeak in the breaks, the car was fine. Satisfied that the car as safe for Jada to use, Kevin decided to double-check the car to make sure things were fine and clean. That’s when he made a shocking discovery.
Despite having opened the top dash compartment numerous times, he opened it again having noticed that part of it seemed to be loose. He removed the loose part only to discover an envelope inside it. He took out the letter inside. Once he started reading he immediately began to cry.
The envelope had been addressed to ‘New Car Owner’ and also stated ‘Important Info Inside’. Kevin immediately assumed that it was maintenance details he’d need to know. Instead, there was a handwritten letter. Upon reading it he realized that the note was about the car’s history.
A Very Special Car
“This car holds a lot of special memories for me. My home and everything in it is gone, this car is all that I had left to touch,” the letter stated. Kevin assumed that it was merely a beloved car but reading this letter further revealed the true history behind the car he bought for Jada.
The letter continued: ‘My family filled this car with lots of love and other sticky things. We took two road trips, blasted the ’80s and country music and rolled the windows down.’ Kevin kept reading about the much-loved vehicle and even discovered its name and why it wasn’t with the person who wrote the letter anymore.
A Few Twists
The letter did mention a few issues with the car. ‘The dent on the rear driver’s side fender and the dent in the passenger side door are where my daughter learned to ride… and crash… her bike’. Knowing how it feels to teach a child to ride a bike, Kevin didn’t mind the dents.
The car was called Sylvia after the song. ‘We all rode around and we all rode around and Dr. Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ came on the radio. My daughter said that’s what we should name the car’, the letter said. They asked that the name not be changed and explained why the car was no longer in their possession.
The car owner had been the letter writer’s mother. She had passed away in a house fire along with two others, including a 6-year-old girl. They had been the writer’s mother, daughter, and aunt. Kevin couldn’t believe it. However, he still didn’t know why it had been sold.
Sabrina Archey was the name of the letter writer. When the house caught fire Sabrina was at work. In one single night she lost almost her entire family. Sabrina’s other daughter only survived because she wasn’t at home. Suddenly Sabrina had no home, no family, three burials to deal with, and a child to take care of.
All She Had Left
All she had left was the car a backpack her daughter had left in the car. Due to a mix up the car was repossessed. ‘There was a mix up with paperwork and that’s caused the car to not be paid off by the insurance. It’s very upsetting that I have lost my family, my home and now I’m losing this last link I have with my mom and child through no fault of my own,’ Sabrina wrote.
She Had To Write The Letter
Sabrina was searching the car one last time, when she noticed a faint imprint of a child-sized shoe on the dashboard, right where her daughter used to sit. She immediately burst into the tears. This was also a moment when Sabrina decided to write a letter. In the letter, she added, “If you ever want to sell Sylvia, please try to find me. I just paid for 3 funerals, I can’t afford to buy it right now, but hopefully, I’ll be in a better financial situation if you decide later that she’s just not right for you anymore.”