That is not what I said at all. If you re-read I said it's NOT a pet.
No I don't think it as unusual and I too get attached to my cars. However when it comes time to trade or sell it's just a machine and I couldn't care less about anything but the money.
I was responding to exactly what you said. Yes, you said a car is not a pet. Your statement was intended to say that since a car is not a pet I should not have any feelings (or at least not as strong of feelings) regarding what happens to it after it becomes someone else's property.
So my statement was a reversal of that, indicating that for exactly the same reasons that someone would want their pet to go to a good home, someone might want their car to go to a good home.
This isn't some 8th gen Honda you can find one just like if you spend an extra 5 minutes with Google. It's a first-year second gen that there are literally just a few of left in as-good or better condition. For the same reason that I wouldn't willingly allow someone to destroy any other desirable object that's difficult to replace, I would not willingly allow someone to buy this car if I believed their intention was to mistreat it.
There are people out there that like Accords (hard to believe, I know).
There are people out there who very much value the older ones and would hate to see one in this condition ruined, even if they didn't have any intention of buying it themselves. I'm not going to buy an original Van Gogh anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't feel a sense of loss if one were destroyed.
I'm not saying the car is a work of art, either. (At least not on par in value with a Van Gogh, obviously.) The point is that regardless of the actual dollar value of the car, which is the only thing I'm actually asking for help determining, I think it would be irresponsible to knowingly allow this car to be devalued. It cannot easily be replaced, not like most other cars which have hundreds or thousands of virtually identical cousins out there.
So what if some guy buys and abuses a recent model Chevy truck? It doesn't really change the odds of someone else who wants one finding one.
But if you want to buy a very nice 2nd gen Honda it doesn't really matter if they're expensive or not, the simple fact is there aren't a lot of them left, and they're not always available to buy.
So the point isn't that one thing is a machine and the other is a pet, or that you personally feel people should prioritize one over the other.
The point is that it's my machine, and I do value it enough that I care about what happens to it after it's no longer mine. If you disagree that's fine but I don't need and didn't ask for your value judgement of my values.
I don't need help with the decision-making process of whether or not to sell the car. I'm an adult and I can do that on my own. I didn't ask for a psychoanalysis of my state of attachment to the car or whether or not I might regret the decision later. These are factors I can quantify and account for entirely on my own with far greater accuracy.
I just asked for some opinions on what other (alleged) Accord enthusiasts would consider a fair price for the car.