Hi everyone! Most of you know that I’ve been struggling with my car for a while. Every time I get one batch of repairs paid off, it’s time for another round with the mechanic. And every time I’d take the car to a mechanic, it seemed like something else would go wrong.
As I recently paid off a ton in repairs, and knew more service would be eventual in my future, I decided enough was enough. It was time to bite the bullet and get a new car (excuse me a moment while I shudder at the thought of having a car payment again).
My old car was a 2002 Grand Prix GT. I bought it used in April of 2003, two months after my brother died. My first car, a Chevrolet Citation, had the alternator (I think) go out and I didn’t want to get it replaced. My mom cosigned on my Grand Prix with me, but I made all the payments. It was my first car that I really bought for myself (the Citation was given to our family by my Grandma).
Things moved so fast when I bought my new one that I didn’t really even get to say goodbye to it. That made me kind of sad. I also meant to take photos of it that morning, but had forgotten. 🙁
I went back through my photos and this was one of the more recent ones I took, from a snow storm last year:
It was a nice car, black leather seats, Bose stereo, heads-up display (which I’m really going to miss), but after almost nine years, it was just time to move on.
So this is what I came home with on Saturday after researching other cars and test driving a Chevy Malibu:
A 2012 Toyota Camry. The difference in the way the driving felt between it and the Malibu was like night and day. Just incredible. There are so many safety features on it (10 air bags, etc.) and it gets great gas mileage (35 highway, 25 city). Plus, there’s fun stuff like a touchscreen stereo, Bluetooth for my phone or music, auxiliary cable, USB port, etc. And the best part is that it’s roomy. I moved my seat all the way back as far as it could go and then sat in the back seat and there was still PLENTY of leg room. I also enjoy the fact that the back seats fold down to extend the trunk. It’s quiet, takes bumps really smoothly, etc. Yeah, I could go on and on, but I won’t. It’s just safe to say I’m pretty in lust with my new car.
The color is called Cosmic Grey. Most of the time, it just looks black. But when the sun hits it, you can see the grey and see hints of green, and sometimes even blue. The best part? Her name is now Pixie. I was noticing yesterday how pretty it is when the sun shines right on it. It gets all sparkly. Which made me think of the vampires from the Twilight series and then cringe. But a good friend of mine has a firmly held (and often spoken of) belief that the Twilight vampires are not really vampires. They’re carnivorous pixies. So, my car is now called Pixie. I just hope she leaves out the carnivorous part. I’d like to not relive Stephen King’s “Christine.” 😀
Most of you know I’m slightly superstitious when it comes to numbers and dates and such. When I took my dad for a drive in it Saturday, my mom noticed that I’d hit 50 miles at exactly 5:00pm. Cool. 😉
Needless to say, I’ve been on the excited side the past few days. This is the first car I’ve bought brand new, and all on my own. Can’t wait to show it off to my coworkers and friends. I know they’ll all just be glad that I’ve made a decision on what kind to get since that’s all I’ve talked about for the last week. 😛