I know, I left you with quite the cliffhanger yesterday with my “big adult decision.” Don’t worry, I’m not moving, I didn’t get abducted by aliens (although it was close), and I’m not adopting a puppy.
I did however, buy a new car.
Part of the process of buying a new car is saying good bye to your old one.
When I was at the dealership this week, signing tons and tons of paperwork, I asked the sales guy if I could see my car one last time. He asked, “Why?” and I told him so I could take pictures. If he only knew I was a blogger…
I mean, my Mazda3 meant a lot to me. The car represented a great era of my life. I got it in 2005 right before I graduated Kent and moved to DC. It took me through countless road trips and supported my long distance relationships including my family back in Ohio. The thing had almost 160,000 (!) miles on it. I drove it to the ground, which is probably why it became such a burden.
It was only a 2005 vehicle, but it had so many problems. My mom hypothesizes that it was a lemon of a car. Every time I turned around something was going wrong with it. The tires were low, the engine light was on, the steering wheel wouldn’t steer, it wouldn’t turn on properly, the lights were dimmed, it overheated, etc etc etc…
Tons of car problems = tons of money. Money which I didn’t have and I didn’t want to put more money into a car that was just going to break down again.
It got to the point where I was afraid to drive it and driving anywhere became a chore. Not to mention, I had a bad emotional connection to the car that dated back to July 7, 2006. Plus, it was broken into and I got my purse and other items stolen. Sigh… It was time to go.
And now, I have a brand spankin’ new (to me) car! A new car that will take me into the next era of my life. A car that will support me when I fall and applaud when I succeed. It’s a beautiful car and one that is brand new (to me). The color couldn’t be more perfect, and while I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes, I am a girl after all. It’s a car that’s safety features make me swoon and the bells and whistles make me feel unworthy of something so fancy.
I wish so badly that I could show you a picture, but for safety reasons, I’m choosing not to. Maybe in about 10 years, I’ll post it when I’m trading it in for something else If you are curious, feel free to email me and I’ll tell you what I got!
One thing I will tell you is that I bought the car from Sharpnack Chevrolet in Willard, Ohio. They helped me tremendously and I never once felt pushed to buy something that I didn’t need. This car is well within my budget (even though my budget was already very tight) and I couldn’t be more thankful!