My First But Not My Last

I think I need a new car.

No, I probably need a new car.

No, I definitely need a new car.

But I love my almost twenty year old two door Grand Am and equipped with cassette player. Yes, a cassette player.

You see, I’m sentimental because it was my first and only car. I bought it for a milestone birthday, it was brand spanking new and I maintained it very well. From the outside, it almost looks like the day I bought it and no one believes the low mileage on it because I live near everything.

But during my last tire change, the technician had a hell of a time trying to place his jack in a non-rust spot underneath the car. And after a few choice curse words muttered under his breath, he suggested that I start looking for a new ride.

I hate “change” with a capital H. And being the indecisive Libra that I am, I don’t look forward to car shopping. I researched ad nauseum before deciding on the Grand Am way back when and when I say, ad nauseaum, I really, really mean it.

I have no clue what I would want to buy next. All I know is that I need 4 doors (to accommodate the eldercare component), something that is North American made (to avoid expensive maintenance and parts) and preferably a few years old (I don’t want any car installments and I don’t need new).

But I’m torn between being a single child-free woman wanting a “you-only-live-once (YOLO) sleek and sexy” ride….

And being the overly practical “I’m not paying delivery so I’ll go pick up that big ass item from the hardware store myself” woman who needs storage space in a vehicle…

Whatever I do purchase, I want to hang onto to it for as long as I can.

So, which one should win? “YOLO sleek” or “sturdy and practical”? And if you are vehicle-savvy, toss me some ideas please!

M xoxo


13 thoughts on “My First But Not My Last

  1. Last year, went through the process. Quite enjoyed it, really. Yet, outside of a house. One of the largest purchases one can make is a vehicle.. Briefly, my old car was a 15 year old Honda. My maintenance person said, “you’ve gotta get out more”. In reference to the low milage.
    The new car purchase, was made easier by subscribing to some youtube channels. Yet, you still have to drive them. For to get a feel. One car I was keen on, I found my knee rubbing on the console. Whether to lease or outright purchase? Another decision.
    So, good luck! You still have to put in the time. … Unfortunately?
    Most tube channels come from USA. I found … savage geese … mid west and motormouth here in Canada. Redline reviews, from Wash. DC and lastly one of the best. From California, Alex on Autos. Each presenter has their own stamp. Finding female car reviewer’s is quite rare. The reviewers, mostly, are part of the auto industry. That is unless they give good reviews, they will be starved of test models.
    If you are looking for a really honest reviewer? One in Australia, AutoExpert TV John Cadogen. Would be it.
    One thing I would add. Take your time and remember. “They all want your time, until you purchase”. Afterward, you will only be seen, in their rear view mirror. Identify want you want, SUV, sub-compact, compact, mid-size, etc. Check and re-check. Then go for it.
    Cheers Jamie

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      1. They’re a Japanese brand, but are built in the US. I can’t say parts are inexpensive, at least not for mine. But, I haven’t needed many. It’s been a good car for us, and it’s now 9 years old. 😊

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  2. I say a Jeep (so I can live vicariously until I get my own!). My ex has one and if your Pontiac lasted that long, you’ll probably never have to buy another whip in your life. It’ll accommodate all that big ass stuff from the hardware store. Also, my mom is older with a bad knee and says it’s easier for her to climb UP into my current SUV than climb up and out of a sedan. That’s just me tho..

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