Do you remember getting your first car?
I do! (although, admittedly it was a loooong time ago) I couldn’t wait to get my own car when I was sixteen. I had this idea that I would be able to go anywhere and do anything once I got some wheels. When I was sixteen I worked at Wendy’s and a co-worker had a car she wanted to sell for $300. People tried to tell me this was a bad idea. A $300 car is full of problems. I wouldn’t hear it, $300 was something I could afford and I really wanted a car of my own. The seller made it clear the car had some issues, but I was so excited I didn’t care.
My first car was a (piece of shit) 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix.
My $300 first car had awesome features, such as:
- No car stereo
- No ignition
- No cover on the glove box
- No key for the trunk
- The car leaked when it rained
- The a/c didn’t work
- One window crank for both windows (in florida heat that just sucked)
I used to start my car with a big ass flat-head screw driver. I wish I was kidding. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the car had roaches (they are really common in florida, not in cars per se, but they were in that car). I could write a book about how embarrassing this car was. I kept reminding myself it was only temporary. That car lasted me about six months before it left me stranded on a lonely highway. Being stranded on a highway is scary for anyone, for a first time driver it is terrifying. I am still emotionally scarred by the experience.
Let me be clear and say that not maybe not all Pontiacs were pieces of shit, but the the two I owned both were. I later owned a Grand Am and it leaked like crazy. It was a pretty green color, but I grew to hate that car. I am almost glad Pontiacs are not longer on the market.
Today I Own Two Cars
Technically I have five vehicles. My Miguel and I have 3 cars and 2 motorcycles between us. I’ve come a long way babee!
I am currently leasing a 2016 VW Passat.
You can’t tell by looking at this picture, but the Passat is the biggest car in it’s class (mid-sized sedan). It has so much leg room in the back, which is great because I have a 15 year old that is 6’2″. This car starts every time I get into it and it has a nice stereo. That’s all I need really. I mean remote start is nice, but for a lease this is great.
I also own a 2008 Saturn Outlook.
It is almost exactly the same as the GMC Arcadia or the Chevrolet Traverse that are still being sold today. My Saturn seats 8 people. That is perfect since my family is HUGE and my kids always want to take a friend when we go somewhere. My Saturn has been out of commission since the Florida tags expired in May. I am going to get Connecticut tags for it tomorrow since we fit it in the budget this month. I actually can’t wait to drive it again. My Saturn has the one thing the Passat is missing… remote start! Unfortunately, it has stereo issues, but I guess I can’t have everything. It runs pretty good and it’s paid for. That’s more than I can say about my Passat (or my Harley).
I don’t really care about what my car looks like, as long as it works. All the other stuff is fluff as far as I am concerned.
What was your first car?
Also, are you a little surprised I didn’t talk about my motorcycle only this whole post? I am trying to keep you on your toes.