Yesterday was a big day.
I bought a car.
Not my first car, as you might think, seeing that it was a “big day” and all. Nope, I bought my second car, and I think the process was much less enlightening as the first time around, and much more difficult to stomach than I wanted it to be.
I’ve been a car owner for 5 years now, and my first car, a 1999 Toyota Camry affectionately known as “Edgar”, was new to me and a perfect fit for a University student who wanted a way to get around more efficiently. (The “need” part of the equation at the time was questionable, I’m sure.)
Oh for it to be 1999, again.
Over the next five years, Edgar and I travelled 100,000+ kilometers together. Road trips, both short and long, commuting to work in the big Smoke, flying down the highway with the sun roof open. Edgar was a dream. A top of the line XLE model with all the features. Power everything. Alarm system. Leather seats. Sun roof. What’s that equal? Freedom, of course.
There’s nothing like the feeling of a first vechile. You feel so free the minute it’s yours. “I can go ANYWHERE”, you immediately think to yourself. And, sure enough, off into the sunset you drive.
Five years later though, my 1999 Camry was getting on in years and just didn’t have the pep it used to. Maintenance costs were skyrocketing. The situation had been looking bleak for a couple months, but I wasn’t ready to face the music until I absolutely had to.
That happened this week.
Edgar went into the shop for a quick check-up came out with a “to-do” list a mile long and a bottom line that was definitely too rich for my blood.
I could hear the fat lady warming up in the wings.
The news that I had been dreading had arrived. Not only did I have to say good-bye to Edgar, I would need a new car because:
I live in a city that does have public transport, but not the kind that can get you anywhere and everywhere.
My family lives 1.5 hr drive away and to visit without a car would mean a 3-hour inconvenient bus ride.
It is preferable to have a car for my job – public transit to the office is less than convenient and I often spend time away from the office for client meetings, etc.