As of today, I have owned a car for 3 weeks! I paid half of the selling price and Daddy covered the other. I'm paying for the insurance and gas for it, so the car title is officially in my name! :) It's kind of exciting having my own car now. I've never owned one before (shock!), so figuring out insurance, gas $, and keeping it clean has been new for me. One thing I have learned is that cars aren't cheap...especially once you add the gas and insurance!! But, they're very nice to have! I don't have to ask to take a vehicle anymore and if I back into something, it's my car so I have to deal with it (consequently, I'm a bit of a worry-wart backing up now!). Oh, the other thing I dislike about getting a car is getting the license plates and tags. Good gracious, you're telling me four sticky pieces of paper with the number "12" and letters "OCT" costs $50??!!!
My car is a 1995 Dodge Intrepid. Yes, it's extremely old (born the year I was!) but it's in great shape. It has around 226,000 miles on it, so hopefully it'll be good for a few more years until I can save up to get something else. We bought the car from a couple Daddy did some work for. They were selling it because they wanted a vehicle with better gas mileage (30-40 mph instead of 25-30 mph), and not because anything was wrong with it. We had the car checked out and the car mechanic said everything looks good!
The only thing disappointing about the car is the lack of an operable radio system. :-( I'm riding in a completely quiet car now, but supposedly DMV says it's better for young drivers to have no distractions (i.e. the radio), so I'm not complaining too much. (I am putting a radio on the Christmas wish list, though! ;)
So, meet my car!
I took pictures of it this past Saturday after my Uncle Kevin detailed it for me. When I saw my car after he was done, I had a hard time believing that shiny thing was mine! :)
Lydia (my little sister standing next to my car in the photo on the right) was riding with me, so she had to be in a picture!
I refilled my car for the first time today. I got a little over 300 miles from a full tank of gas. Not too bad!
There you have my vehicle!
The most embarrassing thing I've done with my car so far, has been forgetting to turn off the lights. And you know what happens when the lights are on for 3 hours....yep, I killed the battery. Great. Thankfully I was at a friend's house and they were very kind, got one of their vehicles and jumped it for me. I haven't done it again, so I think I've learned my lesson!
Okay, off I must go!
Have a wonderful day/night...wherever this post finds you!