Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. Each week Jessi chooses a topic (scheduled in advance) that’s not book related so we that we can get to know our fellow bloggers better – and to know more about them than just books. I’m thrilled to join in and I hope to participate every week from here on out. I hope you’ll join in too – check out the details here!
This week’s topic Cars
So I’m not entirely sure if I’m supposed to be talking about what I drive, would like to drive, used to drive or just how I feel about cars. When in doubt, do it all, right?
In all seriousness, I don’t have a lot to say about cars because I’m not a big car fan. In fact, if I could walk or take public transportation everywhere I would. This goes in direct opposition with the fact that I don’t really like the city – where most public transportation is. Ideally, I guess I’d live in the true country and ride horses.
I don’t though. I live in the suburbs and I have to drive sometimes. I do take public transportation when I can. When I do drive, I take my 1998 White F-150. This truck is old, but reliable. It has 270,00 miles and is still going strong. We bought it used about three years ago and it’s seen us through 5 moves I think. We chose a truck because we knew we’d have several moves in the near future and it’s been a good decision. Our truck has also helped us make 15 trips between DFW and St. Louis, MO in the past three years. So I have to say, it’s been a good truck.
That’s not to say it’s without it’s problems. A friend of mine has nicknamed it the remote control truck. That’s because it has a wiring problem which we cannot afford to fix. So every time we won’t be driving it for a few hours, we have to unplug the battery. Which of course means we have to rebook the battery every time we’re going to drive it. We’re used to it and it’s not that big of a deal.
I will give a quick mention to my two previous cars – I loved them both. My first ever car was a 1994 Sentra. I bought it from my parents when I was 16, finishing off about 6 months of payments. I drove it until I was 22 and it had 250,000 miles. It got to a point that I had to replace it, though, because I was replacing a battery or an alternator every 6 months. Even with warranties that got old. Though I did become quite skilled at fixing both all by myself.
That’s when I bought a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer – the OZ Rally model. I bought the standard version of the car, even though I didn’t know how to drive a standard. I must admit, I loved it. But it was costly when I had to replace the clutch. Three years ago, when the clutch was going out again, I decided it was time to part ways. I drove it to over 160,000 miles.
So if you haven’t guessed it already – I try to keep my cars as long as possible. I’m not someone who would ever lease a car, as I just can’t see spending that kind of money for temporary. I buy a car (and try to pay cash, rather than do a loan) and then drive it until it either needs repairs that are too costly to be worth it.
What about y’all? Any car fanatics out there?