I was given my first car (actually is was a truck because I live in Texas and that’s just how I roll) on Christmas when I was sixteen. It was brand new, silver, and the exact truck I had been lusting over for months. It was beautiful and I was so surprised I actually cried tears of joy. My parents were so generous and offered to pay the car payment and insurance, as long as I kept my grades up and go into a good college.
I kept up my end of the bargain and they kept up theirs. Once the truck was paid off completely, it was signed over to my name. I kept that truck for seven years and loved it. In fact, I only sold it because I was completely broke and needed the money to finish my first year of grad school. It was a sad day when I realized the money I would get from selling my lovely truck would only pay for ONE SUMMER SCHOOL CLASS. So sad. I cried. But it had to be done.
I’ve been car-less for over a year now and it hasn’t really bothered me. You see, in New York, I never needed a car. I took the subway everywhere and was content. However, now that I’m back in Texas, it’s becoming more and more obvious that I need a car. I can’t continue to mooch off my mom, sister, and friends for rides everywhere. I need my own transportation.
So last night my mom offered to take me to test drive cars today. I started researching cars a few weeks ago so I have a vague idea of what I want- something medium size, not too big, not too small. Something with decent/good gas mileage. Decent re-sale value. And something cute. Cuteness is always necessary if I’m going to be driving it around for the next few years. Price is not too much of a factor since I’ll probably be buying used anyway.
With these criteria met, here are the cars I’m considering at the moment:
Honda CR-V. Very cute, good mileage, and not too big. I love the small SUV look.
Toyota RAV-4. Similar to the CR-V. I like the look a lot.
Nissan Rogue. I love this car, but it’s what my mom drives. I don’t want to be twins. She said if I get a different color it will be okay, but I’m not too sure.
Honda Civic. I don’t really like small cars (I feel like I will be smushed while driving), but this one gets fantastic mileage and is really cute. So it’s an option.
Are there any that I’m missing? What do you drive? Do you love it? Let me know because I have a feeling this is going to be a long process, so I’l have time to drive plenty of cars!