I’ve been fortunate to live in very walkable cities for the majority of my adulthood – Ann Arbor, Seoul, Chicago, and DC. I fell in love with exploring cities on foot and mastering the art of public transit. So while I’m loving LA for its weather, food, and all my new adventures, I’m not a fan of the fact that I can’t really get anywhere without a car (although, I do ride the Metro almost every day and it’s been great to get to and from work so far).
I’m starting a new job next week and I won’t be able to Metro to it anymore. The past couple weekends, R has been so sweet and has given up what little free time he has to take me to test drive cars. Cars aren’t important to me, so I was looking for inexpensive, compact cars that got good gas mileage. After hours of test driving, researching, and pleading with R and others to just tell me what to get, I finally decided and I drove home my new car last night!
I test drove the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, and the Honda Fit and in the end I just knew I’d be happiest with the Fit. Although it didn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Ford Fiesta (like Bluetooth and voice activated features), it was much roomier and had better visibility than the Fiesta and the others. It also felt most like a car I’d still be happy driving five years from now.
Now, this is a huge deal for me. Not only is it my very first car I’ve ever purchased on my own, but it’s the only new car I’ve ever driven, and the first car I’ve had of any kind since 2004.
In light of my new purchase, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and think back on all my past cars…