I spent a lot of time in my car this weekend as I carted my friends and family all over the the tri-state area. All my time behind the wheel got me to thinking about all the cars I’ve owned over the years. I’ve been driving since I was legally old enough, and my adventures behind the wheel have been numerous! I’ve had seven cars, and I’m only 30! check it out…
Dodge Aries K
Everyone loved the K-Cars of the ’80s, and I was no exception. My first car was a hand-me-down that stunk like my older brother’s cigarette smoke. My father spent weeks getting the car ready for me, and once he was done, it only took me about three weeks to crash it. Hey, I was a new driver and my time/distance judgment hadn’t developed yet. And I may have pulled out in front of an old lady, but I still hold her at least 50% responsible, since she had plenty of time to break. But instead, she plowed right into the driver’s side of the car and totaled it.
Burgundy cars proved a bad idea for Adam. My second car was a cute little hatchback that I bought for $100. The former owner had died and his son wanted it out of his driveway. It needed a little work (get to work, dad!) and on the two occasions that I had to drive it, it stalled constantly. Then my father was installing a new CD player, and due to “frayed wires under the dash” the car caught fire and had to be towed away.
The Tempo was a good, reliable, yet ugly car that got me back and forth to most of my four years of college. I never really liked this car… but it did its job.
Who wouldn’t want to drive this powder blue love machine? ME! This was another hand-me-down from my older brother. The plan was that I would take this newer Taurus and my younger brother would take my old Tempo. But the first time I drove the Taurus was one day before I was scheduled to have surgery and I found myself broken down and stranded for HOURS after a coolant hose sprung a leak. I wanted my Tempo back!
Ford Tempo, Part 2
I never realized how much I LOVED this car! The reliability! The gray/ugly style! The lack of breaking down and stranding me in a parking lot! I treasured my Tempo until the day that I rear-ended some lady when I wasn’t paying attention. Oops!
I always loved my Honda Accord. It was green, style’n, peppy, fun and the radio had a lot of bass. But after a few years of wear and tear, it started to slowly die. First to go? The driver’s side power window. I was the guy at the toll booth that had to stop and open his door. The it needed expensive repairs. I ended up selling it (I think I got like $500 for it) and buying my mom’s car…
This car was the anti-Adam. It was a gas guzzler and the inside was covered in leather. Yuck! I hated this car — but at least it was powerful and had working windows. But once I got a real job and saved some money, it was time to trade in this awful car for…
My first brand new car! It’s red, it gets good gas mileage and it’s zippy! Plus the horn is nice and loud when I road rage against every car that gets in my way. I love that I can stuff nearly everything I own in the back (as long as I take lots of trips). I hope it lasts forever (because that’s how long I’ll be paying for it)!
So I’ve had seven cars… how many have you had? Any good car accident stories? What’s the favorite car that you’ve owned? Let’s pretend we’re all motor-heads and car-talk it up in the comments. Honk! Honk!