I was 19 when I bought my first car. A heavily oxidized, poorly maintained, 1996 Chevy Beretta with chalky white paint, and burgundy interior. It had almost 200,000 miles on it when I got it. But at $800 it was the best I could afford. Man o man, did I love that car.
It lasted 6 months before it just stopped on me in the middle of the road. I was by myself and had to push it, one hand on the wheel, one foot out the door, just to get it to the side of the road. That wasn’t the first time she had to be Flintstone powered to her destination, but it was indeed the last.
Do you remember your first car?
I’m sure you do. Like your first date, first day of High School, and many other firsts, it’s just one of those things that is ingrained in our memories. While most memorable first are life experiences based around an event, buying a car is one of only two first “purchases” that most people remember. The other being the first home you buy.
So What Makes Them Different?
It would be easy to say that the cost is what makes them so memorable. I would have to argue that is not the case. Some of us are fortunate enough to have a vehicle handed down to us or bought for us as our first vehicle. Others spend way more, or even less to get their first set of wheels.
What I think binds these purchases to our memories is that like our first date, it signifies a dramatic change in our lives. Things that were impossible just seconds before are now within reach. Money involved or not, getting your first vehicle is an event. It is an experience.
This comes to my mind today as I see my daughter growing up. She just had another birthday and she is becoming a young adult. It makes me reflect on my life growing up. I think about what I hope she has the joy of experiencing like getting her first car. I also think about the things I hope she never has to go through like pushing that same car she loves down the road at 6 am hoping she wont be late for work.
Maybe you have a child who’s about to buy or get their first car. Maybe they are about to head out on their own. Are they off to college, join the military, or the work force? Maybe you still have your first car and just have forgotten how much it meant to you back then. In any case, we provide our services and designed them so you get the most out of these memories. We want to be more than auto cleaning and protection. Our mission is to create healthier, and happier driving experiences.
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