I drive a car that’s practically a classic and family, friends and colleagues have been giving me heaps for years about it. They can’t understand how I’m not embarrassed to be driving such an old car.
I just don’t care actually. As long as it starts when I need it (I have a work vehicle for to and from work each day so I only need my car for personal use), and is straight, tidy and economical to run then I don’t care whether it’s 1 year old or 30 years old.
I see people spending huge amounts of money on a car and I can’t understand what it is that makes them need to have the newest flashest thing available. Even if I was rich I can’t imagine spending a great deal of money on a pile of metal that drops significantly in value the second you drive it off the lot. It’s a status thing I guess.
Anyway my brother/mechanic now advises me to take the plunge and get something newer as it is becoming increasingly uneconomic to keep my wee motor on the road.
I’ve looked around and figure I need to spend about NZ$10k to get something reasonably modern (i.e less than 10 years old) and tidy and with a decent warranty.
OK then I start looking and this is where the problems start. I just can’t bring myself to walk onto car sales lot and run the gauntlet of potentially aggressive and increasingly desperate used car salespeople. I know times are tight but c’mon guys…
I have to find a way to steel myself against any overly pushy sales types so I don’t get pressured into something I don’t want. I’m not saying I am a push over but as a car is so relatively unimportant to me, there is a risk that I take the path of least resistance and hand over my hard earned cash on the first thing I see just to get the hell out of there and get the process over with.
It’s a 1984 corolla station wagon.