After months, possibly a couple of years, of procrastinating, I finally have a new car in my possession.
I've had a 1997 Corolla since 2002 and it has treated me well. The last couple of years it's been showing signs of its age and I began to wonder whether all the wear-and-tear repairs were worth it. However, true to form, I continued to procrastinate one repair at a time.
This car came into my life during my senior year of college. It made the trek from my hometown to the Quad Cities several times before I graduated. It went all over Chicago during grad school and has transported me to many a White Sox game. It's been to Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, even Louisiana.
This car has memories and that is hard to let go of.
This car also rumbled loud around town and shook whenever I drove over 55 mph. The tires were worn and needed to be replaced. The black paint was peeling and portions of the car were rusting. I, the music lover, was stuck with a tape deck and radio station with just 6 preset buttons. The air conditioning. Oh, I probably shouldn't tell you this for fear of your scornful look. The air conditioning hasn't worked properly in over a year. Yes, I suffered through a Southern summer without air conditioning in my car. It was a rather damp experience.
So I knew I needed to say goodbye to 1997 and say hello to 2011, or at least 2010. I also knew that I just wanted a new Corolla, no test driving or car comparison necessary. I just couldn't make myself go to the dealer. It makes no sense.
It wasn't until my dad told me that my registration would be expiring the end of February that I knew it was finally time to act. This was my motivation.
I took a half-day off of work last week and went to the Toyota dealership. After many discussions, it turned out that leasing was the most affordable option. I was raised to be very suspicious of leasing so no one was more surprised than me. Since then, I've heard from many people that are pro-leasing. Maybe leasing is the new black.
Until my new car, I didn't realize all I was missing. Y'all, I drive and I don't hear any rumbling. It doesn't shake on the highway. Rain is no match for my new tires. And it even has a CD player! I am in love.
Still, I haven't named it/him/her yet and my best friend's husband says this is bad luck. They're coming into town this weekend and I told Mark he had the week to come up with a good name. Even though I can't remember the name of my old car, I like the idea of naming cars. My friend Nick suggested via Facebook that I name it Ozzie after my favorite team's GM.
In the meantime, I will continue acquainting myself with this beauty. I think we're going to be good friends for the next three years, if not longer.
I thought I'd let you weigh in as well. Do you name your cars? Any ideas for my car's name? Are you pro-leasing?