I love you, car, but I think it’s time I see other vehicles.
Yeah, I’m looking at getting a new car.
It’s not like my current 2007 gold Ford Focus is a complete waste of a car. It still works and drives like any other working car, but it’s getting on in years. It’s a whole decade old. While I should abide by the “age ain’t nothing but a number” cliché, I’m starting to get advice and suggestions from friends and family that it might be time to start looking for another set of newer wheels. I know they’re right, but I’m hesitant to trade my old keys for a shiner, new model.
Basically, I don’t want a new car.
At least, I’m not ready for a new one.
My great reluctance to purchase a new automobile only pales in comparison to my reluctance to drive. I’m of the generation that had no desire to earn their driver’s licenses at the legal age of sixteen. It wasn’t like I wasn’t moving forward. I had a job and got good enough grades. I just didn’t want to drive. There was no interest to get behind a wheel and operate a motor vehicle. Finally, as I rounded out my senior year of high school and was heading off to college, I was forced to start going for my driver’s license. Failing my permit test and driver’s test a few times, I finally was given the right to legally drive in the state of Pennsylvania, but I didn’t really want to use it.
Having my driver’s license, cars still held very little interest for me.
Hell, it took me forever to find the vehicle of my own I have now.
Not that I ever had aspirations to get anywhere near the driver’s seat. Like I said, I preferred to be driven instead of driving. Driving is scary for me because of a few different reasons. Firstly, I am horrible at directions. Spin me around a few times, and I will get lost. I get panicked if I don’t know exactly where I am. Additionally, other drivers make me nervous. You can’t trust that other drivers to drive properly, or at least, the way you want them to drive. I’ve also been in accidents, so I’m a little hesitant to want to drive if I don’t have to drive.
Still, drive I must because of various obligations , so I must buy a new car.
What makes my decision harder is whether to buy a new car or a used one. The frugal part of me wants to buy used so I don’t have to worry about spending money I don’t already have. On the other hand, I have a damn good credit score which would make it easy to buy or lease a new car with no problems or miles on it.
I hate making decisions.
While I don’t love driving, I love my car. It’s reliable, and I know exactly how to drive it. I know it’s time to move on.
But, I’m not ready to pull the keys from the ignition.