Exciting news everyone.
I bought a car. A Toyota Yaris, in fact. With a reversing camera, cruise control, and all manner of fancy buttons on a screen that I didn’t expect, but am certainly not complaining about.
Let’s all pause for a moment while I have a moment of jumping into the air like they do in the Toyota add.
**INSERT PICTURE OF JUMP**
Actually, that didn’t work. I just look like an idiot. I didn’t even get very far off the ground. I really need to jump more.
But back to the car.
Getting to this point just feels a bit surreal at the moment given what it has taken to get to this point. Let’s just say that buying your first car by yourself is not a whole lot of fun.
First there is the research. Google, family, friends who know something about cars, friends who actually know something about cars, mechanics, car rating websites… (so the research may have been a little overboard). Then you have to actually find a car that fits your specifications within your budget. And after that test drive it. And get the mechanic to look over it. And get a million and one calls from the car dealer in the meantime just wanting to chat. That’s before you apply for the loan. Which was fun in itself. Let’s just say that banks don’t exactly love recent students who have only just started working full-time jobs and who don’t have credit ratings. I can’t imagine why.
But compared to how little the insurance company liked me, the bank and I were practically best friends. I wish I was kidding when I told you that it took 8 phone calls to get the information that I needed to give to the bank to finally approve the loan. One to actually change the insurance to the new car and 7 (7!) to get a certificate of currency. From wrong email addresses to blocking me from getting any information because of privacy concerns based on a technical issue that was obviously not a problem for the first person I spoke to who actually changed the insurance policy for me (that, FYI, I pay for), there seemed to be no limit to the ways in which the company could make getting a single piece of automated paper with my name on it emailed to me difficult. Let’s just say that that particular company won’t have to worry about me asking them anything for too much longer.
Then, after all of the delays with getting approval to purchase the car, came the rain. And we’re not talking drizzle here either. More like close every school and business in the region and bring out your Ark kind of weather. So with no one even leaving the house, there was no way I was getting the car. You’ve got to love Mother Nature’s timing.
But finally, FINALLY, with the help of my amazing father running around to get some final paperwork sorted for me, I got the car. The car salesman, old and sweet, but definitely lived up to the reputation of any used car salesman, even threw in some of the most expensive “freebies” of my life, including a couple of picnic rugs and a cooler bag for dad. To thank dad for all of his help, my first stop on the way home was the local Woolies to pick up some treats to put in the bag to give him, including chocolate, snacks, a bottle of wine and some frozen dim sims (because the bag had to keep something cool). He seemed to appreciate it. Although the next morning I found out that he misheard me (or, you know, didn’t listen) when I told him who it was from and he thought that the whole pack was from the car salesman.
I’m not sure what tipped him off. Because apparently, every new car should come with a bag of frozen dim sims.
This year has already been a year of adventures. And in my yum cha car (called Yasmine by the way), who knows where the next one will take me?
Have you bought a car recently? What was your experience? I would love for you to share in the comments below.