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A Brand New Car

Monday, December 31st, 2018 No comments

I got a Kia Rio after my accident 2 years ago. I was pretty happy with it at the time. It was cheap, compact, and got pretty good gas mileage. Over time I became less and less happy with it. It was loud, takes too long to accelerate, and always made me nervous when I had to go up hills. Portland is a very hilly city. The noise was the main drawback. It was hard to hear people in the car with me. I was still making car payments and I didn’t think there was an easy way to get rid of my own car and get a new one. The value of the car was depreciating quickly.

I started asking about options at Nissan and Toyota dealerships over the summer. I loved my old Altima and I’ve always heard great things about Toyotas. They all promised they could work with me to buy off my old car and put me in a new car. It seemed too good to be true. I never went to any of the dealerships, mostly because it’s a hassle and also because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

In November, I made an appointment with Kia for routine maintenance on my car. A few days before they called and asked if I wanted to look at new cars while I was in there. They wanted to buy the Rio from me. I told them I would look at anything but a Rio. I saw some cars I liked, but in the end I decided I didn’t want another Kia.

A few days before Thanksgiving, I got a message from a Toyota salesman I had corresponded with about 5 months earlier saying they had good Friday deals that weekend and I should come in. So I went in on that Saturday. I drove a Camry and loved it, but the payments were going to be a little more than I liked, so I got the best Corolla they had. My only complaint was that it didn’t come with satellite radio, but I had that installed later. I’m not a car person, but I think this car is great for me. I really do love driving this car. It’s roomier, more powerful, quieter, more fuel efficient, and I think it looks cool. I don’t think I’ve taken a picture of it yet, but here’s what it looks like. The color is called slate metallic, which to me sounds pretty badass.

2019 slate metallic Toyota Corolla