Woohoo first new car.
I have no picture of my car. No chance to (i.e. too lazy) to take a picture of it for the blog. Logically, I’m either driving it, or it’s parked in a garage – and no good picture will come out of either of those situations. In car brochures we always see pretty pictures of cars traveling on moody roads, or parked at some amazing locations. You’re really buying a dream when you buy a car. Consumerism at its best. It’s the same with almost everything we buy really.
My friend who got a new car recently was telling me, he didn’t feel very thrilled when he got his new car. I’m feeling the same. Getting a car seems to be more about needing it as a transportation, than it is about buying happiness. I was pretty happy when I bought the iMac, for example. And it’s also a utility item. So you’d think, buying something 15x the cost of an iMac, should give you 15x the happiness. I’m pretty happy about getting this car, but not 15x.
Anyways I got a Volkswagen Tiguan, base model with none of the options installed.
Three Easy Steps to getting a car:
1. Pick the Car
Stop dreaming about a Lexus and get a budget figured out. My first thought was the Corolla. It was too crappy and boring, so I moved on to the Mazda3. It was kinda small, and for a few thousand more I could get a Tiguan. So that’s what I did. RAV4 was completely sold out when I went to see it. Don’t like how the Civic looked. Accord and Camry seemed too big… It was more of a process of elimination.
2. Pick the Colour
Black and White, different shades of Grey, Red and Blue. I think it’d be awesome if we can pick our own RGB values for a car. But we’re far from that. We can’t pick our own colors for anything we get at any store anyways. Don’t like Red cars, don’t like blue cars. Grey didn’t look too good. Black.. didn’t suit this car. So White is the best colour again.
Curse the world for how this works, zone out when the salesman goes over the numbers, and hand over your money.
So it wasn’t too hard after all.