Around this time two years ago, I brought home my pride and joy—and my biggest purchase to date: my SUV.
My first car was a Chevrolet Cobalt that I had for seven years—throughout high school and college—and only had ~28,000 miles on it when I traded it in. I didn’t drive much, and going to school about 10 miles away didn’t rack up all that many miles. But it was a good first car for me. I named it Blueberry; it was a dark blue color and was named after the car from the show Psych, which was a blue Toyota Yaris. The furthest the Blueberry ever went was to New Jersey. But other than that trip, I mostly stayed local.
Once I had my first real job, I needed four-wheel drive for those New England winters. Plus I wanted to not feel so low to the ground; I’m not sure if it’s just because I’m short but I wanted to feel more comfortable to see around me as I was driving.
There’s a Chevrolet dealership we’ve been going to for years because my grandfather worked there for about 50 years, and my mom and uncle both worked there are some points, too. The owner and vice president know my family. I went up with my parents during February since they had Presidents Day deals, and I knew I wanted to get an SUV.
I test drove an Equinox but felt like it was a little too big for me. Then I test drove a Trax, which is a smaller SUV, and it felt more like my size. My fear with the Equinox was that I’d end up hitting something backing up; the funny thing is that my mom has an Equinox and I still feel weird driving it on the few rare occasions when she lets me. The Trax I test drove was silver, and I had wanted to get a SUV in red. The sales guy told me they had a cherry red Trax coming in the next week, but it didn’t have the sales attached to it—like the silver one did—and I’d have to pay $5,000 more just for the color.
So I took the silver. It’s grown on me. If it was white or black, I probably would have said no, because those colors show the salt from the winters more than other colors. Benny is a 2016 Trax, and it was surprising that it was still on the lot in early 2017.
My dad wanted to make sure that buying my SUV was something I could do on my own. With the Presidents Day sale, the extra sale tag on the truck, the trade in of the Blueberry, I was able to put a significant amount down and only have to finance some. I’m ~halfway through my five years of payments, which are reasonable.
I’m proud of myself for being able to buy an SUV on my own. Its name is Benny, named after Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi. I took him home two years ago on Valentine’s Day, and my dad wanted to drive him home from the dealership. I obviously said no because I wanted to drive my own SUV home.
Benny hit 11,000 miles last week. I’m driving a little bit more than I did with the Blueberry, but I intend on having Benny for a long time. He’s been out to Boston for a Red Sox game, I drove him to Rhode Island last year to visit one of my friends from college, and he’s been out through Worcester, too. I’ve figured out that my commute to work is about 100 miles per week; the University is about 10 miles away and it takes me a half hour to get home by back roads, but that’s because I always hit traffic trying to get out of the city.
My two favorite things are the back up camera and the sun roof—which I’ve only left open once in the rain and it was a drizzle. The only complaint I have is that the trunk is a little small, but the back seats can be pulled down so I get a little more room. I have those Weathertech floor mats—the ones that are custom made for each vehicle—which are awesome, especially during the winters. Once it gets nice out, we’ll pull them out and clean them off Benny is also reasonable for me to wash by myself in the driveway.
How did you get your car? Do you have a name for it? Where’s the furthest you’ve traveled in your car?