I haven’t had a car payment for nearly 20 years. My cars have all been used, with just the essentials to get me from point A to point B.
I have never really been into cars. For the most part, they are necessary but a waste of money. Yet, we just can’t live without them.
After losing confidence in my 2007 Toyota Corolla, I decided that putting more money into the car was not worth it. Rust was beginning to take over; the driver side window was not working right. The air conditioner was not working right, and after my last trip to visit family in Wisconsin, I just prayed I would make it home.
So, right after my July 4 trip north, I came home to get on the website to J. H. Barkau and Sons. I have bought several cars from them over the years. They have always treated me right. I looked online. I found what I was interested in and then I called my brother Curt, who is my car guru. Curt reads up on cars like many people read sports statistics.
I told Curt about this Kia Sol car. He told me to jump on it. I called Pat Gillespie at Barkau and he set me up to look at the car. Long story short, between Pat and Jim Barkau, I bought the car. I love it. Now, I just have to get used to the technology.
I love being able to talk on my phone through the car. I have Sirius radio and I can listen to downloaded music on my phone. It’s like a whole new world.
But, I had to give up CDs in the car. I know I am old school, but I still listen to CDs in the car. This has been hard on me, but I have to say, each night as I relax on the couch, I download more music onto my phone. Piping it though my car is great.
The one thing I still have to figure out is the texting feature, which is all done through audio. My neighbor Mary would say I have to read the manual, but I hate reading manuals.
It has taken my dog, Porter Valentino some time to get used to the new car. He was scared at first, refusing to jump in. I’d say that lasted about a week, and now he is fine. He goes right to the back. This is his spot.
My car is black, small and already the birds love to poop on the car. I feel secure and no longer worry about whether I may break down on the road. I am glad I am finally in the modern age with technology in a car.
My car is not as fancy or high tech as that of my nephew Chad. His car is so high tech that he has to take it to the dealer from time to time for software updates. I’m not sure I am ready for the Jetsons age in vehicle, but I am now closer.
Jane Lethlean: [email protected]; @DOGWN2