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09 May 2004 @ 08:43 pm
I am a Kia owner.  
Let me just say now: mock not the Kia. Share not any unhappy stories with me. Harsh not my buzz or I will maintain this subject-verb inversion until you cry and then I shall call the wrath of the Korean Kia gods down upon you!

I bought a car! A car!

::does a dance of elaborate looniness, dorkiness, and joy::

Until today, I have:

- Never owned a car that cost more than $1500
- Never owned a car newer than 10 years old
- Never owned a car with less than 100,000 miles on it

And, well, I've only owned two cars. This is my first real, adult car. I used to look at my co-workers and wonder why they were able to buy actual cars, whereas I was stuck with funny toys made out of tinfoil, peanut shells, and chewing gum, but apparently this is something I can do too. I just needed several years to work myself up to it. Because some of us *cough*neurotic*cough have issues and fears about adulthood, responsibility, commitment, self-image, paperwork, decisions, significant financial purchases...oh, you know. But anaxila--a creature of great kindness and awesome car savvy--took me out and I took the plunge. And I'm so in love. Love! My dial is set at eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! and stuck there.

It's a 2002 Spectra with 40,000 miles on it *and* 3 years/20,000 miles left on a full warranty, and it's shiny and silver and has that new-car smell, and was priced just under $7,000, with payments of $140/mo. Because, you know, it's a *Kia*, not a Saturn. But it's so cool! And apparently I have good credit! And I got insurance and everything!

Yes, you're probably thinking, and how is this is novel? So okay, let's take a look at my current, soon-to-be-donated-to-charity car:

- I've owned it two years. After the first six months, it pretty much stopped being safe to drive for more than a mile from my apartment. I mean, if I took it on the highway for a while and then exited, it would just stop. Sometimes while it was still rolling!
- In the last 18 months I've driven it no further than a mile from my house; in the last six months, no further than 4 blocks.
- About four or five months ago, it started leaking antifreeze. It wasn't worth repairing, of course. So I just started replacing the antifreeze whenever I wanted to drive it. The coolant stays in for about the length of a grocery trip or two.
- It has no air conditioning. The rear-view mirror fell off a week after I bought it. The analogue radio occasionally hints at the lyrics of a song through bursts of static. The left-turn signal is broken. The--oh, never mind.
- The tags expired at the end of April because the car would never have made it to an emissions station for testing. Actually, I never even put last year's tags on.
- Insurance? I'd rather have tossed two hundred bucks a month into a shredder and stuffed pillows with it.

I have to touch wood every three seconds, of course, because my immediate fear is that I'll turn up the radio, sing along, and drive the thing into a mailbox or even worse, a mailman. Because did I mention, with the neurotic? But yay me. And yay Amy, because she rocks and I couldn't have done this without her.

Unrelatedly, can someone tell me why, if I'm watching Charmed, it looks so much like Harry Potter? These people are shameless rip-off artists, is why, right? Okay, just checking.

ETA: Who will dance with me, hmm? Dance with me! For the love of Numfar! I can only maintain this peak of euphoria for another three, four hours, tops. *bounces, grins* ...oh but wait, I have a smushed Krispy Kreme donut in my purse...another five, six hours, tops!
Current Mood: bizarrely grown-up, but giddy
I am not the fine woman you take me forwrenlet on May 9th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee! I have my eye on a Rio Cinco, just saving up the down payment :D
Anna S.: luminous_dancerseliade on May 9th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
::dances with you, twirling twirling twirling::
grackles on May 9th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
My brother drives a Kia, he likes it. I watched them crash them on dateline a few years back and they weren't all that safe, hopefully they have fixed that since then.
grackles on May 9th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
I hope that comment doesn't qualify as harshing the buzz, I can only envy your good fortune. My car is a piece of crap 93 sunbird that grows mold and hasn't run for 2 years. :(
Anna S.: spuffy_kisseliade on May 9th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, don't scare me with the crashes! *g* But in terms of the big statistical crap shoot, the Kia has to be at *least* 100 times safer than the car I *was* driving.
(no subject) - grackles on May 9th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Joanna K. Blaiddjkb on May 9th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
I can relate to not buying a new car until late in life, and the squee-inducing effect of finally taking the plunge. I too only drove cast-off pieces of crap that friends had discarded, until I got up the nerve to buy a new Dodge Neon. I was terrified at having taken on such a financial commitment, but totally pleased to have a decent car. I made the last payment on it a couple of months ago. :)
Anna S.: spike_intense_gazeeliade on May 9th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's a squee on wheels! Must note that during the signing process today there was some discussion of establishing a credit rating sufficient unto buying a house someday, and *that* now, that was scary. *g*
This Space Intentionally Left Blank: RogerThat-salieribarkley on May 9th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Dancing, aye!

Enjoy your car!
Anna S.eliade on May 9th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my little Barkley person! :>D
ineke on May 9th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh god, your enthusiasm is beyond adorable. And coming just as I was to write a post on the evils of consumerism! I can't bring myself to, now. Because: consumerism! It brings great joy to the people! Just look how happy she is... ahhh.

And of course, I suppose some would argue that a car is a necessity ;). Especially considering the beyond-hope state of your last...
Anna S.eliade on May 9th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
*hops up and down* Consumerism is love! Okay...perhaps not. I'm a firm believer in the joys of thrifting and the positive auras of used clothes, and much of my apartment is furnished with items found free on the street or bought for under $15, and the whole idea of people buying $35,000 cars still freaks me out, but on the other hand, I think that spending can be good for the economy and I've also got a deep streak of yuppie in me. I like comfort and sexy Pottery Barn catalogs. Let's hope this never comes between us. *g*
laurashapiro on May 9th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)

I will dance with you anytime.
Anna S.: luminous_dancerseliade on May 9th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
::leaps on you and nuzzles you like a terrifying animated teddy bear or other nuzzling thing::
(no subject) - laurashapiro on May 10th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
deaverdeaver on May 9th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
*Does happy dance*
Congrats! Isn't new car smell the best?!
Anna S.: kandinskyeliade on May 9th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
And it has faux-leather seats! Woo hoo!
(no subject) - deaver on May 9th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on May 10th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - deaver on May 10th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mintwitchmintwitch on May 9th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your practically-new car!!! Someday, I want a practically-new car, too. It sounds very exciting.
Anna S.eliade on May 9th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
*pets you*

Maybe when you're thirty-five, you can have an almost-new car too!

(Insert self-mocking eye-roll here. *g*) (Er, you're *not* 35, are you? You give off a late-twenties vibe, but I could be very off.)
(no subject) - mintwitch on May 9th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
zoniduck on May 9th, 2004 11:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's so fabulous for you, and much, much more with the safeness. I assume the stereo is a step up from your previous car too?

Oh, and while I'm thinking of it, I *know* there in another person on my Flist who lives in the same city as me, but I can't remember if it's you. If you prefer not to say here, you can always drop me a line at my LJ email address. Not stalking you, it's just that there are so few of us here. *g*
Anna S.eliade on May 10th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Stereo's very bare bones for now. May get a cd player later, though I am not sure I trust myself not to crash by fiddling with it during road trips.

I live in Seattle. ;>)
(no subject) - zoniduck on May 10th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ex_dovil323 on May 10th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new car. May your fuel tank magically never empty and may fluffy dice rain down like mana from heaven.
Anna S.eliade on May 10th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Aw. If I get knocked on the head by a pair of fluffy dice hurtling to earth from a decaying orbit, I'll know who to blame thank! :>)
your royal pie-ness: wes happy (psychodragon82)entrenous88 on May 10th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
Wheee!! New car! I've only owned Very Old Clunkers myself, so I'm awash with admiration at your grown-up-ed-ness.

And hey, it's hours later, but the sun woke me up, so....

Anna S.: spike_intense_gazeeliade on May 10th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a little *too* grown up to be buying this car. But I'm a late bloomer...late, late...late bloomer.
Kat Allisonkatallison on May 10th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
Awww! I missed all the dancing last night, what with shutting the computer down early when the tornado sirens went off, but now I will dance and sing (quietly so as not to wake you up):
Happy happy car car
happy happy car,
happy happy car car
happy happy CAR!!

And truly, you would be amused to know how unhappy I've been these past few years about your lack of dependable wheels, so I'm just delighted this worked out! Plus, smart you for buying before interest rates go up, and yay for the having of insurance, and kudos to Amy.

May you have many, many, happy uncomplicated no-leaking no-mirrors-falling-off air-conditioned low-payment you-can-drive-anywhere-you-want! miles together.
Anna S.: spike_goldeliade on May 10th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
You're so sweet! :>D Perhaps the vibrations of your thoughts traveled across the country and finally reached the air space inside surrounding my head and joggled a switch or wire or two, turning on the light bulb of Decisive Action.

I want to drive out to see you right now! *bounce*
WesleysGirlwesleysgirl on May 10th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
Congrats! That's a sight newer than any car I've ever had. Very cool. :-)
Anna S.: weseliade on May 10th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
And you've graced me with the Icon of Religious Worship, for which I thank you. *g*
Freak_Mommafreak_momma on May 10th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
Congrats! I have a Hyundai, also Korean made, which I Lurve. My previous car, way-used when bought, Chevy, threw a rod twice and finally died at over 200,000 miles. I know what it is to always have that nervous fear the car is going to break down every time you drive somewhere. I'm glad you can be out of that. I lurve my Hyundai with automatic everything and interval wipers and I can actually lock and unlock it from far away with that little key thingie. Hee. I mock not the Kia. Also, my new car went over a year before a crazy lady ran into me, and then it got fixed good as new with insurance. So fear not the crazy lady.
Anna S.: winter_lightseliade on May 10th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
I know what it is to always have that nervous fear the car is going to break down every time you drive somewhere. I'm glad you can be out of that.

In the winter, I'd drive three blocks and then stall in the middle of the intersection. I'm zooming away from all that and never looking back...