Lessons My First Car Taught Me
And how my bank account was reduced to, well, nothing at a very young age
My first car was a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with about 170,000 miles on it. My grandfather had bought the car practically new, my father bought it from my grandfather, and then I was lucky enough to receive it as a present for my parents. Yes, a present FOR my parents. I'll explain.
I went to high school in southern New Hampshire but I lived in southern Vermont. This meant a 25 mile drive to school each way tying up significant portions of my parents days dropping me and picking me up from school. While I like to think of my first car as a present for myself, it really was equally a present to my parents as it meant that I could drive myself to school.
When I received my 2004 Impala, it needed brakes and a windshield. No big deal, right? Boy was my 17 year old self (and bank account) quickly proven wrong. Keep in mind this was also the time when in the United States gas prices were hovering around $4 a gallon for regular unleaded. In all honesty though, my Impala was really quite a good first car. During our time together, it needed a couple of starters, brakes, a windshield, the ignition had a weird issue where it wouldn't recognize the remote always, and lastly the heater core went out one day when me and my wife-to-be were about two hours away from home. Let it suffice to say that she must love me, because she sat in about six inches of antifreeze for two hours as it all came pouring into the car on the drive back home that night. Somehow it only poured onto the passenger side of the car and I was driving (lucky me).
I thought you all might enjoy a story of my first car, but what was yours? Feel free to comment below how your first car impacted you and your bank accounts. Did it jade you from vehicle ownership? Was it worth every penny? I look forward to hearing!