Cars, Cars, Cars!

I’m going to be honest and this confession is long overdue. It’s kind of embarrassing but everyone who knows me (or asks me to go to their house or out in general) knows this about me.

I don’t have a car. Nope. No car. And here’s the kicker. I don’t even have my license. I’m in my 30’s and actually have never driven a car.

The older I get the more it’s kind of sad. To be honest I’ve never really needed one or cared. I’ve always lived near public transport and my long term ex had a car so I just got driven around. The friends I do have never had issues with picking me up and dropping me off. But the amount of money I’ve put into Ubers is pretty fucking disgusting. I mean, I think I calculated just before Covid it was about $300 a month (if I remember correctly). To get to work I’d get an Uber to the station and then take a train into the city. Sooooooooo…. Per day we’d be looking at (calculates Uber and train fare). Okay… per month..$640. About $11 per Uber trip, twice a day and $10 for a train fare. Fuck. That’s really bad. That’s like 6 months of car registration for my own car.

I think I’m getting off track here but the point is, I spend a lot of money on travel and it’s not right. No wonder I’ve saved so much during Covid. It definitely makes sense now.

But with this whole Covid shit and being locked up in a house for 3 months, not being allowed to even go 5ks out of your area, working from home the last 9 months and with the very high possibility that I’m gonna have to eventually go back into work at least a couple days a week in the next 2 months, I’m getting ants in my pants. I’m restless. Suddenly it’s like I’ve had a fire put up my ass and I want a car. I don’t want to be hanging around people on trains and needing to wash my damn hands every time I come in contact with someone or touch something. I want my little hand sanitizer in my centre console so I can just *squirt squirt* the dirt away.

As I mentioned I don’t even have a license. So that’s obviously the first step. I had my learners a very long time ago but it’s expired and because it’s been dead for 5+ years I need to re-sit it again. That’s the shit part. Good news is because I’m so old I just need to hold my learners for 3 months and then I can go on to my P’s. So if I actually do something now I could be looking at driving by April so it’s not too bad. Time flies as we all found out this year.

Another shit thing is I can’t get in contact with the license place at the moment. Due to Covid they basically shut down for a couple months so all test driving and test sitting was put on hold and they’re currently working through the backlog of MONTHS of people who had appointments booked prior. I tried calling them the last two day and they have a message saying to try calling back cause the volume of calls is too much. So at this rate maybe I’ll be driving by June.

I have so much I want to do though. I want to go to the country. I want to be able to take my dogs out to little places. At this point I’m wondering what the fuck was wrong with me.

I had a fear of driving. That’s definitely hindered me going out and doing it. I’ve been a nervous passenger and I never understood how people could drive a car and stay in the lines. Then I was worried about other drivers. What if they started harassing me or tried to kill me? I don’t know. At this point I’m ready to risk all that shit though.

So the last couple weeks I have been looking non-stop at second hand cars. We found out Brendan can actually drive. We knew he had his license but like me, when I mentioned driving he would be nervous because he hasn’t driven for a couple years. Allie came over a couple weeks ago to let him drive her car and he was fine. He ended up driving from our place to the other side of the city, 50 minutes away. A couple things made me grip the seat but all in all I was a huge supporter of us getting a car, THAT DAY! Turns out getting a car isn’t that easy.

I’ve really been looking at cars though. And when I say looking, I mean first thing in the morning, during work, at night, in bed before sleep, repeat! I think at the moment I’m looking for cars more than I’m doing actual work. I’m so set on getting us a car by Christmas but who knows. Turns out there’s a lot of factors to take in that I’m not aware of BUT AM NOW! I thought it was as easy as, there’s the car I want, here’s the money, give it. Nope.

I’ve been messaging friends who know things and they’ve been giving me the run down and to be honest it’s exhausting. Last night I may have cried and said we’ll continue to walk everywhere. I’ll just point out as well, when I want something I want it NOW. Brendan seems a bit more laid back about it and to me it’s like “DON’T YOU WANT TO START LIVING??!! WE COULD HAVE A LIFE! WE HAVEN’T LIVED FOR YEARS!”

We initially started looking at small cars. That’s what Brendan said he wanted to drive. Auto. Clean… yanno.

Suzuki Swifts – I think they’re cute.
Toyota Yaris – They look safe.

Then I messaged a friend and told him what we’re looking at. This is a guy who seems to always have a new car so I figured he’d help.

“We’re looking at a small car. Suzuki Swift. Under $9k. Under 200km and auto”

“I’ll have a look tonight and find something for you”

This guy starts sending me Holden Cruze’s for sale and suddenly my whole world blew up. Why was he giving me more options? We made up our mind and now he’s sending me other things to think about.

“I ask for help with small cars and you send me this boat!!? Maybe you don’t have your glasses on but that’s doesn’t look like a Swift”

I will admit though, he was suggesting it because it was good value. Real nice inside, under $7k, 105Km, auto… man… the fuck.


So now we started adding this to our list.

Nice boat

Other things I’ve been told:

Don’t buy from Facebook Market.

Make sure there’s a Road Worthy Cert.

Buy from a dealership especially drive away deals.

Transfer fees – A fee I didn’t they know existed.

Haggle. Ask for a lower price.

This is seriously too much for me.

I should also mention that yes I can’t drive and wont be driving but I did say that I would put in half of the car. So it would be “our” car. Then when I can drive I can drive it. Or I could buy my own and Brendan will put in what I put in for this one. But to be honest, I know people say don’t buy a new car as your first car… this shit is so hard though and I would consider it. Just so I didn’t have to look so much into KMs and crap. I thought anything under 200km was good but now I’m being told to look at something right down to 100km. You know how hard it is to find a second hand car under $8k especially for a small car AND auto with those kms? It’s difficult.

Anyways, I should probably do work and by work I mean continue looking at things we have no time to look at.

THAT’S ANOTHER THING! All the places that have cars are on the other side of the city and it’s difficult for us to get there. So this dream of getting a car before Xmas is looking like just that. A dream.

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  One thought on “Cars, Cars, Cars!

  1. Timothy Price
    December 9, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I got my first driver’s license for a motorcycle when I was 13 years old and my driver’s license for a car when I was 15. Except for the four years we lived in Madrid, Spain, I have always lived where there is no public transit, so a motorcycle or car is a must. If there’s good public transit like there was in Madrid, there is certainly not much need for a car. However, the freedom a car gives you is really great. I don’t know about buying cars where you are, but where I am, there is a lot of advantages to buying cars new, especially if you are financing the car. The credit unions and banks offer really low-interest rates on new cars, plus extended warranties. But that might not be the case where you are. Good luck. Like you have expressed, looking for cars is very confusing and difficult to sort out.

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    • December 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      Thats awesome. Although riding a motorcycle makes me nervous. I’ve only done that once and wasn’t a fan.
      We don’t have any incentive like that over here (Australia) when buying a new car. Not that I’m aware of anyway.
      And it’s true, the freedom with a car that you get. It’s disappointing when I think about it but I feel like i missed out alot with that. But! I also didn’t have that bill on my hands either which given the circumstances was very good lol.

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      • Timothy Price
        December 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm

        Cars are expensive. Even when they are paid for in full, there’s always insurance, registration and gas or petrol as it were. When we lived in Madrid, friends who had cars paid a second mortgage for a parking spot. Out here it’s very difficult without a car. I have 6 cars on my property. 4 run, but only 3 get driven. My truck gets driven only a few times a year when I need a truck. My wife’s Mazda Speed3 gets driven once a week now that she does all her teaching from home. My Mazda MX-5 RF gets driven daily as I drive to work during the week, 17 miles one way, and often have to drive to stores on weekends.

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  2. January 6, 2021 at 3:14 am

    You know, I used to be in the exact same position as you. Always lived close to public transport, so that meant an abundance of trams, buses, and trains; however, as I grew up, it became way more important to start thinking of a car.

    “Time is money” is what I like to say. Cars save precious time and get you directly from point A to point B. Plus it’s fun. Have you all thought of getting a manual? They are way cheaper.

    I wish you the best of luck in the future. Hope you get that license soon and enjoy it!

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      You’re right. Time is money. More time is MY time. .Time I could be using for other things. To think of all the time I’ve wasted with public transport and having to wake up early to get to work. Or all the times my trains have been cancelled and I’ve had to wait for one (4 hours was the most I’ve had to wait). But thank you very much. We find out tomorrow when I can get a license 🙂

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      • January 9, 2021 at 2:46 am

        So, how did it go? Have you guys gotten info about the license? Good luck anyhow!

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  3. February 16, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Love your post man mate! I have been driving for 9 years and I kept putting it off getting my licence but i am glad i did! I started off with a citreon C1 and worked my way up from there. Cheap run arounds are great though because they’re reliable and cheap to run!

    Also if you want to see any high end cars or vintage ones then please check my webiste out 🙂 I have a variety or different cars i’ve took pictures of 🙂 Some that will make you want one haha 🙂

    I will give you a like and a follow too because i do like this a lot 🙂

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