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.
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.
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.