I remember saving up for my first car. It’s a big thing when you have passed your driving test and find it’s time to get a car. Cars can be expensive, bottomless pits for money. I should know! There are always some unknown expenses that ruin your car’s budget. My second car was I suppose effectively known as a lemon. There was always something going wrong with it.
I loved my blue Citroen C3 she was an exclusive demonstrators model so had every optional extra you could find for the age of that car. She, well I always called her my baby blue car, had front arm rests, built-in sat nav and an extra parcel shelf so the boot had two levels. For a 2003 car it was top of the range.
I suppose being a top of the range ex demonstrator model was a blessing and a curse. The thing was with it having extras, the engine and other parts around the body were different to the “normal” C3 model and when it went wrong the garages found it hard to get replacement parts.
Are you planning on buying a new car? Now is the time to think about it because the new registrations are coming out in a few weeks. Who doesn’t like to drive around with a new reg? They do seem to have great deals around at that time as well.
At the end of June, funnily enough just a few days before we moved house my beloved Citroen C3 had decided to give up the ghost. I had her for years and years, in fact she was my 2nd only ever car. You see I don’t like to swop and change cars too often, I’m set in my ways! She begun to lose power, getting up a hill was very painful. Some of her injectors and turbo was gone. I knew because of her age a new car was on the cards later on this year, it’s what we budgeted for. I just didn’t think it was going to be a couple of days before we moved house! My stress levels were at an all time high!
I didn’t learn to drive at 17. I waited a few years. Thinking back now I have no idea why. When I started learning to drive I was a scaredy cat. I honestly thought I would never pass my test let alone go out and buy my first car.
I remember that first lesson. My driving instructor was called Chris, a nice bloke who was very patient. I suppose all driving instructors need to have some sort of patience and calmness about them. So that first lesson he picked me up from my mum and dads and drove me to our local leisure centre car park. I just hoped no one saw me as it was across the road from where I worked!