Earlier this year I wrote a blogpost mentioning that one of the obstacles I foresaw to me actually being able to date someone is the fact that I didn’t have a decent car I’d not be embarrassed to pick up a date in. First impressions matter, and when you meet someone and they see you’re driving a wore-out old car they probably make at least a minor judgment or two about you.
But having an wore-out old car wasn’t just a problem for potential dating… it also impacted all sorts of things. I mean, just picking up anyone — not just a date, but a friend or co-worker — was embarrassing. And having to constantly put it in the shop to get fixed, worrying about rides to and from the mechanic… and then the fear of breaking down on the side of the road with my kids in the car, not just for their sake but also the ration of shit I’d likely have to hear from their mother when she heard about it. Not to mention how limiting it is when you can’t take a road trip to something fun or a family function or what have you because you’re worried about your car not making it…
Anyway, about a month ago another mechanical issue arose in my car and it was the last straw. I’d already begun doing the research and what I wanted in a car and had narrowed my choices to a Ford Focus or a Kia Soul.
All it took was sitting in the Kia Soul to make my mind.
I totally fell for this thing. I have to admit the funky box-style of some of the modern cars appeal to me, and the Soul is one of the funkier, boxier ones out there.
What really sold it was how affordable the one was that I looked at. It’s a 2010 with some miles on it, and there’s a few scratches to the paint in the front, which all seemed to knock the price down quite a bit. But the previous owner kept the oil changed and performed regular maintenance (thanks, Carfax!), and this was even the Kia Soul Exclaim (or Kia Soul ! ), which had some nice extra features like a sunroof and a killer stereo system.
So I bought it.
So I’m going to share some pics from my baby…
Approaching this every morning makes me smile…
The stereo is freaking amazing. One night after work not long after I got the car I went out into the driveway and sat in my car and just cranked the stereo. It made me realize how much I love music, but that I really don’t have much opportunity to just kick out the jams anywhere except when I’m in my car driving, so having the option to really turn up the volume and feel the music is awesome.
The stereo can also communicate with my iPhone via Bluetooth so I can make hands-free calls and hear the other person through my speakers and there’s a mic in the roof that picks up what I say. To activate, I hit a button on the steering wheel and say “dial” and then either a number or a person’s name that’s in my contacts list. I realize that this technology isn’t exactly new– this is a 2010 model after all — but it’s new to me!
The other weekend a friend came into town on business and needed someone local to drive him around the city, and it pleased me to no end to be able to do that for him. To pick him up in a nice ride that I didn’t have to worry about breaking down at an inconvenient time. And I’m stoked to be able to take the kids on the road to visit with family during the upcoming holidays and not even think twice about it!