It was the end of an era for our family last week, as the family car I nicknamed “Black Beauty” met its final demise.
Coming as a shock to us all, our 11- year- old Pontiac Grand Am received a final blow, when the brake line decided to go. After several past repairs such as a new transmission and brake replacements, it was no longer feasible to put any more money into an old car, and the search for a replacement began.
As many people will probably know, this is a step involving a lot of thinking and deliberation as it is to decide your future transportation. You start to think of questions such as ‘What can I afford?’, ‘Can I see myself driving this for the next ten years?” and so on.
Luckily, the search was short, as a healthy new Chevrolet Cruze has officially been adopted into our family. However, I have yet to choose a nickname for it.
A new car comes with many perks. First, there is the new car smell. This is something that I swear we need to find a way to bottle.
Second is the opportunity to play around. The newer the car, the more buttons or gizmos to play around with and discover. It creates a new learning adventure that is endless fun for all.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the new brakes factor. As the car is newer, the brake system is a lot more sensitive, and thus you don’t need to apply as much pressure for them to be activated. This has been something to get used to, but is a big plus for the experience.
At the same time, this has been a big step for me as well as my family as well. Having the original vehicle as long as we did, I had gotten used to the subtleties of the vehicle: The ticking noise it made every little while, how much pressure to apply to it when accelerating or braking, and where all the necessary buttons were located. Also, not seeing a large black vehicle in the driveway is another thing that I am adjusting to.
The old car had served us well, getting us to family vacations, community events and just simply from work to home and vice versa. If that car could talk, it would probably have a lot of interesting stories to tell.
But now, we have a chance to create some new memories and have some new adventures with this new car. Rest easy, old Grand Am, you’ve earned it.
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