Just Write: Time to enter a new automotive world — with a 'Cavalier' attitude
“A working heater, power windows and remote door lock?”
That was my first thought as I rolled away from a car dealership on Halloween in a new (to me) Scion xD.
It wasn't until days later I realized how important of a purchase this vehicle was.
As I've written before, my car was aging quickly.
I had been driving a Chevrolet Cavalier that, despite its look and the fact the car was made when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” debuted nationwide (1986), was great.
My father, who loves cars, kept the Cavalier in good condition. But keeping it running was becoming more costly as rust and a difficulty finding parts proved to be a challenge.
Its daily use ended at nearly 104,000 miles — making most newer car owners envious.
In its last few years, the radio stopped working, as did the air conditioning and heater (which I learned of in October).
No car payments and a mechanic whose work I trusted kept me from caring about the look and age of the vehicle.
As I left the dealership the day before buying the Scion, a good friend with me asked if I was excited. I was. But a rush of emotions hit as the Cavalier also was a strong connection to my grandparents who died in the 1990s.
I recall trips as a youngster to Conneaut Lake, the Erie area, as well as short drives to Ames as I watched the world pass in the backseat with my stuffed dog named Spike.
The car isn't leaving the family, though, as my brother expressed interest in restoring it — something I know nothing about.
As for my Scion? A day after buying it, Herald photographer Kristina Serafini noticed a remote starter sticker.
So an iPod connector, heater, air conditioning, power windows, remote locks and a remote starter? I went from the Flintstones to the Jetsons overnight!
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
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