Sunday, 3 May 2015

Snap Happy Sunday // Meet my new car!



Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long since my last blog post. I've pretty much spent the last two weeks working, being sick with tonsillitis, and trying to sort out a bank loan for my new car. Getting a loan was really difficult for me because I haven't been working in my current job for more than 12 months yet, so my partner B basically had to go in as a guarantor for me in case anything were to go wrong down the track. Fortunately, because B is now a doctor, this meant that I was eligible to get the best interest rate available in Queensland. I'm not even kidding.. it was less than half the interest rate that I was offered initially before they knew about B's job. I have to say, I find it quite ironic that doctors (who earn plenty of money as it is) are offered the lowest interest rate available, while those of us who live paycheck to paycheck have to jump through hoops to pay the highest possible interest rate. Hah! Anyway, moving on..

I have been wanting a new (second hand) car for pretty much the last 5 years. The car I have been driving up until now was the first car I ever bought a little over 6 years ago, and although she was still getting me from A to B, I simply couldn't deal with the fact she didn't have air conditioning. She also didn't have power steering, and the automatic transmission conked out shortly after I bought her, so I've been driving her like a manual ever since. Needless to say it was definitely time for an upgrade, so I started searching the used car sites to get an idea of how much I would need to get a loan for. I was actually planning to wait until the end of the financial year in case I got any of my tax money back, but the second I saw this lilac Suzuki Swift there was absolutely no way that I was waiting. Although she's nine years old she's in absolute perfect condition, and it pretty much feels like I am driving a brand new car. Plus did I mention that her colour is lilac? That's like my all time favourite colour! She even matches my blog design!



I couldn't be more happy about my new car. I've even added a 'dachshund on board' sign to officially make her my own. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I've named her 'Arden'. I'm not sure why but I just really like that name. :)

Sadly, My first little beast 'Celeste' had a date with the wreckers yesterday morning. The most I could get for her was a measly $50, so to honour her memory we took my new car down to The Strand and spent that $50 on a delicious lunch. I actually teared up a little bit the other night while I was cleaning my old car out. That little beast supported me all the way through Uni, helped B out back when he was working night shifts as a med student, survived a couple of car crashes, and even managed to get our little family up here to Townsville in the middle of Summer. She may have been 22 years old and ready to go to car heaven, but I loved that beast, and I will never forget my first little car and will always be thankful for our time together.

Tell me about your first car. Was she an old bomb like mine was? Or was she shiny and new?

Do you remember that incredible feeling you had the day you brought your first proper 'new' car home?

 
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13 comments:

  1. Good to see you back. Tonsilitis is one of the worst things. Not being able to swallow without being in pain... ugh. So yay for you being healthy again ♥
    I really like the car you got here, not only because it's lilac (such a wonderful colour) but also because it just looks very nice. It's shape looks cute. And yep, it really is weird that those who earn the most have to pay the lowest interest rates. But a stable, high income is a very important factor for a bank I guess, so it kinda makes sense.
    I personally never had a car (and probably won't, because it's against my believes. I am passionate about saving nature and luckily I live in a place where public transportation allows me to say "I don't need to create more pollution by buying and using a car". I of course understand that a lot of people don't have the time for that, but like I said, luckily I do, for now) but it's sweet to read how much you loved your old and apparently already love your new one. Safe driving ♥
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    1. Hey! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. :) Unfortunately where we live the public transport is terrible (probably the only bad thing about where we live to be honest) and as I start work early in the morning I really can't risk it by not having my own car. It'll definitely come in handy when we have kids as well. xx

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  2. Aww yay your car is so cute! I have a Suzuki Swift too, although it is a red one! I love it :) I didn't realise you could get it in purple too!! This one is super girly and perfect for you xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Thanks! Swifts are the best aren't they? :) My brother has a red swift and I almost bought it off him, but then I saw the purple one and I clearly couldn't resist haha! Swifters unite! :P xx

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  3. That's the cutest car! I'm actually looking for a new-to-me car, too, and it's such a pain because buying used means you really have to know about a brand's track record, how the particular car has performed over the years, plus you have to know about the seller's motivations to sell.

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    1. Oh, I know. I am so lucky that I found the perfect car first go. It was still very stressful though. :\

      xx

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  4. I have to admit that I am slight jelly of your new car! I love the colour, congrats on such a perfect choice! This one will definetly get you everywhere you need to be. x

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    1. If it wasn't my car, I'd be jealous too. :P It's the colour that pulls me in. It's been a long time coming though and I am so so thankful. :)

      xx

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  5. Hey, welcome back! And it seems you've got a sweet, new ride to boot! It's great that you managed to snap up that Suzuki just right on time. It's not everyday that you spot a 9 year old car in such a condition, and with all of the luxuries that you didn't previously have. That being said, sorry to hear about what happened to your first car, but I guess you'll have to leave certain things behind. Drive safe!

    Damon Sherman @ Butler Auto Hyundai

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