One of the most important things in life are relationships. They come in many forms, some important, like with your family, and some not so serious, like your favorite coffee mug. But have you ever stopped to think about the type of relationship you have with your vehicle? Do you take care of it? Does it take care of you?
In a healthy vehicle relationship, you treat each other with kindness - it doesn’t leave you stranded at the grocery store, and you don’t bang the steering wheel or dash when frustrated. Make sure your vehicle is receiving regular oil changes and maintenance checks.
Another sign of a healthy relationship with your vehicle is that you have balance - if your tires are not properly balanced then you’re in for a bumpy season in your relationship. But there are many other things on your vehicle that can be out of balance: the engine, the drive shaft, the brakes, and even the balance of your radio. Routine maintenance also helps this area of your car relationship.
Don’t get frustrated
Sometimes you will fight with each other, but that is not a bad thing as long as it doesn’t turn negative. Usually when you are frustrated with your vehicle there is something it needs. A weird noise, a slow start, or a blast of hot air from the AC is your vehicle’s way of telling you it needs attention. (Side note, we are fluent in car, truck, van, and even SUV, and can help you and your vehicle be on the same page.)
Finally, you know you have a healthy relationship when you find joy in driving your car. No matter what you drive, if you take care of it, it can be a joy to head off into the sunset on your next driving adventure.
Older cars are cool and nostalgic. Big trucks are strong and helpful. Newer sedans have more bells and whistles than the Apollo Lunar Module. Being content with, and taking care of, what we drive will provide you with many joyful miles.
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ALVIN AND DON
Alvin’s first car was a 1967 Chevy Impala Super Sport 2 door. All these years later he can still describe it better than the salesperson on the showroom floor could. It was unique in that it had a 3 speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission when most of these cars came with a 2 speed Powerglide transmission. We still haven’t gotten a straight answer on how often he lit up the rear tires.
Alvin is the oldest of the three brothers, Don is the middle child and he got Alvin’s first car. But he wasn’t stuck with it for long. He soon got into a 1973 Plymouth Fury Station Wagon and then into a 1973 Chevy Caprice Classic 2 door. By this time, Don and Hope were newlyweds and Hope ended up crashing the Caprice soon after and they both still chuckle to this day when they share the story.
Jonathan’s first car was a truck. A 2000 Ford Ranger with a manual transmission and Ford Mustang rims to be exact. Being that it was orange he called it The Sweet Tator. He got it with 100,000 miles on the odometer and drove it all over the southeast US. The odometer had over 225,000 miles on it when he parted ways with it.
NELSON AND LLOYD
Nelson and Lloyd had different first cars but the only difference was one year. Literately everything else was the same. They were white Ford Crown Victorias with 5.8L V8 engines that were both former police cars. Nelson’s was a 1989 and Lloyd’s was a 1990. And these were just two of the four Ford Crown Victorias in the household at the time, Alvin (their dad) had a blue 1989 (also former police car) and his wife had a light blue 1990 (not a former police car, it only had a 5.0L V8 engine).