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1st Feb, 2010 | 10:04 am
I don't like cars or car culture. I was never one of those people who were interested in cars. I appreciate that they can be very attractive and fun to drive, but there's nothing in a car that really excites me. When I sold my old car I was very happy and I lived car free for years, even when I was commuting for 3 hours a day, it was just easier for us not to have one.
Now we live in the suburbs and everything seems to have changed. Things are much farther away. And transporting a two year old + gear around is becoming so difficult that we're just not doing things. We've been playing with the idea of getting a car since we moved but decided to tough it out and try to live without one. We've been doing OK with the car sharing service, but there's only one in our area and its a 10 minute bike ride away. We've been looking at hiring some local teenagers to babysit, but they would have to be driven home at night. The list of things goes on and we came to the conclusion that our new locality is set up to require a car and that we would just get one. On the way to the car dealership, the train station was closed for trackwork and we had to catch a rail bus, that pretty much confirmed that we were making the right choice.
I had a vision of just walked into a dealership being all like "I'll take that one" and driving home with time to head over to my brother's and record some music. It ended up taking hours and we never did get to drive home. I guess our car is being delivered today, assuming the finance is approved. It's all so complicated and I hate it and I wish we didn't have to buy into this stupid car system with it's insurance and stamp duty and monthly repayments. Gargh.
Anyhow, it's a silver suzuki alto. Not my first choice in colour, but it was the only one they had in the store that day, and I don't want to wait 3 months for one to be made at the factory. It has lower emisions and better fuel consumption than a prius. It has trouble going up a hill faster than 20 k/h. It's roughly the size of a rollerskate. It's basically a go-kart with a CD player. But now it's my go-kart, so I will try to love it.