Okay, so you might have read before that I hate my car. I bought a brand new Chevy Aveo in 2005, spent about $13,500 over 2 years to pay it off completely, and figured out in the first 3 years that it was just a crap car. They even made the thermostat housing out of plastic. You know – the thing that keeps the radiator fluid inside of your car that sits right next to the super hot engine. Yay for using crappy plastic (*sarcasm*).
Lucky for my car, I don’t drive much. My mechanic actually said those words last year when installing my new brake pads – he thinks my car sucks too.
It’s now 8 years old and still has less than 60,000 miles on it, so I will probably have it forever. BUT, if I ever am completely set and have a little extra money to burn, I now know exactly what car I would get and how I would get it pimped out.
Side note – you should be laughing your butt off just picturing me saying “pimped”…if not, look at my picture to the right and imagine me saying that sentence again…it is honestly hilarious, trust me.
My Dream Car
Back on point, here is my idea of my dream car.
I would buy a 1-2 year old certified pre-owned, fully optioned, RED, Volkswagen Beetle. I’d then pay to have it painted professionally with large black spots to make it a Lady Bug. But I wouldn’t stop there…I’d then have the doors installed DeLorean-style so they’d open like wings. Finally, I’d have hydraulics installed so I could “settle” after I parked.
Yep, I would want my car to remind people so much of a lady bug that they couldn’t stop giggling. My dream car would make me smile every single time I saw it and hopefully would do the same for anybody else around too. I think that is the perfect car – something to make me comfortable and happy while moving from Point A to Point B, and it can give a ton of smiles along the way.
I came up with this idea about a year ago, but I still can’t shake it. I really do think I will own this car sometime before I am too old to drive. It wouldn’t even cost all that much in the big scheme of things. A certified pre-owned 1-2 year old Beetle with all of the options is around $19,000 right now. A great professional paint job would cost less than $1000 for big black spots and the hydraulics would run about $3000 or less. The gull-wing doors could run about $5000 I think. So overall, my dream car costs less than $30,000. That’s doable in the next 20-30 years. It’s low priority right now of course, but it’s definitely something I am aiming for.
What do you think? Great idea or stupid as hell? 🙂 What’s your dream car?
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