…So I guess an additional car is needed 😉
Brand new vs. Secondhand
I’ve kept asking Randy to buy me a secondhand sedan. The more magasgas, the better because: 1.) It is probably cheaper; and 2.) I won’t (rather, Randy won’t) feel that bad if I bump it. Or sabit it. But he doesn’t want to because of the maintenance. Kawawa rin daw ako ‘pag nasiraan sa daan. Plus, he argued that the registration cost of brand new car costs just as much as a secondhand car. So he wants to buy me the cutesy cars (which, aesthetically, I don’t really like…again, I’d rather have an old sedan than a brand new hatchback). And I am really scared I’ll gasgas a brandnew car! So I had to deal with Randy:
Me: O sige, payag na ako’ng ibili mo ako ng brand new pero bawal kang magalit ‘pag naibangga ko.
Randy: O sige.
Me: Kahit sa facial expression bawal ‘yung patented Randy frown!
Randy: Sige (voice noticeably quiter; “sige” more strained)…
Me: Bawal din ‘yung hinga mo (he has this way of breathing that would rival any scolding)!
Randy: (Silent for a few seconds…then) O sige pero ikaw ang magpapaayos!
Then it was my time to be tameme.
What is it about men and cars?
And he took my being tameme as a Yes. And voila! He started scouting for cutesy-cutesy cars (I think they’re called compact cars)! Before I know it he was already telling me that the Hyundai Eon might be the car for me! He was enthusiastically enumerating its features (while my mind was somewhere else). I think he was expecting me to check out the features of Eon, but then I told him I just want a yellow car. He frowned for a while then after a while on the computer he grinned because there’s a yellow Hyundai Eon!
The following day on our way to a meeting, we saw by a Hyundai showroom along the road. And wouldn’t you know it–on display was a yellow Hyundai Eon! Guess who got all giddy! Yep, Randy had to stop and check it out! “Dali, tingnan natin ang future car mo!”
We were approached by an agent and Randy fired away with his questions. So he and the agent started talking. And then he got miffed later because while he was talking to the agent and checking out the car, I was tinkering with my phone. Hihi. “I can’t believe you! We are choosing a car for you and you don’t even want to look!” he said. Here he was, excitedly thinking that he’d finally be able to talk about cars with me (every time he buys a new car, he tries to engage me. Unfortunately, I can’t be budged. Hindi talaga ako mahilig sa cars. Even when he was choosing among luxury cars, I was just bored out of my wits. Again, how un-chic of me.)! I wasn’t tinkering with my phone to be rude. On the contrary, I fully trust that Randy will choose the right car for me. Whenever he buys a car, he would come up with a chart that comprehensively compares and contrasts each feature. May point-system pa ‘yan (example, fuel efficiency–5 highest, 1 lowest; price, 3 highest, 1 lowest). If you’ve got an anal car enthusiast husband like that, I can afford not to care anymore, right? Ergo, color na lang ang concern ko. 😉
Manual vs. Automatic
But then just a few days ago, Randy said I should drive an automatic (Eon has no automatic). He said he thinks I’m hopeless when it comes to multitasking (dose of my own medicine–I used to always tell him not to bother me when I’m working because I can’t multitask). But I argued that if my paranoid friend Zaira Lopez learned to drive stick shift, I can too! I said I wanted to be more flexible, blah blah blah. Yet he said there’s no need for me to learn to drive stickshift anyway, blah blah blah. And so we’re back to square one.
Now dear friends, I finally get to my point: please help me decide which car to get. Here are some points to ponder:
- I still want a secondhand sedan but I think this is non-negotiable to my husband. I was telling him I’ll use the secondhand sedan as my practice-an, and then after a year I’ll get brand new na.
- I want a cheap car that I could just drive around Los Banos and neighboring towns/cities. Automatic cars are, I believe, a lot more pricey.
- I admit I had difficulty shifting gears…my hand-foot coordination is poor. Really poor.
- I admit that I also get rattled quickly. When I was learning to drive, I cringed every time a bus or any other humongous vehicle
- In the future, I want to be able to drive to the Metro too. Therefore a brand new compact car (like the Eon) might be out of the question.
- And oh yes, I want a yellow car 🙂
Tell me what you think!
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