Kara and I picked up a new car yesterday and took in a whiff of that unmistakable new car smell. Nothing like it.
Going to the dealer brought back many memories of my childhood. I used to love going to the lot with my parents to pick out a new car. My folks were Ford people when I was growing up and remember sitting in Mustangs, Torinos, LTDs and Country Squires. My parents had a strange thing for green in the 1970s. They had four green cars in a row: a Fairlane, two Torinos and a Mustang identical to this one.
Anyway, so Kara and I brought Helena to the dealership to pick up the new car. She looked at the showroom in amazement as any 3 year old might, and immediately wanted to sit in a red car, that of course was not ours. While we signed the papers, a saleswoman graciously played with Helena, who was having a blast. In a moment of slight alarm, our crafty daughter somehow managed to start a car. We all jumped in a grabbed the key!
The new car means our legendary Roadmaster is semi-retired. It was my daily driver for more than a year and a half and it has been great. Even at 135,000 miles (just barely broken in as any Roadmaster fan will tell you) I love driving it and it has never given me a problem. I will keep it for those occasions when I need to haul something big in the back like plywood, a kiddie pool, or Scot Haney’s broken down Subaru.
We ended up getting a new Buick Regal. I can tell you the 2011 models are a complete 360 from the Regals of yore that featured tufted velour seating and the turning radius of a boat. The style conscious, tech savvy, gizmo and gadgetphile Mark Dixon gave it his stamp of approval in the Channel 3 parking lot, so I guess that means Kara and I are trendsetters.
The new Regals are a totally different animal now and we are fortunate to have one of the first in the United States. It drives better than the BMWs we once owned and was much cheaper. Kara picked out the color, after all I’m just the husband. The folks at the very kid-friendly Parsons Buick in Plainville were very helpful especially John Bekish…a former local radio guy whose authoritative voice is a dead giveaway of his background.
We’ll enjoy that new car smell as long as we can. When you have kids dropping food and so forth it can disappear pretty quickly!