Here in the United States, we are expected to do certain things by a certain age. We are supposed to get our driver’s license when we turn 16, get a car soon after, graduate university with a Bachelor’s degree by age 22/23, get our first job between 16-18 years, to name a few.
As with most “major life events”, I was a late bloomer in getting a car. I am 25 years old and just bought my first car a few weeks ago, July 30, 2016 to be exact. What else have I done later than most average people? I got my first job at 21, barely got my driver’s license at 24, just to name a few. For years, I had to get around on the bus. I would go to school, work, the gym, library, you name it, I went there on the bus. I even went to Santa Monica Beach, Disneyland, LA County Fair on the bus. Those trips were about 2 hours each way!
After getting my license last year, I knew it was time for me to finally get a car. But unfortunately, I had accumulated credit card debt and had to pay that off first. Last month I went to a credit union to apply for a car loan, but unfortunately, I didn’t qualify. When they told me I didn’t qualify, I was so disappointed. I had honestly given up on getting a car anytime soon. My mom insisted I would get a car before starting school, but I didn’t believe her. She went online and searched and searched for a new car, while I just sat around complaining about not having a car and having to take the bus everywhere. Then one day my grandpa asked me if I wanted him to loan me the money for a car and I said yes please. We went to a dealrship in Alhambra (our second one) and found my car there. It is a small car and a 2014, but it’s perfect for me. Without my mom and grandpa helping me, I don’t think getting a new car would’ve been possible, so I owe it all to them.
Here are the best things about finally having a car.
1. I have a new place to go during my lunch and break when I work. I can read my books and eat with no interruptions
2. I can go to the gym more often, I don’t have any excuses!
3. More trips to the library
4. I can go to Yogurtland and Jamba Juice more often.
5. I no longer have to depend on others to take me to work or pick me up from work.
6. I can leave my house much later than I normally would, which means I have time to just relax at home, always a plus!