No Tin Opener Required

I’ve bought a car.

The Mini that I bought just after my husband left is 12 years old now. It’s been a grand little car, did exactly what I needed it to do, but the time has come.

I’d planned to change it this summer, but the final straw came a month or so ago when I was visiting my parents.

I suggested that I could drive them over to one of their favourite walking spots. Now, my Mini only has 3 doors. Dad sat in the back, Mum sat in the front, and all was fine – until we got to where we were going.

Getting my 85 year old father out of the back seat of a 3-door Mini Cooper wasn’t an easy task.

We had our walk, drove home – and then we had to get him out of the back seat of a 3-door Mini Cooper again. And by the time we’d done that, the decision to replace the car had been made.

I’ve bought a Mazda 3. It’s got a bit more oomph than the Mini, and a built in SatNav, and I like the colour – but the important thing is the fact that it has 5 doors. I’ll be able to get the old boy out of it without needing a tin opener.

It hasn’t been a totally straightforward process – I’ve been looking at the Autotrader website for a month.

I had my shopping list – 5 doors, more power than the Mini, built-in SatNav, about 5 years old, not too much mileage. I also had a budget.

I started off looking at cars within a 10 mile radius. There was a nice Volvo V40 – it was at the top end of the budget, but you can’t go wrong with a Volvo. The spec informed me that it had Bluetooth connectivity and a Driver Information Centre, there was a flat screen on the dash. I did the test drive and decided to turn the SatNav on to see what it was like. I accessed the Driver Information Centre but I couldn’t work out how to get to the SatNav.

When I got back to the showroom, I asked the sales guy to show me – and he was as surprised as me to find that there wasn’t one!! So – that was a deal breaker. No point in spending the top end of my budget for a car that didn’t have everything I wanted. Shame.

Back to the drawing board.

All the other cars in my 10 mile radius were either too expensive, or the mileage was far too high. I expanded the search area to 15 miles. Then to 20 miles. And there, exactly 20 miles away, was the Mazda 3. It was new to the market, there wasn’t even a photo of it, but it had everything I needed and the price was sensible.

I booked a test drive.

Due to Covid restrictions the sales guy doesn’t come with you on the test drive. They just have to trust you to bring it back. When I looked at the Volvo, I had to provide my National Insurance number and a utility bill as extra proof of my identity, and the guy drove ahead of me and I followed. With the Mazda they just gave me the keys and suggested I turn left out of the car park.

A nice drive, nippy at low speeds and economical at high speeds. Six years old, within budget. And definitely had a SatNav.


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. LittleDreams says:

    Yay to new cars! May it give you many years of safe and secure driving.
    Also glad to see your post this morning, I was just wondering about you the other day. Which does make sound like a creep but I’m not, I promise! 😁😁😂😂😂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I haven’t posted for nearly a month – but got my mojo back now. It means a great deal to know that you’d noticed!! xx

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rachy T says:

    Hurrah, well done you, enjoy it 😁👏

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen says:

    congrats on buying a car!


  4. Sarah says:

    We are at the stage of searching for a new to us car. It feels as if it is taking ages. So many times we think we have found something suitable and then realise that it is lacking something off our list of essentials.

    Have you made plans to visit your parents so you can test drive your Dad getting in and out of the car?

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    1. Yes!! I’m going down there on my next day off. On reflection, maybe I should have taken him with me on the actual test drive… It’s a bit late now!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. SisterStay says:

    You must have a very trustworthy face!! Glad you found the one and are hopefully using it regularly to get out and about. x

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yes – love the car, and Dad can get in and out without assistance. All good!!

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