We all just want a car to love

By on August 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

I love my car. It is nothing special to look at – a 2003 Hyundai Sonata with a few stray scratches here and there. The interior’s showing its age in places, and it could stand a vacuum, but none of that matters much to me – I love it just the same as I did when it was brand-spanking new.

Of course, that’s one reason I love it – it was the first (and only) new car I’ve ever bought. But mostly I love it because it does what I need it to do. It is better than I am – much better – about getting started in the morning, and it faithfully carries me to work every weekday. Then it waits patiently in the lot until I leave the building at the end of the workday, and carries me back home. It never complains that I leave it sitting in the hot sun or pounding rain for hours – even on those rare occasions when I forget to close the sun roof and the interior gets wet.

Sure, once in a very long while, it has a minor mechanical issue that requires attention. And it has gotten dinged a time or two (with GEICO handling my claims flawlessly, of course). But all in all, it has been a tremendously reliable, comfortable and reasonably economical ride, which is all I want from a car.

I’ve owned a Chevy, a Honda, two Subarus and a Plymouth, and they’ve all been pretty good vehicles, but the Hyundai’s my favorite. How about you? Have you ever loved a car? Tell me about it.