There comes a time when you need to move on from some things.
It can be anything in life – from a job to friends to family to personal possesions. It can be, pretty much, anything.
I’m moving on Friday.
A couple of years ago, I felt it was time to trade in my car. It was my first Jetta – a 2015 1/2 (yes, that was the year, as they switched body types in the middle of the year). That car was a first for me in many ways – first new car, first lease, first Volkswagen.
I had it for nine years.
Imagine that? Nine years. I ran out the lease and then bought the car. In the meantime, I had put almost 175,000 miles on that car and it had been really good for me.
But it felt like it was time. The car was costing me money here and there and I needed something to truly rely on as I had just started my new job a few months before.
Unfortunately, I fell for the “let’s do this quick sort of thing.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, this car I’m currently in isn’t bad. But there was a span where VW made the base models really base. For example, my first Jetta was pretty loaded for a base car. But this one – not so much. It didn’t even have cruise control, which was the first time in like 20 or so years where I didn’t have that.
You try doing a trip to a place like Pittsburgh – where you have hours of driving – without cruise. Yeah, it’s not the most fun!
That was my fault though as I thought it did have it. Needless to say, I rushed into it because I thought it was the “time to deal” and such. My old VW was going to need some work, too, so … I felt it was time to move on. I jumped at this one because it was a stick shift and was the color I wanted – and a price I could dig.
Look, this car hasn’t been bad for me. But it hasn’t been great. I want a car that’s “fun” to drive, not one where it’s “just a car.”
This one is basically that. At the time, I was enamored. I knew what I was getting into. Do I think there were a few things I probably should have been told? Maybe. But that’s irrelevant. I made the choice. And for the past two-plus years, the car has been fun.
But here was the issue – I’m already approaching my mileage limit for the lease – with more than a year left. That also means my extended warranty is coming up. On top of that, it’s not a car I could see me outright buying when the lease ends, so I had a quandary, of sorts.
What to do?
When I lease, I usually know I won’t keep under the limit. I drive to work and I like to go places. So 15,000 a year isn’t easy (though I’m going to try and be a bit better with this one). However, if it’s a car I love – I’ll buy it at the end and keep it longer. Makes more sense. Just add on an extended warranty and off I go.
So I had been looking into ways to get out of my lease. Turns out this month was a good one. I went back and forth with them, discussed different things, drove a new Jetta (with many more options) and after some dickering, I got a price I felt was perfect for what I was looking for. It doesn’t break the bank (it’s not much more than I am at now) and gives me some options I wanted going forward.
Shockingly, one thing I did, was switch from manual to automatic (though, to be fair, this Jetta has a sport mode and the Tiptronic) because … well, it was time. I still love manual transmission, but not as my everyday car. That was the issue with my current car – the engine and the transmission didn’t do well on hills or pickup. I’m ready to not worry about that.
I drove the new car the other day (on February 29) and love the feel of it. There are a lot of options, including – yes – cruise control, and I really like the peppiness the car has. It was fun to drive.
I look forward to my third VW. I’m pretty sure I won’t be worrying about this one in two years, so that’s a bonus.
I always have a hard time saying goodbye to a car, but this time I know it’s the right move. I’ve had some good trips with this one, but it’s time. It hasn’t been a bad car, that’s for sure. But it’s also not been one that I have “loved” as with several of my past ones. It’s done it’s job and for that, I can’t complain.
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