I Must Confess…I went through 5 cars in one year!

I’ve had a crazy busy weekend – one of those ones where you get to the end and you realise that you need another entire weekend to get over it… 😉

However, it’s Monday so instead of relaxing, it’s time for us to start off the week right – with a confession!

I’ll start right off by confessing that I am a pretty ordinary driver.

Just ask my husband.

He’s always complaining that I stop too suddenly or overtake unnecessarily or go too fast. I do admit that I am impatient behind the wheel but I am nowhere near as bad as I used to be.

You see, between the ages of 20 and 21 I went through 5 cars. Yes, you read that right. 5.

It started with my old family car, a 1984 Nissan Bluebird – like the one below – except ours was red:

Nissan Bluebirdimage credit

It was a reliable car, not very exciting, but it took me wherever I needed to go. Until my dad took it one day and got wiped out at an intersection. He was okay but the car was a write-off – that was the fate of car number 1.

Car number 2 was more to my taste. It was a gold Mazda 323 with glitzy gold mags, tinted windows and velour interior. The number plate started off with the letters TMK, which my friends dubbed “Totally Mad Kirsty” which sounded awesome to my 20 year old self. This is a vastly inferior model below:

Mazda 323image credit

Anyway, it was a great car and I had some fantastic moments in it, even if it did leak in the passenger side floor every time it rained.

One day, my dad was driving me to the train station when he again got wiped out by another car. Again we emerged intact (well I was taken to hospital in an ambulance but I was okay) but the car was written off. To add insult to injury, I was fined for not wearing a seat belt – deserved, but it seemed harsh considering we were not the ones at fault. That was car number 2.

Car number 3 was my first “real” car – the first one that I chose myself and applied for a loan for. It was a beautiful red Suzuki Swift and lasted a mere 3 months:

Suzuki Swiftimage credit

This time, I was the one at fault. I was too busy looking in my rear vision mirror, trying to work out if I had just passed a police car, to see the car that had stopped in front of me, waiting to turn right. I collected that car and managed to write off both of them. Again, thankfully, all involved were okay but I was fined and charged with negligent driving and paid big time in increased insurance premiums for nearly 10 years after that incident. Car number 3 proved a VERY expensive lesson.

Car number 4 was an interim car while I sorted myself out. It was a hideous Mitsubishi Sigma that smelled like an oily rag – probably because it was held together by lots of them!

Mitsubishi Sigmaimage credit

Not so funny story – on the night of my 21st birthday I was driving home from work when I struggled going down a gear in the hideous Sigma to enter a roundabout. I pushed and pulled as hard as I could to get that crappy car into gear – so hard that I pulled the gearstick completely out. It had been held together by, you guessed it, an oily rag. I kid you not.

I somehow got off the roundabout and was able to call my dad for help. I decided there and then to get myself a proper car for my 21st, which brings me to the last car on my list:

SAMSUNGimage credit 

My trusty 1994 Holden Barina Swing in teal blue. I loved this car. Sure, it had it’s share of issues and near-misses and mini-prangs, but it was my baby for 6 years before we sold it. It was an awesome car, it even showed the outside temperature and was the first car I ever owned with air conditioning. I felt very special in that car!

Even though I have had a few cars since then, I have never again had the misfortune to go through 5 cars in the space of a year. While it wasn’t all due to my crappy driving, I certainly don’t think I helped myself as an impatient and invincible 20 year old.

I may still speed a little and overtake a little too much and remain impatient on my commute to work but I have not had an accident for over 10 years now – touch all the wood that I can!!!

So have you had some horror runs with accidents like me? Or are you like AAMI’s Rhonda and maintain a squeaky clean driving record? Or, do you have something else to share this week?

Go on, share your confession and cleanse your soul! 

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I must confess with My Home Truths

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Next week’s prompt (prompted by my own experience at swimming every week) – are you an exhibitionist when it comes to changing in front of others or do you hide away?



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14 Responses

  1. Me says:

    WOW – maybe I won’t be so hard on K and her driving after reading this post !!!
    I am like you – tend to be impatient when I am driving because I truly believe that the time spent getting from once place to the next is time wasted !!!!!
    At least you and your Dad didn’t sustain any serious injuries – and, we are very grateful that for the few accidents that K has had, she has remained unscathed.
    Have the best day !
    Me
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’m trying to tone down my impatience in the car but my life is so crazy that I’m always looking for ways to claw back some time. But I need to ensure I don’t do anything to jeopardise the safety of myself or my family – nothing is more important than that!

  2. Janet says:

    Despite the fact that this week’s prompt was my idea, I didn’t stay on topic this week! My story is that when I was 19 I took my ex-boyfriend for a spin in my new car (he was parked beside me at youth group) – and as I backed out – you guessed it – sccrrraaapppeee along his car! I didn’t do it on purpose – promise!!!! He was a really good sport about it but how bad did I feel …
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    • Kirsty says:

      Good on you Janet, for suggesting the prompt but not sticking to it! Love this story though – I can only imagine ow bad you felt!!!

  3. Ness says:

    Oh dear, 5 cars? I’d hate to think what I would have done if I’d actually had a license when I was younger. I might have killed someone. I think I did the public a favour by staying off the roads until a mature age. The only accident I’ve had so far is when I reversed out of our driveway and promptly hit a parked car, on the other side of the street. Our street is fairly wide so not sure how I managed it.

    Anyway, because I didn’t have much in the way of driving to confess, I confessed something else.

    I’m glad you’ve stayed accident free for ten years. Keep that up!
    Ness recently posted..I Thought This Bogan Would Be Better At Stuff By Now

    • Kirsty says:

      The 5 cars in a year thing was pretty horrendous actually – not something I am proud of. But at least I wasn’t responsible for all of it and I certainly learned from my mistakes, I can tell you that!

  4. Mystery Case says:

    I actually don’t have any driving tales, or if I do I’ve blocked them out. After 3 weeks of being the single mother while hubby was at sea, I’ve gone off topic and touched on motherhood this week.

    Have a great week.
    Mystery Case recently posted..Motherhood: Can you really have it all?

  5. Shari says:

    Oh my you are a car-o-holic!! This is a classic! x
    Shari recently posted..Cars and I don’t always play nicely. A confession.

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s terrible actually – what a record for a 21 year old to have… Thankfully I’ve never repeated that particular run of bad luck and poor judgement!!!

  6. Trish says:

    Oh gosh , my Mum had a Sigma (the same) that just fell apart one day while she was driving …something went clunk.

    My first car was a Hillman Hunter – had to put it in neutral (auto) everytime I stopped so it didn’t stop.
    (I’m not including the car I almost wrote off within a few wks of getting my P’s)

    MY husband said my driving scares him ,I drive too close, I drive too fast on dirt track to home and I’ll killing the car with all the dust.
    Trish recently posted..What do I do ?

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad to hear that it wasn’t really my fault that my Sigma just fell apart – although that just makes me feel even more uneasy for anyone still driving one of them out there!

  7. Mamie says:

    Also, you must confess that you are very lucky that you haven’t face any serious injury while driving those 5 cars. Thinking a bit superstitiously, I think driving is unlucky for you. 😉
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