So after 4 years of loyal service, I traded my Bean in last weekend. My bean, in case you’re wondering, was my Corsa Lite 1.4i. The numberplate was SJB which we christened Snowgoose’s Jelly Bean. I also called her The Bubble – and I loved her. Well, I did until recently.
I got my bean in 2005, she was 4 years old at the time, with 24 000km on her. I had sold my 1st car (The Beast, my 1987 Nissan Exa) to get the deposit together and The Bean was the first thing I had ever financed – the first thing I had ever spent over R9000 on! She was very basic – no central locking, no aircon, no power steering – heck – not even a rev counter! But, I loved her. I loved that car fiercely until April this year when some <insert the most obscene word you can think of here> decided not to have brake lights and slam on brakes on the highway – meaning my Bean went straight into the towbar of his ugly orange double cab – crunch! I was pretty frikken upset, you may remember the tweets.
Anyway – so The Bean has not been the same since then, she rattled and pulled in funny directions. This made me decide I needed a trade-up. I had a limited budget so it looked to me like the Toyota Yaris was the best bet. And after only 3 days of searching I found the perfect one: White (I like white cars -OKAY??), top of the range, low mileage (26 000km) and newish (2008 model).
And so on Saturday morning I found myself taking my last drive in the bean, speeding (as I usually do) and singing along to “I love you, always forever” with the radio at top volume. I met my new baby (and the massive instalment that comes with her) and took her home. She has all the bells and whistles and I haven’t stopped playing with them ever since. I’m even getting a personalised numberplate (yes, I KNOW it’s kitsch, I don’t care). Can you guess what it is? … No prizes for getting it: SNWGOOS GP.
So look out for me on JHB roads – most likely driving recklessly, over the speed limit, maybe even tweeting, in my gorgeous new car.
I feel so grown up.