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What Your Car History Says About You

Updated on September 12, 2017

The Batmobile, The General Lee and The Mustang

1960s Lincoln Batmobile, Drivers - Batman and Robin
1960s Lincoln Batmobile, Drivers - Batman and Robin | Source
1969 Dodge Charger - General Lee - Drivers - Dukes (I actually saw this car)
1969 Dodge Charger - General Lee - Drivers - Dukes (I actually saw this car) | Source
1964 serial one Ford Mustang - Driver - ???
1964 serial one Ford Mustang - Driver - ??? | Source

What Does Your Car History Say About You ?

Well apparently the vehicle size makes a huge difference when it comes to vehicles in our household. My car history says, to me, is that you should not share your first car with a sibling, that I am practical (but enjoy the flexibility of a 4x4 for the Winter months and a convertible in the Summer months), the most economical is not always the best ride and style is never more important than comfort - especially after 100,000 miles. Being a Jeep Wrangler owner, with a soft top, means I get to use the word top-less in a very non sexual way. Here are some observations on what I think on some famous cars in pop culture and television and their historical impact on society.


  • Batmobile - from the original television show says, to me, that it never rains or snows in Gotham City because the original Batmobile did not have a top. Forever associated with the original Superhero.
  • General Lee - from the original television show Dukes of Hazard says, to me, that if you drive a red hot rod you get a red hot cowgirl. Forever linked to Daisy Duke.
  • Ford Mustang - this is the sexy car I would be driving if I did not own a Jeep Wrangler. Classy, Convertible, Slick and Stick. Forever linked to a true American icon.


Here is our car history and it remains to be seen what impact this will have on our lives.

2015 Jeep Cherokee (Silver Fox)

a Fox for her says she likes it fast and slick
a Fox for her says she likes it fast and slick | Source

2015 Jeep Cherokee

(June 2016) - Only by accident did we discover this vehicle and decided to trade in the KIA to own the Jeep. We were strolling through a Jeep dealer one day just to see the new Jeep Wranglers. As we approached the back of the lot we saw the 2015 Cherokee at a greatly reduced price. It turns out that the dealership wanted to move this vehicle so we decided to help them out. After about five hours in the dealership we purchased the Silver Fox but we will never work with this dealership again due to the lengthy stay.

Jeep Wrangler Sport (Blue Devil)

Blue Devil
Blue Devil | Source

2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport

(September 2015) - Since my first official Jeep season in April 2009 I drove the Jeep Wrangler X (Rusty) through most of 2015. After 120,000 miles and six years, I had to trade in the old for the new. There were no major problems but a dozen minor problems. So with an online inquiry, 1,000 USD off from online searches and 10,000 trade in for Rusty - I got the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport (Blue Devil).

Mazda 3 Hatchback

Victor
Victor | Source

2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Mazda 3 (August 2015) - We bought this car with a pre-approved auto loan from our credit union and it was driven off of the lot in about an hour and a half. At the time of writing, the car is front wheel drive, a hatchback, sexy, slick and on the road ;)

KIA Sportage

the Sportage says she likes it red hot
the Sportage says she likes it red hot | Source

2014 - KIA Sportage

KIA Sportage (February 2014) - Well we are an SUV family that is for sure. When the 2012 Camry did not perform well in the winter snow since it only had front wheel drive with a light back end, we had no choice other than to trade it in. We got a whopping 20,000 US dollars for the Camry trade in so we grabbed it and purchased the Sportage that we still drive today :)

Toyota Camry

this car says she is a cougar and likes it safe
this car says she is a cougar and likes it safe | Source

2012 - Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry (August 2012) - It is amazing to me how the negotiating with car dealerships have not changed in twenty years. We recently purchased a new 2012 Toyota Camry car and wanted to use our 2006 Toyota RAV4 as a trade in.When we arrived at the dealership for the purchase, we had to prove the worth of our trade in via a Internet connected computer they had in the display room. We later found out that the Camry was not built for the heavy winter weather that we had in 2014 so we eventually traded it in for a 2014 KIA Sportage.

Honda Accord

it was used and it says the kids bought me with their own money
it was used and it says the kids bought me with their own money | Source

2009 - 1998 Honda Accord

Honda Accord (October 2009) - We did little bargaining here since the car was paid with the money earned from our oldest child. We went along to help with the process as our oldest purchased their first used car. This car has since been retired in favor of the 2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback.

Jeep Wrangler X (Rusty)

Rusty
Rusty | Source

2009 - Jeep Wrangler X

(March 2009) - We traded in our Chrysler PT Cruiser for the 2009 Jeep Wrangler and received a very fair offer for the trade in. We did, however, negotiate free oil changes for the first year. I drove this Jeep for six years and had only minor problems. In 2015 I traded this Jeep in for a metallic blue sport model. While I did reach the 100,000 mile mark with the Rust Jeep, I can only hope I do the same for the Blue Jeep. The really cool thing about both Jeeps is that the top actually folds back leaving the SUV with a huge sunroof.

Chrysler PT Cruiser and Toyota RAV4

the RAV4 says she likes it sexy and stealth while the Cruiser says he likes to hit the road fast and hard
the RAV4 says she likes it sexy and stealth while the Cruiser says he likes to hit the road fast and hard | Source

2006 - Chrysler PT Cruiser and Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 and Chrysler PT Cruiser (2006) - We traded in our Dodge Durango and Jeep Wrangler Sahara here and had very little bargaining power. My wife purchased the Dodge Durango and drove it for about three years until she decided that it cost too much in gas and was too big for her. I purchased the Chrysler PT Cruiser and used my Jeep Wrangler Sahara as the trade in. The Jeep hit a deer which forced necessary repairs for one year following the hit. I could not keep repairing the Jeep so I had to trade it in and opted for a cheaper alternative since we had just purchased the RAV4 in the same year.

Dodge Durango

This vehicle was big and strong and it says that is just the way she likes it
This vehicle was big and strong and it says that is just the way she likes it | Source

2003 - Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango (2003) - We needed to grow out of a Caravan as the kids recreational sports equipment began to occupy more storage than the vehicle allowed. We drove the Dodge Caravan 10 years and used it as a trade in for this vehicle. This was a slick looking vehicle with a ton of room but we had to trade it in due to gas prices that started to elevate in 2005.

Jeep Wrangler Sahara (Green Day)

Green Day
Green Day | Source

1999 - Jeep Wrangler (Sahara)

Spring (1999) - Following college and after working for several years, I was finally able to purchase the vehicle I always wanted. In this deal I negotiated a pay off for our Dodge Caravan but we kept the vehicle and traded in the Dodge Neon. I drove this SUV until I paid it off and then had to trade it in shortly after a male deer hit my Jeep while I was driving to work. The buck leaped over a foot high guard rail and landed on the tow hook (after smashing up the front end). Neither the Deer or the Jeep survived.

Dodge Neon

Looks exactly like my second new car except mine was black and it said that I was ready for an upgrade
Looks exactly like my second new car except mine was black and it said that I was ready for an upgrade | Source

1995 - Dodge Neon

Dodge Neon (1995) - This was a great commuter car with a bit of pep in the engine. I wound up giving the car to my brother when I purchased the Jeep Wrangler in 1999. I negotiated 2,000 US dollars off of the invoice price for this new car and got a good value when I traded in my 1988 Subaru Justy.

Dodge Caravan

this was our first family car and it says we were among the many who purchased this vehivle
this was our first family car and it says we were among the many who purchased this vehivle | Source

1993 - Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan (1993) - When we bought the Caravan for my wife, our family had just grown and we needed more than a sedan. We encountered a very rude salesman so we sent him back on every sales pitch until we were within one US dollar of our target monthly payment. I then sent him back one last time for one US dollar and left the dealership paying exactly the price I wanted.

Subaru Justy

A replica of my first new car and it says I had very little money out of college
A replica of my first new car and it says I had very little money out of college | Source

1988 - Subaru Justy

Subaru Justy (1988) - There was nothing special about this purchase except it was my first new car out of college - it had a stick shift, three cylinders and it was cheap. I remember a time driving at normal speed and I could not drive up a hill with a 33 degree incline because the car did not have enough horse power. I had to turn the car around and pick up speed from about a quarter mile away just to get up the hill.

YouTube RIhanna - Shut Up and Drive

Great Cars in Movies, Music and Television

Movies
Music
Television
1932 Ford Coupe - American Graffiti
1963 - Little Deuce Coupe
1965 Sunbeam Tiger - Get Smart
1955 Chevy 210 - American Graffiti
1999 - Little Red Corvette
1966 Pontiac GTO - The Monkees
1958 Cheverolet Impala - American Graffiti
The Cars
1966 Mach 5 - Speed Racer
Batmobile - Dark Knight
Rihanna - We Ride
1960s Batmobile - Batman
Batmobile - Dark Knight Rises
Rihanna - Shut Up and Drive
1969 Dodge Charge - The Dukes of Hazard

1971 or 1972 Camaro

her 1sr used car
her 1sr used car | Source

1969 Cutless Supreme

his 1st used car
his 1st used car | Source

His Cutless and Her Camaro

Now I know she bought the Camaro used but I also know that she loved that car. Perhaps the slick name or the potential speed were factors in selecting this car - I do not know for certain. What I do know is that she went to a Maroon Cutless Supreme after the black Camaro and she drove that car during our dating years.

What the Camaro says about the owner is they like it fast and sexy.

The picture of the white car was taken just days after the accident and it was shared between my sister and I. We each put in 250 USD to get the vehicle. We drove it for about one month before my sister lost control of the car and hit a tree head on. My sister survived the accident because she had her seat belt on but she now has to listen to me whenever I bring up the story (maybe once every two years).

What this car history tells me is not to share a vehicle with a sibling.


YouTube Rihanna - We Ride

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      A great story and thanks for sharing that with me...I am glad it worked out for you and I hope the kids are enjoying their new car...cheers

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Doing your research before going car shopping is vital. So glad you were kind to the new sales man.

      My kids both a car last year. They found it on-line and went to look at it. A friend of theirs said, "I want to go with you to finalize the sale". When they were entering the dealership he said, "Whatever I do you follow without complaint. Trust me." When it came time to talking about their trade in. He didn't like the deal. My poor daughter-in-law was dieing at the thought of leaving the car behind. But when he got up, they followed, as they were leaving the salesman came running after them. "How about twice what I first offered." With a smile they all walked into the office and my kids later left with their new car. Later they found out their friend had been a finance manager for a car dealer for 10 years.

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      I agree with you...cheers and thanks for stopping by

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      newusedcarssacram 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Proper negotiation and checking always helpful in buying a used car. This way you can make the most of your money.

      Anyways nice lens with helpful information...