Step #457 when relocating to a major metropolis: divest of at least one car if you have a two-car household. On my last day in Orlando, I had an appointment at the local MINI dealer to sell back my car and hit the road as a passenger with my Mom. Since Dave and I will be living in the heart of the urban walking core of San Francisco, there is plenty of public transportation and parking a car in the city costs about as much as a car payment, we decided it would be a good idea to get rid of my car – the little red Cooper I so affectionately called “Chilipepper.”
While I certainly loved my car (the first brand new car I purchased on my own), I can honestly say that getting rid of this material possession wasn’t very sad for me. In fact, the thought of lowering my carbon footprint just a bit and getting rid of a car payment and weekly gas tank fill-ups was enough to help me along in the process and be quite positive. Not to mention, my rare automatic Cooper S had a great resale value, so I’m actually expecting a nice check to arrive for the car in a few days.
Some closing thoughts on saying goodbye to Chilipepper:
I loved that MINI Cooper. It was a fast, fun and very noticeable car, but it wasn’t my forever car.
I had many comments from people who saw me driving it that it ‘fit my personality perfectly.’ Always wearing red and black (Body Pump colors) before and after the gym, I even had several people notice that I physically matched my car. I remember once being a little offended by how much I was thought of as a MINI Cooper person … when people think of me, I’d rather the thoughts of “Range Rover” or “Top-of-the-Line Porsche Cayenne” appear in relation to my presence … but alas, the car is gone now.
So here I come San Francisco. My sensible, closed-toed shoes are ready. Let’s forge ahead … on foot!