Owning your first car will change your life more than you think. Its not just a case of not having to wait outside in the wind, hail or snow for an overcrowded and smelly bus either. Your life will change because people will treat you differently, look at you differently and in some ways treat you more like an adult with responsibilities. Owning your first car is indeed a rite of passage just like puberty but rather than affecting your physical body it changes the way that the world perceives you, and the way that it treats you.
A Friend For All Seasons
Once word gets out that you have a car of your own and are fully mobile, you really do become a friend for all seasons, especially the cold and wet ones. You may even find that people who never used to give you the time of day are willing to spend time with you and hang out with you. This is because you have something that they desire, something that they need, a means of personal transportation that could come in very handy should there be a party that they need to get to, a gig that they need transportation for, or something bulky that they need to transport. And best friends they will remain for as long as they can use you. Yes it may mean that you get invited to some of the best parties and brilliant gigs, but remember that these new friends can drop you as soon as someone comes along with a better car or they get transport of their own.
Money What Money?
You may have been the one in the gang that always had money spare at the end of the week, which is probably why you thought you would be able to run a car. Well that is really going to change. Cars simply eat money, and if you have money put aside for a special occasion, they will come up with an occasion of their own such as a blown exhaust that will eat right into that little stash. You will go from being the well off mate to the guy always looking for petrol money.
You Will Form A Bond
Your car will become less of an inanimate object to you and more of a four wheeled friend. You will talk to your car, make deals with your car, sing in the car and generally start treating it as though it has its own personality. You will find yourself making bargains about buying something nice for it, or taking it to the car wash for a full valet or something else incredibly silly, just so that it starts as soon as you turn the ignition key, gets you to where you are going on time, or makes it to the service station before you totally run out of fuel. It might sound silly, but just about every car owner is guilty of doing it, just as you will be.