Out with the old, in with the new... car smell

Monday, September 9, 2013

My new ride! 
On Saturday, Dan and I ran six miles in preparation for our Kilometers for Cam 10K this coming weekend. It was nice to get a long run in, especially since my running lately has been totally sporadic. I'm excited to race this weekend since I haven't done one since June. AND, this is my first ever 10K, despite running two half marathons prior to this! 

After we showered and drank amazing banana chocolate peanut butter spinach smoothies, we headed out to look for new cars for me. I've had my beloved silver Honda Civic since I graduated college in 2005, and while she has served me well, it was time to upgrade to something bigger (literally) and better. I absolutely LOVED my Civic, but last winter's commute to work was SCARY, and I wanted something with a little heavier body. But, being the cheapskate I am, I was also worried about gas mileage, and had to take that into consideration. 

Going in to Saturday, I was most interested in the Mazda CX5. I liked the look of it and the stats were great too! My second choice was a Honda CRV, which I've heard wonderful things about from pretty much every CRV owner. We started at the Mazda dealership where I test drove a CRV first, followed by the CX5, and I was shocked to find that the CRV felt better to me. The ride was roommier and smoother, and both Dan and I commented that we felt very at home during that first test drive. 

So, we switched gears a little bit and headed over to the Honda dealership instead. I drove three or four more cars there, but ultimately had my eye on a 2011 CRV with only 12,000 miles on it. A brand new car scares me a little bit (what if I mess it up?!), but a slightly used newer car is right up my alley. We talked numbers and settled on one we liked with our salesman, and even got a great trade in on my little Civic (I miss her, a little!). I almost cried when it was time to turn her keys over, but THEN I got the keys to my shiny new car and the smile quickly returned. 

The one downside to my new baby? She smells. Like smoke. Which is the EXACT problem I had in 2005 when I bought my 2004 Civic. 

I don't know what it is about me that attracts me to cars smokers have used! But, apparently, I am attracted. Annoying. 

So, I've been spending the past few days Febreezing my car and stocking it full of fresh air fresheners. The September heat (90 degrees, what?!) is only helping to intensify the smell, but I'm hoping it will dissipate sooner rather than later. At least, that's what happened in my last car (I think. It was eight years ago! I don't remember how long it took!)! 

Here's hoping! 


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