opel manta1 Nine Out of Ten People Have Happy Memories of Their First Car

First Car

Do you remember your first car?  And when I ask the question, does a picture of it instantly appear in your head . . . and start you on a wistful, romantic flashback?  Possibly with “Low Rider” by WAR playing as the soundtrack?  According to a new survey commissioned by Castrol, almost EVERYONE has happy memories of their first car.

–Half of the people surveyed say they had a, quote, “love affair” with their first car and they’ll never forget it.  Another 40% say they remember their first car fondly.  That means only 10% of people don’t have happy first-car memories

 –25% of people say they gave their first car a NAME.

 –10% of people say that even though their car would be a total heap by modern standards, they’d DEFINITELY buy it back if they had the chance.

 –62% of people say that their first car was six years old or more when they bought it used or got it passed down from a parent or sibling.  The average person kept their first car for three years.

 –57% of people say they bought their first car themselves.  Men were more likely than women to buy their first car.

This isn’t an actual picture of my first car, but it was the same year, model and color…sans the air shocks and wide rear tires!

68 chevelle 327 4spd silver 1 Nine Out of Ten People Have Happy Memories of Their First Car

68 Chevelle

  1. Liz says:

    At least your first car was a good looking classic! The car I got my driver’s license with was what we called the “lime green boat”. A lime green Oldsmobile Delta 88 with a white vinyl top and white vinyl seats (Mom, what were thinking!). There was a wire in the back seat that popped out of the vinyl trim (something my Dad kept saying he’d fix) that made for some very funny incidents.

    The first vehicle I purchased on my own was a disaster! Kept the 1988 dark gray Chevy Beretta for six years (only 60,000 miles), and it was way more trouble than it was worth! Some examples – busted driver’s door hinge (at least I was in the parking garage at work), ignition thingy needed to be replaced twice (walked in the rain one of those times to a pay phone), battery died twice (once on the way to Hartsfield Intl. Airport, second time in the same airport parking garage). And there is more, but this response is already turning into a novel. 🙂 I really wanted the beautiful blue 1988 Mitsubishi Eclipse, and despite the fact that it cost a little more, I should have invested the money. I wish I had gone with my first instinct (would have saved me a lot of hassle), however, I have a lot of funny memories.

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